Much as individual states have adopted phased re-openings, with greater social interactions and mobility available as health and safety indicators show such moves to be prudent, Colgate, too, will adopt a phased reopening.

The Task Force on Reopening has developed a series of phases or Gates, to establish the ways in which Colgate will seek to maintain health and safety as we progress through this semester. Gates will facilitate a regulated movement from the moment of entry to subsequent levels of operations that will allow for greater social interaction and gathering for all of us.

These Gates will not happen all at once, and are the best chance for our ability to remain open for the duration of the semester.

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Gate 0 | Gate 1 | Gate 2 | Gate 3 | Gate 4

Gate 0: In-Residence Quarantine

Gate 0, the most restrictive of levels, will be in place upon students’ return to the campus this spring.  This phase is marked by full and complete compliance with NY State quarantine guidance. (Faculty and staff, who have traveled outside of the local area, are expected to follow NY State requirements for testing and quarantining upon return to the area.)  During Gate 0, movement should be limited to help reduce spread of SARS-CoV-2.  Colgate may return to Gate 0 if health metrics or NY State or CDC guidelines necessitate a return to quarantining the campus or to return to remote-only instruction.

Students must be extremely vigilant in following the Commitment to Community Health during Gate 0 so as not to later be identified as a close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. As a reminder, a close contact is defined in Madison County as someone who is within six feet of an infected person (or 12 feet if engaging in athletic exercise or singing) for greater than 10 (cumulative) minutes. All close contacts will need to quarantine according to New York State and Madison County requirements.

Details of Gate 0

  • Refer to quarantine guidelines for what is permitted under this level (e.g. meal and package pick-up, laundry, recreation time, etc.).
  • Social interactions must be restricted to family units to avoid close contact spread of SARS-CoV-2: 
    • Individuals within direct family units may interact without face coverings (pending mutual agreement) 
    • Individuals within the same extended family unit may interact with face coverings and physical distance of at least 6ft. between individuals.
  • Socializing between individuals within the same extended family unit will be limited to common spaces on residence hall floors (no bedroom visitation).
  • No cross-floor or cross-residence hall visitation is permitted.
  • Students are permitted to leave their rooms or apartments for exercise/recreation at designated locations during scheduled activity times (10 a.m.–2 p.m.). These designated locations are not by residential area, as they were in the fall semester.. Students must wear masks and maintain physical distance between people (6 feet apart for normal activities, 12 feet apart for exercise or sport activities) at all times.
    • Students with outdoor spaces adjacent to their apartments or townhouses are encouraged to use these outdoor spaces, although may also utilize the cross country trails, outdoor athletic  spaces, or indoor athletic spaces.  Only students assigned to these buildings with adjacent outdoor spaces (Broad Street houses, townhouses, apartments) should use these outdoor locations in order to reduce density. Students who live in traditional residence halls should visit other outdoor locations mentioned above through Gate 0.  This will also help to prevent the potential spread of SARS-CoV-2 during universal quarantine.
    • Indoor spaces: The following buildings will be open for activity time: Sanford Field House and the 1965 Arena. Because of the need for physical distancing, the occupancy of these spaces will be controlled and may not be accessible to all students at every recreation time.
    • Students may not utilize outdoor or indoor spaces located in the Village of Hamilton during Gate 0.
  • Students will pick up meals from dining halls at designated times by residence hall. Students may pick up meals outside of their designated times, if they have a course conflict, although this should be avoided if possible.  Friends are permitted to pick up a meal for a friend, provided the friend is a direct or indirect family member. This will also help reduce density in the dining hall. During meal pick up, students must wear masks and maintain physical distance from all other people. Students are not permitted to eat together in outdoor or indoor common spaces, but should bring their meals back to their rooms to eat. Only once inside rooms, should students remove their masks to eat so as to minimize the spread of SARS-CoV-2 during Gate 0.
  • Athletic practice: Division 1 athletes will be permitted to work out in their direct family unit during the universal quarantine, as instructed and scheduled by their coach.

