Students & Families FAQ

Note: In mid-October the college established the calendar for the spring 2021 semester. Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom has asked students to declare their intention to enroll for the spring semester by Dec. 1. Classes will begin Feb. 17 and end May 19, with short, on-campus breaks in place of spring break and final exams taking place May 24-29. The college has also announced that winter varsity sports teams will not compete this yearAs for the fall semester, the college is shifting from in-person to fully remote beginning on Nov. 22, after which all classes and exams will be held remotely.

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Academics

  • If you are working on a thesis that requires on-campus work in January 2021, you will be able to petition to be on campus during that time. As part of the petition process, the college will seek input from your thesis advisor about why your on-campus presence is necessary to completion of the thesis. We currently anticipate that students will be able to petition to be on campus from Jan. 4 through the beginning of the spring semester, though this may change, depending on health conditions at the time. Arrival times may be staggered, like they will be in fall, and will be dependent on our ability to test and quarantine students who have left campus for the winter break, prior to returning for thesis work.

    Updated 7/8/2020
  • 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.

  • Yes. The total cost of attendance, which was announced in December, has been reduced by 15%. This reduction recognizes the extraordinary circumstances of this academic year, as well as the uncertainty we all face in the year ahead, including the economic and societal uncertainty facing our students and families. Tuition, room and board for the 2020-2021 academic year will be $63,200. Parent contributions for students receiving financial aid will also be reduced by 15%.

  • Individual instruction in voice and most instruments will continue to be offered, though given the need to follow social-distancing protocols, some or all instruction may need to occur remotely. Students interested in lessons should contact the individual studio teachers to learn whether they have space available in their studios or whether there are online or in-person auditions (this varies by studio). More information about lessons can be found here or by visiting the virtual Music Open House during First Days. Registration for half-credit lessons (MUS 281) is completed separately from the student self-registration process; once a teacher has accepted you into their studio, they will send a registration link, which must be completed during add/drop period.

  • We will be making a decision about the WEPO program by Aug. 1. By that date we hope to have better information about the availability of visas and travel restrictions.

    Visit the WEPO website for more program-specific FAQs, or contact Tina Stoiciu for more information.

    Updated 7/7/2020
  • The Mystic Program will not be operating this fall. Visit the Williams-Mystic website for more information.

    Please contact Tina Stoiciu at Williams or Tom Van Winkle at Williams Mystic for information about the spring 2021 semester.

  • Yes, if you opt to take a fourth course, it will count toward your degree. During the 2020-21 academic year only, students who take three courses in both semesters will be required to complete a total of 30 courses for graduation. Students who complete three courses in one semester and four courses in the other will be required to complete a total of 31 courses. Students who complete four courses in both semesters will be required to complete a total of 32 courses for graduation.

  • If you choose to take the minimum three courses during the fall and/or spring semesters of this academic year, you will NOT have to take extra courses later in order to graduate on time. You will still be expected to complete your college and major requirements. Faculty and deans will be happy to work with you to ensure that you can do so.

  • Yes, we plan to offer several intensive courses (taught remotely) in January that would allow students to make up previously incurred deficiencies.

  • While fifth courses can be used to fulfill college or major requirements, they do not count toward total courses required for the degree.

  • View the 2020-2021 course catalog here. Course listings include information about faculty and instruction modality (in-person, hybrid or remote).

    Updated 8/3/2020
  • Our science faculty are working creatively to support student learning in all aspects of our courses, including laboratory techniques. We see our four-year science curricula as both cumulative and holistic and will make every effort to ensure that majors in laboratory science departments receive comprehensive exposure to all aspects of the discipline. Students should contact relevant department chairs and faculty advisors with specific questions.

  • As of June 29, no foundation has announced that it’s canceling its programs. Application cycles are proceeding as planned. No deadlines have been postponed. Updates will be posted on each foundation’s website.

  • Yes. Students will be asked to select three courses during the initial stage of pre-registration. Soon afterward, students will be able to add a fourth course if they choose. You may opt to add a fifth course during the drop/add period at the very beginning of the semester.

