Hamilton’s pandemic protocols are based on consultations with experts in infectious disease, review of the latest studies and scientific developments, modeling of different scenarios, discussions with peer institutions, and our own recent past experience. Of necessity, our protocols will be modified as conditions change, but our goal is to provide our students with the best possible education and residential experience, while keeping our community safe and whole.


The campus operating grid with alert levels, along with the dashboard, are on pause for the summer. The Task Force will review these tools in its preparation for Fall 2022.

Vaccination Requirement

Hamilton College students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including a booster within 30 days of becoming eligible, unless they receive a medical or religious exemption. Proof of vaccination must be provided.

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The on-campus Testing Center is closed for the summer. Rapid tests are available at the Health Center for symptomatic students. Employees who need rapid tests should obtain them from their health care providers or local pharmacies. Visitors for commencement and reunion events are encouraged to test at home before coming to campus. 

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Masks are required in the locations and situations listed below:
  • In classes, labs, or studios if the instructor specifies that masks are necessary
  • Unvaccinated students and employees should continue to wear masks while indoors and when within six feet of another person when outdoors
  • In the Health Center and Athletics Training Center
  • At large gatherings, if requested by the organizer(s)

Hamilton remains a mask-friendly campus, and many individuals may choose to wear masks in spaces where they are not required or may ask you to wear a mask when in close proximity. Please carry a mask with you when indoors and be respectful of such requests.

Precautions may shift as the pandemic evolves and public health guidance changes.

Isolation for Positive Results

New York State (NYS) just adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation of a reduced isolation period for fully vaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

Effective immediately, students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated and test positive will need to isolate for a minimum of five days, with Day 0 “the day of symptom onset or (if asymptomatic) the day of collection of the first positive specimen.” Hamilton will also require a negative COVID-19 test to exit isolation.

Specifically, you may leave isolation and resume regular activities if you:

  • Are asymptomatic throughout the isolation period, or, if you have residual symptoms, then all symptoms are improving
  • Test negative on day six; if still positive on day six, remain in isolation and wait 48 hours to retest
  • Strictly abide by the face covering policy on campus, wearing a disposable, non-woven mask, preferably a KN95 mask (no cloth masks)
  • Take precautions to help protect others by practicing social distancing
  • Self-monitor for symptoms and seek re-evaluation from the Health Center if symptoms recur or worsen

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Visitors who have been fully vaccinated and received a booster (when eligible) are allowed inside campus buildings. 


The COVID-19 Steering Committee will only notify the campus about positive cases if there is a significant risk of exposure or if the campus operating status changes.

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