Campus Cleanliness and Sanitization

Due to the nature of this public health crisis, everyone in the Colgate community will play a role in maintaining a safe, clean work environment.

Face Coverings

All employees and students on campus are required to wear a cloth face covering in environments where physical distancing of at least six feet is not possible.

When in doubt: wear a face covering.

All face masks must comply with CDC guidance.

Employee Face Coverings

A Colgate employee models a Colgate face covering

The University has distributed face coverings to students, faculty, and staff to wear while on campus. These campus community members may also wear their own cloth face masks, provided they comply with CDC guidance.

Care and Cleaning

Clean cloth face coverings by hand washing or using your washing machine’s cold water cycle and normal laundry detergent. Do not use bleach or harsh detergents. Air or tumble dry low.

Personal Contactless Devices for Employees

Demonstration of Using a Personal Contactless Device to Open a Door Handle

These 3D-printed devices are being distributed to employees. They are designed to minimize contact with surfaces around campus. They can be used for opening door handles and pushing elevator buttons.

Care and Cleaning

Clean your personal contactless device by wiping it thoroughly, front and back, with any EPA-registered disinfectant (such as Lysol or Clorox disinfecting wipes). There are several disinfectant stations around campus for your convenience.

Expanded Cleaning and Sanitization

Since the Closure of Campus

  • Each building on campus has been fully cleaned at least twice
    • First cleaning to remove garbage and to disinfect touch points
    • An additional deeper cleaning for disinfection, either by hand or with a disinfecting mist machine.
  • All locker rooms and gym facilities have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Ongoing Practices

A campus cleaning and disinfection plan has been implemented. The frequency and depth of
cleaning being performed by facilities staff may vary by location, according to frequency of use, population density, and the space’s function.

Employees are responsible for cleaning and sanitizing their own work spaces daily and as appropriate between visitors. Departments will be provided with cleaning supplies for desk and shared-space cleaning.

Cleaning should emphasize high-touch points including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Departments will be provided with cleaning supplies for desk and shared-space cleaning.

Developing Cleaning Procedures for Common Spaces

In addition to their personal spaces, employees will be expected to maintain cleanliness in common spaces that they use on a daily basis. Departments will develop procedures for ensuring that shared kitchen, coffee, water areas, and other common areas are cleaned.

Leadership in individual offices and departments will establish cleaning procedures for shared kitchen, coffee, water, and other common areas multiple times throughout the day. Facilities will clean these areas according to normal schedules, but will not be available to do this multiple times per day.

Ordering New Supplies

Each department will determine a designated point person that will be responsible for reordering supplies through an online process with facilities. Departments should not purchase these supplies.

In addition to existing hand sanitizing stations already in place across campus, additional stations have been installed at the primary entry and exit of each building, as well as at large indoor gathering spaces.

Employees must identify and remove items in their areas that unnecessarily promote the spread of germs. Examples of such items include magazines and candy dishes.

Employees unsure of what they are required to clean in their work space may contact facilities at for guidance.