At Kenyon, we seek to provide a vibrant academic and campus experience for all students. In learning to live with COVID-19, we have established a framework for modulating campus activity levels to preserve our capacity to safeguard the health of our community while maintaining the vibrancy of our residential campus. The levels described below provide a baseline for operations but may vary depending on specific situations.

We consider a number of factors in determining campus activity levels, including campus cases, test positivity rates and isolation housing capacity. We also consider conditions in the region, including capacity levels in the local healthcare system, as well as the latest guidance from Knox Public Health, the Ohio Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These factors are considered both independently and in relation to one another as conditions change to provide a holistic view of our public health environment. 

Read more about the levels below or download the campus activity level chart.

Current Campus Condition: Activity Level 2

Level 2 indicates a somewhat higher risk of infection on campus, and additional community health precautions are required in order to ensure that we protect our capacity to care for students and limit the spread of the virus.

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Level 1: Baseline Precaution

Level 1 is the baseline of living with COVID-19 in a comprehensively vaccinated community. Under these conditions, the virus is present in the local community, but risks are relatively low and we have the tools and resources to appropriately limit the spread of the virus.

Masks: All members of the campus community and visitors are required to wear a mask while indoors in shared spaces regardless of vaccination status. Individuals may remove masks while actively eating and drinking, exerting themselves during exercise, or in residential common areas and student rooms. All are welcome to wear a mask at any time for any reason, including outdoors. This regulation may be modified to allow fully vaccinated individuals to go without masks indoors, if conditions permit.

Testing: Unvaccinated students are required to test weekly. Tests are available for all other students, up to once a week.

Academics: All classes are conducted in person.

Events and Meetings: Meetings and events may occur indoors, masked, and in person within the 85% target capacity. There are no additional limits on the size of events and meetings outdoors. Food and beverages may be served indoors and out.

Informal Gatherings: There are no additional restrictions on informal student gatherings in residence halls or outdoors.

Athletics and Recreation: Varsity and club sports teams may train and compete, following mitigation practices as laid out by the NCAA and Conference guidelines. Masking is required for all indoor venues, including spectators and all participants except those actively competing. The Lowry Center is open for recreation.

Buildings: Buildings are accessible during normal operating hours and all common spaces are open.

Travel: Travel is allowed both inside and outside Knox County – please continue to be cautious when considering travel. We recommend reviewing CDC transmission estimates prior to travel.

Visitors: Visitors are welcome in campus buildings, including residences, other than the dining hall, and are required to wear a mask while indoors and follow all other campus guidelines. 

Dining: Both students and employees may eat in the dining hall. Individuals may remove their masks when seated in the dining hall, but must maintain masks in the servery.

Campus Offices: In-person work is the norm, with alternatives available as per the College remote work policy.

Level 2: Moderate Precaution

Level 2 indicates a somewhat higher risk of infection on campus, and additional community health precautions are required in order to ensure that we protect our capacity to care for students and limit the spread of the virus. 

Masks: Masks are required inside campus buildings except for in a student's own room, while eating in the dining hall, while exerting themselves during exercise, and while working alone in a private space. Masks are also encouraged outside when gathering with others.

Testing: Unvaccinated students are required to test weekly. Tests are available for all other students, up to once a week. Limited surveillance of the fully vaccinated student population may be implemented as necessary.

Academics: All classes are conducted in person. 

Events and Meetings: Meetings and events may occur indoors, masked, and in person within the 85% target capacity or up to 50 individuals outside. These limits may be modified downwards if necessary. Organized events must have a designated (staff or student) compliance officer to ensure that masking and attendance guidelines are followed. Online or hybrid meetings should be considered an option. Food and beverages may be served outdoors. Offices and organizations may seek exemptions to these limits by contacting the Events Advisory Committee.

Informal Gatherings: Informal student gatherings in residential spaces are limited to one guest per resident. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 individuals.

