There are so many crucial decisions that have to be made sooner than later for planning purposes, and when to reopen college campuses in light of COVID-19 is among the most important. Of course the safety of students, faculty and staff is paramount. But there are so many related issues -- can physical distancing requirements be accomplished even if it appears relatively safe to reopen campuses in some fashion? What legal ramifications might arise if schools are reopened too soon? What happens if some institutions reopen in the Fall but others don't? 

In his guest blog post this week, ElevateNext's Phil Harris, a former General Counsel and Trustee of Northwestern University, tackles some of the issues higher ed institutions need to consider when weighing the risks.