Given the ongoing developments around COVID-19 and its classification as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, Colgate has updated its plan for community health and safety.

Students were asked to leave campus by noon on March 22, with classes continuing via remote learning mechanisms on Monday, March 30.  The last day of classes remains May 1 and the last day of the examination period is May 8.

Please note that the University will continue to provide support, housing, and essential services for any of our students who were unable to return home.

This decision has not been made lightly. It was made:

  • To return students to their homes ahead of possible additions to travel restrictions that may be declared internationally and domestically.
  • To reduce the risks to the Colgate community by increasing social distancing.
  • To provide students the ability to complete the semester.

Globally, circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic are rapidly developing, and the University is working quickly to respond to and adjust its own plans to best ensure the health and wellness of the Colgate community.

Monitor the information on this site to remain up to date on the latest policies, resources, and information.


Spring 2020 courses resume on Monday, March 30. The course schedule remains in effect for aspects of courses that will be synchronous. Students should check for emails (to their Colgate address) and Moodle posts from their professors for each course in which they are registered. If you have not received communication from your faculty member via email or Moodle, you should send an email to the faculty member's Colgate email address.

Spring 2020 Semester

Key Dates for the remainder of the Spring 2020 Term:

  • April 20, 21, 22: Course registration for Fall 2020 term
  • May 1: Last day of classes
  • May 8: Examination Period Ends

See the Remote Learning Technology page for additional guidance.

Remote instruction is underway through the end of the semester for all spring 2020 Colgate classes.

In response to the extraordinary circumstances impacting the spring 2020 semester related to the global COVID-19 pandemic, a special grading policy will be in effect for all courses for this semester only. The registrar's office is managing these temporary changes to grading practices and policies.

About spring 2020 grading

Remote training is available to the Colgate community for those wishing to learn more about remote learning technologies, such as Zoom.

Training schedule

Learn more about Colgate's remote learning platforms and technologies.

Alternate modalities of instruction are being planned to transition these courses to a remote learning environment.

Your professor will reach out to you specifically with information about how each course will specifically be handled as those details are finalized.

Learn more about Colgate's remote learning platforms and technologies.

Students with concerns about the tools or resources needed to continue their remote instruction should contact ITS by emailing ITS will work with you to provide solutions, even if you have left campus.

The libraries are currently working with faculty members to ensure that textbooks are available to students online. If an e-book version is available, as long as the usage rights allow multiple users, we will make the e-book version available. If an e-book version is not available, the libraries will upload the content to Moodle, and it will be available on your Moodle course page. 

Once courses begin, if the textbook for your course does not seem to be available, please contact your professor and:

If you need additional assistance accessing the content due to disability, please contact Debbie Krahmer (

Yes, consultants will be available to take online appointments starting March 30. Please check the center's webpage the week of March 23 for further information.

Summer 2020

Colgate remains committed to supporting faculty and student research, both of which enrich students’ learning experiences. Approximately 200 Colgate students conduct summer research on campus each year, and the University invests about $850,000 to support this important work, with a mixture of direct funding from Colgate, corporate or foundation grants, individual donors, and faculty research grants.

This summer, moving to an online mode of summer research will allow nearly 70% of our student researchers to undertake their previously planned projects. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Academic Affairs Board approved that currently enrolled Colgate students may take up to two online courses during the summer of 2020 without those courses counting toward the online course limit.

For the summer of 2020 only, those courses can come from any institution from which Colgate has previously accepted summer transfer credit (a list 252 approved institutions is available from the Office of the Registrar). Other transfer course credit limitations apply.

Fall 2020 Semester

Regardless of the mode of instruction, the semester will begin as planned on August 27 and will conclude on December 11, with an exam week to follow.

It remains our hope that the beginning of the fall semester will mark a return to the classic Colgate model of education with students and professors coming together in a residential environment.

However, this decision will depend on several factors, including recommendations from the State of New York, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Madison County Department of Health.

Colgate will announce whether courses will begin remotely or in person no later than June 30.

We need to be prepared for the possibility that illness or immuno-compromised health may impede the ability of some students and professors to be present in the classroom (or in online classroom sessions) or to carry out their responsibilities as teachers and learners for extended periods of time. To minimize the effects of such disruptions, courses will be structured so that there are two grading periods:

  • Grading period A: August–October
  • Grading period B: October–December

Each of the two periods will have similar demands in terms of workload, structures of evaluation, final assessments, and the like. This format will allow greater flexibility as we move forward and could offer multiple scenarios for tailoring instruction to best adhere to federal and state guidelines for gatherings and social distancing. Colgate has earmarked an additional $500,000 in endowed funds for the coming year to support new technologies, innovative instruction techniques, and other academic support during this transitional period. 

The first two weeks of January will become an instructional period, if necessary, providing students an opportunity to reclaim elements of the fall semester that might have been lost due to COVID-19. Colgate will also add to its calendar a June term.

Students who encountered COVID-19-related setbacks in the previous year will be able to take a single course in an intense block system. There will not be tuition fees for these two instructional periods, but any courses taken will offer the credit they would normally carry during a normal full semester. Some of those courses might be offered remotely.

In this way, students who encounter setbacks during the regular semesters can continue working toward their graduation requirements.

When classes are once again conducted in person on campus, students and faculty showing symptoms of any illness will be asked to stay home. The University will build in capacity for remote instruction from all its instructional spaces so those not in the classroom will be able to continue to engage with the course.

In addition, classrooms will be assigned with social distancing guidelines, while new classroom cleaning protocols will be adopted.

Academic Support, Accommodations, and Support for Disabilities

Students with accommodations should contact with Lynn Waldman ( to discuss their particular needs.  Students interested in library service modifications should contact Debbie Krahmer (

More information about digital accessibility and accommodations

Yes, if you are already set up with a peer tutor, please plan to continue working with the tutor through Zoom or technology of your choice. If you need to request a tutor:

Peer tutor request