The COVID-19 pandemic warrants unique considerations of our care for one another and support of community values of respect and safety. This time requires generosity and collaboration. Generosity means a willingness to take steps to protect others, even when the steps might feel unnecessary to you, and recognizing the complex and hidden realities that other people are facing. Collaboration means that we must all work together to promote safety and the future of our community. By listening to students, faculty, and staff, we’ve identified what is essential to allowing us to return safely to campus, as well as future projections for how we can move closer to normalcy as things become safer. As we listened to students, faculty, and staff, it became clear that our community is looking forward to returning to campus in a way that best promotes and protects everyone’s health and allows us to reconnect with the things we love most about Denison.
In order to make an informed decision about residing on campus this fall we believe it is important that all students who plan to live on-campus in Fall 2020 read, understand, acknowledge, and agree to the rules and guidelines that will be in place. Students also should understand that violations will be a basis for discipline up to and including separation from the University.
Because We Care
- We will take personal and collective responsibility for the health and welfare of our community members.
- We will meet that responsibility through our day-to-day actions and will rely on all members of our community to do so.
- We will create a culture of accountability by leading by example. We will respectfully and with care and concern for one another encourage others to follow guidelines and protocols.
- We will act with urgency to respond and adapt to new data, information, guidelines, and mandates.
I Commit to Stop the Spread By:
Caring for Myself
- I will monitor symptoms daily and accurately report my self screen via the MyWellness page on MyDenison.edu.
- If I have any symptoms, I will immediately call the Wellness Center and will comply with the medical instructions I am given, including not going to class or work.
- I will get a flu vaccine when vaccinations become available at Denison unless I have a valid medical reason or religious restriction that precludes me from receiving a vaccine. I will also get a COVID-19 vaccination should one become available and be recommended by medical experts.
- I will wash my hands often and for twenty seconds or use hand sanitizer before and after touching high-traffic surfaces, leaving campus buildings, and after sneezing or coughing.
- I will avoid touching my face, mouth, eyes or nose; and avoid sharing food, drink, utensils or similar items.
Caring for Others
- I will maintain a physical distance of six feet between myself and others at all times in public spaces, including in classrooms and learning spaces.
- I will wear an appropriate face covering, both on and off campus (including in classrooms and learning spaces), as directed by the university and local government mandates.
- I will do my part to keep public spaces disinfected including spraying down surfaces after each use in classrooms, learning spaces, bathrooms (toilets, sinks, doorknobs), study spaces, etc. that I come into contact with.
- I will follow protocols for group gatherings both indoors and outdoors and will neither host nor participate in any gathering that exceeds capacity guidelines or violates healthy behavior mandates (i.e. where masks are not worn and physical distancing is not practiced or enforced).
- I will not patronize establishments where physical distancing and mask wearing are not practiced and enforced.
- I acknowledge that drinking alcohol and using other substances will increase my risk of engaging in risky behavior and/or needing medical treatment, including the increased risk of being exposed to higher-risk contact with others.
Caring for My Community
- I will follow all protocols to limit exposure established by the State of Ohio, the Village of Granville, and surrounding cities and towns, including wearing face masks in all public places (including classrooms) including outdoors when I cannot maintain six feet of distance with others.
- I will help create a closed campus system by staying on campus for the first two weeks of the semester, limiting travel off campus and only traveling outside of Central Ohio when it is essential such as for important family commitments and medical appointments.
- I will abide by visitor guidelines, understanding that I may only invite family members or guardians onto campus and that I may not have outside guests (anyone external to Denison) in my residence hall.
- I will keep track of my activities, limit my social contacts, and socialize responsibly.
- I will participate in Denison’s testing protocol:
- I will be tested if I am symptomatic for COVID-19 and am requested to do so by a medical professional.
- If I am confirmed to be a close contact of someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 I will be tested as requested to do so by a medical professional.
- As a student and resident of campus, I will participate in signal testing (weekly testing of a percentage of the Denison population selected randomly from the entire campus population or a subset of the population) if asked to do so.
- I will participate in contact tracing if I am requested to do so and I will share complete information with contact tracers about others who have been exposed.
- I will submit to quarantine and isolation if I am asked to do so by a medical professional and will follow all quarantine and isolation protocols.
Commitment to the Community Care Agreement
We ask each student who returns to campus to accept and adopt the behaviors outlined in this agreement. Any student who feels they will not be able to abide by these expectations should consider other options available to them for fall semester.
For those who do return to campus, we ask you to commit to doing your part and to meeting the obligations to our community. As outlined in the Code of Student Conduct, students are expected to comply with University directives, guidance, and practices of physical distancing, mask wearing, off-campus travel, visitors or guests, and other University expectations adapted for the current public health context. Failure to adhere to these community health and safety guidelines, and any conduct intended to cause infection or risk of infection to others, or to intentionally incite panic by intimating risk or infection to others, will be a basis for discipline up to and including separation from the University.
Campus rules and guidelines may be updated and revised as we receive additional guidance from the city, state, and federal governments.