Hamilton College prepares to bring students back

Hamilton College is just a couple of weeks away from welcoming students back on campus for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vice President and Dean of Students at Hamilton College, Terry Martinez said students will sees these changes the moment they step back on campus.

Posted: Aug 4, 2020 6:28 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2020 9:28 PM

CLINTON, N.Y. ---Hamilton College is just a couple of weeks away from welcoming students back on campus for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vice President and Dean of Students at Hamilton College, Terry Martinez said students will see these changes the moment they step back on campus.

"When they come onto campus they will be tested 2 twice a week for the first two weeks and then once a week prior to that," said Martinez. 

The students will be quarantined in their dorm rooms for two days while they wait for results. Once they're given the all-clear, students will then be allowed to go to classes if they're held in person. Martinez said classes will be held in a Hybrid format (a combination of in-person and remote learning). She said students will have the choice to either return to campus or study remotely.

"For students that want to study remotely and not come to campus, they can do so. For students that don't want either option, they can take a leave of absence. And for those students who want to come to campus we are allowing them to come to campus," said Martinez.

Students will be required to wear masks when they leave their dorm rooms, while on campus, and while they're in class. Martinez said the professors themselves will decide whether to offer in-person teaching or solely remote teaching.

"We offer the option for teachers to teach as they would like. So there are some faculty members that fall into high-risk categories and will only teach remotely so we honor that," said Martinez.

Residential life will also change. Students will not be allowed to go to other dorm rooms and large gatherings are strictly prohibited.

"We just want our students to be safe. As they think about their social life we're not saying they can't have a social life, we are just saying they will have to do their social life differently," said Martinez. 

The college will be setting up gathering areas underneath tents for students to visit and have lunch with their friends.

If you would like to see the college's full reopening plan, you can visit this link.

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