Coping with COVID-19, academic support, virtual event invitation, and more
Colgate University Parent & Family Newsletter Summer 2020

Parent & Family Update

Gate 1

Universal Arrival Quarantine is over, and we have entered Gate 1. In this phase, small groups can begin to gather together and new activities can begin on campus and in the village.

Gates of Reopening
President Casey's Message

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Isolation and Close Contact Quarantine

Many have asked how a student comes “off” the positive case list and what happens with testing for COVID-19–positive individuals and their close contacts. We asked University Physician Dr. Merrill Miller to explain:


Someone can leave isolation if they are symptom free (or have vastly improving symptoms) and it has been at least 10 days since the date of diagnosis or positive test -— whichever is longer.


  • Diagnosis on 1/1/2020 with fever, dry cough, and a positive test. They rapidly improve and have no symptoms as of 1/5/2020. They remain well, but still have to go the full 10 days. They will exit isolation at 11:59 p.m. on 1/10/2020.
  • Diagnosis on 1/1/2020 with fever, dry cough, and a positive test. They don't improve until 1/15/2020. They will remain in isolation for at least one day of no fever/symptoms and will exit at 11:59 p.m. on 1/16/2020.
  • Positive test on 1/1/2020 but no symptoms (test was done because employer or college was doing baseline testing).
    • If they do not develop any symptoms, they will exit isolation at 11:59 p.m. on 1/10/2020.
    • If they develop symptoms, before exiting isolation, they must be symptom-free/fever-free for at least one day, and it has been at least 10 days since the test was positive, whichever is longer.

No one needs a negative test to determine when or if they can get out of isolation. Indeed, it is not recommended to have a follow-up test — because we now know that tests can remain positive for long after the person is no longer infectious — in some cases, for up to 90 days.

It’s important to note that this is guidance as of July 2020. Previously, there were recommendations about needing negative testing before ending isolation; earlier articles or recommendations describe outdated information.

Close-Contact Quarantine

Students identified as close contacts with a COVID-19 positive individual will undergo a 14-day quarantine. There is no requirement for repeat testing.

If, during the 14 days a student becomes symptomatic or tests positive, then their close contacts (even those already in close-contact quarantine) will begin a 14-day quarantine from the time of the last contact with this individual.

For those in close-contact quarantine who wish to be tested, Colgate will offer access to a one-time follow-up test 5–10 days into the quarantine. A negative test will not reduce the length of the quarantine.

Coping with Quarantine

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Staff members and students share their strategies for coping with quarantine.

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Colgate’s Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Picker Art Gallery, and Residential Commons program sold out of their 80 BAM (Be A Maker) Activity Kit the first weekend of the universal quarantine. The kit’s beadmaking and scratch art magnet frame projects — with a Saturday Zoom session — tied into items in the museums’ collections. Coming in October and November: virtual art-making workshops hosted by regional artists represented in the University Museums' collections, with a recording available for students who want to catch up at another time.

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Dining Services Fall 2020 Features

With the opening of Gate 1, Dining Services welcomes students back on campus for the Fall 2020 semester with enhanced and new features to the dining program — from a food truck to pop-up retail locations offering fare from favorite local restaurants.

Administrative Deans and Academic Advisers Explained

Colgate provides layers of support for students and a variety of people to help them achieve their goals. Here, we explain two of their primary contacts.

Virtual Events

Colgate alumni leaders are coming together in a series of virtual programs to offer support, inspiration, and entertainment for our students during the first several weeks of the semester and the quarantine. All alumni, families, and friends of the Colgate community are invited to attend.

September 10, 7:00 p.m.
From Hamilton to Hollywood: Behind the Scenes in the Entertainment Industry
Learn from a few of the many Colgate alumni who have been successful in building a career in the entertainment industry.

September 17, 7:00 p.m.
Producing and Creating Unscripted Entertainment
Alumni share what it's like behind the scenes of some of television's most popular unscripted shows and documentaries.


How to reach us
Rebecca Downing
Senior Director, Communications and Parent Initiatives

Parent and family resources

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