Parent and Family Resources

The resources and information below have been collected for easy access by the parents and families of Colgate students.

Important Dates

The key dates of each academic year, including Family Weekend, breaks and recesses, and commencement, are presented in the University’s Academic Calendar.

Academic Calendar


COVID-19 Response Information

The University is taking steps to minimize the risk to students and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Full information about the University's response to the situation is available and regularly updated at



Commonly Sought Information

Emergency Email Communications

During a campus emergency, the University’s primary concern is life safety, so communications are directed first to those on campus: students, faculty, and staff.

In the event of an emergency, please understand that the Emergency Response Team must first secure life safety and physical safety. Colgate must direct communications to the campus community first, focusing its resources on managing the emergency and keeping the community safe. Colgate will email parents and family members with information as appropriate and when possible. Your patience and understanding will be appreciated.  

It is important to remember that in the event of an emergency, telephones (both landlines and cell phones) will be critical tools for emergency managers. Please refrain from calling Colgate for information; instead, look for information on and in emails.

Every effort will be made to keep parents and family members well informed in ways that help them to support their students’ continued well-being and growth at the University. In extended situations where the scope of an incident and those who are affected changes over time, Colgate will adjust the notification recipient lists accordingly.

Family Emergencies

If you have a family emergency and can’t reach your student, call Campus Safety at 1 (315) 228-7333.

Vice President and Dean of the College Paul McLoughlin, members of his team, and students provide an orientation for new families on August 25, 2019.

Contact Us

Rebecca Downing
Senior Director, Communications and Parent Initiatives


Urgent Concerns