We understand that campuses are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and we are doing our best to offer additional help and flexibility.
Toward that end, STARS reports expiring between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 have been extended by 6 months (180 days). This additional time can be used to work with data providers who may be impacted by the pandemic or to complete the collaborative review and revision process that takes place after submission. There will be no lapse in rating as long as the report is submitted and the review and revision process is completed before the end of the six-month extension.
The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 is likely to impact the data you report to STARS in a variety of ways. For example, the number of employees and students on campus may have dropped dramatically for at least part of 2020, impacting commuting figures and weighted campus user calculations. Some institutions may wish to avoid reporting on 2020 to the extent possible in the hopes of maintaining better continuity with previous reports, while others may find it important to document 2020 as accurately as possible.
Our general recommendation is to use the data that you feel is representative from within the previous three years, and don’t be afraid to vary timeframes across credits. If you come up against any issues with credits that require more recent data (say within one year), please reach out with details about the specific situation and we’d be happy to talk through the options with you.
Ultimately, you are free to use the flexibility that is built into the Technical Manual and apply your best judgement about what makes the most sense to report given your situation.
For more information about reporting timeframes, see this Help Center article: How should we select a reporting timeframe or performance year for STARS credits?