Clarifying Points for Residential Settings

  • Gate 0 permits students to talk within the hallway, with face coverings securely over face and mouth; however, all residents must remain six feet apart at all times, which will severely limit the number of residents who might gather. The number should be incredibly small unless it is a larger space and congregating in the hallways in large groups is prohibited because it undermines the efficacy of Gate 0 to minimize the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the population.
  • Common rooms may be posted with a reduced occupancy number but this is not meant to be used for Gate 0 and will be utilized in subsequent Gates.  The common spaces permitted in Gate 0 should be hallways or a nook at the end of a hallway, etc.  This is the case for residence halls and Broad Street houses. For apartments and townhouses, including private off-campus housing, the common rooms are internal to the residential unit and physical distance and mask wearing should be practiced within Gate 0. 
  • Gate 0 does not permit residents who do not already share a bathroom from interacting with residents who utilize another bathroom — these represent different extended family units. (A direct family unit = roommates. An extended family unit = sharing a bathroom.) This may mean that residents on a single floor with two bathrooms should not be interacting and should only utilize the bathroom nearest to them. Whether a residence hall or Broad Street house, nNo interactions between residents from other floors or other residence halls are permitted in Gate 0.  With apartments and townhouses, all students within the apartment or townhouse are considered extended family units, although if there are two bathrooms, students should pick one bathroom and use it consistently during Gate 0 (indeed, all Gates). The more shared use of bathrooms, the greater risk there is a viral spread. Whether one is identified as a close contact or not, the goal is to try an prevent spread of SARS-CoV-2 and/or contracting COVID-19.
  • Direct family units (roommates) may take off their face covering only inside their room and with their bedroom door closed. If the door is open, face coverings need to be on in order to minimize the spread of SARS-CoV-2.
  • Face coverings may not be taken off outside of one’s room (e.g. recreation or outdoor time) regardless of direct family unit relationship. Because people take off their face covering when alone and then forget to put it back on when passing another person, face coverings should be worn at all times when one could conceivably come into contact with someone else. Wearing a face covering when outside of one’s room will also contain droplet spread on surfaces and within the air, also helping to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 within the community.

We recognize the complexity of navigating the Gates within different residential settings; however, the health and safety requirements of NY State, Madison County, and the Commitment of Community Health doesn’t discriminate or allow for much variation.  When in doubt, we encourage students to treat indirect family unit members (non-roommates) as peers who live outside of their family unit, which may mean scheduling common kitchen use and maintaining physical distance, especially in Gate 0.  While these additional precautions may not completely eliminate being identified as a close contact if an indirect family unit member tests positive for SARS-CoV-2, it could help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and also keep one from contracting COVID-19 and ultimately passing it on to others.

Because Townhouses have a large number of students (usually 8 or 16 students in each townhouse), there is a built-in advantage and disadvantage to these residential units. The advantage during universal quarantine and early Gates are that there are more indirect family unit members with which to socialize, while maintaining physical distance and mask wearing.  The common space is large and private, inclusive of a kitchen and private bathrooms, but still requires vigilance with the Commitment to Community Health to minimize SARS-CoV-2 spread. The disadvantage, in later gates, is that living in a townhouse will minimize the number of outside guests permitted. When the University limits the number of people who may gather in a group, and because the current NY State Executive Order limits indoor gatherings to no more than 10 people, this means that students in townhouses will be limited in hosting guests. The number of people allowed at a gathering is inclusive of the members of the townhouse, not in addition to them.

Gate 1: Limited In-Person Activity

Gate 1, a phase which allows for limited in-person activities and greater interactions, will be implemented if health metrics allow. In Gate 1, small groups are permitted to gather and new activities can begin on campus and in the community.

In Gate 1, students are encouraged to hold extra-curricular activities as long as they comply with Gate 1 requirements. In-person events must be approved by the Event Safety Group. Group religious observances must be overseen by the Office of the Chaplains.

As always, students, faculty and staff members must keep in mind that whenever two people spend time within 6 feet of each other (or 12 feet if engaged in athletic or singing activity) for more than 10 cumulative minutes, they will be considered “close contacts” and would need to re-quarantine if either of them tests positive.