  • Yes, you can opt to take an extra course this fall to make up a previous deficiency if you wish.

  • For the 2020-2021 academic year only, 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).

  • The 2020-2021 course catalog was posted on August 3 and is available here. Course listings include teaching modality (in-person, hybrid or remote).

    Updated 8/3/2020
  • Pre-registration will be available from Aug. 10-17, and you will be able to indicate your preference for three courses at that time. You will have the opportunity to indicate your preference for a fourth course between Aug. 26 and 30. You can make changes to your schedule or add a fifth course during drop/add period, Sept. 8-18. You will receive advance instructions for the pre-registration process from the Registrar’s Office. Incoming first-year students and incoming transfer students will be matched with a faculty advisor who can provide additional guidance; you will learn more about your advisor in mid to late July.

  • Outdoor physical education options will be available for all students. As the semester unfolds, we will assess the situation and determine whether it is possible to provide access to any of our indoor facilities/equipment in a safe manner.

    For more Physical Education FAQs, please visit the EphSports website.

    Updated 8/6/2020
  • There will be online options, as there were this past spring semester, to support your physical health and complete your physical education requirement.

    For more Physical Education FAQs, please visit the EphSports website.

  • The fall 2020 class block grid will leave 30 minutes between consecutive occupancy of any classroom to leave time for sanitization. You can view a visual guide of the block grid here.

    The fall 2020 class schedule will be posted on the Registrar’s website on August 3.

    Updated 7/6/2020
  • 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.

  • Guidelines for the Graduate Program in the History of Art this academic year may differ from what is outlined for undergraduate students. Program staff will send updates as they are available. MA students in the Grad Art Program should contact [email protected] with any questions.

    Updated 7/1/2020
  • 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

Athletics

  • Any athletic engagement will begin and proceed slowly and with an abundance of caution. Knowing how important athletics is in the lives of many students, we hope to provide opportunities for team engagement.

    Williams sports teams will not travel and compete during the fall and winter semesters. Our decision has been guided by the utmost attention to safety protocols to ensure the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, staff and the community. Coaches will work with athletes on approved outdoor training activities. The fitness center and all indoor athletic facilities are closed and likely will remain closed throughout the fall semester. This means that students, including varsity athletes, will not have access to indoor athletic spaces (e.g., pool, squash courts, basketball courts, etc).

    Decisions about winter and spring teams have not yet been made. The Athletics Department hosted a special town hall devoted to information and discussion of these issues. Watch the archived video here.

    Please visit the EphSports website for more details about the fall semester.

    Added 8/6/2020
  • Club sports will not compete or be able to travel off campus to events. We continue to work to develop protocols that will allow us to practice safely.

    Our fitness center and all indoor athletic facilities are closed and are likely to remain closed throughout the fall semester. This means that students will not have access to indoor athletic spaces (e.g., pool, squash courts, basketball courts, etc). Coaches will work with athletes to develop outdoor training activities. As the semester unfolds, we will assess the situation and determine whether it is possible to provide access to any of our indoor facilities/equipment in a safe manner.

    For more Athletics FAQs, please visit the EphSports website.

    Updated 8/6/2020
  • A student’s standing on the team will be unaffected. It is hoped students will make the best decision for themselves.

    For more Athletics FAQs, please visit the EphSports website.

  • Yes, following college guidelines of social distancing and mask wearing, we will create programming for students to get outside in activities such as hiking, climbing, canoeing and fishing in the fall. We hope to offer a full complement of snow activities as the season changes.

    For more WOC FAQs, please visit the EphSports website.

  • Yes.

  • Outdoor physical education options will be available for all students. As the semester unfolds, we will assess the situation and determine whether it is possible to provide access to any of our indoor facilities/equipment in a safe manner.

    For more Physical Education FAQs, please visit the EphSports website.

    Updated 8/6/2020
  • There will be online options, as there were this past spring semester, to support your physical health and complete your physical education requirement.

