Universities balance tough sanctions for COVID-19 infractions with gentler persuasion

November 13, 2020
Universities across Canada have been experimenting with different approaches to reducing student partying and the spread of COVID-19. However, the article says institutions have found that the success of COVID-19 reduction protocols always comes down to the private actions of students. While some institutions have chosen a tougher approach of tightening student codes of conduct and cracking down on students who do not follow the rules, many are using a gentler approach which encourages student buy-in and instructs students on what they are allowed to do. “There are so many opportunities for growth – and mistakes,” says Kate McCrae Bristol, dean of students at Wilfrid Laurier University. “There are authorities in our community who we work with who can apply those punitive measures, but it’s our duty to help students work through this period. We’re here to educate.” University Affairs (National)