Faculty FAQ

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Academics

  • The academic calendar for dates of instruction in the fall remains as posted, with classes beginning on Thursday, Sept. 10, and ending on Friday, Dec. 11. We’ll offer a combination of in-person and remote instruction until Thanksgiving, after which all instruction will be held remotely, as will exams. Students may request to remain on campus during Thanksgiving Break and through the final exam period. All other students will be expected to leave campus at Thanksgiving Break and complete the rest of their semester from elsewhere. Winter Study is canceled for 2021. We’ll share the start date and calendar for the spring semester sometime in October 2020.

  • For the 2020-2021 academic year only, the faculty have reduced the minimum number of required courses per semester from four to three. The faculty also lowered the number of credits required for graduation, so that you would only need to take three credits per semester throughout this year in order to graduate on time. You can opt to take more than the minimum number of courses if you wish.

    Another adaptation, for the 2020-2021 academic year only, is that students can take as many pass-fail courses as they wish (provided the courses are designated as pass-fail eligible), and those courses will not count toward their total allowance of three pass-fail courses over the duration of their time at Williams. In addition, students can extend their decision about whether to withdraw from a course or designate a course as pass-fail until the last day of classes. Finally, for the 2020-2021 academic year, courses designated as pass-fail can be used to fulfill college requirements, including the divisional requirement, Writing Skills (W), Quantitative/Formal Reasoning (Q), and Difference, Power and Equity (DPE).

    Added 8/3/20: The pass-fall designation is not available for courses that are required for completion of a major, with the exception of the first course you take toward that major. Individual departments might make certain exceptions to this policy, but as a general rule, major requirements are not eligible for pass-fail.

  • WCMA be open to Williams students, faculty, and staff, for class use and by appointment for individuals and small groups. The museum is not open to the public at this time, and drop-in visits are not possible. Please visit the WCMA website for more details about the fall semester.

  • Yes, although access will be restricted to current faculty, students and staff. Hours may be modified. And users will be expected to follow campus social-distancing and hygiene guidelines. Visit Williams Libraries for updated hours.

    Updated 7/1/2020
  • We anticipate that when the semester begins all library services—both online and in-person—will be available to faculty, students and staff, although some will be modified to meet social-distancing and hygiene standards. Visit Williams Libraries for updated information.

    Updated 7/6/2020

Campus Life

  • The college has conducted a comprehensive review of campus buildings and spaces. Engineers measured airflow rates and are upgrading the filters in our heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to a MERV 13 rating or higher. Wherever possible, they’re also adjusting building automation settings to meet or exceed ventilation standards established by ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. In enclosed spaces, windows should be kept open as much as possible. These moves will help us ensure sufficient air exchange and filtration for everyone’s safety.

    To align with this guidance, occupancy of dorm rooms will be limited to the students assigned to each room, and occupancy of enclosed offices will be limited to one person at a time. Departments are developing reopening work plans that include provisions for office schedules, remote work and other strategies that will reduce the need to share enclosed spaces.

    Added 8/13/2020
  • Yes, students need to make an appointment. For the safety of all students and staff, the Health Center requires students to call the Health Center at 413-597-2206 to be pre-screened by a Registered Nurse (RN) for the appropriate care.

    Student Health and Wellness Services will be relying heavily on telemedicine for the fall semester. If a provider deems that the student needs to be seen face to face and that it is safe to do so, they will schedule an appointment for the student. Students requiring more significant care will be transported to a local urgent care or emergency room.

    Many appointments are available the same day or next day.

    Please see the Integrative Wellbeing Services website for more information on accessible services.

    Updated 7/1/2020
  • All faculty and staff are expected to sign a commitment that affirms their understanding of procedures and policies, as well as their commitment to the Williams community. A copy of the commitment can be viewed here. The college will undertake an educational campaign to ensure expectations are clear and well-communicated.

    Updated 8/6/20

Dining

  • No. The Faculty House and catering operation will be closed.

Health

  • After their initial in-room quarantine, students living on-campus are required to remain on campus at least through September (this Google Map defines what is considered campus for this purpose), and they may not visit off-campus houses until after the on-campus quarantine ends. Once the on-campus quarantine ends (if the health conditions permit), students will be able to move freely within Berkshire County, but will not be permitted to travel outside of the county for the duration of the semester. The only exceptions to this policy are medical or family emergencies. Students living off campus are free to travel within Berkshire County as soon as they clear their initial in-room quarantine.

