Monkeypox Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education

Who should use this toolkit? Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) administrators and staff members.

What is this toolkit about? This toolkit provides helpful resources for administrators, health centers, and students.

How should I use this toolkit? IHE administrators can find relevant key resources for their populations, including links to share with their health centers and students.

IHEs, including colleges and universities, should continue everyday operational practices to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases.

This includes:

  • Encouraging students and staff to stay home when sick
  • Allowing virtual options for students who are sick
  • Ensuring access to adequate handwashing supplies
  • Maintaining routine cleaning and disinfection practices, including cleaning of sports gear and laundering of uniforms
  • Identifying spaces to isolate someone who is sick with an infectious disease
  • Providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff who care for students with infectious diseases.

IHEs should work with their state or local health department to identify additional actions if they are notified of a case of or exposure to monkeypox at their IHE.

  • Signs and Symptoms
    You may experience flu-like symptoms before or after a rash, or you may only experience a rash. Learn more about the signs and symptoms and how long monkeypox lasts.
  • How It Spreads
    A person with monkeypox can spread it to others from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed.  Learn more about how monkeypox spreads.
  • Testing
    Currently, testing is only recommended if you have a rash consistent with monkeypox. Learn more about when and where to get tested and what to expect.
  • Prevention
    Learn how you can make informed choices when in spaces or situations where monkeypox could be spread. Learn more about the recommended prevention steps to protect you and your community.
  • Vaccines
    Learn the basics about monkeypox vaccination, including who should get vaccinated, where to get vaccinated, cost, and more.
  • If You Are Sick
    Monkeypox typically lasts 2-4 weeks. Learn what you can do to take care of yourself as you recover, including managing symptoms and rash relief.

What Higher Education Administrators and Staff Need to Know

Higher education administrators and staff should:

Staff can also review frequently asked questions for Schools, Early Care and Education Programs, and Other Settings Serving Children or Adolescents.