The COVID-Care Response Team was developed as an ad hoc work group of the Presidents Council for Campus Well-being (PCCW) with the intention to develop a comprehensive and collaborative COVID-19 campus response to create a supportive and caring environment to positively affect the well-being of our campus community. This group works alongside and in collaboration with various campus stakeholders involved with the campus COVID-19 response.
The President’s Council for Campus Well-being (PCCW) exists to address a range of social and environmental factors that strengthen the health and well-being of our campus community. The council has five areas of focus: safety, physical health, mental health, substance use, and social connection.
The 16-question confidential survey, implemented from July 10 to July 22, 2020, intended to gather information within these five focus areas so the PCCW and campus stakeholders can better understand the health and well-being needs of our campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is important to note, that because of the rapid nature of the survey administration and its implementation during the summer months, there are voices and concerns that are not reflected in the survey results. The circumstances and information regarding COVID-19 is rapidly changing and so the results represent the thoughts, feelings, and attitudes of participants during this brief period in time. Responses may differ now from what they were during the administration of the survey.
In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were and continue to be additional social movements and stressors impacting well-being during this time period. The intent of this survey was an intensive focus on COVID-19 to inform planning for a return to campus for fall semester. In no way does the exclusion of questions and data about other salient and important issues minimize their impact and importance in focusing on campus well-being.
CLICK HERE to download the COVID Campus Well-being Survey Executive Summary Report.
The COVID-Care Response Team, prior to and in response to the results of the COVID Campus Well-being Survey, is identifying existing campus resources/efforts and developing additional action items that will address components of the survey results while supporting students and employees emotionally, physically and socially through the academic year. Several action items have already been accomplished and others are in the process of development, including:
- Outreach plan for students who have tested positive for COVID-19
- Communication regarding well-being resources on website
- Health and well-being syllabus resource information was made available to faculty
- Online screening for depression and anxiety available through the NDSU Counseling Center
- Educational sessions offered such as, Mindfulness During the Pandemic: 3-session Mindfulness Workshops for NDSU Students, Faculty and Staff (Advance registration required; please call the Counseling Center 701-231-7671 to sign up)
- Student COVID-19 support groups through the Counseling Center
- Partnership with faculty and students in the Public & Community Health Nursing Course and Student Health Service to distribute Quarantine Support Kits on campus. Confidentiality will be maintained to support students who may need services or additional education regarding quarantine or isolation.
- Collaboration with the Student Health Service Health Promotion Peer Educators and faculty and students in the Public & Community Health Nursing Course to create COVID-19 and well-being education for students, faculty and staff.
ring your cough, physical distancing, face coverings required, etc. The signs can be ordered at no cost to the various departments on campus.
- Best practice signs have been created to remind campus the basics like good hand hygiene, covering your cough, physical distancing, face coverings required, etc. The signs can be ordered at no cost to the various departments on campus.
- A Protect the Herd campaign was developed to create social norming around face covering use and being tested prior to arrival on campus. The campaign will be used widely and in many different formats (video, signage, etc.).