None of us can guarantee what trajectory COVID-19 will take or guarantee a COVID-19 free environment. As is true in all other aspects of our lives until a vaccine is widely available, the risk of COVID-19 will remain real for the foreseeable future. Our focus has been and will aggressively continue to be to minimize and manage these risks through integrated, well-researched community-wide protocols and plans. Our approach includes but is not limited to:
- Personal symptom monitoring required by all faculty, staff and students on a daily basis and those with symptoms (fever, cough, body aches, etc.) will be required to quarantine until a return to day-to-day routine is authorized under medical and public-health guidelines.
- Face masks will be required as outline in Denison's Face Mask and Face Covering Guidelines.
- Physical distancing: Students will be asked to maintain six feet of distance from others at all times. We will take advantage of larger spaces indoors and outdoor spaces for classes, use hybrid in person and remote teaching models and post capacity limits for public/common spaces.
- Testing: All students will receive a COVID-19 tests during move-in and Denison will also administer weekly signal (random population) testing like we did during fall semester. Denison will also conduct robust contact tracing to identify and contain potential additional exposures.
- Isolation and Quarantine: Because we know eliminating all risk is impossible, we will ensure those with symptoms are isolated on or off campus and are supported and cared for until a return to day-to-day routine is authorized under medical and public-health guidance. The same will be true for students identified through contact tracing as having had potential exposure, and as a result, will be required to quarantine. These students will still be able to participate in classes remotely. Like fall semester, we ask that students quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. We also ask students to start symptom monitoring and logging during this time.
- Cleaning and sanitation: We have invested in state-of-the-art sanitation machines, stocked sanitation products and planned for staffing so that we can follow strict disinfection and cleaning protocols in all public spaces on campus, including classrooms, dining halls, restrooms, the library and other study spaces.
- High risk community members: Our flexible academic plan outlined below allows us to accommodate students who may be at higher risk of illness. We also have employee policies and protocols in place for our faculty and staff with higher-risk circumstances.
- Healthcare support, in addition to our own facilities, support and services are available, thanks to Denison’s fortunate location near Columbus, at any of the five large hospitals nearby which are some of the best in Ohio.