Details of Gate 1:

  • Physically-distant, individual exercise or recreation activity is permitted with face coverings. 
  • Groups of 10 or fewer people— ideally involving as few family units as possible to minimize the number of close contacts--may interact in outdoor locations or indoor recreation spaces, if they wear face coverings and maintain physical distance of 6-ft between people (12 ft. if there is physical exercise or heavy breathing). 
  • Students in classes held outdoors will wear face coverings, maintain physical distance, and follow the directions of staff and faculty about health and safety guidelines in these spaces.  (Obviously, outdoor locations will be nonexistent at the start of the semester, due to winter weather conditions, but may be incorporated into later months of the spring semester.)
  • Students will be permitted to go to indoor supervised spaces, which include dining halls, libraries, and classrooms and follow the directions of staff and faculty about health and safety guidelines within these spaces. In these spaces, all will be required to maintain physical distance, wear masks, and adhere to new, reduced room occupancy limits within classrooms and dining halls.
  • Socializing will be permitted with the extended family unit in common rooms within one’s own residence hall, following face coverings and physical distancing guidelines. The total capacity permitted by the Gate is inclusive of the number of students who live in the room and, importantly, the size of the room since six feet of physical distancing needs always to be maintained. Students outside of the same direct family unit must not socialize within residence hall bedrooms or on residence hall floors with living quarters. No cross-residence hall visitation. Students in apartments and townhouses may continue utilizing their internal common spaces for socializing with extended family units but are not permitted to host guests and should still wear masks and maintain physical distancing.
    • Apartments and suites have common spaces outside of the bedroom and include both direct (roommate) and indirect (suitemates or apartment mates) family units. The total number of guests, then, in Gates 1-4 will need to factor in the number of students already assigned to an apartment or suite and not exceed the total number of people and, importantly, the amount of space necessary to maintain six feet of physical distancing (with masks, if guests are invited). 
  • Students may eat within dining halls while maintaining six feet of physical distancing in Gate 1.  Because masks are not worn during eating and therefore the chance of viral spread is increased, physical distancing is very important to maintain.  Do not move chairs and do not crowd around tables. Tables are sat with the appropriate amount of space and numbers.  In Broad Street Houses, the same principles apply: maintain physical distancing at all times and do not exceed the number of students who can maintain six feet of physical distancing. Apartments and townhouses should also maintain physical distancing in Gate 1 during dining. Because of the significantly reduced capacity in dining halls, students are also strongly encouraged to take advantage of new grab-and-go and take-out options and to dine at outdoor locations, weather permitting.
  • Food will not be permitted at any in-person gatherings during Gate 1, other than religious observances overseen by the Office of the Chaplains and only then as pre-packaged food and when necessary for the religious observance.
  • Athletic practice and competition: Colgate Division 1 athletes will be permitted to work out and compete in Gate 1 provided they follow all health and safety regulations from the Division of Athletics and as instructed and scheduled by their coach. Athletes from other campuses will travel by bus, with minimal overnight travel, and only enter the stadium/court/ice without interacting with others besides other athletes and sports officials who are also testing several times weekly.  
  • Athletic facilities: Students, faculty, and staff will be permitted to utilize athletic facilities, pending NY State and Madison County approval, following all posted rules and regulations. Visitors to Trudy Fitness must remain 12 feet apart while exercising to avoid becoming close contacts. 
  • Students, in groups of 4 or fewer, are permitted to go to off campus business, but only to visit locations within the range of the Colgate Shuttle (including Price Chopper and its neighboring businesses).  Although the shuttle does not travel to the Colgate Golf Course and Clubhouse, travel is permitted here, too. Once within an establishment, the policies of that establishment apply. 
    • Students are not permitted to travel outside of this area without making a formal request for a “Personal Travel Exemption” and receiving permission prior to traveling. For more information, see the Travel Policy. 
  • Students who live in private off-campus housing should not host guests, in alignment with what is required in on-campus housing. This will help minimize the spread of SARS-CoV-2 during Gate 1 and ensure the indirect family unit within the same apartment is not compromised by guests from outside of their indirect family unit.
  • Colgate faculty, staff, and students must follow protocols for physical distancing, face coverings, and adherence to the Commitment to Community Health at all times.
  • Students should not travel by car with other people, since it is impossible to avoid close contact within a personal vehicle.
  • Beginning in Gate 1, students will be permitted to drive personal vehicles on campus after 4:30pm M-F and on weekends, except when retrieving packages if they have registered for a pick-up time. However, only one person can be in each vehicle.  Students in cars must follow all campus regulations for driving and parking, and this includes not parking after 3am to permit snow removal during the winter. 
  • Even off campus, students should not travel by car with other people, since it is impossible to avoid close contact within a personal vehicle.
  • Students may not have any guests from outside the Colgate community on campus, including family members during this Gate or any other during the spring semester. 
  • Students are also not permitted to meet guests from outside the Hamilton community, including family members, anywhere within the Hamilton community, including downtown restaurants and shops. 
  • Should any parent or guardian need to make an emergency visit to campus, students must first register their visit and receive approval.
  • If any student is approved to have a registered guest, using the formal registration and approval process, they will also be responsible for ensuring that the guest follows all the rules in the Commitment to Community Health while they are on campus.