    For more Physical Education FAQs, please visit the EphSports website.

Campus Life

  • Students living in pods of two or three students may request a merger with an adjacent pod, up to a maximum combined pod size of ten students. Send your proposal to Senior Associate Dean of Campus Life Doug Schiazza.

    Proposals should include a rationale for the merger. All members of a pod must agree to any merger before it will be considered.

  • Given that campus and community rates of Covid are low, the college is accepting proposals from co-op residents to reopen their kitchens for personal, residential use.

    Send your proposal to Senior Associate Dean of Campus Life Doug Schiazza. It must explain how you intend to use your kitchen, confirm that the kitchen will only be used by one pod at a time (with no guests), and include a detailed plan for cleaning and maintaining the kitchen after each use.

    Co-op residents will be responsible for cleaning your own kitchens, so the proposed cleaning/sanitation protocol should be comprehensive and thorough.

  • Students are required by state law and college policy to get the flu vaccine, unless you present a documented medical exemption. For questions, contact the Health Center.

  • The Health Center will administer flu vaccine shots for students at the Covid testing site on Monday and Tuesday, October 5 and 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You do not need to sign up for your flu shot. When you report for your scheduled Covid test, just proceed directly to the flu vaccine station at the same site.

    For students needing flu shots after October 6, please contact the Health Center.

  • Students are free to exercise or hike outdoors in the surrounding area (via walking or biking), with appropriate masking and social distancing. You may not drive a car to go exercise off campus.

    Starting Monday, October 5, you are also allowed to travel off campus to buy groceries, prescriptions, personal care items and for hair care. Travel is limited to the area along Route 2 from Williamstown to North Adams, and south along Route 8 to Wal-Mart. Here is a map of the permitted area.

    For Fall 2020, all of Spring Street, the Taconic Golf Course, the Clark Art Institute and its grounds are considered to be on-campus.

    If you need to travel outside these areas, either in or out of Berkshire County, you must obtain advance permission from the Dean of the College.

  • Students can use the BTRA public transportation system to get to permitted locations, provided that you wear a mask and follow all public health guidelines.

    See the separate FAQs for guidance on the permitted area and allowed types of travel.

  • Students living on campus may visit any business on Spring Street.

    Starting Monday, October 5, students living on campus are also allowed to travel off campus to buy groceries, prescriptions, personal care items and for hair care. Travel is limited to the area along Route 2 from Williamstown to North Adams, including Wild Oats, Walgreens, Dollar General and Stop & Shop, and south along Route 8 to Wal-Mart. This corridor also includes several barbers and hair salons. Here is a map of the permitted area.

    Students may visit any businesses within these boundaries for purposes listed above, but may not visit other locations, even along the corridor, including private residences, restaurants (except drive-through), bars, athletics and fitness centers, and other kinds of retail outlets.

  • Students with personal vehicles are allowed within certain limits to drive other students when traveling for errands in the permitted area.

    A student driver may transport podmates to permitted locations, or may drive themself and one non-podmate. Student drivers may not transport a combination of podmates and non-podmates, or more than one non-podmate.

    When traveling with passengers, the driver and all passengers must be masked at all times. Occupants should be as socially distanced as possible and the windows should be open to increase ventilation, weather permitting.

  • Starting Monday, October 5, students living on campus are allowed to travel off campus to buy groceries, prescriptions, personal care items and for hair care. Travel is limited to the area along Route 2 from Williamstown to North Adams, including Wild Oats, Walgreens, Dollar General and Stop & Shop, and south along Route 8 to Wal-Mart. This corridor also includes several barbers and hair salons. Here is a map of the permitted area.

    Students may only visit businesses within these boundaries for purposes listed above, and may not visit other locations, even along the corridor, including private residences, restaurants (except drive-through), bars, athletics and fitness centers, and other kinds of retail outlets.

    You can take BTRA public transportation or drive your own personal vehicle. You may also get a ride from someone else. See the FAQ about rules for passengers.

