Health Strategies

Prevention

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 vaccine requirements, face masking, symptom monitoring, and other public health measures.

Vaccines

Denison requires all students, faculty, and staff of the college to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, which also includes boosters. 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 with boosters or have an authorized exemption.

Face Masking

Denison continues to follow the CDC guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Effective March 7, 2022, we are suspending mask mandates. CDC masking guidelines are now tied to the levels of COVID in any particular county. Licking County (and most of Ohio) is now at yellow, which means that masks are recommended only for those who are at high risk for severe illness.

However, faculty and staff will continue to have control over their work spaces. This means that faculty will continue to have the right to require masks in their classrooms, labs, offices, and other workspaces. Staff will also have the right to ask people to wear a mask when they are in their workspaces. Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff will still be required to wear masks. We will also respect the right of any vaccinated individual who wishes to wear a mask to do so in any setting.

As we have done since the start of the pandemic, we will continue to monitor the overall COVID rates on campus, throughout Central Ohio, and nationally, and we will continue to adjust guidelines as needed. We will also continue to post Covid numbers on the weekly dashboard.

Surveillance

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.

Testing

Symptomatic testing for students is available at the Wellness Center. 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: COVID19Questions@denison.edu 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

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

Students

  • 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.