Kenyon strongly recommends that all employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Masks are not required in indoor public spaces for individuals unless they were recently exposed to COVID-19 or were recently recovered themselves. However, anyone who wishes to wear a mask will be supported in doing so, at any time. Masks may be required in specific bounded private spaces, and the requirement should be made clear through signage or other communication; examples include: Classrooms, studios, and laboratories, at the discretion of the instructor; offices and conference rooms, at the discretion of the occupant, supervisor, or host; some reception and gathering areas, such as the Cox Health & Counseling Center. In accordance with CDC guidance, we strongly recommend indoor masking if Knox County or the campus community are at the “High” COVID-19 Community Level.
Regardless of vaccination status, employees who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should get tested as soon as possible and wear a mask around others. If they test positive, they should follow the latest CDC guidance and isolate at home for at least 5 days and continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days or until they test negative on two consecutive antigen tests taken 48 hours apart. Employees who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask around others for 10 days after last exposure and test on day 5 if possible.
Accommodation or Variance Request
The Ohio Department of Health recommends that older Ohioans or people with chronic health conditions monitor their health carefully for symptoms of COVID-19, consult with your healthcare provider and limit your interaction with others as much as possible. Please check the CDC list of people with certain medical conditions who are considered at an increased risk for severe illness.
Employees who need an accommodation or variance from any workplace requirement (that has not already been met by a remote work or other arrangement approved by the supervisor) should reach out to the Office of Human Resources (staff) or the Office of the Provost (faculty) to make a request. The request must be submitted in writing and employees will be required to provide written documentation to support their request. All requests, including requests for remote work arrangements, will be evaluated in accordance with federal and state laws and College policies.
Any medical information employees share with their supervisor or Human Resources will be kept confidential. While we have an obligation to notify employees of their potential exposure to someone who is confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19, our policy is to not reveal the identity of the individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
Failure to comply with return-to-campus protocols could endanger co-workers, students and the public and may result in discipline, up to and including termination.
As local, state and federal guidance and requirements regarding COVID-19 continue to evolve, our directives may change. Thank you for agreeing to read these guidelines and protocols and any future updates in their entirety. Any questions or concerns should be directed to your supervisor, the Office of Human Resources (staff), or the Office of the Provost (faculty).