Hello, Colgate Community.

The only thing lower than today’s wake-up temperature is our count of new COVID-19 cases. We have seen just one since Friday. Currently, we have 13 students in isolation on campus and 21 total cases. We send our best to those individuals and look forward to welcoming them back soon — perhaps when the temperatures have come up a bit.

Students planning to go in search of warmer climates during spring break may use worried-well testing times for predeparture testing. See below for schedule links.

If you need a ride to the airport or train station, those details are below as well. While masks might not be generally required on campus at this time, you still must wear one on buses, trains, planes, and other federally regulated forms of transport. 

With the return of 175 Utica Street to its original calling as a hotel, quarantine operations have shifted to other locations on and near campus. But, our guidelines remain the same:

  • If you live in a single room with a private bathroom, you may isolate in place.
  • If you live in a double and your roommate(s) have tested positive within the previous 90 days, and if there is a private bathroom, you may isolate in place.
  • If you do not fall into the first two categories, and you live within 300 miles of Hamilton, you must return home (or an alternate residence) to isolate.
  • If you do not live within 300 miles of Hamilton, you will isolate in one of the University’s designated isolation spaces in double occupancy rooms, when possible.

For more information, visit the Quarantine and Isolation page on the website.

Speaking of evolving responses, the event guidelines page was updated last week. To quote liberally from its key messages:

For events that will be attended only by Colgate University faculty, staff, students, and registered volunteers, there are currently no restrictions. All participants will follow current campus guidance for masking, per colgate.edu/colgatetogether, including requirements implemented by event organizers. For events with guests from outside the campus community, including gatherings that are open to the public, review of the event by the Event Safety Group is required. Expectations regarding safety practices must be clearly communicated to guests. Check out the page for more details.

Look below for more goings-on and useful information. I will see you here again next week.


Laura H. Jack
Vice President for Communications

Take Note

The Colgate Cruiser, operated by First Transit, is providing spring break transportation to the Syracuse airport and train station — which serves Greyhound, Megabus, and Trailways Bus Lines — at a reduced price of $20. In order to better accommodate all students’ travel schedules, the Cruiser will be running continuous loops to and from Colgate and these Syracuse transportation hubs, March 11–12 (departures) and March 19–20 (returns).

On departure days, the Cruiser will pick students up at Frank Dining Hall, Donovan’s Pub, or the Class of ’65 Arena. They will be dropped off at the Syracuse airport or train/bus station. Upon return, students will be picked up from the airport or train/bus station and dropped off at Frank Dining Hall, Donovan’s Pub, or the Class of ’65 Arena.

Reservations can be made via the Google Forms below. Please note that reservations and payments for departure transportation must be made prior to 5 p.m. on March 9, and reservations and payments for return transportation must be made no later than 5 p.m. on March 17. Payment can be made by calling 315-228-4287.

3/11 and 3/12 (Departures) Google Form

3/19 and 3/20 (Returns) Google Form

Please contact First Transit at 315-228-4287 or colgate.ondemandscheduling@firstgroup.com if you have any questions.

MyBusHome and Megabus offer additional transportation options throughout the New England and mid-Atlantic areas. Please visit the Break Travel Website for additional details.

Join members of the Colgate community for a semi-formal conversation about Russian’s war on Ukraine. You will hear up-to-the minute as well as historically informed reflections on the region and the politics of this conflict from experts. There will be ample time for an open discussion as well, so please bring your questions.

Testing is available to students by appointment — Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m in the Clark room. Please sign up online. Employees can find free COVID testing at SUNY Morrisville and SUNY Polytechnic.