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

Parent & Family Update


Public health

Student Pick-Up

Family members coming from out of state to pick up their students should refer to the New York State Travel Advisory guidelines regarding filling out the traveler form, testing, and quarantine; the guidelines have changed as of November 4, 2020.

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At-Home Test Kits For Spring Semester

Students planning to return to campus for the spring 2021 semester must submit a negative COVID-19 test result prior to arrival. They need to pick up their test kit in the mail room before departing campus. Please note: These kits are only for testing prior to return for the spring 2021 semester. Beginning today (Nov. 4), mail services will extend the hours of operation at the package window to offer students additional opportunities to pick up the kits as well as other packages. As always, they need to schedule an appointment through the mail services webpage.


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Move-Out Checklist

As students move off campus later this week, they’ve received the following guidance:

  • Take home all essential belongings. The remainder of belongings can be left in their room if they are returning for the spring ’21 semester.
  • Pack and take home any technology needed for remote instruction during the final days of the semester. As well, because global and national conditions may change throughout the break, it is important that everyone be prepared for a scenario that could disrupt in-person learning on campus for the spring. ITS provided this tech checklist. Students can browse for equipment options, including hotspots, or contact ITS to discuss. ITS also offers free installation of Microsoft Office, SPSS, Stata, Adobe Creative Cloud, and more.
  • Students who plan to shift to remote learning in the spring must pack and remove all belongings. Individuals will assume responsibility for moving or storage costs if they do not return to campus for the spring semester.
  • Students seeking to sell textbooks prior to departure may do so through the Colgate Bookstore online.
  • Clean out refrigerators of all items that will spoil before returning in January and remove all perishable items from cupboards and counters.
  • Remember, no guest is permitted into the residential buildings. This includes parents. Student pickup and departure will take place during scheduled 30-minute time frames to reduce traffic as much as possible. Wear a face covering. Maintain 6 feet of distance. Practice thorough hand hygiene.
  • During the move-out timeframe, students are permitted to use personal vehicles.
  • Additional departure details may also be found online.


Students needing transportation to Hancock International Airport or other transportation facilities in Syracuse or Utica can book the On-Demand Shuttle, which has a sliding price scale depending on the number of passengers.

COVE Food Drive

As students prepare to move off campus for the remainder of the semester, the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE) will be doing its annual non-perishable food collection for the Hamilton Food Cupboard this week. Students can look out for the donation boxes placed in residence halls and the Broad Street houses. Donations will be collected after student departure.



Spring Family Forum

Did you miss last week’s Family Forum on COVID-19 response and Spring 2021 planning? with President Casey, Provost and Dean of the Faculty Tracey Hucks, and the co-chairs of Colgate’s two task forces?

Watch the recording


Final Thoughts

Colgate Day

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On Friday the 13th, we celebrated Colgate Day together — an opportunity to celebrate not only the University, but also our village community. The day-long celebration was filled with events and giveaways, from free coffee or tea from FoJo Beans to treats for students at the Colgate Inn, the Colgate Bookstore, and Bueno Taco.

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Byrne Dairy Cookiewiches, a Colgate tradition from students’ first days on the hilltop; were handed out at 13:13 p.m. And selfies at the lucky number 13 on the Case Geyer Library patio were a popular stop. Dinner featured the annual ‘Franksgiving’ at Frank Dining Hall, and the evening closed with a special midnight screening of the holiday classic Elf at the Hamilton Movie Theater.

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Colgate Together Updates on Pause

We wish your students a restful break; we’ll be taking a break from sending these Parent & Family Colgate Together Updates, also. May everyone remain safe and healthy as the holiday season approaches!


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

Parent and family resources

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