The Colgate University Reopening Plan submitted to the State of New York

As Colgate University prepares to support in-person instruction in the fall of 2020, it is important to note that the University will not be operating as usual. In order to be successful, a return to campus will require a shared commitment across the community to new guidelines, based on the best scientific guidance available, for protecting the health and wellbeing of campus and the surrounding communities. The University’s ability to reopen is critically linked to the campus community’s unwavering adherence to new practices, policies, and ways of conducting life on campus. 

Overseen by the University president and his cabinet, Colgate’s reopening plan has been devised through a set of teams working closely together: the Task Force on the Reopening of the Colgate Campus, Task Force on Remote Learning, and the Emergency Operations Center [EOC — more than 50 University employees representing all divisions, who use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Incident Management System (NIMS) for managing crises].

Colgate’s plan starts with a Commitment to Community Health, which all students, faculty, and staff members must sign. The commitment’s requirements are non-negotiable. The commitment includes wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, testing and daily health checks, responding to contact tracing requests, quarantine and isolation procedures, and limiting nonessential travel, as well as acknowledging that failure to comply could contribute to conditions that would require the reclosing of campus. Violations of the commitment will result in a student being sent home and forfeiting the right to be on campus or to take in-person courses, or, for employees, not being able to work on campus — and a reduction in pay commensurate with the reduction of regularly assigned work duties requiring their physical presence on campus.