Report: Task Force on the Reopening of the Colgate Campus, Fall 2020

In June 2020, President Casey and his cabinet received a report from the Task Force on the Re-Opening of the Colgate Campus.

This report made the recommendation that the campus be reopened to the full student body for the fall semester of 2020. University leadership has accepted this recommendation, and planning for the fall semester is proceeding with the report and recommendations of the task force as a guiding framework.

As Colgate University prepares to support in-person instruction in the fall, it is important to note that the University will not be operating as usual. In order to be successful, a return to campus will require a shared commitment across the community to new guidelines, based on the best scientific guidance available, for protecting the health and wellbeing of campus and the surrounding communities. The University’s ability to reopen is critically linked to the campus community’s unwavering adherence to new practices, policies, and ways of conducting life on campus.

Detailed plans for all aspects of University operations are being developed. At this stage, the Colgate community will certainly have questions about how a return to campus will look. Information and plans will continue to be shared online and through direct communications channels as they develop throughout the summer. Rest assured that plans will include flexibility and choice for those in the community who may desire or require continued remote/virtual access to University activities.

The task force report, shared here in full, includes many recommendations; while these are not yet representative of final plans, they are shared to provide insight into the direction of planning efforts.


This report is precise in its use of terminology related to the ongoing pandemic:

SARS-CoV-2: This is the acronym for the virus that is currently causing the global pandemic. It stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Coronavirus 2.

COVID-19: Much like how HIV causes AIDS, SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19, which is short for coronavirus disease 2019.