Colgate is reopening campus for the fall 2020 semester.
The extraordinary undertaking of operating a leading University during a pandemic is only possible with the collaboration of students, faculty, and staff. We must all work in concert to continue the pursuit of knowledge while taking informed action to mitigate the risks of the pandemic.
The challenges are significant. The strength of this community is greater.
In 200 years of history, the people of Colgate have demonstrated a profound resilience through moments of crisis, both local and global. Our Colgate ancestors have not only weathered such challenges, but often have emerged stronger, smarter, and more aware of and prepared for the challenges of the world in which we live.
Now is our moment.
Together we will pursue our educational mission. Together we will do what it takes to protect the members of our community. Together we will emerge as a stronger community, as stronger individuals, and as a stronger Colgate.
According to the Department of Health, students who test positive for the virus must enter isolation. If students are unable to safely leave the campus to isolate at their own homes, the University has prepared comfortable, private accommodations for students in isolation at the nearby Wendt University Inn. Students in isolation receive ongoing medical and counseling care, and can continue to participate in courses remotely if they feel up to it, receive supervised outdoor recreation time, and will receive regular meal deliveries.
Students who enter the isolation protocol, either at home or at the Wendt, may not exit the protocol early, even if they receive a subsequent test indicating they are negative for the virus. This is the policy of the Madison County Department of Health.
Some may feel that the negative test is an indicator that the first test was a false-positive; however, the guidelines in place take into account that there is no way to determine if there was a false positive or a false negative, and therefore errs on the side of caution and safety.
Students are expected to remain in the local area throughout the current semester except as required by academic University-Sponsored Essential Travel (e.g. research project, field based course requirements).
If personal circumstances arise that require a student to leave campus, the University has established a protocol for students to request a temporary exemption. Details about this protocol are available at www.colgate.edu/personaltravel.
Students should be aware that depending upon the circumstances and nature of each request, the student may be required to enter the University quarantine protocol upon return to campus, or the student may elect to transition to remote, off-campus learning for the remainder of the semester.
Together we take unprecedented action for health and safety. We do this so that we may continue learning together.
Colgate Together: We are doing this together so we can be together.
The science is clear.
Face coverings reduce the transmissibility of this virus. We wear face coverings to protect each other. We wear face coverings to protect ourselves.
Under our face coverings, we are still smiling.
We maintain 6 feet of distance between one another. We do so because research has made it clear that this reduces the transmissibility of the virus.
And we do this because we prefer to be 6 feet apart, rather than thousands of miles apart.
At least 13 times per day
This simple action, which we have always done multiple times daily, protects us as individuals and collectively. We wash our hands because it is the right thing to do, and we wash our hands because:
Who doesn’t like clean hands?
We all live and work here.
Cleaning spaces reduces the transmissibility of the virus. On our campus we share spaces — with roommates, with classmates, with other diners, with coworkers — and we therefore share in their care.
We clean before use to protect ourselves, and we clean after use to protect our peers.
This is bigger than “me.”
Not one of us chose these challenges. However, what each one of us chooses to do moving forward might have profound consequences for everyone.
We therefore commit to doing whatever it takes to protect these communities.
Viruses are not bound by race or nationality. Avoid inappropriate blame or hostility toward any specific nation or its people. Read the CDC anti-stigma guidelines for facts about this illness.