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Face Coverings on Campus

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Parents,

We are writing with a revision to Hamilton’s policy regarding face coverings effective Monday, Aug. 9. The case numbers in Oneida County that President Wippman referenced in his most recent message have risen to the point that the county, like most counties nationwide, is now identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an area experiencing substantial transmission of the coronavirus. In accordance with CDC guidance, the College will for the time being require anyone on campus to wear a face covering when indoors on campus.

Face coverings must be worn in College buildings except when alone or with roommates in residence hall rooms, attending to personal hygiene, or eating. Masks must also be worn in College vehicles carrying more than one person. We will continue to monitor local trends and guidance from the CDC, the New York State Department of Health, and Oneida County Health Department.

We understand how disappointing this change may be and the stress created by frequent changes to COVID-19 guidance. We also know, however, that the precautions we took together last year enabled us to keep the number of cases on campus to a minimum and to complete the academic year in residence. By taking precautions now and continuing to follow the best available public health guidance, we are confident we can have an even more successful year this year. With almost all members of our community fully vaccinated, we remain optimistic that we can successfully manage the full range of campus activities. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

COVID-19 Steering Committee

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