Current Campus 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.


Very high vaccination rates among Kenyon’s students and employees give us confidence that we are able to manage risks involved with in-person instruction and residential life on campus. At the same time, the pandemic is not over. COVID-19 remains with us, but we are moving from life under COVID, to living with COVID.

Our ongoing mitigation efforts follow best practices outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with our state and local public health partners. Details of our policies will likely change in response to new knowledge and new circumstances, but they will always be designed to protect the health and well-being of the campus community, based on the best available information.

Campus Life

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 provide a baseline for operations but may vary depending on specific situations.

Staying Healthy

Vaccination. A high vaccination rate is a critical component of our strategy to minimize the effects of COVID-19 and protect local health resources.

  • Students are required to provide proof of immunization for all vaccines recommended by the CDC, including COVID-19 and its boosters. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical exceptions and sincerely held religious beliefs are considered on an individual basis. 

  • The influenza vaccine also is required for students and will be provided on campus at no charge to students when our allocation of this season’s vaccine becomes available later this semester.

Masks. Proper masking is especially important with more contagious variants of COVID-19.

  • Masks are required indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions include: students in their private room (but masks are required in common areas of residence halls or apartments); employees working alone in a private office or workspace; individuals who are actively eating or exercising; individuals whose health or job prevents them from wearing a face covering (see return to campus protocols for employees). 

  • Masks should fit tightly to the face and over both the nose and mouth. For added protection, we encourage double-masking (wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask to produce a tighter seal) or using high-efficiency respirators. Single-layer cloth masks, gaiters and bandanas do not meet CDC guidance.

Distancing. Unvaccinated individuals are expected to maintain a 6-foot distance from others. Event spaces are limited to 85% of normal capacities so that those who choose to maintain a distance greater than 3 feet can do so.

Symptom checks. Because of the possibility of breakthrough infections, and the importance of limiting community spread, all community members should conduct daily symptom checks. 

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing. With a largely vaccinated population, our testing program focuses on entry testing, surveillance testing of unvaccinated students and diagnostic testing of symptomatic students. 

  • The Cox Health & Counseling Center offers medical evaluation and testing for all students reporting COVID-like symptoms, and close contacts will be tested at least 3-5 days after exposure in accordance with public health guidance.
  • All students may elect to receive up to one COVID-19 test per week, though weekly surveillance testing will be compulsory only for unvaccinated students. Students may pick up self-administered Everlywell kits in the mailroom on the lower level of Gund Commons weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please note that samples must be shipped to the lab on the same day they are collected, and the mailroom cannot accept samples for shipment after 2:30 p.m. Everlywell kits provide the accuracy of a PCR test with the convenience and efficiency of self-administration; the turnaround time for results is generally 24-48 hours from the time the sample reaches the lab. 

Isolation and Quarantine

If you have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status: 

  • Obtain a test as soon as you can. Contact the Cox Health & Counseling Center at 740-427-5525 or email health@kenyon.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • Quarantine in your residence until you obtain a negative test result or your symptoms resolve.
  • While in quarantine, wear a mask at all times in the presence of others. Do not attend classes, participate in athletics or other extracurriculars, gather with friends, or eat in the dining hall (you may enter the building to pick up takeout meals).

If you test positive, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Isolate (in isolation housing if it is available, in your residence if it is not) for at least 5 days from the onset of your symptoms or the date of your test.
  • While in isolation, wear a mask at all times in the presence of others. Do not attend classes, participate in athletics or other extracurriculars, gather with friends, or eat in the dining hall (you may enter the building to pick up takeout meals, which in periods of heightened spread may be in a designated location such as Peirce Pub).
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving, and if you have not had a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, you may complete isolation after 5 days.
  • Continue to wear a mask at all times around others and eat takeout meals for 5 additional days.

If you are identified as a close contact and your vaccination is up-to-date: 

  • Wear a mask at all times around others for 10 days after your last exposure.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If at any point you develop symptoms, get a test and quarantine in your residence while you await the result.

If you are identified as a close contact and your vaccination is not up-to-date:

  • Quarantine for 5 days in your residence.
  • While in quarantine, wear a mask at all times in the presence of others. Do not attend classes, participate in athletics or other extracurriculars, gather with friends, or eat in the dining hall (you may enter the building to pick up takeout meals).
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • Continue to wear a mask at all times around others and eat takeout meals for 5 additional days.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and quarantine in your residence while you await the result.