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 fall semester.

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Gate 0 | Gate 1 | Gate 2 | Gate 3

Gate 0: In-Residence Quarantine

Gate 0, the most restrictive of levels, will be in place upon students return to the campus.  This phase is marked by full and complete compliance with NY State quarantine guidance.  (Any staff member or faculty member who has been away from campus is expected to quarantine in their homes upon return to Hamilton).  During this Gate, movement is as limited as possible to help deter spread of SARS-CoV-2.  Colgate may return to Gate 0 if the health metrics or legal guidelines warrant a return to quarantining the campus or to remote-only instruction.
 
Students must be extremely vigilant in following the Commitment to Community Health during this phase so as not to later be identified as a close contact with a SARS-CoV-2-positive individual, thus requiring a move into a second quarantine period for the contact(s).  As a reminder, a close contact is defined in NY as someone who is within six feet of an infected person for greater than 10 minutes.

Details of Gate 0

  • Refer to quarantine guidelines for what is permitted under this level (e.g. meal pick-up, laundry, etc.).
  • Social interactions will be restricted to family units
    • 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.
  • Supervised, structured, scheduled, outdoor individual exercise or activity is permitted within specified areas. 
  • No cross-floor or cross-residence hall visitation.
  • Students will receive daily individually-packaged meal deliveries and/or regular grocery deliveries.

Clarifying Points for Residential Settings

  • Gate 0 does permit 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.
  • 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, a bathroom for 1-3 individuals, a nook at the end of a hallway, etc.
  • Gate 0 does not permit residents who do not 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. No interactions between residents from other floors or other residence halls are permitted in Gate 0.
  • Direct family units (roommates) may take off their face covering only inside their room and with the door closed. If the door is open, face coverings need to be on.
  • Face coverings may not be taken off outside of one’s room (e.g. outdoor time) regardless of direct family unit relationship.

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 remain at low level or new normal level during Gate Level 0 for a minimum of 14 days. In this phase, small groups can begin to gather together and new activities can begin on campus and in the village.

Details of Gate 1:

  • Outdoor, physically-distant individual exercise or activity is permitted with face coverings. 
  • Groups of 10 or fewer — ideally involving as few family units as possible to minimize the number of close contacts--may interact in outdoor locations, if they wear face coverings and maintain physical distance of 6-ft between people. 
  • Students in outdoor classes (adhering to the capacity limits of tents) will wear face coverings, maintain physical distance, and follow the directions of staff and faculty about health and safety guidelines in these spaces.
  • 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 in these spaces. In these spaces, all will be required to maintain physical distance 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. Students outside of the same direct family unit should still avoid socializing within residence hall bedrooms or on residence hall floors with living quarters.  No cross-residence hall visitation.
  • Students may eat within dining halls while maintaining physical distancing. Because of the significantly reduced capacity in dining halls, students will be strongly encouraged to take advantage of new grab-and-go and take-out options and to dine at outdoor locations.
  • Food will not be permitted at any in-person gatherings, other than religious observances overseen by the Office of the Chaplains and only then as pre-packaged food.
  • Students, in groups of 4 or fewer, are permitted to visit downtown shops/restaurants. Once within an establishment, the policies of that establishment apply.
  • Students must follow protocols for physical distance, face coverings, and adherence to the Commitment to Community Health at all times.

In-person events must be approved by the Event Safety Group. Group religious observances must be overseen by the Office of the Chaplains.

During this phase, students must keep in mind that whenever two people spend time within 6 feet of each other for more than 10 minutes, they will be considered “close contacts” and would need to re-quarantine if either of them tests positive. Because of the nature of viral transmission, every close contact we have connects us to their close contacts as well, including all the members of their direct family unit.

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

Gate 2: Moderate Restrictions

Gate 2 (Moderate Restrictions level) may be implemented if health metrics remain at low levels or new normal levels during Gate Level 1 for a minimum of 14 days.  In this phase larger groups may gather and new activities will be allowed involving more than one’s family groups.

 

  • Groups of 20 or fewer students may gather outdoors, wearing face coverings and staying 6 feet apart. 
  • Outdoor activities such as structured movie nights and other social or physical activities will be allowed where physical distancing can be practiced. 
  • Students in outdoor classes (adhering to the capacity limits of tents) will wear face coverings, maintain physical distance, and follow the directions of staff and faculty about health and safety guidelines in these spaces.
  • Food may be allowed at outdoor gatherings, pending budgetary approval and permission by the Event Safety Group
  • Groups of 10 or fewer students will be permitted to gather in non-residential 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. 
  • Groups of 10 or fewer students will be permitted to socialize in common rooms within another residence hall if they wear face coverings, maintain 6-foot physical distancing, and follow all the guidelines posted in these spaces. Students must still avoid socializing within residence hall bedrooms or on residence hall floors with living quarters.
  • Students are permitted to visit downtown shops/restaurants, preferably in smaller groups. Once within an establishment, the policies of that establishment apply.
  • Students must follow protocols for physical distance, face coverings, and adherence to the Commitment to Community Health at all times.

In-person events must be approved by the Event Safety Group. Group religious observances must be overseen by the Office of the Chaplains.

Students must keep in mind that whenever two people spend time within 6 feet of each other for more than 10 minutes, they are considered close contacts and would need to quarantine if either of them tests positive. Because of the nature of viral transmission, every close contact we have connects us to their close contacts as well, including all the members of their direct family unit.

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

Gate 3: Light Restrictions

Gate 3 (New Normal Level) may be implemented if nearly all of the health metrics remain at low level or new normal level during Gate Level 2 for a minimum of 14 days. At this level, Colgate will comply with the maximum gathering sizes permitted by NY State Law.

Students must keep in mind that whenever two people spend time within 6 feet of each other for more than 10 minutes, they are considered close contacts and would need to quarantine if either of them tests positive. Because of the nature of viral transmission, every close contact we have connects us to their close contacts as well, including all the members of their direct family unit.

  • Groups of 50 or fewer students may gather outdoors, wearing face coverings and staying 6 feet apart.
  • Outdoor activities such as structured movie nights and other social or physical activities where 6 ft physical distancing can be practiced. 
  • Students in outdoor classes (adhering to the capacity limits of tents) will wear face coverings, maintain physical distance, and follow the directions of staff and faculty about health and safety guidelines in these spaces.
  • 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. 
  • Socializing permitted in common rooms within another residence hall in accordance with room capacities. Students must still avoid socializing within residence hall bedrooms or on residence hall floors with living quarters.
  • Food may be allowed at indoor gatherings, pending budgetary approval and permission by the Event Safety Group.
  • Students are permitted to visit downtown shops/restaurants. Once within an establishment, the policies of that establishment apply.
  • Students going downtown must follow protocols for physical distance, face coverings, and adherence to the Commitment to Community Health at all times.

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