Colgate’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is to ensure the health and safety of the University community with the goal of returning to its rigorous model for residential education as soon as possible.

University Status

In June, President Casey and his cabinet received a report from the Task Force on the Re-Opening of the Colgate Campus.

This report made the recommendation that the campus be reopened to the full student body for the fall semester of 2020. University leadership has accepted this recommendation, and planning for the fall semester is proceeding with the report and recommendations of the task force as a guiding framework.

As Colgate University prepares to support in-person instruction in the fall, it is important to note that the University will not be operating as usual.

The campus remains closed to students, faculty, and staff, with the exception of essential employees and students who have coordinated residency with the Office of Residential Life due to extraordinary circumstances.

Return to Campus

Employee return to on-campus work

Employees will being a gradual return to on-campus work beginning June 27.

Return to On-Campus Work Plan


Students who are not registered to be in residence on campus should not come to the campus until the University announces its plans for reopening.

Housing Selection

Many students have already selected their housing for the fall semester, and those housing placements have not changed. The remaining housing lotteries will take place in June following course registration. Housing selection lottery times will be emailed to students in the sophomore, junior, and senior classes on or around June 4. About housing selection

Summer Research

The University continues to support faculty and student research. This year the summer research program has moved to an online model, allowing nearly 70% of the typical 200 student researchers to undertake previously planned projects.

Fall 2020 Course Registration

Students in the Classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 participated in course registration remotely on June 1–3. Questions about courses should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

Avoiding COVID-19 Stigma

Viruses are not bound by race or nationality. Avoid inappropriate blame or hostility toward any specific nation or its people. Read the CDC anti-stigma guidelines for facts about this illness.