    After their initial in-room quarantine, students within the same “pod” may socialize within their residential space without masks or social distance. Those who are not in the same pod are allowed to go inside other students’ spaces as long as they are wearing masks, engaging in social distancing, and not exceeding the limits of the number of students that can safely be in the space. All students should wear masks during outdoor gatherings unless they are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others.

    The size limit for all informal student gatherings is 10 or fewer students (students who have pods that are larger than 10 may gather with all of their pod members, but in this case, no additional guests are permitted). This includes on-campus residence halls, off-campus residences, and any other gathering places — both indoors and outdoors. Students living off campus must follow the same rules regarding social interactions and gatherings, with the exception that off campus houses might have larger indoor gathering spaces that can accommodate more than 1-2 non-pod guests.

    Added 8/21/2020
  • The college has conducted a comprehensive review of campus buildings and spaces. Engineers measured airflow rates and are upgrading the filters in our heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to a MERV 13 rating or higher. Wherever possible, they’re also adjusting building automation settings to meet or exceed ventilation standards established by ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. In enclosed spaces, windows should be kept open as much as possible. These moves will help us ensure sufficient air exchange and filtration for everyone’s safety.

    To align with this guidance, occupancy of dorm rooms will be limited to the students assigned to each room, and occupancy of enclosed offices will be limited to one person at a time. Departments are developing reopening work plans that include provisions for office schedules, remote work and other strategies that will reduce the need to share enclosed spaces.

    Added 8/13/2020
  • The college is adopting CDC guidelines for additional sanitation. These will be the primary focus of our custodial staff, and we’ll post a cleaning schedule on the Covid website once the plan is finalized. Offices will be cleaned monthly, and chalkboards weekly.

    Hygiene and sanitation are our shared responsibility. Everyone on campus will be asked to regularly wash and sanitize their hands, especially before using shared spaces, and to wipe high-touch surfaces after contact. Sanitizing spray and cloths will be stationed in locations across campus. We’ll each be responsible for removing our own trash and recycling from offices.

    Added 8/13/2020
  • Please see the Faculty and Staff Testing page for more details, including locations and times, scheduling, the testing process, and receiving results.

    Faculty and staff in frequent and/or regular in-person contact with other faculty, staff or students will be required to get tested weekly. Those likely to come to campus or interact in these ways even occasionally are encouraged to get tested weekly even though it’s not required. The greater the share of our community tested, the more we can limit the risk of contagion.

    We’ll use a minimally invasive swab of the lower nasal cavity (just inside your nostril), known as an “anterior nares swab.” You’ll be asked to self-administer the swab in the presence of trained observers, who’ll collect your sample for testing. Samples will be tested by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. They’ve assured us of their ability to meet our testing needs and will return the results in 24 to 48 hours.

    An online portal and app will be used for scheduling. The testing schedule will change depending on the number of people on campus, please see the Faculty and Staff Testing page for the current schedule.

    Starting October 26, testing will take place at the Towne Field House and include walk-up and drive-by options, both by appointment only. We ask that you please enter your name only once a week into a time slot, as we need to make sure we have room for everyone to be tested. Please note that the drive-through testing option is very popular. Should you try to schedule a drive-through appointment and none are available, you must then schedule a walk-up appointment.

    You must bring your Williams College ID to the testing site, as you cannot be tested without it (temporary employees will be issued IDs). Professional EMTs will be on site to witness each test. You must blow your nose just prior to testing, as solid matter will interfere with the test’s accuracy. Tissues will be provided at the entrance to all testing sites; if you have not blown your nose right before coming to the testing site, you will be asked to step aside and blow your nose.

    Only people who are asymptomatic should come to a testing site. Faculty and staff who are experiencing symptoms of COVID need to contact their PCP, and students need to call the Health Center 413-597-2206.

    The Broad Institute has applied to the FDA for approval for an unobserved, self-administered test. When they get that approval, we plan to switch to these unobserved tests on a walk-up basis for faculty and staff to make it more convenient.

