Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Page updated: 3/20/2020

On March 20, 2020, the college was informed that a member of our community had tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first confirmed case in the Williams community that the college is aware of. Read the letter to the community for more information.

The individual is not currently on campus and has been self-isolating at home in another state for almost a week and remains asymptomatic. Out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying all of you and using this moment to remind everyone of both the need to maintain social distancing at all times and to practice thorough hygiene, as described on the COVID-19 website.

Williams has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, using all available resources, since it was first reported, and we continue to work closely with health and government agencies to monitor the situation for the most up-to-date information. The health and well-being of our community is Williams’ top priority, and we will continue working to prevent or limit contagion and protect our students, faculty, and staff, to prevent or limit contagion and mitigate its impact.

We welcome questions or comments of any kind via our comment portal or by calling our hotline at 413.597.2111. You may leave a message, day or night, and someone will respond to you as soon as possible.

Williams College ended in-person classes on Friday, March 13, and dismissed students for spring break on Saturday, March 14, a week earlier than planned. We will move remote learning beginning on Monday, April 6. Read the full letter about the campus closing from President Maud Mandel.

Please check the Student FAQ and Faculty & Staff FAQ pages for ongoing updates.