Contact Tracing (CDC) is used to trace and monitor the contacts of infected peopleTo reopen communities the adoption and evaluation of digital tools may expand reach and efficacy of contact tracers. This resource page was created to help higher education institutions understand how contact tracing works and the implications of its use within their communities.

General and Public Health

Privacy Concerns and Resistance to Use

  • At Universities, Contact Tracing App Reception Hinges on Privacy. edscoop, August 2020. Universities have launched mobile apps to collect COVID-19 health data on students and faculty, but some schools are now facing backlash over privacy concerns and how the apps have been implemented.
  • Contact-tracing Apps face Serious Adoption Obstacles. The Brookings Institution. May 2020.
    In order for such tools to be effective, some 60 percent of the population needs to opt-in and use them. With the novel coronavirus continuing to spread in the United States and major American universities and technology companies actively developing digital contact-tracing tools, understanding whether the American people would be willing to use such technology to stem the outbreak has never been more important.
  • Data Privacy and Gen Z: A Formula for Voluntary Contact Tracing on Campus, Huron. August 2020.  Contact tracing is widely considered to be one of the best methods for safe reopening, yet there are concerns it may be used to infringe upon privacy safeguards.

Programs and Apps

Use in Higher Education

Looking for a specific school's current detailed plan ? The Chronicle of Higher Education is collecting a List of Colleges’ Plans for Reopening Models.

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