    Essential employees who have already been working may continue working while awaiting test results. Everyone else will be asked to remain off-campus until they’ve received their results. Negative results will be available in the online portal and app, clearing you to come to campus.

    If you test positive, several steps will follow:

    • You’ll be notified by a healthcare professional and instructed to contact your primary health care provider, who’ll be responsible for your care.
    • Notification will also be sent to the Office of Human Resources, and medical personnel will notify state officials.
    • A member of the state’s contact tracing team will contact you, and you’ll be expected to participate fully in their tracing efforts.
    • Do not come to campus until you have been cleared by your physician and by the college to return.

    Faculty members who are asymptomatic or only mildly ill may be able to continue teaching remotely. If you are unable to teach for medical reasons, please contact your department or program chair about class coverage. Note that you are not required to share your diagnosis.

    Asymptomatic staff and faculty are expected to remain off campus for a minimum of 10 days after the date of the positive result. If your physician finds that your illness requires a more extensive medical treatment and leave, please provide documentation to Human Resources. You will be required to provide a medical clearance to return to work to Human Resources. The college may require that you seek followup testing or supply medical documentation and a physician’s release.

     

    If you’re uncertain about your testing status or have questions, contact Director of Human Resources Danielle Gonzalez (for staff) or Dean of Faculty Safa Zaki (for faculty).

    Updated 11/23/2020
  • Faculty and staff in frequent and/or regular face-to-face contact with other faculty, staff or students will be required to get tested weekly. Those likely to come to campus or interact in these ways even occasionally are encouraged to get tested weekly even though it’s not required. The greater the share of our community tested, the more we can limit the risk of contagion.

    Faculty and staff working entirely remotely or who come to campus only rarely and work in an isolated environment are not required to get a test but are welcome to opt in. Instructions on how to do so will be emailed.

    If you’re uncertain about your status or have questions, contact Director of Human Resources Danielle Gonzalez (for staff) or Dean of Faculty Safa Zaki (for faculty).

    We’ve arranged with the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to provide testing via a minimally invasive, self-administered nasal swab, and conducted under observation by a trained professional. All testing will be free.

    Updated 8/7/2020
  • Yes, students need to make an appointment. For the safety of all students and staff, the Health Center requires students to call the Health Center at 413-597-2206 to be pre-screened by a Registered Nurse (RN) for the appropriate care.

    Student Health and Wellness Services will be relying heavily on telemedicine for the fall semester. If a provider deems that the student needs to be seen face to face and that it is safe to do so, they will schedule an appointment for the student. Students requiring more significant care will be transported to a local urgent care or emergency room.

    Many appointments are available the same day or next day.

    Please see the Integrative Wellbeing Services website for more information on accessible services.

    Updated 7/1/2020
  • Most people arriving in Massachusetts—including Massachusetts residents returning home—are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, per state guidelines. As of Aug. 1, 2020, also per state guidelines, travelers to Massachusetts from the states of Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont are exempt from this directive and need not self-quarantine for 14 days. Workers designated by the federal government as essential critical infrastructure workers are exempt from the directive to self-quarantine for 14 days if traveling to Massachusetts for work purposes. No one should travel to Massachusetts if they are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.

    Updated 8/6/2020
  • At this time, we are not planning regular temperature checks for all employees. It may be required in some departments, like the Health Center. Check with your department’s supervisor for more information.

    Faculty and staff in frequent and/or regular in-person contact with other faculty, staff or students will be required to get tested weekly. Those likely to come to campus or interact in these ways even occasionally are encouraged to get tested weekly even though it’s not required. The greater the share of our community tested, the more we can limit the risk of contagion.

    Updated 8/7/2020
  • Faculty and staff members who are sick or experiencing Covid-like symptoms should not report to campus. Students already on campus should remain in their dorm rooms until they can be evaluated and treated or cleared by Student Health and Wellness Services via telemedicine.

  • We recognize that there are vast differences in the types of personal trips employees may have planned. If a personal trip involves a trip via an airplane or requires staying overnight away from home, please work directly with your manager or supervisor on your return to work protocol. Some employees may be able to quarantine at home and continue working. However, if a trip, based on the state guidelines, is deemed to require time for quarantine, employees may be expected to take this time as vacation or personal time.

