Our Approach

Denison’s policies and protocols are grounded in maximizing safety for our campus family and the surrounding community and responsibly managing risks for our students, faculty, and staff. Denison’s plans are informed by public health experts, CDC guidance, and state and local public health guidance. As information and the circumstances of COVID-19 continue to evolve, our policies and practices will be updated and adapted as appropriate.

Denison University will continue to adjust our strategies to address challenges as warranted. All students and employees are expected to fully comply with the policies and guidelines outlined in MyDenison. We all need to continue doing our part in this important work.


Currently, 100% of teaching faculty, 99% of students and 95% of staff are fully vaccinated. As a fully residential university, where all students live together in communal residence halls and apartments, Denison requires all students to be fully vaccinated with boosters or have an authorized medical exemption. Denison also requires all faculty, and staff of the college to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have an authorized exemption. Denison also strongly encourages all members of our community to follow CDC recommendations for vaccine booster shots for enhanced protection.

Face Masking

Face masks may be worn at the discretion of the individual. We respect the right of any individual who wishes to wear a mask to do so in any setting. We highly recommend that unvaccinated persons continue to wear masks while working in a communal setting or attending in-person meetings with others. 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.

  • Those who have been exposed or are recovering from COVID-19 must follow CDC guidance related to mask wearing.


Testing for students who are experiencing symptoms is available at the Wellness Center. Faculty and staff who are experiencing symptoms should get a test from their local pharmacy or free tests can be ordered online at covid.gov.

Quarantine & Isolation

Denison will follow the CDC guidelines regarding those individuals who are exposed or are recovering from COVID. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html