Mandatory Universal Arrival Quarantine, Fall 2020

The information contained in these pages has been prepared by campus safety, student health services, facilities, residential life, and dean of the college staff to help students understand what they can expect during the mandatory universal quarantine upon arrival to campus for the fall 2020 semester.

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Quarantine Period: Arrival through September 8, 2020

All students arriving at Colgate for the Fall 2020 semester will immediately enter mandatory universal quarantine in their residences for a minimum of 14 days. The quarantine applies to all students studying on campus for the fall 2020 semester — including students who have spent the summer on campus and seniors living in privately owned off-campus housing for the fall of 2020.
The mandatory universal arrival quarantine will end for all healthy students on the same day: Tuesday, September 8 — no matter which day a student arrives on campus. 
Classes will begin as scheduled on August 27, 2020, with all courses online until the quarantine ends.

Why Quarantine?

The best science to date tells us that, in conjunction with a robust testing protocol, a universal arrival quarantine with a single end date offers the greatest possibility to reduce the likelihood of an outbreak on campus or in Hamilton. 

A universal mandatory quarantine is also the only possible way of permitting students from advisory states and students from non-advisory states to cohabitate with one another. In other words, we would have needed students to be assigned roommates from the same state unless all students were quarantined at the same time.

Further, New York State’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory requires registration and a universal quarantine from more than half of our student population, given the number of states currently on the list. An increase in the number of travel advisory states is expected. 

The universal arrival quarantine is also, in part, meant to contain transmission by students with potential false negative at-home tests or who may become infected or carriers of the virus between the time of the at-home test and their arrival on campus.

Compliance with the requirements of this quarantine is a core expectation of the Commitment to Community Health that students must sign in order to return to campus. 

We encourage students and their families to regard this as a short-term sacrifice — a collective community effort that will give us the very best chance at continuing in-person instruction for the duration of the semester. 

Colgate’s plan for campus housing safety precautions includes:

  • Bathroom and laundry facility usage
  • Cleaning and sanitation
  • Delivery of food, textbooks, mail/packages
  • Activities, programs, and resources to support students’ physical and emotional well-being

All of this information, and more, is outlined in the pages to follow.


Click a section below to learn more about the mandatory quarantine period.


  • Family Units
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Visitors
  • Things to Bring
  • Laundry
  • Trash and Recycling

In-person Interaction

  • Health Protection Measures

Food and Beverages

  • Students Living On Campus
  • Seniors Living in Privately-Owned Off-campus Housing

Physical Activity/Wellness Time

  • Outdoor Hours / Locations
  • Upper Campus
  • Off Campus Residences

Health-Related Matters

  • Health Screening
  • Health Supplies
  • Medical Support
  • Mental Health and Wellness Support
  • Positive COVID-19 Tests, Illness, and Exposure


Package and Local Deliveries

Read and sign the Commitment to Community Health

Bystander strategies will be communicated to help students address concerns with peers. As always, students may share concerns with their community leader, area director, and campus safety. An anonymous reporting form specific to concerns about violations of the Commitment to Community Health, will be available once students arrive on campus.

Students whose circumstances have changed or who decide that they need to study remotely for the semester should contact their administrative dean.

Students who shift to remote learning for the fall 2020 semester will be offered housing for spring, but Colgate cannot guarantee the same space they were originally assigned.

Campus Safety

  • Non-emergency, 315-228-7333
  • Emergency, 315-228-7911

Counseling and Psychological Services

For questions or concerns about emotional and mental health

  • 315-228-7385, business hours 8:30-4:30

Office of Administrative Advising

For questions regarding the Commitment to Community Health

  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 315-228-7368
  • After hours, contact Campus Safety to request the Dean on Call

Student Health Center

If you develop symptoms, are ill or become injured, or have questions about COVID-19.

  • 315-228-7750

Information Technology Services

If you have questions related to technology, including internet connectivity and Zoom.