All Hamilton students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19; for this purpose, "fully vaccinated" means having received the initial dose(s) and at least one booster. They should upload a photo of their vaccination card for proof.
To upload your booster record, please visit the Vaccine Status page on the Hamilton COVID-19 website. Once you’re there, you will see a new section for “Booster Doses.” Click on "Add a Booster Dose," then input the date, the vaccine manufacturer, and a photo of your updated vaccination card. Click on “Save All.” You can return to the form if you need to add additional doses in the future.
Yes, you may request a medical exemption if your physician recommends it. The policy and process are the same for requesting any immunization requirement exemption at Hamilton.
A limited number of COVID-19 test kits are available free to students at the Health Center.
Tests are readily available for purchase at pharmacies such as Kinney Drugs, CVS, Walgreens, and more.
Hamilton employees covered by the OptumRx plan may obtain free COVID-19 home tests without having to submit a reimbursement form and with no upfront cost at an in-network provider pharmacy, including Walmart, Rite Aid (including Bartell Drugs), Kinney Drugs, Walgreens (including Duane Reade), or Sam's Club using your OptumRx member id card. Alternatively, up to $12 of the cost for tests purchased at out-of-network retailers will be reimbursed by filing an electronic claim with OptumRx. Any claims using your Excellus medical card, or claim forms sent to Excellus for home test kits, will be denied. Visit the OptumRx website for more information.
Employees should stay home and contact their supervisor and Human Resources (315-859-4302). Students should begin isolation and contact Camus Safety (315-859-4141).
If you are fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you are no longer required to quarantine. Individuals who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted should follow the CDC's recommendation to quarantine for five days followed by strict mask use for an additional five days. Hamilton students may quarantine in their rooms; employees should quarantine at home.
Every situation is different, so staff members should work with their supervisor and Human Resources, and faculty members should consult with the Dean of Faculty Office. The College will do what it can to support employees concerning family obligations that pertain to quarantine for COVID-19.
1. Call Campus Safety (315-859-4141), and notify them of your positive COVID-19 test results. They will notify the COVID-19 coordinator, who will connect with Health Center representatives to review your information. If you test positive outside of normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Health Center staff will review your information on Monday morning. You may call your parents or guardian to discuss your care plan in advance of notifying Campus Safety. However, we expect you to make Campus Safety aware of your plan within two hours of receiving your positive test results. You may isolate at home if you live within ~300 miles and meet specific criteria.
2. Pack for a 10-day isolation period if departing from campus in case you are not released on Day 6. Pack only what you need and can easily carry with you, such as:
- Laptop, cell phone, and necessary chargers
- Books, coursework, and related supplies
- Personal care items
- Medications that you take daily or even periodically
- Comfortable clothes with extra socks and underwear just in case
3. Start making a list of your close contacts (individuals that you have been within 6 feet of, for 15 minutes or longer, during the previous 48 hours). Your roommates, professors, and head coach (if you are on the roster of a varsity team) will be contacted automatically. Please use the anonymous form to report other close campus contacts. Be advised that if individuals are fully vaccinated, including being boosted when eligible, then they do not need to quarantine following exposure to a positive case, unless they develop symptoms. They should mask around others for 10 days, and get tested 5 days following the exposure.
If you would like someone to notify your faculty members, please fill out the Faculty Contact Form. This form is optional, not anonymous, and will reveal your name and positive status to faculty teaching classes in which you are enrolled. Please contact the DOS Office (email@example.com) if you have any questions or concerns.
You may isolate yourself at home if you meet all of the following criteria:
- Ability to drive yourself directly home in your private vehicle without any direct interaction with other individuals (not use of public transportation)
- Ability to isolate yourself at home in a private bedroom with access to a private bathroom
- Ability to have meals delivered to your room as well as trash picked up from your room without any direct in-person contact
- Ability to remain distanced from all other household members, avoiding any direct interaction with others, until you are released from your isolation
If you are able to isolate yourself at home, contact Campus Safety (315-859-4141) prior to your departure. If you are not able to isolate at home, you must isolate in your bedroom on campus.
At this time there are no limits on gathering sizes, but event organizers or the College may impose limits if conditions change.
As COVID-19 variants continue to spread around the country and the world, it is certainly possible that Hamilton could experience a cluster of positive cases, particularly at the beginning of the semester as students arrive. In this event, the COVID-19 Task Force will determine the severity and whether a change in the College's operating status is warranted. While we understand that not all classes lend themselves to hybrid or blended modes or recording, we appreciate any steps that faculty members can take to assist students who are isolated or in quarantine.
If the operating status changes, it is possible that we would move to a "professor choice" instructional mode. LITS will be ready to assist faculty members with their instructional needs.
Questions should be addressed to Kelle Chrysler, COVID-19 Coordinator, in Campus Safety (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The date your positive test was collected is considered Day 0 for determining your isolation period. You must complete at least 5 full days in isolation and meet the following criteria before you may resume normal activities on campus, as early as Day 6:
- You are asymptomatic, or your symptoms are significantly improving
- You have remained fever-free without the use of medications for at least the past 24 hours
Even if you are asymptomatic during isolation, you must isolate for a full 5 days – there are no exceptions.
After isolation you must wear a well-fitting approved mask (no cloth masks) around others until Day 10, regardless of when you leave isolation.