As of Thursday, Sept. 2, the following additional layers of mitigation will be adopted by campus and will remain in effect until further notice. Read President Decatur’s message to the Kenyon community regarding these temporary enhanced guidelines.
Answers to frequently asked questions are also available.
Classes will continue in-person as scheduled. While we expect most to continue to meet in person, faculty members may opt to offer remote instruction during this period at their discretion.
Administrative and Other Operations
College offices and buildings will continue normal operations.
All student meals are available for takeout only, starting with breakfast on Thursday, Sep. 2, and the servery is available only to students at this time. Dinner on Thursday will be served outdoors on Middle Path for students only. Regrettably, other activities related to our annual opening Feast event — including the participation of faculty, staff and other community members — have been canceled.
Student Residences and Guests
Masking is now required in all common areas of student residences. We encourage students to wear masks whenever they are in the presence of others, including their rooms. Students may have one guest in their residence hall room/apartment.
Study lounges and other common spaces will remain open. Gatherings of 10 or fewer may take place outdoors, and we encourage people to consider wearing masks whenever they are in the presence of others outdoors.
Athletics, Fitness and Recreation
At this time, athletics competitions may continue, with an added requirement for indoor sports. The Lowry Center will remain open to students and employees, who must reserve workout times using the KenyonFit app and wear a mask at all times, except in the pool. Club sports and partner play will be allowed, though everyone on the basketball, racquetball, squash and tennis courts must remain masked during exercise.
With college offices and buildings operating normally, student work will also continue as scheduled. However, if students face financial hardship due to a loss of income of any kind, including income expected during the academic year, they may request emergency relief funds by completing this brief online form. This is open to students whether or not they are receiving other financial aid. Once a request is granted, students receive funds as a check.
Admissions and Athletics Visitors
Admissions and athletics visitors who have already registered will be allowed to proceed with precautions in place, as per Kenyon’s visitor policy. Visits are closely supervised by professional admissions and coaching staff to ensure that all safety protocols are followed.
Students should limit their travel off campus to essential activities and take extra care given broader public health conditions. At this time, students may not travel outside of Knox County without advance permission from Dean Hart Ruthenbeck.
Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been identified as close contacts (within 6 feet, without a mask, for a total of 15 minutes or more) by Knox Public Health should contact the Cox Health and Counseling Center (740-427-5525, firstname.lastname@example.org) for medical assessment and testing.
The health center also will be hosting testing clinics for symptomatic students; watch your email for details. While over-the-counter rapid antigen tests are available for individual purchase, they have a higher false-positive rate than PCR tests. Anyone who tests positive must complete the full 10 days of isolation, even if their result is later contradicted by a PCR test.
We will continue regular surveillance testing of unvaccinated students. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Knox Public Health advise against testing vaccinated individuals who have no symptoms or who have not been identified as a close contact of someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19.
Quarantine and Isolation
Symptomatic students and unvaccinated students identified as close contacts by Knox Public Health will receive PCR tests from the Cox Health and Counseling Center, and they should remain in their room as they await test results, which are generally received in 24-48 hours after being received by the laboratory. Given the number of positive cases, the College is expanding its isolation housing to include additional off-campus locations.
Kenyon publishes COVID-19 case data every Monday, or more frequently as conditions require it. Questions may be submitted to the COVID steering committee via this form.