As Colgate looks forward to spring 2022, the student arrival process will include practices and guidelines designed to protect the health and safety of all.

Check In and Testing

Pre-arrival Testing and Reporting

In light of current nationwide difficulties obtaining timely COVID-19 testing, Colgate is no longer requiring pre-arrival PCR testing.

That being said, we strongly recommend that you make every effort to obtain a test prior to arrival. It is to your advantage to find out if you test positive before traveling to campus, according to New York State and CDC guidance, anyone currently testing positive for COVID-19 must undergo a minimum 5-day isolation. Those who live within 300 miles of Hamilton must return home to isolate.

We recommend you prioritize options in this way

  1. Best: Take a PCR test in the 3 to 5 days before your planned return to campus.
  2. Second best: If a PCR test is not available, or your PCR results have not been received: We will accept a rapid at-home antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to return. An antigen test is also accepted if it was used to enter the United States. Make sure to take a photo of your results to share at check-in.
  3. Last resort: If you are unable to obtain any testing before returning to campus, and you feel well and are asymptomatic: You may return to campus. You will be tested for COVID-19, as part of baseline testing January 21–24.


We are not asking for negative results to be submitted in advance. Please note that an antibody test is not a substitute for a COVID-19 test.

Prior Positive COVID-19 Test and Exemptions

If you recently tested positive for COVID-19, you are exempt from testing for 90 days from the date of that positive test. Please complete this form for Student Health Services so that your record can be updated accordingly. 

Anyone who thinks they may have had COVID over winter break, but did not test, should do so now so that their positive result is on record (and their test exemption will go into effect for 90 days). It is critical that you do this to hedge against the possibility of a positive test on arrival that would result in being sent home to isolate. 

Report a Positive Test


Check In

All students  —  including those who remained on campus during the winter break,  live off campus, arrived early for athletics or other programs, or have recently tested positive and completed isolation — will be required to check in.

Friday, Jan. 21–Sunday, Jan. 23
Sanford Fieldhouse
10 a.m.–4 p.m. 

For those arriving after hours on Sunday, check-in will be held from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Hall of Presidents on Monday, Jan. 24.

Check-in will include baseline COVID-19 testing for all students except those who are exempt (anyone who has tested positive within the past 90 days).

Baseline Testing

If you were able to conduct pre-arrival testing, please bring a copy of your PCR result or a time-stamped photo of your rapid at-home test with you to check-in.

  • Students who return to campus with proof of a prior negative test will undergo two antigen tests, the first upon arrival and the second on day 3 or 4 following arrival. 
  • Students who return to campus without a pre-arrival test will undergo an antigen and PCR test concurrently, followed by a second antigen test on day 3 or 4 following arrival. While PCR tests will be helpful to catch newly infected individuals, people who were infected over break may still test positive by PCR, and may need to isolate, in the absence of either proof of a prior positive (such that they are in the 90 day window) or proof of a negative test within the specified time frame prior to return.


Guest Guidance

Family members/guests may enter residence halls to assist their students in moving items in. We ask that folks minimize their time in the buildings as much as possible. Additional guidance:

  • Properly worn, well-fitting masks are required for anyone entering a campus building and should be worn except while eating. Unvaccinated individuals are also expected to wear face coverings in outdoor settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. For details, refer to our current campus guidance for face coverings.
  • Barring religious or medical exemption, we expect all guests to be fully vaccinated, including vaccine boosters for all eligible individuals, prior to coming to campus.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, we strongly recommend that all guests test for COVID-19 prior to coming to campus.
  • Guests who are ill (including but not limited to symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19 and other communicable diseases), regardless of vaccination status, must cancel their visit to campus.


Cruiser Shuttle Service At Sanford Field House

The Colgate Cruiser will be running a special route to service the mandatory Spring Semester Check-In at Sanford Field House.

  • This route will run from 10am to 12pm and 12:30pm to 4pm on Friday, 1/21/22; Saturday, 1/22/22; and Sunday, 1/23/22.
  • Pick-ups will be made every half-hour beginning at 10am at Sanford Field House.
  • Drop-off points are the Coop, Frank Dining Hall, and the Townhouses.
  • If you have any questions, please contact First Transit at 315-228-4287 or

Spring Semester Testing

Worried-and-well testing will be offered regularly throughout the semester. Details about dates, times, and locations will be shared after arrival. Those with a vaccine exemption will receive specific guidance and instructions regarding testing.


  • The deadline for receiving a vaccine booster is Feb. 1, 2022.
  • Any of the currently available booster vaccines (Pfizer/BnT, Moderna, or J&J/Janssen) will qualify for this requirement.
  • If your healthcare provider recommends delaying the booster due to a recent COVID-19 diagnosis, please tell Student Health Services at the same time you notify them that you have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Colgate will be holding regular booster clinics throughout the spring semester.

Submit Proof of Booster

Upload to myColgateHealth Portal

Proof of booster vaccination should be uploaded to the myColgateHealth Patient Portal, faxed to 315-228-6823, or emailed to (be aware that email is not a secure way of sending information and confidentiality cannot be guaranteed). Proof of vaccination includes a legible copy of your vaccine card.


Grab-and-go dining is strongly recommended. While the University is not requiring grab-and-go dining after arrival, we are strongly recommending that all students do so whenever possible through the first week of classes and until the second round of baseline testing is complete. We also encourage students to avoid dining together in large groups and take other steps to facilitate safe dining.

Course Instruction During Student COVID-19 Testing Period

During the first week of classes (Jan. 24–28), in order to accommodate the potential for high numbers of students being absent from in-person classes due to isolation protocols, faculty members are asked to incorporate flexibility into their classroom instruction. This may include moving courses to Zoom, streaming in-person classes online, alternative assignments, or other options. Individual instructors have the authority to make decisions about course delivery the first week, as throughout the rest of the semester, although it must be noted that Colgate is only accredited for in-person teaching. These measures are meant to promote equitable access to students in isolation. We continue to make Colgate classrooms safe and secure environments for students and faculty, especially given our highly vaccinated and boostered community.

Be Prepared

Even during the healthiest of academic years, many students inevitably get sick at some point in the semester. Having a plan and supplies on hand will help you manage if you do test positive with COVID-19.

  • Develop an isolation plan. Before your return to campus, devise a plan for where you might isolate and how you will get there should you test positive, as well as who will support you should you become ill.
  • Bring a self-care kit. Have on hand a thermometer and the kinds of over-the-counter medications and comfort items that you prefer to use when you are sick.
  • Get a flu shot. Before returning to campus, get a flu shot to help minimize your chances of getting influenza.
  • Send a medical release form to SHS. If you haven’t already make sure you have documented with SHS whether their staff members may speak with your parents or guardians.


If you have any additional questions about our spring semester plans, please email Please contact your administrative dean if you have an individual concern related to arrival changes or personal challenges related to your return to campus.