As the College considers access to the campus in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, its first priority is to enable faculty, staff and assigned students to be on campus to pursue their educational, research and operational support activities as safely as possible. To maintain low building density, visitor access to campus will be significantly limited and discouraged throughout the course of the year.
Guests (including family members) who are not Kenyon students are not allowed to stay overnight in our residence halls. A list of lodging options in the area is available here.
Currently, we are able to welcome only official visitors with an appointment, pre-registered prospective students visiting the Office of Admissions and the Department of Athletics, essential service providers and job finalists, as well as visitors to the Brown Family Environmental Center, the Gund Gallery and the Kokosing Nature Preserve. The College may at times need to further restrict the presence of visitors on its campus. Please also be aware that some buildings may have adjusted hours in order to accommodate enhanced cleaning protocols, and visitor access to nearly all campus buildings is restricted. Businesses in downtown Gambier remain open to visitors.
Should you be approved to visit campus, please conduct a health assessment before coming to campus. Consider whether you have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 within the last 14 days. Take your temperature, and consider whether you are experiencing any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19 (following CDC guidance).
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you have a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, are experiencing symptoms, have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, or are subject to or living with someone subject to a quarantine or isolation order, please cancel your visit and reschedule for another time. Please also reschedule if you have recently traveled to a state reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19; a list of affected states is available on the Ohio Department of Health’s website.
Visitors to campus, including to the Brown Family Environmental Center, the Gund Gallery and the Kokosing Nature Preserve, must maintain a distance of 6 feet from others at all times and wear a face covering, unless they are outdoors and have no expectation of coming within 6 feet of others. (Face coverings should be worn on Middle Path and other trafficked areas of campus.) Gatherings must not exceed room capacities or State of Ohio/Knox County Health Department maximum gathering size (currently 10 people), excepting meetings (maximum of 5 people) and classes (variable enrollment limits).
Should you begin to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms after your visit to campus, or receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.
Brown Family Environmental Center
The Brown Family Environmental Center, with 9 miles of trails, is open to the public every day from dawn to dusk. While the resource center is closed, a portable restroom is available behind the building for guests. Please practice physical distancing from others on the trails. Trail maps are available at the trail heads, and all trails are clearly marked. Please keep your dog on a leash while using BFEC trails. Please do not harvest mushrooms.
In addition to its robust schedule of virtual programs, the Gund Gallery will be open for visitors this semester. Visitors are asked to check their temperature before arriving to ensure it is below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, to wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing for the duration of their visit, and to wait to enter the gallery if it has met its new maximum space occupancy of 50 people. More information and details on spring exhibitions are available at thegundgallery.org.
Kokosing Nature Preserve
Anyone wishing to discuss burial services or seeking general information about green burial and Kokosing Nature Preserve should email email@example.com or call 740-427-5040. The trails at Kokosing Nature Preserve remain available to the public during daylight hours. Please practice physical distancing from others on the paths.
Pre-registered Prospective Students Visiting Admissions & Athletics
We are offering on-campus visit appointments for high school seniors, transfer students and their families. Receive the full attention of an admissions director, who will take a socially distanced outdoor walk down Middle Path with you and your family. Pre-registered prospective students are allowed access to Ransom Hall and the Gund Gallery but are otherwise not permitted in campus buildings; businesses in downtown Gambier remain open to visitors.
At this time, we are unable to accept new reservations for on-campus visits. We invite you to explore Kenyon from where you are through our digital experiences.
Invited speakers, performers, etc. are not permitted on campus and should plan to present virtually. Exceptions may be made during the academic year and, especially, between semesters, if approved by the responsible Senior Staff member. All proposed official college events will require approval from the Office of Campus Events or Senior Staff. All student organization reservations will be subject to the same definitions, directives, and restrictions as official college events, except that they will require approval from the Office of Student Engagement in consultation with the Office of Campus Events. Please review this additional guidance regarding events and gatherings.
Regrettably, we are unable at this time to welcome members of the media to campus due to the need to maintain low density. Please instead contact Director of Media Relations Mary Keister, who will work with you to answer your questions, facilitate interviews and assist you in obtaining high-resolution images of campus.