The incentives to lie about student symptoms

What are the incentives to lie about student COVID symptoms?

Reported by Forbes, 10 members of the Colorado State University football team  alleged their coaches asked them not to report coronavirus symptoms due to the potentially negative team ramifications of having to quarantine.

The takeaway? The incentives for lying about symptoms in the athletic arena are obvious. But, what about for our non-athletes? Positive symptoms often mean immediate quarantine, often in isolation, often miles away from all your friends. There are obviously some benefits to wishful thinking that early symptoms are something else. So how can we take this into account when creating our institutional policies, and make sure that raising your hand is as least harmful and scary as possible?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.