As per the Faculty Handbook, II, B. 5, President Casey created the Task Force on Reopening the Colgate Campus to guide the University in its eventual and safe reopening. The Task Force was charged with the following:
- After considering all national and local public health guidance, the conditions of the campus and village, and any other salient information, to develop guidelines regarding the timing of and conditions for the eventual, safe reopening of the Colgate University campus.
- To develop a schedule of decision dates in the 2020-21 Academic Year, in coordination with the EOC and any other relevant campus bodies, regarding the announcements of and implementations for any such reopening.
- At each decision date and as plans develop, as necessary, to offer the President recommendations regarding the re-opening of the campus, in whole or in part, and the steps necessary to ensure the safety of the community at such time.
The Task Force was formed in the spring of 2020. Throughout these past 11 months, Task Force members have regularly consulted with shared governance committees, hosted Town Halls and weekly “office hours.” The Task Force has issued reports and memos to the President and provided regular updates to the Colgate University campus community. President Casey shared our recommendations with the Committee on Faculty Affairs and the Board of Trustees before announcing those decisions to the community. Task Force members have answered hundreds of questions from the community and continued meeting weekly with the Health Analytics Team.
We have given our best to help steward the University through the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years. As we now look ahead to the fall semester and recommend a return to a fully residential, fully in-person classroom experience for the 2021-2022 academic year, our final recommendation is to dismantle the Task Force on Reopening the Colgate Campus by the end of May 2021 and to begin to shift the work fully back to the shared governance structures and the University’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
We have been humbled by our work and conclude it with every confidence that we remained true to our guiding principles and with an awareness that we were working to keep Colgate Together.