Return to campus? Amid the covid-19 pandemic?
Industrial and Systems Engineering
A descriptive research design was employed at a major university, Kennesaw State University, during the Fall 2020 semester to explore how the campus community felt about the cleanliness and safety in the campus environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The research team consisted of a full-time industrial engineering professor and two senior-level industrial engineering students. Results reveal that the majority of respondents felt a general sense of feeling safe when returning to campus during Fall 2020. The majority respondents had also received their KSU-branded cloth face mask by the time they took the survey. Half of the respondents indicated a feeling that KSU had taken appropriate steps to ensure multiple daily cleanings of high-traffic areas and nearly half of the respondents felt that high-touch surfaces were being cleaned frequently enough to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. Finally, other concerns shared by respondents include changes in stress level, worry, limited student interaction, social distancing issues, poor planning, and distrust of the KSU administration.
Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice
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