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The Student and Employee Wellness Advisory Group issued a policy for visitors/guests to campus. This protocol may be updated as health guidance evolves. The information below spells out the public health measures we are taking to help protect our visitors and the campus community.

To promote the safety of our community, access to campus is restricted to students, employees, and essential visitors/guests. A visitor/guest is defined as any individual coming to campus who is not a Knox College employee or current student.

Essential visitors/guests may include the following:

Contractors, Vendors & Other Essential Partners

Decisions regarding campus visits by contractors, vendors, and other partners must be approved by the appropriate vice president at least 48 hours in advance of the visit (excepting emergencies). Visitors in this category must check in with Human Resources at the Administrative Services Building upon arrival to campus and follow the protocol below. (This does not include UPS, FedEx, and other delivery services that have their own no-contact protocols in place.) For more information, email

Admission Visitors (including Athletics Visitors)

The Office of Admission is conducting modified on-campus visits. Prospective students and their families are welcome on campus by appointment only, and must check in with Admission at Alumni Hall upon arrival to campus and follow the protocol below. Read more about scheduling a visit with the Office of Admission.

Family Members/Significant Others of Students Living on Campus

Students residing on campus may have their family members and/or significant others visit for a defined period of time. Family members/significant others must be approved by the Campus Life Office at least 48 hours in advance of the visit and must check in with Campus Safety at the Administrative Services Building upon arrival to campus and follow the protocol below. These visitors are permitted in the student's assigned residence hall only—not in any other campus buildings. Overnight guests are not currently permitted, unless the guest is a current student taking on campus classes because those people are participating in our campus testing protocol and symptom monitoring program. For more information, email

All Other Visitors

All guests not included in the above categories are nonessential visitors and should not be on campus. During this time, campus facilities (such as the library and fitness facilities) are closed to members of the greater Galesburg community. The registration of any third-party and external events has been suspended until further notice.

Rare exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and should be directed to the appropriate vice president (for employees) or the Vice President for Student Development (for students). Urgent requests may be communicated by phone to Campus Safety at (309) 341-7979.

Health & Wellness Protocols for Visitors

Knox is an hospitable community and has long welcomed visitors to our historic and beautiful campus. In this time of COVID-19, we are taking special measures to help protect the health of visitors to our campus as well as members of our campus community. We appreciate your compliance with these measures. If you have any questions, please email

Pre-Arrival Symptom Monitoring

Visitors must complete self-monitoring before arriving on campus, including a temperature check. You must be free of ANY symptom potentially related to COVID-19. At this time, the CDC indicates that these include one or more of the following:

  • Fever (above 100.4) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Known exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

If you have any of the above symptoms, please reschedule your visit to campus.


All visitors must check in at their designated location (Alumni Hall for Admission visitors, Administrative Services Building for everyone else).

Upon arrival to campus, Admission visitors should call (309) 341-7100. All other visitors should call (309) 341-7979. The above phone numbers will be posted outside the building for your convenience.

A staff member will take your temperature and ask you a few basic questions about your symptoms and any potential exposure to COVID-19.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been recently exposed to someone who has tested positive, you will be asked to reschedule your visit and depart campus.


Visitors to Knox College are required to wear masks on campus at all times (indoors and outdoors). Please bring a mask to campus with you. If you do not have access to a mask, one will be provided for you upon check-in.

Physical Distancing

Everyone is asked to keep a minimum of six (6) feet between themselves and others at all times. Additionally, please restrict your movement on campus to the area designated by your host.


Everyone is asked to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use one of the hand sanitizer dispensers on campus.

Post-Visit Follow Up

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days of your visit to campus, please notify Knox College Health Services immediately by calling (309) 341-7559.

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Printed on Tuesday, May 18, 2021