This plan provides guidance for the resident student community at Kenyon, including currently enrolled students remaining on campus for summer programs, work or other purposes as well as newly enrolled or prospective students visiting campus as part of the Camp 4 or KEEP/STEM programs. These guidelines apply to the 2021 summer term, beginning May 24 and ending August 21. 

Vaccination Requirements

Vaccination for COVID-19 is required of all students residing and/or working on campus. Exemptions will be considered for medical reasons. Students should submit proof of full vaccination via the Vaccination Registration Form by May 23 or before arriving on campus.

Students residing off campus should make every effort to be vaccinated before returning to Gambier. If they cannot obtain the vaccine before returning to campus, they should email health@kenyon.edu about arranging for testing and vaccination upon arrival on campus.

Behavioral Mitigation

In accord with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Ohio Department of Health, Kenyon’s current policy recommends that unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks and social distance whenever they are around others, while fully vaccinated individuals (two weeks after the final dose) may limit these practices to crowded gatherings, medical facilities, and public travel. Thus, here at Kenyon, fully vaccinated individuals are permitted to go without masks both indoors and outdoors. Unvaccinated individuals should continue wearing a mask and practicing social distancing, as should anyone else who feels safer doing so.

Because of the possibility of breakthrough infections, and the importance of limiting community spread, all community members are encouraged to continue daily symptom checks. 

Quarantine and Isolation

Students exhibiting two or more typical COVID-19 symptoms should email the COVID Support Coordinator at covidsupport@kenyon.edu for consultation and referral to Knox Community Hospital (KCH) Urgent Care for medical assessment and testing, and transition to isolation housing. Students may also seek guidance about their symptoms and other COVID-related issues by calling the Knox Public Health (KPH) COVID Hotline at 740-399-8014. 

If a student tests positive, they will remain in isolation and undergo contact tracing by KPH. Any close contacts who are not fully vaccinated will remain quarantined in their residence pending testing. Fully vaccinated individuals will not be considered close contacts. All quarantine, isolation and contact tracing will be administered by KPH with help from the COVID support coordinator, in accordance with current College policies. The COVID support coordinator will remain in daily contact with all individuals in isolation, and will help them to connect to local health providers as necessary.

Testing

With a vaccinated population, Kenyon does not run a regular surveillance testing program. Wastewater testing may continue for the village and the sample points corresponding to summer student residences. Campus-wide, compulsory testing of students may be instituted if conditions require it. Students not reporting for mandatory testing will be subjected to the same disciplinary measures used during the semester. 

Campus Visitors and Travel

Fully vaccinated individuals may gather indoors or out without masks. Unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to wear masks and socially distance. The campus is open to visitors, including family and friends of students in residence. Gatherings with visitors must adhere to all campus guidelines, according to their vaccination status. Students may travel off campus and return without any need for a quarantine period or entry testing, provided that they have submitted their vaccination records.

Health and Wellness Considerations

The Cox Health and Counseling Center is closed during the summer. Students with any health issues are referred to local providers, including Knox Community Hospital, KCH Urgent Care and Knox Public Health. While counseling services are not available, students have access to ProtoCall and TalkSpace, and referrals can be made to local mental/behavioral healthcare providers when necessary.