Employees should refer to the current travel policy, employee return-to-work guidelines, and Academic Year 2020-21 Faculty Resources, for guidance about what is permitted at this Gate.

Gate 2: Moderate Restrictions

Gate 2 (Moderate Restrictions) may be implemented if health metrics allow. In this Gate larger groups may gather and new activities will be allowed involving more than one’s family groups.

As always, students, faculty and staff members must keep in mind that whenever two or more people spend time within 6 feet of each other (or 12 feet if engaged in athletic or singing activity) for more than 10 cumulative minutes, they will be considered “close contacts” and would need to quarantine if any of them tests positive for COVID-19. 

 

  • Groups of 10 or fewer people may gather outdoors, wearing face coverings and remaining 6 feet apart.
  • Groups of 20 or fewer people may gather for faculty, coach, or professional staff-led activities.
  • Activities such as structured movie nights and other social or physical activities will be allowed where physical distancing can be practiced. 
  • Students in classes held outdoors will wear face coverings, maintain physical distance, and follow the directions of staff and faculty about health and safety guidelines in these spaces. (Outdoor locations will not be utilized at the start of the semester, due to winter weather conditions, but may be incorporated into later months of the spring semester.)
  • Food may be allowed at outdoor gatherings, weather permitting and pending approval by the Event Safety Group with budgetary approval.

Groups of 10 or fewer people will be permitted to gather in approved indoor spaces (e.g. common rooms), if they wear face coverings, maintain 6-foot physical distancing (or 12ft if exercising), and follow all the guidelines for the space. These guidelines include the reduced capacity caps for each venue.

Students are not permitted to socialize within others’ bedrooms within residence halls or apartments/townhouses and gatherings should be limited to the common rooms in Gate 2. Common rooms vary by residential type and may include non-bedrooms within traditional residence halls, common rooms within an apartment or townhouse, Broad Street House or private off-campus house. There are some suites on campus (Bryan) where the only common room is the bathroom (in this case, students should socialize outside of the suite in a common room elsewhere in the residence hall.) Students should also avoid guests in private kitchens and should thoroughly clean private bathrooms that are used by guests. Common kitchens within traditional residence halls and Broad Street houses are not open for private use again this semester due to the additional risk of SARS-CoV-2 spread in shared spaces where utensils and dishware are in use.

  • Athletic practice: Colgate Division 1 athletes will be permitted to work out and compete in Gate 1 provided they follow all health and safety regulations from the Division of Athletics and as instructed and scheduled by their coach. Athletes from other campuses will travel by bus, with minimal overnight travel, and only enter the stadium/court/ice without interacting with others besides other athletes and sports officials who are also testing several times weekly.
  • Athletic facilities: Students, faculty, and staff will be permitted to utilize athletic facilities, pending state and county approval, following all posted rules and regulations. Visitors to Trudy must remain 12 feet apart while exercising to avoid becoming close contacts. 

Applying the Guidance

Sign showing that gathering is permitted with physical distancing and face coverings
If you are unsure whether visitation is permitted in a particular area of your residence hall, look for this sign.