  • Starting Monday, October 5, students living on campus are allowed to use personal vehicles to get groceries, prescriptions, personal care items and for hair care. Travel is strictly limited to an area along Route 2 from Williamstown to North Adams, and south along Route 8 to Wal-Mart. Here is a map of the permitted area. You can only visit businesses within these boundaries for the aforementioned purposes.

    You may not visit other locations, even along the corridor, including private residences, restaurants (except drive-through), bars, athletics and fitness centers, or other kinds of retail outlets.

    Students also may not use personal vehicles to travel anywhere else inside or beyond Berkshire County.

Dining

  • Students living in pods of two or three students may request a merger with an adjacent pod, up to a maximum combined pod size of ten students. Send your proposal to Senior Associate Dean of Campus Life Doug Schiazza.

    Proposals should include a rationale for the merger. All members of a pod must agree to any merger before it will be considered.

  • Given that campus and community rates of Covid are low, the college is accepting proposals from co-op residents to reopen their kitchens for personal, residential use.

    Send your proposal to Senior Associate Dean of Campus Life Doug Schiazza. It must explain how you intend to use your kitchen, confirm that the kitchen will only be used by one pod at a time (with no guests), and include a detailed plan for cleaning and maintaining the kitchen after each use.

    Co-op residents will be responsible for cleaning your own kitchens, so the proposed cleaning/sanitation protocol should be comprehensive and thorough.

Enrollment

  • Only students who have completed all degree requirements are able to participate in Commencement. This means that students who take a leave cannot participate in commencement with their original class. These students can, however, opt to participate in Senior Week, Ivy Exercises, and Baccalaureate with their original class if they so choose. Students who complete their degree requirements in December are invited to return to campus the following June to participate in Commencement exercises. Students who take a leave are able to choose which class they would like to affiliate with for reunion events post-graduation.

    NOTE: Williams was not able to host a commencement for students who graduated in the Class of 2020 due to COVID-19. We hope to offer these students the opportunity to participate in a commencement celebration when it is safe to do so. Any student from the Class of 2020 who has completed their degree requirements (including those who took a leave and completed their requirements off-cycle) will be included in this opportunity.

    Visit the Student Handbook website for more information on off-cycle enrollment.

    Added 7/9/2020
  • Students who wish to withdraw from the college after the semester is underway (rather than shifting modality from on-campus to remote) should understand the process and our tuition refund policy.

    Students who enroll and return to campus can later decide to transition to remote learning. If you are taking lab or performance-based classes with a prominent in-person component, you will be expected to talk to your faculty members about how you can effectively transition to remote learning.

    Whether you withdrawal or switch to remote, the college’s Refund Policy will apply to your board plan, only. There will not be a refund for tuition or room. Board will be refunded for the remainder of the term according to the formula at this link. (updated 7/10/2020)

    Housing and miscellaneous fees are not prorated after the start of classes. Coverage under the college’s student health insurance plan will continue for the length of the plan (Aug. 15, 2020-Aug. 14, 2021).

    Financial aid recipients who switch from on campus to remote after the start of classes will receive an updated financial aid package that will include a prorated personal allowance.

    Conversely, if you are enrolled as a remote student, you will not be allowed to change your mind and return to campus after the semester is underway. You will, however, be allowed to shift your status for the spring semester. We will ask students about their preferences for spring enrollment in October.

    Added 7/8/2020
  • Though the deadline to declare your choice was Friday, July 10, important updates regarding campus arrival, testing, quarantine, athletics and course offerings may affect your original decision. (Please see Dean Marlene Sandstrom’s Aug. 6 letter here.) If, after you read our updates and protocols, you feel you would prefer to study remotely for the semester or take a leave or gap year, we certainly understand. Please contact Cyndi Haley in the Dean’s Office as soon as possible if you would like to change your enrollment option.

