Colgate University Parent and Family Newsletter
Colgate University Parent & Family Newsletter Summer 2020

Parent & Family Update


Public health

Gate 3 Has Opened

On Monday, President Casey announced that last week’s random testing revealed just one positive and three close contacts. He congratulated the community for the hard work that made possible the opening of Gate 3 on Tuesday. Gate 3 guidelines have been modified slightly to allow for gatherings of 25 or fewer individuals.

Students were reminded that in Gate 3, masks are still required, and when they are gathered — since 10 minutes spent within 6 feet makes one a close contact — to make sure a tall celebrity can lie down between them and their friends.

Diagram of celebrities that are 6 feet tall or greater

13 Podcast: Campus Safety and
COVID-19 Response

Join Colgate’s Associate Vice President for Campus Safety, Emergency Management, and Environmental Health and Safety Dan Gough as he talks about the University’s response to COVID-19, how Colgate operates during emergency situations, and more in this new episode of 13


Icons for face coverings, hand washing, commitment, distancing, and cleaning

Fall Semester Move-Out Plans

Watch your email this week for a separate message with instructions for students about our November move-out plans and logistics.

Friendly Reminder: Visitor Policy

The dozens of states on the travel advisory list and multiple counties in New York State experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases could have a direct impact on the data that determine our Gate status.

As indicated in the Travel and Guests section of the Commitment to Community Health that students signed, we continue to discourage students from having guests come to the area to minimize risk of introduction of the virus into the Hamilton community. Parent or family visitors are only permitted on campus for the delivery of essential items, or to pick up students for approved essential purposes (isolation, medical needs, etc.) and must receive approval prior to arriving on campus. All who need to come to Hamilton must complete the Parent/Family Visitor Registration Form and await approval before making the trip. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you have any specific questions, feel free to email


Updates From Campus

Library Hours Extended

With the approach of mid-semester, the Colgate Libraries have extended their hours.

Games and More: In-Person Activities

Since Gate 2 opened September 29, Colgate has been offering more in-person opportunities for students to be active, enjoy time with others, and take a break from studying. For example, this past weekend, students could try the fusion game of Soccer Tennis on the Burke / Pinchin and Residential quads; watch the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus at Andy Kerr Stadium; play lawn games like Kan Jam, Giant Jenga, Giant Chess, Lawn Darts; or take part in a tennis tournament.

All events require reservations or registration to manage the number of attendees, mask wearing, and health safety measures for usage of equipment.


Fall 2020 Parent & Family Programs

Because we cannot safely gather for an in-person 2020 Family Weekend on campus, we are offering virtual programs and events for parents and family members in the coming days and weeks. Here are the first events; stay tuned for more. And if you miss an event, you can watch the archived recording on the Parent & Family Resources Page.

Off Campus Study Information Session

Friday, October 16, 4:00 p.m. EDT — For Parents and Guardians of Juniors and Seniors

Learn about options available to students later in their degree program. For some, they may be only now exploring this option before they graduate. For others, their plans may have been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Joanna Holvey Bowles, director of the Office of Off-Campus study, and other members of the OCS team will present the process and the advice our office can offer your students.


Mental and Emotional Health Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 20, 4:30 p.m. EDT

As developing adults, college students face a variety of experiences, opportunities, and challenges that can affect, or be affected by, their mental and emotional health. Join our panel of experts — Dawn LaFrance, director of Counseling and Psychological Services; Pilar Mejía Barrera, co-director of Hancock Commons and senior lecturer in Spanish, and Mark Shiner, associate university chaplain, Catholic campus minister, and co-director of Ciccone Commons. We will discuss common concerns and coping strategies, how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting student well-being, the resources available at Colgate, and how parents and family members can support their students. Rebecca Downing, senior director of communications and parent initiatives, will moderate.

Have a question you’d like us to address? Send an email to and put Mental and Emotional Health Panel Discussion in the subject line.



Final Thoughts

Students around a campfire at night

More S’mores, please! Campfires set up around campus on Saturday night the first weekend in October provided an opportunity for fellowship and sticky fingers.


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

Parent and family resources

For urgent concerns
→ Concern about a student’s well-being
→ Campus safety Emergency: 1-315-228-7333

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