COVID-19 Exposure Protocols

If you are notified as a close contact:

  • You are not required to quarantine
  • Watch for symptoms, you can develop COVID-19 up to 10 days after you have been exposed
  • You are strongly recommended to self-test on day 5. If you already had COVID-19 within the past 90 days, see specific testing recommendations. If you test positive, follow the isolation protocols below.
  • Wear a mask as soon as you find out you were exposed, and continue to do so through day 10
  • Students are encouraged to use grab-and-go dining options through day 10 after the last exposure

 

For more information visit the CDC website.

Students with high-risk medical conditions or who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and are notified that they are a close contact should contact Student Health Services to discuss the best course of action.

Isolation Protocols

Students

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for five days after their symptoms first appear (the day symptoms start is day zero).

If students test positive we ask you to contact the Student Health Services Office so staff members can monitor for high-risk students who might benefit from treatment. SHS will provide you with detailed isolation instructions and resources.

Notify Faculty

Students must also contact their faculty as soon as possible to discuss how to minimize the impact on learning and academic progress. It is important that students work with their administrative deans and faculty to make-up for missed classes/assignments.

Isolate in Place

  • You are to isolate in place, remaining in your assigned residence.
  • You are to remain in your assigned room except to use the bathroom, pick up food, and isolated outdoor time.
  • You should avoid close contact with anyone outside of your room.
  • If you are out of your assigned room, you are required to wear a well-fitting mask (like a medical mask or a KN95 mask) except when you are showering, bathing, or performing facial grooming or oral hygiene tasks.
  • You should not attend class.
  • You should not go to work.
  • You should not attend social activities.
  • Reach out to your dean and your professors to make plans for navigating your academic work while you are in isolation.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for five days after their symptoms first appear (the day symptoms start is day zero).

  • Students may exit isolation and return to classes on day six if their symptoms have improved and they are fever-free for 24 hours without taking medication to suppress the fever
  • Students are no longer required to test negative or receive permission from Student Health Services (SHS) to exit isolation.
  • Students are expected to use grab-and-go dining and wear a medical-quality mask when outside of their room for a full 10 days after the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.

 

Employees

Staff members are required to notify their supervisor and human resources if they test positive for COVID-19. Faculty members should notify their department chair or program director and human resources.

Employees who are able to perform their work from home and are asymptomatic or feeling well enough should do so. Employees who are not able to work from home will be paid for their time out while in isolation.

Employees: Report a Positive Test

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for five days after their symptoms first appear (the day symptoms start is day zero).

Employees may return to on-campus work on day six if symptoms have improved and they are fever-free without taking medication to suppress the fever. Employees should wear medical-quality masks when on campus for 10 full days after the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.

 

 

Colgate provides up to three COVID-19 paid leaves. This paid time off is separate from normal sick-time banks; check with Human Resources if you need assistance making use of this paid time off for a COVID-19 illness.