A new study by LiveSafe Inc., the leading risk intelligence and safety communications company, provides critical insights into the risks that colleges and universities face as they plan to welcome millions of students back to campus in the middle of the deadly COVID-19 global pandemic.
The report, Calculated Risk: Returning to Campus in The Age of COVID-19, reveals major shortfalls in campus safety and COVID-19 prevention plans that have some risk managers nervous about the decision to bring students back to campus as infections and hospitalizations are on the rise in many states. Adding to concerns about sustained community spread of the disease is the inability of many universities to conduct adequate testing and enforce new health safety policies.
“With COVID-19 threatening to kill an estimated 200,000 Americans by October, going to college feels more like an unnecessary risk than an endeavor to nurture one’s mind,” wrote Dan Verton, LiveSafe’s Director of Content & Branding and the principal author of the paper. “Despite all of the planning and protective measures put in place across college campuses, allowing students to return is a calculated risk. The price of getting it wrong is contagion and more death.”
Calculated Risk explores the capabilities and best practices that have factored into the risk calculations of large, medium and small institutions. It also highlights how the convergence of COVID-19 and nationwide social justice movements have impacted the role of university risk managers and public safety officials.
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Click here to download your free copy of Calculated Risk: Returning to Campus in The Age of COVID-19.