    Updated 8/6/2020
  • Yes. The total cost of attendance, which was announced in December, has been reduced by 15%. This reduction recognizes the extraordinary circumstances of this academic year, as well as the uncertainty we all face in the year ahead, including the economic and societal uncertainty facing our students and families. Tuition, room and board for the 2020-2021 academic year will be $63,200. Parent contributions for students receiving financial aid will also be reduced by 15%.

  • Yes. Your decision to enroll remotely for the fall can be switched to an in-person enrollment for the spring. We will provide more information about the deadline for those requests once the fall semester is underway.

    Updated 7/1/2020
  • No. Enrolled students who are studying remotely will only be required to pay tuition, which has been reduced by 15%.

  • Your bill for the fall semester will be posted in your Williams Student Record on July 22. Balances for the fall semester must be paid or have a payment plan in place by Aug. 24. In mid-July, you will receive an email from the Office of Student Accounts with details about payment plan options and FlyWire, the college’s new payment system.

  • Yes, you will be as eligible as an applicant in your new graduation year.

  • Updated July 27, 2020: Students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan for the 2019-2020 academic year and who choose to take a personal leave from the college will be able to buy a continuation plan for health insurance coverage. The continuation plan will extend coverage through Jan. 31, 2021, and at a cost of $1,145.

    Please note that the premiums will be the student’s responsibility, and payment should be made directly to the broker, AJG Inc. The payment can be made through the portal when selecting coverage.

    Find more information about student health insurance for the 2020-2021 academic year on the Health and Wellness Services website.

    Updated 7/6/2020

Financial Aid

  • Yes. The total cost of attendance, which was announced in December, has been reduced by 15%. This reduction recognizes the extraordinary circumstances of this academic year, as well as the uncertainty we all face in the year ahead, including the economic and societal uncertainty facing our students and families. Tuition, room and board for the 2020-2021 academic year will be $63,200. Parent contributions for students receiving financial aid will also be reduced by 15%.

  • Yes. Your financial aid award will change in several ways to better support you during these extraordinary times. First, your parent contribution will be reduced by 15%. Additionally, your summer earnings contribution and your work study expectation have been replaced entirely with grant funding from the college. You will receive an email from the Office of Financial Aid on June 30 with additional information about your financial aid award for the coming year, including your revised parent contribution.

  • Enrolled students who are studying remotely will only be required to pay tuition, so your financial aid will be adjusted based on that revised cost of attendance. Additionally, your parent contribution will be reduced by 15% and you will receive a $4,000 personal allowance per semester to cover expenses you’ll incur while studying remotely. Just like students who’ll be studying on campus, your summer earnings and work study expectations will be replaced entirely with grant funding for the 2020-2021 academic year. As usual, the full cost of your required textbooks and course materials will be covered by the Book Grant, and the college’s Health Insurance Grant will cover the full cost of the Student Health Insurance Plan, which provides coverage worldwide.

  • If your family’s financial circumstances remain unchanged during the upcoming year, you can expect a very similar financial aid award for 2021-2022, but there is always the possibility of a change based on new information. Each student’s financial aid is re-evaluated each year so we can ensure we’re meeting your financial need at that moment. If you defer your enrollment or take a leave from the college, we will review a new application for financial aid in spring 2021 and provide you with an updated financial aid award soon after.

    Please note that the 15% reduction to your parent contribution and the additional grant provided to replace the summer earnings contribution and work study expectation for 2020-2021 will not carry forward to your financial aid package for the 2021-2022 academic year. Those are one-year adjustments that have been made in response to Covid-19. However, all students retain the option to choose any one summer during your Williams career when your summer earnings contribution will be replaced by additional grant funding from the college, and the option of petitioning to have another year’s summer contribution fully or partially replaced by additional grant if your projected earnings will be less than your summer expenses.

  • You will be able to purchase your books, including digital and rental titles, online through the Williams Book Store. Once you’ve selected your items and are ready to check out, select Williams College Campus ID, then enter your seven-digit ID number without the W at the beginning. The Williams Fall 2020 account will appear. Select the radio button to agree to the terms and conditions and use the “Pay With This” banner to apply the ID card. You will receive an order confirmation email and a secondary notification when your order has shipped or is ready for pickup. The purchase will be charged to your student account, and the Book Grant will be applied.

