Denison University’s policies and protocols are rooted in our commitment to maximizing safety and responsibly managing risks for our staff, faculty, and students, and for the broader community. We urge everyone to take time to review these guidelines, which help address potential questions and concerns and describe the steps being taken to minimize COVID-19 risks on campus.
Denison’s plans are informed by state and local public health guidance, as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Any visitors who are known or suspected of being COVID-19 positive, or who display one or more symptoms of Covid-19 display COVID symptoms are not permitted on campus.
For the 2020-21 academic year, we are limiting visits to essential needs, and otherwise encourage virtual meetings and experiences to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission. We strongly discourage drop-in visits to campus buildings and programs.
All visitors are expected to respect and abide by campus policies, posted regulations, and instructions by authorized campus personnel, including COVID-19-related health and safety measures including wearing facial coverings and following social distancing protocols.
For the purpose of this policy, the term “visitor” refers to anyone who is not currently enrolled as a student or currently employed as a member of the faculty or staff.
- Current parents, guardians, and families that have students enrolled on campus (At this time, students are not permitted to invite visitors to campus, apart from parents, guardians, or family members)
- Prospective families and students
- Designated vendors and service operators/contractors that provide essential products/services to the University
- Ride-hailing and food delivery drivers
- Athletes and athletic staff for intercollegiate competition as other prescribed conference/NCAC regulations for Division III
- Classroom/Co-curricular presenters that are invited by a Denison employee for the purpose of enhancing learning and leadership experiences
- Officials, civic and business leaders, and others with whom the university collaborates with to enhance the community and provide opportunities for students and faculty
Health and Safety Expectations
All visitors to campus will be required to follow university health and safety guidelines.
Visitors experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms should not come to campus. Those include: fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain/body aches, and new loss of smell or taste.
Visitors will be required to wear face coverings (masks) when inside university buildings (and use discretion outdoors) and practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Washable cloth masks meet this requirement. Denison recognizes there may be important personal reasons such as medical conditions, or religious beliefs that may prevent individuals from wearing certain types of face masks. These individuals are encouraged to use an alternative face covering when possible and maintain maximum social distancing.
Visitors to campus also will follow safe social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others.
Specific Events and Types of Visits
Prospective Student and Family Visits
We know that it is essential for students and families to make informed decisions about their future plans. We want students and families to be able to visit and tour campus and have made arrangements for these visits to be conducted with appropriate health and safety measures in place and ask all prospective students and families to please register your visit at the link below.
Register for a campus visit with our Admission Office.
Use of Campus Facilities Visits
At this time, campus facilities and offerings that have generally been open to community members and external guests -- including the library, the Mitchell Center (and all indoor and outdoor facilities, tracks and fields), dining facilities, Slayter Union, residence halls, the Eisner Center, and similar venues -- are limited to Denison students, faculty and staff. We deeply regret that community members and visitors who normally enjoy these facilities will not be permitted to use them until further notice. We trust the community understands that this is also for the protection of community members more broadly, and that permitting visitors safely would require additional personnel and supplies that, at this time, are needed to meet the heightened mitigation efforts supporting Denison’s academic and student operations. We will monitor the health landscape carefully for when safe reopenings will be possible.
Guests are welcome to enjoy our grounds for walking, running, etc. if they remain outside, practice physical distancing standards and avoid gathering in groups larger than allowed by Ohio laws (currently 10).
Residence Hall Visits
At this time, visitors are not permitted in campus residence halls and students are not permitted to invite outside personal visitors to campus, apart from parents, guardians, or family members. No overnight visitors are permitted in residence halls. Authorized visitors from within and outside the University community must comply with all residence hall and University policies and regulations. Students should refer to the Housing Policy and Student Residence Agreement for details.
Because of COVID-19, Denison may impose additional restrictions on visitors (including other Denison students) in residence halls and individual rooms, and students will be expected to abide by these rules when they are announced.
Spectators at Denison athletic events will be limited to Denison students, faculty and staff. We deeply regret that families, community members, and visitors who normally enjoy these events will not be permitted to do so. We trust the community understands that this policy is to help protect everyone’s health.
Performing Arts & Cultural Spectators
We are working to be able to offer performing arts programs, cultural programs, lectures and events in a mix of in-person and virtual formats. In-person events will be open to the campus community only (students, faculty and staff) on terms announced for each event, and with adjusted attendance maximums to support physical distancing and other safety measures in accordance with government regulations and best practices of the performing arts and event management industries. The one exception to the external visitor policy is the Denison Museum. The Museum will allow external visitors on an appointment-only basis. Details about scheduling appointments will be made available on the Museum website. We are working to develop plans for how we might make some events available to off-campus supporters online and via livestream and will share information when it is available.
Family and Guardian Visits
We are working to keep density on campus as low as possible and reduce the number of people coming and going from The Hill. We ask that families and guardians be judicious about visiting Denison and to recognize that the experience of visiting students on campus will be limited as, based on this policy, guests aren’t permitted in residence halls, to use campus facilities like dining halls, or to be spectators at sporting and arts events. We know this is difficult and we look forward to the day when we can fully welcome everyone to campus for unrestricted visits. But, for now, we ask families and guardians to join us in helping to limit visitors to campus.
Remote and Commuter Student Visits
Commuter students have full access to campus (classroom, facilities, study spaces, library, etc.) but are not permitted in residence halls.
Per our invited guests policy, students who study remotely are not permitted access to campus, even as invited guests. Again, our goal is to reduce density on campus and so we ask students studying remotely not to visit campus.