Spring 2021

Sign the commitment

The Commitment to Community Health is a policy created in response to the ongoing pandemic and remains in effect until further notice. Compliance with these expectations and the parameters outlined in the Gates of Reopening is non-negotiable. All community members, including those who are in remote status, are expected to acknowledge and sign this commitment by January 15, 2021. All community members, including those in remote status, are expected to complete the Colgate University online COVID-19 health education course prior to January 15, 2021. All community members who may be on campus for any reason, including those in a remote status, are required to follow the guidance in this commitment as a condition of employment.

Faculty and Staff Commitment to Community Health

Safeguarding the health of the Colgate University and Hamilton communities will require a shared and steadfast commitment from all of us to modify the ways we work and live on and off campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. The University has invested significant resources and adopted a number of protocols to keep me and the Colgate community safe, providing for testing, contact tracing, and personal protective equipment as well as reconfiguring spaces and providing medical resources. 

As a member of the Colgate community, I understand that I must also play my part in maintaining the health and safety of the Colgate and Hamilton communities. I understand that the reason to follow the precautions asked of me by the University and my fellow community members is not only to protect myself from a disease that can have short-term implications and unknown long-term ramifications, but also to reduce the danger that I pose to the people around me and in the community, including those who are immuno-compromised, elderly, and caregivers for those who are at risk.

In short, I understand that my behaviors at work and outside of work directly impact others’ wellbeing.

I also understand that my or any community member’s failure to scrupulously adhere to these expectations would make it more likely that on-campus education would be suspended for the duration of the semester and/or into the following term and may have long-term consequences for the University.

I understand that, in order to be able to work on campus and to participate in on-campus activities of any sort, I must commit to the following and failure to do so may result in employment actions.

Health Education

I understand that, whether I am working on campus or remotely this term, I will need to complete the Colgate University online COVID-19 health education course prior to January 15. This course, while brief, is important to ensure a baseline understanding of SARS-CoV-2, how it is transmitted, and how to prevent its spread within the community. 

Face Coverings

Each student, faculty, and staff member has been provided University-issued face masks. All community members must wear a mask while on the Colgate campus and while visiting businesses and community spaces within the Village of Hamilton. It is recommended that all community members carry an extra face mask for their own use while on campus. If a community member does not have a face mask, they can be directed to visit Campus Safety or Student Health Services on campus to obtain a face mask.

I understand that I must wear a University-issued or CDC-compliant face covering in the following settings:

  • Any indoor or outdoor location on campus if I am not able to maintain at least 6 feet of separation between myself and others (and at least 12 feet while exercising)
  • Common areas of all buildings, including hallways, stairwells, and elevators 
  • Classrooms, seminar rooms, and lecture halls
  • Laboratories, studios, media labs, and other teaching spaces when more than one person is present
  • Lounges, kitchenettes, and copier rooms
  • Communal gatherings or meetings (formal or informal) where two or more people are present. 
  • In any department office, personal office, or shared/communal office when more than one person is present
  • Libraries and other sitting/study areas
  • Dining halls when not eating
  • All indoor athletic and recreation facilities
  • Colgate Cruiser
  • When visiting businesses and other community spaces within the Village and Town of Hamilton

Like all students, faculty, and staff, I will take on the responsibility of kindly reminding anyone not wearing a face covering in a required setting of their obligation to do so. I will also heed reminders made to me by fellow community members should I neglect to wear a mask in a setting where it is required. 

Physical Distancing

I understand that physical distancing is designed to limit the spread of a disease by reducing the opportunities for close contact between people. I also understand that, if I have had close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, I will be required to quarantine in accordance with Colgate’s close contact quarantine protocol, currently for up to 14 days.

Therefore, I will do my best to maintain a safe physical distance of 6 feet or more in all settings. Indoors, I will maintain 6 feet of separation between myself and others even while wearing a face mask.

Testing and Daily Health Screening

I understand that one of the essential means to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the Colgate and Hamilton communities is for the population to be regularly tested for the virus. Therefore, I agree to the following:

  • I will comply with all of the testing regimes that Colgate requires of me. Testing is not optional.
  • I will comply with medical professionals or designees when they give me instructions following test results. I am aware that these instructions might include isolating in a designated location or quarantining in accordance with Colgate’s quarantine and isolation protocol, currently for 14 days.
  • Before coming to campus each day, I will honestly and consistently answer the questions on the “Daily Health Screening” on the Colgate Mobile app or via the portal. I will adhere to the instructions given to me as a result, including quarantining myself if I have any symptoms or signs of the virus.

Contact Tracing

I understand that accurate contact tracing of COVID-19 cases is vital for maintaining the health and safety of the Colgate and Hamilton communities. I will comply honestly, accurately, and quickly with any contact tracing requests that I receive. 

Mobile Phones

I understand that it may be important for the University to contact me and will provide the University with a phone number where I can be reached, including by text message. (I will log into the portal to review and update my contact information if necessary.) I also consent to the University providing this information to the Department of Health to assist with contact tracing if necessary.

Quarantine and Self-Isolation

I understand that, in the event of possible exposure to SARS-CoV-2 or receipt of a positive COVID-19 test, I will be required to quarantine or self-isolate in accordance with Colgate’s quarantine protocol, currently for up to 14 days. I will follow all protocols for quarantine/self-isolation provided to me by the University and/or the New York State Department of Health.


I understand that I must limit nonessential travel outside of the local area. I will adhere to the expectations regarding personal and professional travel outlined in the COVID-19 Colgate University Travel Policy.

Vaccination and Immune Status

Individuals who are vaccinated, or who have been or may have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 previously, will need to follow all the same rules and policies as everyone else in the community. Current scientific knowledge offers no assurance that those who are vaccinated are not able to spread the SARS-CoV2 virus to others, even if they are protected from symptoms of COVID-19. Similarly, prior infection with SARS-CoV-2 ought not exempt any member of the community from adherence to the Commitment to Community Health, for current scientific knowledge has not necessarily shown immunity or whether one might continue to spread SARS-CoV-2 to others.


Individuals who violate the Commitment to Community Health may have consequences such as coaching, a verbal or written warning, and/or temporary suspension. More information is available for review in the Colgate Policy on Community Health Violations.