COVID-19 on Campus: Protective Measures of Texas State Students Enrolled in Face-to-Face Instruction
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In fall 2020, Texas State University welcomed students back to campus for faceto-face instruction despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Students, faculty, and staff were expected to follow a number of protective measures while on campus to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This research sought to understand if and how these students followed these measures while attending face-to-face instruction on Texas State’s main campus in San Marcos. Two hundred students over the age of 18, who were also enrolled in at least one face-to-face course, were recruited to complete an online survey to assess how they protected themselves on campus and how they saw others protect themselves on campus, including mask wearing, hand washing and social distancing. Data was also collected on students’ living and employment situations. Analysis of the survey data revealed that most students followed at least some of the protocol outlined by Texas State’s health and safety guidelines, particularly wearing masks, social distancing, and hand washing. Students were relatively evenly divided when it came to staying home from unnecessary activities and how comfortable they felt on campus. Finally, students expressed that there were issues with parties and enforcing the mask wearing rules on campus. This feedback showed that while students may have been following the rules on-campus, they were still likely to not follow the rules while off-campus.