Students matriculating at Colgate accept membership in a community of scholars dedicated to the pursuit of intellectual growth. The University attempts to provide an atmosphere in which individual freedom and diversity can flourish and where personal growth will accompany the formal learning process. Such a community relies upon the acceptance of individual responsibility as well as respect for the rights of others.


All members of the Colgate community are expected to adhere to local, state, and federal regulations as well as to the University Code of Student Conduct found in this Student Handbook. Colgate University reserves the right to amend any administrative policy contained in the Student Handbook without prior notice.

Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act

Pursuant to the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, students, prospective students, and members of the public can request information concerning Colgate’s intercollegiate athletics program. Interested parties should contact the Director of Athletics, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346, 315-228-7611.

Campus Crime Reporting and Statistics

Colgate University is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and secure environment for the entire University community, including visitors. The Advisory Committee on Campus Safety will provide upon request all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education. To obtain a copy, contact Daniel Gough, associate vice president for campus safety, emergency management, and environmental health and safety, at 315-228­-7335 or via email at dgough@colgate.edu. You may also view U.S. Department of Education crime statistics for all colleges and universities.

Organizational structure and copy for this handbook was revised in the summer of 2019. The information contained in this publication applies to the academic years 2019–2020 but this handbook is not to be regarded as a contract between the student and the University. The University reserves the right to change requirements, policies, rules, and regulations without prior notice in accordance with established procedures.

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