Official Memos and Reports

The Task Force on Reopening has produced a number of reports which have guided University decision-making during the pandemic. Read these reports below:

Memo: Task Force on the Reopening of the Colgate Campus, Summer/Fall 2021

Report: Task Force on the Reopening of the Colgate Campus, Fall 2020

Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan

In accordance with the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act), Colgate has developed an Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan. The purpose of this plan is to protect employees against exposure and disease during an outbreak and goes into effect when an airborne infectious disease is designated by the NY Commissioner of Health as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health.

Commitment to Community Health

Commercial Service Providers and Contractors

Interim requirements for commercial service providers and contractors working on campus.

Service providers/contractors policy

General Operations

Changes to many of the University's general operating procedures are necessary to promote public health and fiscal responsibility through the COVID-19 pandemic

Policies impacting general operations

Event & Meeting Guidelines

Keeping in mind our overall goal to safeguard the health and safety of our faculty, staff, students, and the local community, these continued precautions related to events, meetings, and all other in-person gatherings must be followed.

Event and meeting guidelines

Faculty Support for Research and Teaching

Policies and information regarding faculty grants, funding, and conference attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Faculty Support: Research and Teaching

Federal CARES; CRRSA; and ARP Acts

Colgate University received funding from three Acts passed by the federal government "to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus". A portion of these funds are to be used to issue direct grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by COVID-19.

    • The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020.
    • The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), signed into law on December 27, 2020
    • The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, third stream (HEERF III) signed into law on March 22, 2021 under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021.

    Refunding Policy

    Policies regarding withdrawal, refunds, and leaves of absence.

    Refunding policy

    Reopening Plan

    Overseen by the University president and his cabinet, Colgate’s reopening plan has been devised through a set of teams working closely together: the Task Force on the Reopening of the Colgate Campus, Task Force on Remote Learning, and the Emergency Operations Center

    Colgate University Reopening Plan

    Travel Policy

    The best way to mitigate the risk of an outbreak of COVID-19 at Colgate University and in the Greater Hamilton Community (Community) is to create a stable population, where travel in and out of the Community is effectively controlled and/or limited.

    COVID-19 Travel Policy

    Vaccination Policy

    Colgate is requiring all students and employees on campus to complete their COVID-19 vaccination before the fall 2021 semester.

    Vaccination Policy