Collaborative Study Spaces

Dedicated classroom and study spaces are available for students looking to collaborate on work and study (face coverings and physical distancing are required within these spaces).

Learn more about work/study spaces

Traditional Residence Halls

Visitors from other residences will be permitted in common rooms of traditional residence halls, if they wear face coverings, maintain 6-foot physical distancing, and adhere to reduced capacity caps for these spaces. The number of people who may gather may not exceed 10, inclusive of the members of the residential unit) and is predicated on physical distancing being maintained.

Townhouses

Visitation in townhouses by students from other residences is permitted; however, the use of the common room (e.g. the living room) is only permitted with 6-foot physical distancing and no visitation in private bedrooms is permitted. The number of people at a gathering may not exceed 10, inclusive of any students assigned to this housing location; the exact number is determined by whether physical distancing is maintained. Kitchen use should remain off-limits to non-family unit members because these areas present a higher possibility of virus transmission, where one eats and prepares food. Bathrooms should be cleaned thoroughly and after any non-family units use these facilities, as they, too, present higher prevalence of viral spread.

Apartments

Visitation in apartments by students from other residences is permitted; however, the use of the common room (e.g. the living room) is only permitted with 6-foot physical distancing and no visitation in private bedrooms is permitted. The number of people at a gathering may not exceed 10, inclusive of any students assigned to this housing location; the exact number is determined by whether physical distancing is maintained. Kitchen use should remain off-limits to non-family unit members because these areas present a higher possibility of virus transmission, where one eats and prepares food. Bathrooms should be cleaned thoroughly and after any non-family units use these facilities, as they, too, present higher prevalence of viral spread.

Broad Street Community

Visitation in Broad Street houses by students from other residences is permitted; however, the use of the common room (e.g. the living room) is only permitted with 6-foot physical distancing and no visitation in private bedrooms is permitted. The number of people at a gathering may not exceed 10, inclusive of any students assigned to this housing location; the exact number is determined by whether physical distancing is maintained. The common area is the large, open space on the first floor of the house. Private bedrooms and any spaces on the second, third, or fourth floors of the Broad Street house should not be used by non-residents. Bathroom use should be limited to the first floor guest facilities.

Privately Owned Off-campus Apartments

Visitation in privately owned off- campus apartments is permitted; however, the use of the common room (e.g. the living room) is only permitted with 6-foot physical distancing and no visitation in private bedrooms is permitted. The number of people at a gathering may not exceed 10, inclusive of any students assigned to this housing location; the exact number is determined by whether physical distancing is maintained. Very few common rooms in private off-campus housing are large enough to safely accommodate 10 people. Visitation is allowed provided that your common space is not the same thing as the residential bedroom. Example: Your living room is large enough to allow for physical distancing and with sleeping spaces are in a separate area. “Studio” apartments, where the common space and the bedroom are in the same location should not be spaces for guests.

  • Students are permitted to visit locations downtown or within the range of the Colgate Shuttle (including Price Chopper and its neighboring businesses).
    • Once within an establishment, students must comply with all of its restrictions. 
    • Students are not permitted to travel outside of this area without making a formal request for a “Personal Travel Exemption” and receiving permission prior to traveling. For more information, see the Travel Policy. 
  • Colgate faculty, staff, and students must follow protocols for physical distance, face coverings, and adherence to the Commitment to Community Health at all times.
  • Students should not travel by car with other people, since it is impossible to avoid close contact within a personal vehicle.
  • Beginning in Gate 1, students will be permitted to drive personal vehicles on campus after 4:30pm M-F and on weekends, except when retrieving packages if they have registered for a pick-up time. However, only one person can be in each vehicle. Students in cars must follow all campus regulations for driving and parking, and this includes not parking after 3am to permit snow removal during the winter. 
  • Even off campus, students should not travel by car with other people, since it is impossible to avoid close contact within a personal vehicle.
  • Students may not have any guests from outside the Colgate community on campus, including family members during this Gate or any other during the spring semester. 
  • Students are also not permitted to meet guests from outside the Hamilton community, including family members, anywhere within the Hamilton community, including downtown restaurants and shops. 
  • Should any parent or guardian need to make an emergency visit to campus, students must first register their visit and receive approval.
  • If any student is approved to have a registered guest, using the formal registration and approval process, they will also be responsible for ensuring that the guest follows all the rules in the Commitment to Community Health while they are on campus.

