A change to COVID policy for first year students

Dear First Year Students,

As you know, all students (whether living on or off campus) are required to take an arrival test at the parking garage behind the ’62 Center. When you arrive on campus, you must check in and test before entering any other buildings on campus.

In our previous communication, we stated that all students, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask until receiving their initial negative test result. In order to maintain as much protection as possible around the first year orientation program, we are now extending the initial masking requirement for first year students until all first years students have gone through the arrival testing process. 

This means that all first year students (whether you are arriving tomorrow or have already arrived on campus and received a negative test result) must wear a mask both indoors (including in residential spaces other than your own bedroom) as well as outdoors (when around other people) through September 1st.

In addition, first year students are asked to take their dining hall meals to-go (rather than eating in) until breakfast on September 2nd. Please utilize our compostable paper containers when taking meals to go in the dining halls. Visit the dining website for updates on hours of operation at various venues over the course of the next week. 

Beginning on September 2nd, all first year students can follow the standard masking requirement and opt for indoor meals in the dining halls. 

As a reminder, first year students who are not fully vaccinated must wear masks in all indoor locations (except their own bedroom) until they are fully vaccinated, or throughout the semester in the case of vaccination exemptions.

For a detailed description of COVID safety policies and precautions please be sure to read the Student Policies section of our Covid website.

We are wishing all of you a safe and smooth arrival process, and are looking forward to welcoming you to Williams.

All best wishes,