Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020–21 academic year is anything but normal.

For the health and safety of the community, much of the freedom and autonomy of personal behaviors must be supplanted with a commitment to community health.

The University depends on such a commitment in order to continue offering in-person residential education. The people of the village, town, and county rely on it for employment and economic health. Students and employees — whether studying or working on campus or remotely — are therefore required to review and sign a commitment to community health.

Mitigating the risks of the pandemic is difficult. Together we can find ways to continue learning, discovering, and finding joy.

The pandemic has challenged people globally. These difficult challenges have impacted every member of the Colgate community personally, creating circumstances and experiences both on campus and at home that are very different than those we would choose for ourselves. While some of these are challenges we face as individuals, many we must face as a community.

By committing to the health of our community and continuing to work together and support one another, informed by the knowledge and experience our community gained during the fall semester, the Colgate community can achieve an even more dynamic spring semester filled with learning, research, discovery, and joy.