    Most people arriving in Massachusetts—including Massachusetts residents returning home—are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, per state guidelines. Starting July 1, 2020, also per state guidelines, travelers to Massachusetts from the states of Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York and New Jersey are exempt from this directive and need not self-quarantine for 14 days. Workers designated by the federal government as essential critical infrastructure workers are exempt from the directive to self-quarantine for 14 days if traveling to Massachusetts for work purposes. No one should travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms of Covid-19.

  • Subject to limited medical or religious exemptions, staff and faculty will be expected to receive a seasonal flu shot and be vaccinated against Covid-19 when that vaccine is available.

  • If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 (or 9-911 if calling from a campus phone).

    If you are experiencing an urgent psychological crisis, call Integrative Well-Being Services at 413-597-2353 and select option 2 to speak to the on-call clinician.

    You can also call Campus Safety at 413-597-4444 to be connected with crisis services.

  • All faculty and staff are expected to sign a commitment that affirms their understanding of procedures and policies, as well as their commitment to the Williams community. A copy of the commitment can be viewed here. The college will undertake an educational campaign to ensure expectations are clear and well-communicated.

    Updated 8/6/20
  • In keeping with public health recommendations and state requirements, everyone will be required to wear a mask on campus, whenever we’re indoors (except when in a closed office or in one’s student pod) or within 6 feet of other people, even when outdoors.

    Masks must be either multiple-layer fabric face masks with a tight weave or paper surgical masks, and they must fully cover both your nose and mouth. Studies indicate that bandanas, neck gaiters and buffs, and exhalation valves don’t prevent droplet spread, so they are not allowed as substitutes.

    The college will distribute three reusable fabric face coverings to all students, faculty and staff working on campus. You’re welcome to augment these with your own personal masks, as long as they meet the standards noted above.

    Updated 8/13/2020

Housing

  • The college has conducted a comprehensive review of campus buildings and spaces. Engineers measured airflow rates and are upgrading the filters in our heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to a MERV 13 rating or higher. Wherever possible, they’re also adjusting building automation settings to meet or exceed ventilation standards established by ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. In enclosed spaces, windows should be kept open as much as possible. These moves will help us ensure sufficient air exchange and filtration for everyone’s safety.

    To align with this guidance, occupancy of dorm rooms will be limited to the students assigned to each room, and occupancy of enclosed offices will be limited to one person at a time. Departments are developing reopening work plans that include provisions for office schedules, remote work and other strategies that will reduce the need to share enclosed spaces.

    Added 8/13/2020

Human Resources

  • The college is adopting CDC guidelines for additional sanitation. These will be the primary focus of our custodial staff, and we’ll post a cleaning schedule on the Covid website once the plan is finalized. Offices will be cleaned monthly, and chalkboards weekly.

    Hygiene and sanitation are our shared responsibility. Everyone on campus will be asked to regularly wash and sanitize their hands, especially before using shared spaces, and to wipe high-touch surfaces after contact. Sanitizing spray and cloths will be stationed in locations across campus. We’ll each be responsible for removing our own trash and recycling from offices.

    Added 8/13/2020
  • Most people arriving in Massachusetts—including Massachusetts residents returning home—are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, per state guidelines. As of Aug. 1, 2020, also per state guidelines, travelers to Massachusetts from the states of Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont are exempt from this directive and need not self-quarantine for 14 days. Workers designated by the federal government as essential critical infrastructure workers are exempt from the directive to self-quarantine for 14 days if traveling to Massachusetts for work purposes. No one should travel to Massachusetts if they are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.

    Updated 8/6/2020
  • All faculty, staff and students will be expected to sign a commitment that affirms their understanding of procedures and policies, as well as their commitment to the Williams community. The College will undertake an educational campaign to ensure expectations are clear and well-communicated.

  • Business travel (including professional development) is currently prohibited through the end of 2020. However, as information evolves, our policies will be updated to reflect state guidelines and CDC recommendations and will be communicated accordingly.

  • Gathering spaces and places of shared touchpoints will be closed. Kitchenettes and break rooms will be open for handwashing and access to drinking water only. Refrigerators, microwaves, coffee machines and small kitchen appliances will be disabled or removed from all faculty and staff kitchenettes and break rooms. This may include personal appliances in these spaces. Automated hand dryers will be disabled, and paper towels will be distributed across campus.

