Announcing a plan for the first week of Spring Semester

Williams faculty, students and staff, I am writing to preview the college’s current plan for the first week of Spring Semester. Based on current data and lessons learned from on-boarding students during Winter Study,  Senior Staff and I have decided that the first week of spring semester, from Wednesday, February,… Continue reading »

Return to Campus Update

Dear members of the Williams community, I am writing to you on the cusp of the New Year as I take stock, yet again, of a year touched by Covid. Like you, I am frustrated and tired by nearly two years of struggling against this problem. Unfortunately, the… Continue reading »

Covid Vaccine Booster Requirement

As we head into winter break, I first want to thank everyone for doing their part to keep our community safe and our Covid-19 infection rate down. Your diligent attention to vaccination, testing, masking and social distancing requirements–and your care for each other–allowed us to experience a vibrant, fully in-person… Continue reading »

Moving to a campus masking requirement

Williams students, faculty and staff, As I explained in my message last week, I have been closely watching the Covid numbers in our state and region. Soon after I sent that email the CDC moved Berkshire County into their “Substantial Risk” and then most recently “High… Continue reading »

Faculty and staff vaccination policy

Williams faculty and staff, Before I share the latest policy news, I want to pause and note how wonderful yesterday’s senior celebration was. Whether you attended in person or not, you were all part of the effort to see our students through an exceptional year and then make a culminating celebration possible—including major changes to… Continue reading »