Mandatory Universal Arrival Quarantine, Spring 2021

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 spring 2021 semester.

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All students arriving at Colgate for the Spring 2021 semester will immediately enter mandatory universal quarantine in their residences. The quarantine applies to all students studying on campus for the spring 2021 semester — including seniors living in privately owned off-campus housing. Some student athletes, who have already completed a quarantine period and who receive regular testing, will be temporarily relocated to alternative housing during the quarantine period to allow them to continue their competitive schedules without impacting the quarantine of their peers.

The mandatory universal arrival quarantine will end for all healthy students on the same day, determined by the receipt of post-arrival test results for the full campus community.

Classes will begin as scheduled on January 25, 2021, with all courses conducted online until the quarantine ends.

Why Quarantine?

Both science and our experience in the fall semester make clear that, in conjunction with a robust testing protocol, a universal arrival quarantine offers the greatest possibility to reduce the likelihood of an outbreak in our community. Further, New York State’s COVID-19 travel advisory outlines specific requirements that would apply to more than half of Colgate's student population. Colgate's quarantine and testing protocols have been created to ensure compliance with all relevant state requirements.

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, which 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
  • De-densified distribution of food, textbooks, and mail and 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

  • Grab-and-Go Meals
  • Preparing Food, Cooking, Eating
  • Students Not Participating in Grab-and-Go Meals
  • Chapter Meal Plans for Fraternities and Sororities
  • Seniors Living in Privately-Owned Off-Campus Housing
    • Grocery and Meal Deliveries

Physical Activity/Wellness Time

  • Guidelines
  • 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
  • Guidance for Private/Confidential Conversations and Alone Time
  • Personal Needs and Inquiries


  • Textbooks
  • Student Academic Resource Guide
  • Calendars
  • Office of Disability Services

Package and Local Deliveries

  • Regular First-Class Mail
  • Colgate Mailroom Packages
  • Textbooks
  • Local Food and Goods 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.

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

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.