Hamilton has taken the steps necessary to bring our community back together safely and with as much as possible of the richness and breadth that distinguishes a residential liberal arts education. Our planning considers modifications to instruction, the academic calendar, housing, dining, cleaning, social interaction, campus visits, and other activities. Inevitably, some limitations have been imposed to protect our students, faculty, and staff, and to comply with local and state guidelines.

Updated information will be shared as soon as it is available. The dashboard below provides updates Monday through Friday by 5 p.m. on the number of positive COVID-19 cases, if any, affecting students and employees on campus. Our procedures and protocols for attending to COVID-19 are based on the guidance and recommendations of public health officials, so our plans are subject to change as new information becomes available.

Health, Safety, and Protection

If You Are an Employee and Feel Sick

  • Don't come to campus with a fever OR a positive COVID test.
  • Complete the Emocha app daily
  • Contact your healthcare provider and get tested if instructed to do so
  • Faculty members should contact their department chair (or the associate dean of faculty) and students to share instructions about classes if you are making a change.
  • When cleared by your healthcare provider to return to campus (negative for COVID), your first stop must be the Hamilton testing center.

Putting Safety First

Unfortunately, returning to work in these phases will not be “business as usual.” Changes include: 

  • Offices must limit contact risk, which might include restricting hours in the office, mandatory face coverings, and installing protective barriers in areas where close contact is likely
  • Group meetings should continue to be held virtually via Zoom and not in person
  • Non-essential travel will continue to be restricted 
  • Planning and implementation by departments must adhere to the Employee Safety Plan

Employees who are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 according to CDC guidance, or who are concerned about returning to work, should talk with their physician or consult with their supervisor and Human Resources about the possibility of working from home.

Personal Protection on Campus

  • face coveringFace coverings are required indoors at all times, except when alone in an office, a personal residence hall room, or while eating a meal while physically distanced. Face coverings are also required outdoors.
  • The College will offer up to two cloth masks for each employee; employees may use their own work-appropriate face covering
  • Surgical masks are available for each employee and will be distributed by Facilities Management upon request
  • small gatherings iconIndoor gatherings on Hamilton College property may not exceed 10 people and outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 or fewer.
  • handwashing iconEmployees must maintain rigorous hygiene practices, especially frequent hand washing and cough etiquette, on campus

Caring for Yourself and Protecting Others: Guidance for Employees

  • Employees must perform daily self-checks for any symptoms of illness and must not come to work when sick. Hamilton launched a new program with a digital health company called emocha on Monday, Aug. 10, for employees and on Monday, Aug. 17, for students. It enables all members of the Hamilton community to conduct mandatory self-screening of symptoms each day and help Hamilton provide a safe campus environment.
  • Employees who come in contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 should plan to quarantine at home for 14 days and speak with their supervisor about working from home during that period.
  • Employees returning to Clinton from a state that appears on New York’s list of states for mandatory quarantine are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in New York and before making their way to campus.
  • Hamilton recognizes that these can be stressful times. Employees seeking support are encouraged to talk with their supervisor, Human Resources, or visit the Hamilton Employee Assistance Program webpage.

COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe illness. The CDC reports the following symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Chills, feeling feverish, or temperature at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Students who have symptoms should contact the Health Center. Employees who have symptoms should contact their health provider. Hamilton’s Human Resources Office can also provide information about facilities in the region where employees can obtain a COVID-19 test. Authorization from a health provider may be required by the testing site. 

Testing for COVID-19

Testing is key to minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. All students will be required to have a diagnostic molecular (PCR) test completed one week prior to their scheduled arrival on campus.

Hamilton will partner with Bassett Healthcare Network to run on-campus, self-administered testing, and will train College employees to assist with the effort. Tests will be free for students and employees and an electronic reservation system will be used to schedule a time for the test. Tests will be processed by the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass., and those tested will receive their results in approximately two days.

Upon arrival to campus, students will be tested, then quarantined in their assigned housing until the test results are received. If a student tests positive, the student will be moved to isolation, contact tracing will be initiated, and any on-campus contacts will be quarantined. After arrival, students will be tested two times each week.

Employees working on campus who interact with students are asked to get tested two times per week, and other employees working on campus are expected to get tested one time per week.

Students and employees should allow a minimum of 48 hours between tests.

Updates & External Resources

Daily COVID-19 Dashboard

For clarifications on the terminology used below, please see our data definitions.


New Cases
for 9/21/2020
Total Cases
Active: 0
Resolved: 0
Positive: 0
Results: 16376
Pos. Rate: 0.0%
Occupied: 0
Beds*: 180
% Open: 100.0%
Updated 9/22/2020 1:00 PM


New Cases
for 9/21/2020
Total Cases
Active: 1
Resolved: 0
Positive: 1
Results: 5324
Pos. Rate: 0.0%
Updated 9/22/2020 1:00 PM

All numbers reflect testing administered by Hamilton College for students and employees currently living or working on campus.

For more information about COVID-19 in our region, please visit the Oneida County COVID-19 Dashboard.

Dashboard Questions?

Please contact the Dean of Students Office at dosdept@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4020. Media inquiries should be directed to Vige Barrie, vbarrie@hamilton.edu.

Data Definitions

Students - All students that are residing in on-campus housing during the current term.
Employees - All employees that have been on campus within 7 days of being tested. In this case, employee numbers include contractors and temporary workers.
New Cases - The number of individuals that tested positive on the given date.
Active Cases - The number of individuals currently in isolation due to having tested positive.
Resolved Cases - The number of individuals that are no longer in isolation due to having tested positive.
Total Cases - Total number of cases since tracking began (active plus resolved).
Positive Test - A test result that indicates the person has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus (not the antibody).
Test Results - Includes test results returned from on campus testing by Hamilton College in partnership with the Broad Institute.
Positivity Rate - Percentage of individuals testing positive out of total test results returned.
Quarantine - A person is placed in quarantine if they have close contact with an individual that has tested positive. This number reflects students placed in quarantine due to testing administered by Hamilton College, and does not reflect arrival or state quarantines.
* Quarantine Beds - Number of quarantine beds managed by Hamilton College (includes occupied and available). The College may expand inventory as necessary.
Quarantine % Open - Percentage of quarantine beds that are NOT occupied by someone in quarantine.

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