The DePauw University Mitigation Team continues to monitor data regarding COVID-19 from the CDC as well as state and local public health officials. The information on this site will be updated periodically to reflect current guidance as we focus on the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff members.
DePauw community members are encouraged to understand their personal risks and use standard mitigation strategies to keep themselves healthy.
- COVID-19 Vaccines
DePauw students are required to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. The CDC defines someone as up to date with COVID-19 vaccines when they have received all doses in the primary series and all recommended boosters, when eligible. Medical and religious exemptions for all immunizations are permitted. See depauwhealth.org for more information.
DePauw also requires employees to provide proof of up to date COVID-19 vaccination. As with the required flu vaccine, employees who have a medical or religious reason, or philosophical belief, will be exempt from this requirement but will be required to follow the protocols outlined below.
Submission of Vaccination and Booster Shot Information.
Incoming students should report their vaccine and booster information on their immunization record through Med+Proctor (www.medproctor.com) due Aug. 1, 2022.
Returning students who have received their vaccine booster should provide a copy of their vaccination booster document here.
How to find COVID-19 vaccination locations.
Pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS, Kroger and Target, among others, are now able to administer COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster shots. Visit their respective websites for information on how to schedule an appointment.
State of Indiana sponsored vaccination locations can be found by visiting ourshot.in.gov or by calling 2-1-1. For step by step instructions on how to schedule an appointment on ourshot.in.gov, click here.
Who to call if you have questions about getting vaccinated.
DePauw students and employees who utilize the DePauw Health Wellness Clinic are welcome to call DePauw Health at 765-658-4555 to speak with a member of the Hendricks Regional Health staff with general questions about the COVID-19 vaccines or about COVID-19 vaccines and their specific health.
- Symptoms of COVID-19
The CDC website states: People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms.
If you test positive for COVID-19, contact your health care provider to inquire about possible treatments for the virus.
- Community Mask Usage
- Masking with KF94, KN95 or N95 masks is recommended throughout campus in all spaces, but not required, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. *Proper use of KF94, KN95 or N95 masks is effective in reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection to the mask wearer. For more information, visit this American Medical Association site regarding masking.
- Masking with KF94, KN95 or N95 masks is required for ANYONE who: is experiencing symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19; tested positive in the last 10 days; or was exposed to COVID-19 in the last 10 days.
- For events and speakers: If contractually obligated for particular speakers or performers, the university may make a temporary adjustment to the masking procedures.
- If you test positive for COVID-19
If you test positive for COVID-19:
- Follow public health guidance to reduce transmission of COVID-19.
- Isolate in your current residential space.
- Wear a high-quality mask (KF94, KN95 or N95) through day 10 when around other individuals.
- You should not attend in-person classes or activities while you are isolated.
- For students on a meal plan, if you tested positive and are in isolation, you may order meals through CaterTrax for pick-up in Hoover Hall. Students may also grab-and-go.
- After determining your isolation end date by using this guidance, email the CARE Team (email@example.com) if you need assistance in contacting your professors about missing classes. If you participate in intercollegiate athletics, you must also notify your athletics trainer.
- If desired, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a temporary move if you live in a residence hall, Rector Village or university-owned houses and apartments, or contact your house corporation if you live in a privately owned Greek chapter.
- If you are experiencing symptoms, call DePauw Health Wellness Center at 765-658-4555 to schedule a consultation.
- Isolate away from campus.
- You are not expected to work if you are sick.
- Connect with your supervisor to determine if working remotely is an option.
- Utilize standard sick time during this period. There is no longer a COVID-19 sick time code.
- Any work absence of more than five consecutive days will require employees to contact HR directly.
If you receive a message that you were exposed to COVID-19:
- At-home tests may be purchased from retailers like Walmart, Kroger, CVS, Target, Amazon or other pharmacies.
- If you purchase at-home tests, health insurance plans must cover 8 individual at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per person enrolled in the plan per month. Contact your health insurance provider for details on how to purchase tests and be reimbursed.
- If you are experiencing symptoms and need medical care, you may contact DePauw Health by calling 765-658-4555.
- In conjunction with Hendricks Regional Health, the DePauw Health Wellness Center will provide COVID-19 symptomatic testing to employees who are participants in the University's health insurance plan if the medical provider deems COVID-19 testing appropriate.
- Contact Tracing
If you have tested positive, contact individuals with whom you have had close contact.
If you receive a message that you were exposed to COVID-19: