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Campus Activity Levels

Grinnell College has created a system of color-coded levels to communicate what our core activities look like on campus depending on community health conditions on campus, in town, and in our region. You can find more information about what each level means below, including links to other areas of Grinnell’s web site.

Along with expert advice from our public health team, we are reviewing a number of factors to determine campus and institutional activity levels. We are considering each of these factors independently and in relation to each other as conditions change, creating a holistic assessment of our community health environment. The factors we are considering are:

  • Campus community health conditions
  • Grinnell community and regional health conditions, including the latest test positivity rates in the City of Grinnell and region and the state of the area health care system
  • Latest guidance from public health experts, including the Iowa Department of Public Health and the CDC

Please reach out to specific departments and offices if you have questions about their operations at a particular campus activity level. Interested in planning an event? Submit your request to the Proposal Review Committee. The committee meets each Monday at 11:00 a.m. Please submit proposals as early as possible prior to your event. 

All information on this page and linked pages reflects the latest information about our community health conditions and is subject to change as new information becomes available. Updated January 2022.

Blue campus activity status indicator

PPE:

  • Campus community members and visitors are required to wear masks at all times indoors unless alone in a closed office space or with roommate(s) in a closed residence hall room.  
  • Classrooms remain masks required at all times, even when alone.  
  • Due to their availability and high standard of protection, N95, KN95, or KF94 masks are required for students, faculty and staff. Other types of masks, including cloth masks, will no longer meet masking requirements. 

Classes: Courses will meet primarily in-person.  

Meetings | Events | Pods: 

  • In person meetings and events can continue, but all participants must wear approved masks regardless of group size.  
  • We are asking students to form pods - A pod is a subgroup of your social network (approximately five people) with whom an individual spends most of their time. In establishing this informal group, consider pairing with friends who share similar risk thresholds or who will be free to eat meals at common times. In short, find a pod that meets your needs for social connection, as well as health and safety. Additionally, your pod can evolve as needed to serve the goals of this effort most effectively. 

Bear Athletic Center and Athletic Events: 

  • Indoor masking at the Bear is still required. Varsity athletic competitions will continue. Masking is required for all indoor venues/events, including spectators and all participants except those actively competing.  
  • Team training and competitions will follow mitigation practices as laid out by the NCAA and Midwest Conference.   

   Visitors: Visitors are welcome in campus buildings (other than the dining hall) and are required to wear masks.  

Travel: 

  • International and domestic college-sponsored travel is allowed as outlined in the college-sponsored travel policies. Please continue to be cautious when considering travel.  
  • We recommend viewing the CDC transmission estimates and COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for your destination prior to travel.  
  • College-sponsored international travel must be submitted to the Global Health and Safety Committee for review. Domestic travelers are strongly encouraged to register their travel to receive state-specific COVID-19 resources.  

Indoor Dining:

  • Student dining services will shift to a “Grab n Go” dining operation until further notice. Students will be able to select preferred meal options but will not be permitted to dine within the Marketplace Dining facility. 
  • Employees: Eating indoors in groups is not allowed. Employees may continue to unmask briefly to eat in their workspaces.  

See details for this and other levels below.

Campus Activity Level Descriptions

Level Green indicates that we are approaching pre-pandemic activity levels or that we have the tools and resources to appropriately mitigate spread of the virus.  

 

Safety/PPE: Effective Aug. 9, 2021, all members of our campus community and visitors will be required to mask while indoors in shared spaces regardless of vaccination status. Individuals are welcome to wear a mask at any time for any reason, including outdoors.  

Meetings and Events: Meetings and events may occur in person and restrictions on group events/meetings are no longer in place.

Buildings: Buildings are at normal capacity and accessible during normal operating hours. Academic and student-centered spaces are accessible by P-card after normal business hours.

Travel/Visitor: Travel is allowed – please continue to be cautious when considering travel. We recommend reviewing CDC transmission estimates prior to travel.

Visitors are welcome in campus buildings (other than the dining hall) and are required to mask while indoors. 

Dining: Dining and catering may now serve indoors. Visitors, faculty, and staff will not be allowed in the dining hall at this time.  Summer hours and services may be limited.

Level Blue indicates that community health precautions are still in place for most campus activities.    

 

PPE:

  • Campus community members and visitors are required to wear masks at all times indoors unless alone in a closed office space or with roommate(s) in a closed residence hall room.  
  • Classrooms remain masks required at all times, even when alone.  
  • Due to their availability and high standard of protection, N95, KN95, or KF94 masks are required for students, faculty and staff. Other types of masks, including cloth masks, will no longer meet masking requirements. 

Classes: Courses will meet primarily in-person.  

Meetings | Events | Pods: 

  • In person meetings and events can continue, but all participants must wear approved masks regardless of group size.  
  • We are asking students to form pods - A pod is a subgroup of your social network (approximately five people) with whom an individual spends most of their time. In establishing this informal group, consider pairing with friends who share similar risk thresholds or who will be free to eat meals at common times. In short, find a pod that meets your needs for social connection, as well as health and safety. Additionally, your pod can evolve as needed to serve the goals of this effort most effectively. 

Bear Athletic Center and Athletic Events: 

  • Indoor masking at the Bear is still required. Varsity athletic competitions will continue. Masking is required for all indoor venues/events, including spectators and all participants except those actively competing.  
  • Team training and competitions will follow mitigation practices as laid out by the NCAA and Midwest Conference.   

   

Visitors: Visitors are welcome in campus buildings (other than the dining hall) and are required to wear masks.  

Travel: 

  • International and domestic college-sponsored travel is allowed as outlined in the college-sponsored travel policies. Please continue to be cautious when considering travel.  
  • We recommend viewing the CDC transmission estimates and COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for your destination prior to travel.  
  • College-sponsored international travel must be submitted to the Global Health and Safety Committee for review. Domestic travelers are strongly encouraged to register their travel to receive state-specific COVID-19 resources.  

Indoor Dining:

  • Student dining services will shift to a “Grab n Go” dining operation until further notice. Students will be able to select preferred meal options but will not be permitted to dine within the Marketplace Dining facility. 
  • Employees: Eating indoors in groups is not allowed. Employees may continue to unmask briefly to eat in their workspaces.  

Level Yellow indicates a heightened risk of infection for those in our community and/or decreased community resources to react to infection spread and illness, with corresponding effects on campus activities. 

 

Safety/PPE: Masks worn indoors. Masks worn outdoors with others. Exception: in a private space with the door closed, shower, pool​. 

Classes: Hybrid, primarily online, some in-person with appropriate PPE/safety precautions​.

Meetings and Events: Primarily online, limited events/meetings in-person with appropriate PPE/safety precautions.

Athletics: No competition, limited training with PPE/safety precautions​; buildings at reduced capacity.

Travel/Visitors: Faculty and staff travel restrictions in place with limited opportunities by permission. Limited visitors by reservation only; please check with department or office you intend to visit.

Dining: Take-out food available during business hours from the Marketplace Dining Hall for students and employees on meal plans.

Level Red indicates significant community health risks. At Level Red we recommend limiting, as much as possible, interaction with others outside of your immediate family or ‘bubble’. General community health conditions are negative.General community health conditions are negative. 

 

Safety/PPE: Masks and shields required when indoors. Masks when with others​. Exception: in a private space with the door closed, shower, pool​.

Classes: Online only​.

Meetings and Events: Online only​.

Athletics: No competition, ​no group activities​. Buildings closed​.

Travel/Visitors: No visitors, staff and faculty travel restrictions in place​.

Dining: Prepackaged food available for students and employees on meals plans to pick up at designated times from the Joe Rosenfield Center.

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