2021 Commitment (Updated August 19)

As members of the Colgate community, employees play a central part in maintaining the health and safety of the Colgate and Hamilton communities. Colgate expects employees to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and New York State regulations related to the health of our community for managing the presence of SARS-CoV-2 on campus and within the Village and Town of Hamilton. The expectations detailed below apply to all employees, regardless of vaccination status, except where explicitly noted.

As a Colgate employee, I understand that:

  • My actions at work and outside of work directly impact others’ wellbeing and the University’s business continuity.
  • I am required to follow all CDC and NYS guidelines, as well as any additional requirements set forth by Colgate University.  
  • In order to be able to work on campus and to participate in on-campus activities of any sort, I commit to the following and understand that failure to do so may result in disciplinary actions.
  • Wearing a face covering in any situation is welcomed for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

I commit to the following:


Required, expected, and strongly recommended precautions will be clearly communicated and are subject to change according to current public health conditions. In some cases, these guidelines apply regardless of vaccination status. All unvaccinated individuals are expected to wear a face covering on campus while indoors and in any outdoor setting where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
I will be respectful of requests by others to maintain physical distance or wear a face covering, and I will comply when faculty or staff members require mask use in classroom, teaching, or individual private office spaces. I respect and support all members of our campus community who choose to continue to wear face coverings when it may not be required.

I am aware of common symptoms of COVID-19 and will seek care or testing if appropriate.  If I am symptomatic for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, I will not report to work and I will contact a medical provider for guidance and/or testing.
I will also comply with New York State requirements related to area businesses and restaurants.

Testing, Quarantine, and Isolation: 

I will comply with medical professionals, or their designees, when they give me instructions regarding an exposure to SARS-CoV-2 or a positive COVID-19 test result, which may include isolating or quarantining. I will also comply honestly, accurately, fully, and quickly with any contact tracing requests I receive. I will comply with all of the testing protocols that Colgate requires. If I am not vaccinated, or not fully vaccinated, I will be required to undergo weekly testing.

Travel and Guests: 

I will follow Colgate’s COVID-19 Travel Policy. Guests are encouraged to be fully vaccinated prior to their arrival and must follow current campus guidance. In cases of University programs or events, event sponsors may require guests to show proof of vaccination, proof of exemption, or a negative test.


I understand that Colgate University has required all employees to be vaccinated, unless granted a medical or religious exemption in accordance with the established University processes in place. I will comply with this vaccine requirement. Vaccination status is protected under medical privacy and you will not be expected to respond to questions about this except when requested by Human Resources.


These measures are meant to address risks to public health. Employees may be subject to disciplinary action for failure to comply.