Health Strategies


Prevention is our first line of defense against COVID-19 and emerging variants of the virus. Taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of infection is our highest priority to help support a safe campus environment for our students, faculty, and staff and for the surrounding community. Prevention measures include vaccines, face masking, and other public health measures.


Denison is requiring that all students, faculty, and staff in most departments and areas of the college get vaccinated. We are also requiring all contracted services, programs, speakers, and temporary staff to be fully vaccinated to be on campus. As a fully residential university, where all students live together in communal dormitories and apartments, all students are required to be fully vaccinated or have an authorized exemption.

Face Masking

At this time, Denison requires masking in classes, shared workspaces, and indoor meetings.


Following prevention, surveillance is our next line of defense. It is important for each individual to closely monitor symptoms and take preemptive measures to protect all in our community.


Based on public health guidance, because our campus community is almost entirely vaccinated, we will not be conducting regular surveillance testing of our community.

Symptom Monitoring

Students should monitor symptoms closely. If you have symptoms or concerns, please contact the Wellness Center for testing.

Faculty and staff should conduct symptom monitoring before coming to campus. Anybody with symptoms should not report to work and should contact their supervisor and the employee symptom hotline at: or 740-587-5597.

Symptoms include the following:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle pain/body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Intestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea)


Containment refers to how we prevent known infection from spreading. If a Denison community member has COVID or was directly exposed to COVID through settings like home, family, travel or settings outside of work.

Quarantine and Isolation


  • If students are experiencing symptoms, they should contact the Wellness Center for testing.
  • If a student is identified as a close contact, they will be provided with instructions on what to do.
    • Students who have been identified as a close contact who are fully vaccinated and not experiencing symptoms, can continue to attend classes but must follow all protocols outlined in  MyDenison, including enhanced masking guidelines.

More details can be found on My Denison.

Faculty & Staff

If you’ve been infected with COVID-19, you must:

  1. Report to HR immediately.
  2. Participate in contact tracing so that Denison can alert any close contacts.
  3. Isolate for 10 days until cleared by HR.

More details can be found on My Denison.

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