Athletics and Recreation: Varsity and club sports teams may train and compete, following mitigation practices as laid out by the NCAA and Conference guidelines. Masking is required for all indoor venues, including spectators and all participants except those actively competing. Team training and competitions will follow mitigation practices as laid out by the NCAA and Conference guidelines. The Lowry Center is open for recreation. 

Buildings: Buildings are accessible during normal operating hours and all common spaces are open.

Travel: Personal travel for non-essential purposes is strongly discouraged, both inside and outside Knox County. We recommend viewing the CDC transmission estimates prior to travel. College travel for academic purposes and athletics is permitted, with precautions in place.

Visitors: Visitors are welcome in campus buildings, other than the dining hall, and are required to mask while indoors and follow all other campus guidelines. 

Dining: Students are welcome to eat together in the dining hall or in their rooms. Students may remove their masks only when actively eating and drinking. Masks are required in the servery. Employees may not use the dining hall.

Campus Offices: In-person work is the norm, with alternatives available as per the College remote work policy.

Level 3: Enhanced Precaution

Level 3 indicates heightened risk of infection on campus and/or in the larger community that could challenge our capacity to respond to further spread of illness on campus. Campus activities must be limited to protect that capacity as much as possible.

Masks: Masks are worn indoors in all spaces except when alone in a private space or in a dorm room with roommate(s). Masks are required outdoors when gathering with others. 

Testing: Unvaccinated students are required to test weekly. Tests are available for all students, up to once a week. Surveillance of the fully vaccinated student population (limited or comprehensive) likely.

Academics: Most classes will proceed in person. Some classes may move to remote or hybrid instruction based on departmental needs and in consultation with the Provost’s Office.

Events and Meetings: Most events and meetings should be remote. Limited events will continue to be offered by the Office of Student Engagement and other offices, and all other in-person events must be approved by the Events Advisory Committee. Food and beverages are not permitted at any meeting or event.

Informal Gatherings: Informal student gatherings in residential spaces are limited to one guest per resident, up to a maximum of 10 individuals, and outdoor gatherings are limited to groups of 10 or fewer. Masks must be worn at all times, and food and beverages are not permitted at any gathering.

Athletics and Recreation: Competition may be suspended and training may be limited for varsity and club sports, especially indoors. Lowry Center may be closed to employees and community members, and masks are required during exercise except in the swimming pool.

Buildings: Buildings are accessible during normal operating hours. Common spaces are open but capacity may be restricted.

Travel: College travel restrictions are in place with limited opportunities only by permission. Students should leave campus only for essential activities (health care appointments, etc.).

Visitors: Visitors are limited and not allowed in campus buildings, except by permission.

Dining: The dining hall is takeout only. Outdoor dining is encouraged, weather permitting.

Campus Offices: Most operations on campus will proceed in person. Some offices or services may move to remote work based on divisional needs and in consultation with supervisors.

Level 4: Highest Precaution

Level 4 indicates significant community health risks on campus. Under these conditions, interactions must be strongly limited to reduce viral spread.

Masks: Masks are required at all times, indoors and out, whenever individuals are not alone.

Testing: Compulsory surveillance testing is required of all students.

Academics: Remote instruction is the norm. In-person instruction requires permission from the Provost’s Office.

Events and Meetings: Meetings and events may only be held online​. 

Informal Gatherings: Informal student gatherings in residential spaces are limited to one guest per resident up to a maximum of five individuals, and outdoor gatherings are limited to groups of five or fewer. Masks are required at all gatherings, indoors and out, and food and beverages are not permitted at any gathering.

Athletics and Recreation: No competition, training or group activities​. The Lowry Center is closed​.

Buildings: Building access is limited even during normal operating hours. Common spaces are closed.

Travel/Visitors: No visitors; travel restrictions are in place​. Essential travel is by permission only.

Dining: The dining hall is takeout only. Outdoor dining is encouraged, weather permitting, but students may not eat in groups larger than five.

Campus Offices: Remote work is the norm, with only essential campus functions performed in person.