    Conference rooms will either be closed or limited to use by one person at a time. Anyone using a conference room or a shared space will be expected to sanitize it afterward. All meetings should be held online via Meet or Zoom. In-person meetings are still strongly discouraged.

    High-touch shared office equipment will be disinfected at least daily. Even so, everyone should wash and sanitize their hands before using the device (to protect subsequent users) and after (to protect yourself).

    Drinking fountains with push buttons, which require users to place their mouths near the water source, will be disabled. Bottle filling stations, water bubblers and sinks will be kept in operation so people can fill reusable water bottles. Refilling stations maintained by Dining Services have been converted to touchless dispensers.

    Individual departmental work plans will address these spaces in detail, and some exceptions will be granted based on protocols developed by your department or necessary accommodations. Please consult your manager or supervisor on your individual departmental work plan.

    Updated 8/13/2020
  • At this time, the REC center will remain closed based on state guidelines. Please contact the Controller’s Office for information about community REC pass refunds or memberships.

Remote Working

  • We’re closely watching local school districts’ efforts to resume K-12 education. Multiple districts have already announced some form of remote or hybrid approach. We recognize how important school plans are to many people’s ability to work. If your childcare responsibilities present scheduling or workload issues, please start by talking to your supervisor about options. If a more formal accommodation is needed, you can initiate that process by completing this form on the HR website. We will do our best to accommodate each situation. All faculty members have the option to teach their courses remotely and may shift from in-person to remote instruction during the semester, if needed.

    Updated 8/13/2020
  • Consistent with the telecommuting policy, the college is not responsible for expenses associated with working at home, such as heat, electricity, internet service provider subscription, phone, etc.

Student Resources

  • Yes, students need to make an appointment. For the safety of all students and staff, the Health Center requires students to call the Health Center at 413-597-2206 to be pre-screened by a Registered Nurse (RN) for the appropriate care.

    Student Health and Wellness Services will be relying heavily on telemedicine for the fall semester. If a provider deems that the student needs to be seen face to face and that it is safe to do so, they will schedule an appointment for the student. Students requiring more significant care will be transported to a local urgent care or emergency room.

    Many appointments are available the same day or next day.

    Please see the Integrative Wellbeing Services website for more information on accessible services.

    Updated 7/1/2020
  • Yes! Students now have the option of meeting with their career advisor in person (from a social distance) or remotely, per their preference. Students can either make an appointment online, email us at [email protected] or contact a staff member directly. We encourage you to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to stay informed. See the ’68 Center for Career Exploration website for more information about programs and activities.

  • WCMA be open to Williams students, faculty, and staff, for class use and by appointment for individuals and small groups. The museum is not open to the public at this time, and drop-in visits are not possible. Please visit the WCMA website for more details about the fall semester.

  • Yes, although access will be restricted to current faculty, students and staff. Hours may be modified. And users will be expected to follow campus social-distancing and hygiene guidelines. Visit Williams Libraries for updated hours.

    Updated 7/1/2020
  • We anticipate that when the semester begins all library services—both online and in-person—will be available to faculty, students and staff, although some will be modified to meet social-distancing and hygiene standards. Visit Williams Libraries for updated information.

    Updated 7/6/2020

Travel

  • Most people arriving in Massachusetts—including Massachusetts residents returning home—are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, per state guidelines. As of Aug. 1, 2020, also per state guidelines, travelers to Massachusetts from the states of Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont are exempt from this directive and need not self-quarantine for 14 days. Workers designated by the federal government as essential critical infrastructure workers are exempt from the directive to self-quarantine for 14 days if traveling to Massachusetts for work purposes. No one should travel to Massachusetts if they are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.

    Updated 8/6/2020
  • Business travel (including professional development) is currently prohibited through the end of 2020. However, as information evolves, our policies will be updated to reflect state guidelines and CDC recommendations and will be communicated accordingly.

  • We recognize that there are vast differences in the types of personal trips employees may have planned. If a personal trip involves a trip via an airplane or requires staying overnight away from home, please work directly with your manager or supervisor on your return to work protocol. Some employees may be able to quarantine at home and continue working. However, if a trip, based on the state guidelines, is deemed to require time for quarantine, employees may be expected to take this time as vacation or personal time.