Gate 3: Light Restrictions

Gate 3 (Light Restrictions) will be implemented if the health metrics allow.

As always, students, faculty and staff members must keep in mind that whenever two or more people spend time within 6 feet of one another (or 12 feet if engaged in athletic or singing activity) for more than 10 cumulative minutes, they will be considered “close contacts” and would need to re-quarantine if any of them tests positive for COVID-19

  • Groups of 25 or fewer students may gather outdoors, wearing face coverings and staying 6 feet apart (or 12ft. if exercising). Because current NY State Executive Orders do not currently permit gatherings larger than 10 in private residences, this Gate is aspirational at the time of writing for some spaces on campus and may need to be adjusted by the time of its implementation..  We provide it here for illustrative purposes.
  • Activities such as structured movie nights and other social or physical activities where 6 ft physical distancing can be practiced. 
  • Students in classes held outdoors will wear face coverings, maintain physical distance, and follow the directions of staff and faculty about health and safety guidelines in these spaces. (Outdoor locations will not be utilized at the start of the semester, due to winter weather conditions, but may be incorporated into later months of the spring semester.)
  • Groups of 25 or fewer people will be permitted to gather in indoor spaces, if they wear face coverings, maintain 6-foot physical distancing, and follow all the guidelines posted in these spaces. These guidelines include the reduced capacity caps for each space. Because current NY State Executive Orders do not currently permit gatherings larger than 10 in private residences, this Gate is aspirational at the time of writing for some spaces on campus and may need to be adjusted by the time of its implementation. We provide it here for illustrative purposes.
  • Socializing is permitted in common rooms within another residence hall in accordance with room capacities. Students must still not socialize within residence hall bedrooms with anyone but their roommates.
  • Food may be permitted at indoor gatherings, if health metrics allow, pending permission by the Event Safety Group and with budgetary approval. Please keep in mind that eating in large groups without face coverings is known to be a risk for transmission and will necessarily be limited to small, physically distanced groups.
  • Athletic practice: Division 1 athletes will be permitted to work out and compete if they follow all health and safety regulations from the Division of Athletics, as instructed and scheduled by their coach. 
  • Athletic facilities: Students, faculty, and staff will be permitted to utilize athletic facilities, pending state and county approval, following all posted rules and regulations. Visitors to Trudy must remain 12 feet apart while exercising to avoid becoming close contacts.

Collaborative Study Spaces

Dedicated classroom and study spaces are available for students looking to collaborate on work and study (face coverings and physical distancing are required within these spaces).

Learn more about work/study spaces

  • Students are permitted to visit locations downtown or within the range of the Colgate Shuttle (including Price Chopper and its neighboring businesses).
    • Once within an establishment, students must comply with all of its restrictions. 
    • Students are not permitted to travel outside of this area without making a formal request for a “Personal Travel Exemption” and receiving permission prior to traveling. For more information, see the Travel Policy. 
  • Colgate faculty, staff, and students must follow protocols for physical distance, face coverings, and adherence to the Commitment to Community Health at all times.
  • Students should not travel by car with other people, since it is impossible to avoid close contact within a personal vehicle.
  • Beginning in Gate 1, students will be permitted to drive personal vehicles on campus after 4:30pm M-F and on weekends, except when retrieving packages if they have registered for a pick-up time. However, only one person can be in each vehicle. Students in cars must follow all campus regulations for driving and parking, and this includes not parking after 3am to permit snow removal during the winter. 
  • Even off campus, students should not travel by car with other people, since it is impossible to avoid close contact within a personal vehicle.
  • Students may not have any guests from outside the Colgate community on campus, including family members during this Gate or any other during the spring semester. 
  • Students are also not permitted to meet guests from outside the Hamilton community, including family members, anywhere within the Hamilton community, including downtown restaurants and shops. 
  • Should any parent or guardian need to make an emergency visit to campus, students must first register their visit and receive approval.
  • If any student is approved to have a registered guest, using the formal registration and approval process, they will also be responsible for ensuring that the guest follows all the rules in the Commitment to Community Health while they are on campus.