  • If you are a financial aid recipient, you will receive information from the Office of Financial Aid shortly about funding to support costs incurred because of Covid-19. Setting up a work space is one example of how such funding might be used. If you still find yourself in need of supplies for the semester, you can submit a critical needs funding request for review.

Health

  • Starting October 1, all students are required to get tested twice per week. Testing days have been set according to the first letter of your last name:

    • Students whose last names begin with A through L will test every Monday and Thursday
    • Students whose last names begin with M through Z will test every Tuesday and Friday

    Please schedule all appointments using the CoVerified app. For questions about Covid testing, students should contact Karen Brulé at the Health Center, at [email protected] or 413-597-3717.

  • Students are required by state law and college policy to get the flu vaccine, unless you present a documented medical exemption. For questions, contact the Health Center.

  • The Health Center will administer flu vaccine shots for students at the Covid testing site on Monday and Tuesday, October 5 and 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You do not need to sign up for your flu shot. When you report for your scheduled Covid test, just proceed directly to the flu vaccine station at the same site.

    For students needing flu shots after October 6, please contact the Health Center.

  • Students are free to exercise or hike outdoors in the surrounding area (via walking or biking), with appropriate masking and social distancing. You may not drive a car to go exercise off campus.

    Starting Monday, October 5, you are also allowed to travel off campus to buy groceries, prescriptions, personal care items and for hair care. Travel is limited to the area along Route 2 from Williamstown to North Adams, and south along Route 8 to Wal-Mart. Here is a map of the permitted area.

    For Fall 2020, all of Spring Street, the Taconic Golf Course, the Clark Art Institute and its grounds are considered to be on-campus.

    If you need to travel outside these areas, either in or out of Berkshire County, you must obtain advance permission from the Dean of the College.

  • Updated July 27, 2020: Students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan for the 2019-2020 academic year and who choose to take a personal leave from the college will be able to buy a continuation plan for health insurance coverage. The continuation plan will extend coverage through Jan. 31, 2021, and at a cost of $1,145.

    Please note that the premiums will be the student’s responsibility, and payment should be made directly to the broker, AJG Inc. The payment can be made through the portal when selecting coverage.

    Find more information about student health insurance for the 2020-2021 academic year on the Health and Wellness Services website.

    Updated 7/6/2020
  • For more information on how to request permission for an emotional support animal, please contact the Office of Accessible Education or click here.

  • Yes, we will provide a process to request housing on campus in the event that a resurgence of Covid-19 requires us to evacuate the campus.

  • 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.

Housing

  • Students living in pods of two or three students may request a merger with an adjacent pod, up to a maximum combined pod size of ten students. Send your proposal to Senior Associate Dean of Campus Life Doug Schiazza.

    Proposals should include a rationale for the merger. All members of a pod must agree to any merger before it will be considered.

  • Given that campus and community rates of Covid are low, the college is accepting proposals from co-op residents to reopen their kitchens for personal, residential use.

    Send your proposal to Senior Associate Dean of Campus Life Doug Schiazza. It must explain how you intend to use your kitchen, confirm that the kitchen will only be used by one pod at a time (with no guests), and include a detailed plan for cleaning and maintaining the kitchen after each use.

    Co-op residents will be responsible for cleaning your own kitchens, so the proposed cleaning/sanitation protocol should be comprehensive and thorough.

International Students

  • F-1 International Students may take courses remotely from outside the U.S. Questions about maintaining F-1 status will be answered by Dean Ninah Pretto once DHS guidance is released for the fall.

    Updated 7/2/2020
  • Yes, you can take courses remotely from outside the U.S. Your Form I-20 program start date will be updated to the semester you are able to obtain your visa and travel to the U.S. to participate in-person. Please contact Dean Ninah Pretto for more information.

