2021 Commitment (updated August 19)

As members of the Colgate community, students play a central part in maintaining the health and safety of the Colgate and Hamilton communities.

I understand that, per the Colgate University Code of Student Conduct, at any time during enrollment and regardless of location, I must comply with these directives and “abide by all University policies and procedures and comply with directions of University officials acting in performance of their duties” (Student Handbook 2021–22). In the absence of specific University policy, Colgate expects students 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. 

By being enrolled in the University, I understand that I have agreed to the following:

  • Students who do not adhere to the expectations outlined below face administrative actions including parental notification, loss of the privilege to live in University housing, reassignment of housing, forfeiture of the ability to use campus services, suspension, or expulsion. 
  • The expectations detailed below apply to all students, regardless of vaccination status, except where explicitly noted.

Wearing a face covering in any situation is welcomed for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.In order to remain on or return to campus and to participate in in-person activities, 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 will stand, regardless of vaccination status.  I also understand that 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. 

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 may be required to quarantine, isolate, and/or participate in testing. During isolation or quarantine, I will follow the directions provided by Colgate and/or the Madison County Department of Health, including not having in-person contact with other individuals during this period of time.

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, regarding instructions after I receive a COVID-19 test result, which may include isolating or quarantining at home if I live within 300 miles of campus, or in a University location in accordance with Colgate’s quarantine and isolation protocol. 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. I understand that students who are fully vaccinated at the time of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 will not be required to quarantine, unless the current CDC guidance changes. In the event of possible exposure to SARS-CoV-2 or a positive COVID-19 test, if I am unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, I will be required to quarantine or isolate in accordance with Colgate’s quarantine and isolation protocol, and the requirements of the Madison County Department of Health. 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 students 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. I understand vaccination status is protected under medical privacy and students will not be expected to respond to questions about this unless requested by a Colgate medical professional.

Accountability for the Student Commitment to Community Health: 

I acknowledge that, in the event of a student’s or organization’s suspected violation of the Commitment to Community Health, the University will conduct an internal review of the incident. If it is determined that the student(s) or organization(s) are in violation, the student(s) or organization(s) may be issued a warning, parents or guardians may be notified, and, in the interest of protecting community health, more serious consequences may be put into place, including but not limited to reassignment of housing, loss of University housing, and campus access. In the event that I am reassigned to alternative housing, lose the privilege to reside in University housing, or lose permission to be on campus, I will not be entitled to a reduction or refund of housing or meal plan costs. 

A student or organization removed from University housing, reassigned, or prohibited from presence on campus may appeal these administrative measures by submitting a request, in writing to the Dean of Students within three days of receiving notice of imposition of the protective measures. The measures will remain in effect pending the outcome of the appeal. The Dean of Students’ decision on review is final and is not subject to further appeal.

These measures are meant to address risks to public health and, if implemented, are not considered formal disciplinary sanctions, will not appear on a student’s or student organization’s disciplinary record, and are in addition to (not in lieu of) potential disciplinary consequences or consequences permitted under a student’s housing agreement with the University. 

In circumstances involving intentional or significant alleged violations of the Commitment to Community Health, the Office of the Dean of the College may, in addition to or in lieu of imposing consequences as described above, refer the matter to the disciplinary officer for potential disciplinary process. Sanctions imposed as part of a disciplinary process may include a range of sanctions, including suspension or even expulsion, in the most serious cases. Information on the disciplinary process can be found at colgate.edu/conduct.


I understand that, if I am employed by the University, I agree to also abide by the rules set forth in the employee commitment