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Public health

Move to Gate 3

Based on the latest public health metrics, the Health Analytics Team recommended that the campus move to Gate 3 as of this morning at 7 a.m.

In addition, the Task Force on Reopening met to consider updates to Gate 3, aligning guidelines with revised New York State guidance. The following changes have been made:

  1. Bedroom visitation allowed with roommate consent. Masks for non-direct family members must remain on and physical distancing practiced at all times.
  2. Guest(s) permitted in personal vehicles, only if the guest(s) is a direct family member (e.g. roommate).
  3. As of March 22, outdoor social gatherings of up to 25 people allowed, with face coverings and physical distancing (per regulations). Currently, indoor gatherings remain limited to 10 people.

These changes come with important caveats and public health reminders, which were shared with the campus community yesterday as part of announcing this news.

Read the full announcement


We have received questions from some parents regarding students’ eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations and where they can obtain shots. Although Colgate has been approved, and is ready, to serve as a Closed Point of Distribution center for vaccination, thus far we have not received any allocation of doses. So, students who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are able to travel within CNY to obtain one if they can get an appointment at a location in the region, and we recommend that they do so. They simply need to notify their administrative dean, as they would for a necessary medical appointment where they will be outside of Hamilton for less than 24 hours.

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Updates From Campus

Additions to Interfaith House Provide Spaces for Students to Practice Their Faith

A Muslim prayer room and Kosher kitchen in Interfaith House at 110 Broad Street will help to meet the needs of students in Colgate’s increasingly diverse population. Read the article.

13 Days of Wellness

For the first half of March, the Student Government Association (SGA) is centering wellness in all their work in order to support the student body in a holistic way.

“It is imperative that we make sure to check in with ourselves and one another, protecting both our physical health and mental health during this global pandemic,” read their message to students. The SGA partnered with Colgate Active Minds to launch the 13 Days of Wellness, with daily wellness events, from a stress management talk and an arts and crafts night to a “movies for mental health” workshop and a self-care event. Students could get tips and keep up with event info on the SGA and Active Minds Instagram accounts.



Gloria BorgerA Conversation With Gloria Borger ’74, H’14, P’10 and President Brian W. Casey

March 13, 2021 (Rescheduled)
1:00 p.m. EDT

CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger will speak with President Brian W. Casey about her time at Colgate as part of the first coeducational class to graduate from Colgate and her illustrious career in journalism.




Data-Driven Decision-Making: The Global Pandemic on a Local Scale

March 19, 2021
3:30 p.m. EDT

The Division of Natural Sciences Colloquium Series and CORE Scientific Perspectives present the panel discussion Data-Driven Decision-Making: The Global Pandemic on a Local Scale.


  • Geoff Holm, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Ellen Larson, Physician
  • Juliana Smith, Deputy Athletics Director
  • Priscilla Van Wynsberghe, Associate Professor of Biology

Moderator: Krista Ingram, Division Director & Professor of Biology

You will need a registered Zoom account, but do not need a Colgate account.



Final Thoughts

Academic Resources and Special Session for First-Year Students

With midterm season approaching full swing, yesterday Colgate’s academic deans sent a special message to the first-year class: “There’s a chance your stress levels may be increasing due to papers, exams, and assignments. We wanted to share a few simple study tips and tricks to consider and a reminder to utilize the many resources available to you.”

They shared information about the Center for Learning, Teaching, and Research (CLTR); making a reservation with the Writing and Speaking Center; and Conant House Connections, a special session for first-year students offered by Counseling and Psychological Services and the assistant dean of first and second year experience and community development, on Monday, March 15.

The deans also offered their personal assistance and wished them luck with midterms while sharing these study tips and tricks:

    • Fuel up: The best way to keep your energy levels high is to follow a healthy, balanced diet of a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Staying hydrated helps maintain energy levels and keeps your muscles energized.
    • Take a break: Sometimes the solution to a studying brain freeze is a change of pace. Take a walk outside or go run an errand to give yourself a break. And stretch.
    • Ask for help: If you’re struck on something, you can always ask for help.



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

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