    Updated 7/2/2020
  • The Student and Exchange Visitor Program has not yet issued guidance about this issue. We will provide this information as soon as it is made available. In the meantime, please contact Dean Ninah Pretto for more information.

  • Your financial aid will still apply as long as you are either taking courses remotely from outside the U.S., or in-person on campus. Please contact Dean Ninah Pretto for more information.

  • Yes, F-1 international students can take a personal leave for a single semester or longer. A personal leave will end your current F-1 status, and you will be required to apply for a new F-1 status when you decide to return. Please contact Dean Ninah Pretto for more information.

  • F-1 international students must maintain a full-time course load in order to maintain their status. If you would like to drop below a full-time course load, you must first contact Dean Ninah Pretto for more information.

  • Please check with Dean Ninah Pretto about this possibility.

  • When you sign up for your courses, please make note of its time block. Faculty may request that students be available for virtual participation during some or all of these time periods.

  • Yes.

Remote Learning

  • You will be able to purchase your books, including digital and rental titles, online through the Williams Book Store. Once you’ve selected your items and are ready to check out, select Williams College Campus ID, then enter your seven-digit ID number without the W at the beginning. The Williams Fall 2020 account will appear. Select the radio button to agree to the terms and conditions and use the “Pay With This” banner to apply the ID card. You will receive an order confirmation email and a secondary notification when your order has shipped or is ready for pickup. The purchase will be charged to your student account, and the Book Grant will be applied.

  • If you are a financial aid recipient, you will receive information from the Office of Financial Aid shortly about funding to support costs incurred because of Covid-19. Setting up a work space is one example of how such funding might be used. If you still find yourself in need of supplies for the semester, you can submit a critical needs funding request for review.

  • Our science faculty are working creatively to support student learning in all aspects of our courses, including laboratory techniques. We see our four-year science curricula as both cumulative and holistic and will make every effort to ensure that majors in laboratory science departments receive comprehensive exposure to all aspects of the discipline. Students should contact relevant department chairs and faculty advisors with specific questions.

  • There will be online options, as there were this past spring semester, to support your physical health and complete your physical education requirement.

    For more Physical Education FAQs, please visit the EphSports website.

Student Resources

  • With many college operations continuing in a remote fashion, some administrative departments may not have the same student employment needs as they have had in the past. We expect there will be a mix of on-campus jobs and remote work opportunities available for students including Teaching Assistants and other academic-focused experiences. In some cases, “remote work” may be done from an individual’s dorm room.

    We cannot accommodate remote work arrangements outside the U.S. due to international tax and labor laws.

    Updated 7/6/2020
  • Yes. The Center for Learning in Action (CLiA) is organizing both remote and, where appropriate, socially distanced, in-person community engagement opportunities. Potential remote opportunities can be found here.

  • We anticipate that interviews will be held remotely this year.

  • As yet there is no indication that this is the case. However, we expect fellowship opportunities to be more competitive because of increased interest.

  • Yes, you will be as eligible as an applicant in your new graduation year.

  • Yes, the Fellowships Office will be open, though it is possible that they will operate remotely.

  • As of June 29, no foundation has announced that it’s canceling its programs. Application cycles are proceeding as planned. No deadlines have been postponed. Updates will be posted on each foundation’s website.

  • 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

Study Away

  • The majority of our study away partners have canceled their programming for the fall. If you have applied to a program that is still running an in-person study abroad program for the fall and you would like to attend, please contact Tina Stoiciu to determine whether or not Williams can authorize the program.

  • We are monitoring this very closely. No official changes have been made yet, however, if these restrictions are implemented, the college will not be able to authorize travel to any EU countries.

  • We advise all students to register for courses and housing at Williams in the event that there are further travel restrictions or program closures. The office of International Education and Study Away will monitor this closely and stay in close communication with all study away students with important updates via email.

  • We will be making a decision about the WEPO program by Aug. 1. By that date we hope to have better information about the availability of visas and travel restrictions.

    Visit the WEPO website for more program-specific FAQs, or contact Tina Stoiciu for more information.

