The information below spells out health and wellness measures we are taking to help protect our campus, community, and visitors. These protocols may be updated as health guidance evolves.
Visitor protocols are determined according to the following categories. Please review all categories carefully. When in doubt about the appropriate category, please contact your immediate supervisor.
Residential hall/other living spaces visitors: Visitors and guests (anyone other than a Knox student, faculty, or staff member) are NOT allowed in residential halls, theme houses, fraternity/sorority houses or any other on-campus living space. A one-time exception is being made for families on move-in day. Family members assisting with move-in must wear masks at all times, limit the time inside the residential hall, and limit the number of family members in the residential hall to only those essential for move-in.
The policy regarding residential hall and living unit visitors will be revisited near the end of September.
Day visitors to non-residential buildings: Speakers, performers, and alumni visitors fall into this category. These visitors are subject to the indoor mask policy. Prior to entering a non-residential campus building, visitors for the day must check in with campus safety and complete a form providing vaccination status. If a visitor is vaccinated, or unvaccinated and provides proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival on campus, they will receive a Knox wristband, and will be able to enter non-residential campus buildings.
Prospective students and their families: Prospective students and their families are required to wear masks indoors and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. They will be required to check in with Admission. They are also encouraged to limit the number of family members who join them for their visit. Prospective students and their families will not visit residential halls, observe classes, or participate in overnight visits.
Repeat visitors to non-residential buildings: These visitors include community groups that regularly use our indoor facilities, community ensemble members, or other members of the community who do ongoing research in our library. Members of this visitor category are subject to the indoor mask policy, and must be vaccinated. They will be required to check in with Campus Safety, complete a form and provide proof of vaccination and will be issued a lanyard and visitor pass which will include their name and date approved.
15 minutes or under visitors to non-residential buildings: These visitors include those delivering supplies, mail, or other items to campus. These visitors are subject to the indoor mask policy and must limit their time indoors to 15 minutes or under. Any time over 15 minutes will require following the day visitor policy.
Athletics spectator policies (with guidance from the NCAA and Midwest Conference) have been developed and are available on the Prairie Fire website. Please check the policies frequently as they are subject to change.
Visitors are welcome to enjoy outdoor campus spaces, and do not need to register or check in to access those spaces. Masks are recommended outdoors in crowded settings.
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.
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.