A more understanding approach needed for students during COVID-19: Opinion

October 20, 2020

Institutions should take a more compassionate approach towards students during the pandemic, write Julia Marcus, Stefan Baral, and more than 100 other scholars. The authors say that expecting students to abstain from all social contact is “inhumane, unrealistic and likely to backfire,” as it will encourage students to hide interactions with others or symptoms of COVID-19. They call for a harm-reduction approach that recognizes that risk will occur but also facilitates lower-risk opportunities for people to have social and physical contact. The article emphasizes that health includes physical, mental, and social well-being, and that students need guidance on how to safely have social interactions rather than having their social interactions banned or shamed. Inside Higher Ed (International)