    Updated 7/7/2020
  • The Mystic Program will not be operating this fall. Visit the Williams-Mystic website for more information.

    Please contact Tina Stoiciu at Williams or Tom Van Winkle at Williams Mystic for information about the spring 2021 semester.

  • For the most part, Williams will not be authorizing study away programs that are offering remote-only programming. If you have questions about a particular program, please contact Tina Stoicu to determine whether Williams can authorize the program.

  • If you would like to consider the possibility of taking a full semester of in-person classes at another U.S. institution this fall, please contact Tina Stoiciu to determine what is feasible. If you are currently living outside the U.S. and would like to take a full semester of in-person classes at an institution local to you, please contact Tina Stoiciu for more information.

Travel

  • Students are free to exercise or hike outdoors in the surrounding area (via walking or biking), with appropriate masking and social distancing. You may not drive a car to go exercise off campus.

    Starting Monday, October 5, you are also allowed to travel off campus to buy groceries, prescriptions, personal care items and for hair care. Travel is limited to the area along Route 2 from Williamstown to North Adams, and south along Route 8 to Wal-Mart. Here is a map of the permitted area.

    For Fall 2020, all of Spring Street, the Taconic Golf Course, the Clark Art Institute and its grounds are considered to be on-campus.

    If you need to travel outside these areas, either in or out of Berkshire County, you must obtain advance permission from the Dean of the College.

  • Students can use the BTRA public transportation system to get to permitted locations, provided that you wear a mask and follow all public health guidelines.

    See the separate FAQs for guidance on the permitted area and allowed types of travel.

  • Students living on campus may visit any business on Spring Street.

    Starting Monday, October 5, students living on campus are also allowed to travel off campus to buy groceries, prescriptions, personal care items and for hair care. Travel is limited to the area along Route 2 from Williamstown to North Adams, including Wild Oats, Walgreens, Dollar General and Stop & Shop, and south along Route 8 to Wal-Mart. This corridor also includes several barbers and hair salons. Here is a map of the permitted area.

    Students may visit any businesses within these boundaries for purposes listed above, but may not visit other locations, even along the corridor, including private residences, restaurants (except drive-through), bars, athletics and fitness centers, and other kinds of retail outlets.

  • Students with personal vehicles are allowed within certain limits to drive other students when traveling for errands in the permitted area.

    A student driver may transport podmates to permitted locations, or may drive themself and one non-podmate. Student drivers may not transport a combination of podmates and non-podmates, or more than one non-podmate.

    When traveling with passengers, the driver and all passengers must be masked at all times. Occupants should be as socially distanced as possible and the windows should be open to increase ventilation, weather permitting.

  • Starting Monday, October 5, students living on campus are allowed to travel off campus to buy groceries, prescriptions, personal care items and for hair care. Travel is limited to the area along Route 2 from Williamstown to North Adams, including Wild Oats, Walgreens, Dollar General and Stop & Shop, and south along Route 8 to Wal-Mart. This corridor also includes several barbers and hair salons. Here is a map of the permitted area.

    Students may only visit businesses within these boundaries for purposes listed above, and may not visit other locations, even along the corridor, including private residences, restaurants (except drive-through), bars, athletics and fitness centers, and other kinds of retail outlets.

    You can take BTRA public transportation or drive your own personal vehicle. You may also get a ride from someone else. See the FAQ about rules for passengers.

  • Starting Monday, October 5, students living on campus are allowed to use personal vehicles to get groceries, prescriptions, personal care items and for hair care. Travel is strictly limited to an area along Route 2 from Williamstown to North Adams, and south along Route 8 to Wal-Mart. Here is a map of the permitted area. You can only visit businesses within these boundaries for the aforementioned purposes.

    You may not visit other locations, even along the corridor, including private residences, restaurants (except drive-through), bars, athletics and fitness centers, or other kinds of retail outlets.

    Students also may not use personal vehicles to travel anywhere else inside or beyond Berkshire County.