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Dear DePauw Students, Faculty, and Staff, 

We hope that you have had a restorative winter break however you have spent your time. As we approach the beginning of Winter Term, we want to share some new information and reminders with you.

With the emergence and spread of the Omicron variant, the University is taking the following steps, effective January 3, 2022, to help minimize COVID-19 on campus while maintaining in-person classes:

  • Masking is required in all public indoor spaces, with limited exceptions for
    • Individuals working alone in a private office 
    • Individuals in their own bedroom (residence hall bedrooms or Greek living unit bedrooms)
    • Individuals with stipulated institutional testing protocols (for example athletes during athletic competition, musicians during School of Music performances) during such designated engagements
    • In the very rare case that course content or pedagogy requires an exception (an exemption request may be sent to the Vice President for Academic Affairs). 
  • Switching in-person meetings to virtual meetings is highly recommended
  • Social gatherings are limited to 25 individuals or fewer

While students can no longer drop Winter Term courses through e-services, students whose plans have changed may send an email to RegistrarsOffice@depauw.edu requesting to drop a Winter Term course through 4:30pm ET on Wednesday 1/5/22.  The Registrar’s team will notify the housing office of this change as well.

The Mitigation Team will continue to monitor the health situation and will update the community regarding any additional measures. 

On December 27, the CDC released new guidance for the general public related to the isolation time frame for COVID-19 positive individuals and directives for close contacts of positive individuals. Specific guidance for congregate living spaces and institutions of higher education has not been released by the CDC or Indiana Department of Health. At this time the University is not making any changes to campus protocols for individuals in isolation or close contacts.  The Mitigation Team will continue to monitor guidance related to our specific type of community and will adapt appropriately. Individuals who have tested positive during the break should not return to campus until they have completed a 10-day isolation period. Students should report positive test results to c19testing@depauw.edu and employees should report positive test results to Human Resources.

As a reminder, please be sure you have reviewed the message from December 20, 2021 for additional guidance related to the COVID-19 booster requirement, reporting your booster to the university, return to campus guidance for monitoring your symptoms,  and testing prior to arrival on campus. 

To report your COVID-19 initial vaccine and/or booster, please use the appropriate link: 

Thank you for your continued consideration.

COVID-19 Mitigation Team