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The implications of COVID-19 are far reaching. Institutions are moving quickly to establish new practices and policy exceptions around their actions to move courses and services online or to other remote delivery for the foreseeable future. Below are resources to help you navigate this situation with new items marked as NEW.

#AACRAO2020 Cancellation FAQs
Updated: May 21, 2020
COVID Guidance

Voluntary guidance providing general parameters to follow when implementing practice and policy changes

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Free Membership

Gain access to AACRAO benefits

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COVID-19 Policy Updates

AACRAO efforts to urge Congress and federal agencies to address the costly and complex challenges facing institutions and students

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AACRAO is here to help

Student Displacement - Medical Outbreaks on Campus

Case studies on handling campus-based medical outbreaks.

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An excerpt from Student Displacement: A Guide for Higher Education Administrators
Web Resources

The following resources provide timely information:

For the Record - an AACRAO podcast

COVID Situations

A discussion of the registrars role as institutions manage this crisis.

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Emergency Management and You

Get a glimpse into the public safety and emergency response world.

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Downloadable Resources
American College Health Association

Preparing for COVID-19
Considerations for Reopening IHEs in the COVID-19 Era May 2020

Department of Education - Student Privacy Policy Office

FERPA & COVID-19 March 12, 2020

Department of Education - Student Privacy Policy Office

FERPA & Virtual Learning March 2020

Office of Postsecondary Education


Office of Postsecondary Education

COVID-19 Guidance

Office of Postsecondary Education

Information for Accrediting Agencies Regarding Temporary Flexibilities Provided to Coronavirus Impacted Institutions or Accrediting Agencies March 17, 2020

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Potential Procedural Adaptations for F and M Nonimmigrant Students March 9, 2020

World Health Organization

Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19

The Coronavirus: Implications and Recommendations for Admissions and Registrars Offices
An AACRAO Webinar
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  • Kamala Harris on Higher Ed

    Aug 13, 2020

    The senator and presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee does not have an extensive record on higher education issues.

  • Trump Signs Executive Action to Extend Student Loan Relief

    Aug 12, 2020

    However, additional relief for students, borrowers, and institutions is still needed. AACRAO, other higher ed groups, urged Congress to include numerous student and institutional aid provisions in the next coronavirus supplemental bill.

  • Many Colleges to Return to Normal Grading Practices

    Aug 12, 2020

    Colleges adopted flexible assessment policies last spring amidst pandemic disruptions. This fall, many will return to normal grading practices this fall—with "some modifications."