    Most people arriving in Massachusetts—including Massachusetts residents returning home—are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, per state guidelines. Starting July 1, 2020, also per state guidelines, travelers to Massachusetts from the states of Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York and New Jersey are exempt from this directive and need not self-quarantine for 14 days. Workers designated by the federal government as essential critical infrastructure workers are exempt from the directive to self-quarantine for 14 days if traveling to Massachusetts for work purposes. No one should travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms of Covid-19.

Work Environment

  • The college has conducted a comprehensive review of campus buildings and spaces. Engineers measured airflow rates and are upgrading the filters in our heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to a MERV 13 rating or higher. Wherever possible, they’re also adjusting building automation settings to meet or exceed ventilation standards established by ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. In enclosed spaces, windows should be kept open as much as possible. These moves will help us ensure sufficient air exchange and filtration for everyone’s safety.

    To align with this guidance, occupancy of dorm rooms will be limited to the students assigned to each room, and occupancy of enclosed offices will be limited to one person at a time. Departments are developing reopening work plans that include provisions for office schedules, remote work and other strategies that will reduce the need to share enclosed spaces.

    Added 8/13/2020
  • The college is adopting CDC guidelines for additional sanitation. These will be the primary focus of our custodial staff, and we’ll post a cleaning schedule on the Covid website once the plan is finalized. Offices will be cleaned monthly, and chalkboards weekly.

    Hygiene and sanitation are our shared responsibility. Everyone on campus will be asked to regularly wash and sanitize their hands, especially before using shared spaces, and to wipe high-touch surfaces after contact. Sanitizing spray and cloths will be stationed in locations across campus. We’ll each be responsible for removing our own trash and recycling from offices.

    Added 8/13/2020
  • All faculty, staff and students will be expected to sign a commitment that affirms their understanding of procedures and policies, as well as their commitment to the Williams community. The College will undertake an educational campaign to ensure expectations are clear and well-communicated.

  • Facial coverings will be required when individuals cannot properly social distance. In some cases, physical changes to office spaces may be required to accommodate social distancing. Departments are also encouraged to be as creative as possible in creating a flexible work schedule or on/off weeks to accommodate social distancing.

  • Gathering spaces and places of shared touchpoints will be closed. Kitchenettes and break rooms will be open for handwashing and access to drinking water only. Refrigerators, microwaves, coffee machines and small kitchen appliances will be disabled or removed from all faculty and staff kitchenettes and break rooms. This may include personal appliances in these spaces. Automated hand dryers will be disabled, and paper towels will be distributed across campus.

    Conference rooms will either be closed or limited to use by one person at a time. Anyone using a conference room or a shared space will be expected to sanitize it afterward. All meetings should be held online via Meet or Zoom. In-person meetings are still strongly discouraged.

    High-touch shared office equipment will be disinfected at least daily. Even so, everyone should wash and sanitize their hands before using the device (to protect subsequent users) and after (to protect yourself).

    Drinking fountains with push buttons, which require users to place their mouths near the water source, will be disabled. Bottle filling stations, water bubblers and sinks will be kept in operation so people can fill reusable water bottles. Refilling stations maintained by Dining Services have been converted to touchless dispensers.

    Individual departmental work plans will address these spaces in detail, and some exceptions will be granted based on protocols developed by your department or necessary accommodations. Please consult your manager or supervisor on your individual departmental work plan.

    Updated 8/13/2020
  • No. The Faculty House and catering operation will be closed.

  • Consistent with the telecommuting policy, the college is not responsible for expenses associated with working at home, such as heat, electricity, internet service provider subscription, phone, etc.

  • All meetings should be held online via Meet or Zoom. In-person meetings are strongly discouraged. In the event that an in-person meeting is required, social distancing and proper use of a face mask is required. Conference rooms will either be closed or limited to use by one person at a time. Anyone using one will be expected to sanitize it afterwards.

    Updated 8/13/2020
  • All faculty and staff are expected to sign a commitment that affirms their understanding of procedures and policies, as well as their commitment to the Williams community. A copy of the commitment can be viewed here. The college will undertake an educational campaign to ensure expectations are clear and well-communicated.

    Updated 8/6/20