Gate 4: Activity with Restrictions

Gate 4, which allows for more activities with restrictions, will be implemented if health metrics allow.  Because current NY State Executive Orders do not currently permit gatherings larger than 10, this Gate is aspirational at this time and may need to be adjusted by the time of its implementation.  We provide it here for illustrative purposes.

As always, students, faculty and staff members must keep in mind that whenever two or more people spend time within 6 feet of one another (or 12 feet if engaged in athletic or singing activity) for more than 10 cumulative minutes, they will be considered “close contacts” and would need to re-quarantine if any of them tests positive for COVID-19

  • Groups of 50 or fewer people may gather outdoors, wearing face coverings and staying 6 feet apart.
  • Activities such as structured movie nights and other social or physical activities will be allowed where physical distancing can be practiced. 
  • Students in classes held outdoors will wear face coverings, maintain physical distance, and follow the directions of staff and faculty about health and safety guidelines in these spaces.  (Obviously, outdoor locations will be nonexist at the start of the semester but may be incorporated into later months of the spring semester.)
  • Groups of 50 or fewer students will be permitted to gather in indoor spaces, if they wear face coverings, maintain 6-foot physical distancing, and follow all the guidelines posted in these spaces. These guidelines include the reduced capacity caps for each space.
    • Please keep in mind that there are few indoor spaces on campus that can accommodate groups of 50 people with proper physical distancing.
  • Socializing permitted in common rooms within another residence hall in accordance with room capacities. Students must still avoid socializing within residence hall bedrooms.
  • Food may be allowed at indoor gatherings, pending permission by the Event Safety Group and budgetary approval. Please keep in mind that eating in large groups without face coverings is known to be a risk for transmission.
  • Athletic practice: Division 1 athletes will be permitted to work out and compete if they follow all health and safety regulations from the Division of Athletics, as instructed and scheduled by their coach. 
  • Athletic facilities: Students, faculty, and staff will be permitted to utilize athletic facilities, pending state and county approval, following all posted rules and regulations. Visitors to Trudy must remain 12 feet apart while exercising to avoid becoming close contacts. 

Collaborative Study Spaces

Dedicated classroom and study spaces are available for students looking to collaborate on work and study (face coverings and physical distancing are required within these spaces).

Learn more about work/study spaces

  • Students are permitted to visit locations downtown or within the range of the Colgate Shuttle (including Price Chopper and its neighboring businesses).
    • Once within an establishment, students must comply with all of its restrictions. 
    • Students are not permitted to travel outside of this area without making a formal request for a “Personal Travel Exemption” and receiving permission prior to traveling. For more information, see the Travel Policy. 
  • Colgate faculty, staff, and students must follow protocols for physical distance, face coverings, and adherence to the Commitment to Community Health at all times.
  • Students should not travel by car with other people, since it is impossible to avoid close contact within a personal vehicle.
  • Beginning in Gate 1, students will be permitted to drive personal vehicles on campus after 4:30pm M-F and on weekends, except when retrieving packages if they have registered for a pick-up time. However, only one person can be in each vehicle. Students in cars must follow all campus regulations for driving and parking, and this includes not parking after 3am to permit snow removal during the winter. 
  • Even off campus, students should not travel by car with other people, since it is impossible to avoid close contact within a personal vehicle.
  • Students may not have any guests from outside the Colgate community on campus, including family members during this Gate or any other during the spring semester. 
  • Students are also not permitted to meet guests from outside the Hamilton community, including family members, anywhere within the Hamilton community, including downtown restaurants and shops. 
  • Should any parent or guardian need to make an emergency visit to campus, students must first register their visit and receive approval.
  • If any student is approved to have a registered guest, using the formal registration and approval process, they will also be responsible for ensuring that the guest follows all the rules in the Commitment to Community Health while they are on campus.