Important Note:

These regulations may change at any time, and it is the responsibility of Colgate Community members to stay abreast of new communications and guidelines. The COVID situation is fluid, and new epidemiological data impacts our understanding of best health practices. In addition, Colgate may be subject to new regulations of New York State and Madison County. 

For information on terminology, see the Masking Terminology section at the bottom of this page. 

Guidelines on Masking

Guidelines on Masking

Vaccinated Individuals

Unvaccinated individuals

Masks on public transport, such as the Colgate Cruiser

Required

Required

Masks in healthcare settings

Required

Required

Masks in Trudy Fitness Center*

Required

Required

Masks in other indoor public setting (including libraries)* 

Required

Required

Masks outdoors or private settings like dorm rooms or individual offices*

Not necessary

Not necessary

  •  *As of 9/5/2021. Will be updated as circumstances change.

Guidelines for Classrooms

Guidelines for Classrooms

Vaccinated Individuals

Unvaccinated individuals

Wearing masks in the classroom

Required

Required

Guidelines following COVID Exposure 

Guidelines following COVID exposure

Vaccinated Individuals

Unvaccinated individuals

Isolating for 10 days after testing positive for COVID

Required

Required

Quarantining if close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID

Not necessary

Required

Masks in all public indoor spaces and crowded outdoor spaces after exposure to COVID, until you receive negative test results 3-5 days post exposure

Expected

N/A because you will be in quarantine

Monitoring yourself for 14 days after exposure to COVID

Expected

N/A because you will be in quarantine

Other Guidelines

Other Guidelines

Vaccinated Individuals

Unvaccinated individuals

Following guidelines in local businesses and organizations

Expected

Expected

Avoid inviting outside guests to activities which will not have masking and social distancing

Avoiding travel to places with high COVID rates

Guidelines for Members of Varsity and Club Sport Athletic Teams

Guidelines for Varsity and Club Sport Athletics

Vaccinated Individuals

Unvaccinated individuals

Outdoor training, practice and competition

Not necessary

Not necessary

Indoor training and practice

Indoor competition

Not necessary

Not necessary

Indoor public spaces

Required

Public Buses/Aircraft during team travel

Required

Required

Private Buses/Aircraft during team travel

Expected

Guidelines for Spectators at Athletic Events

Masking Guidelines for
Spectators at Club Sport
and Varsity Athletics Events

Vaccinated Individuals Unvaccinated individuals
Outdoor Events Indoor Events Outdoor Events Indoor Events
While seated or viewing WITH physical distance Not necessary

Required

Not necessary

Required

While seated or viewing WITHOUT physical distance

Required

Expected

Required

While in transit to and from a viewing location (while in line, walking to a seat, visiting a washroom, etc.)

Required

Expected

Required

Masking Terminology:

Red circle

Required

These rules are non-negotiable and will be enforced by the University. Violations will be addressed with corrective actions and may receive sanctions. 

Examples:

  • Faculty or staff may require mask use in the classroom or other teaching spaces. 
  • Faculty or staff members may choose to require visitors to wear masks in their individual private office space. 
  • Faculty, staff, and students are required to wear masks on the Colgate Cruiser, Trudy Fitness Center, and in Student Health Services. 

Orange Circle

Expected

These guidelines must be followed but enforcement is the responsibility of the individual. Individuals should see “expected” as an obligation to the community and an action they will self-impose and self-regulate.

Examples: 

  • Students are expected to wear masks in indoor spaces until they receive the results of their second on campus test. 
  • Community members are expected to wear masks at the reasonable request of another individual. 
  • Students who have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 are expected to wear a mask until a negative test occurs three to five days following exposure.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are expected to wear masks when indoors in public spaces.

Yellow Circle

Strongly Recommended

These guidelines are “best practices” for the health and safety of the individual and others in the community, based on scientific data, but are up to the individual to follow. 

Example:

  • Vaccinated campus community members are strongly recommended to wear masks in all indoor public spaces when risk of community transmission is substantial, according to CDC guidelines.

An example of this language in use:

Students are required to be tested 3-5 days following exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.  They are expected to wear masks until they receive the results of this test.  They are strongly recommended to closely monitor symptoms for a total of 14 days post-exposure.