Students & Families FAQ

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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 fall sports teams will not travel and compete during the fall semester. 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. Varsity athletes will not be engaged in any team activity (formal or informal) until the week of Sept. 14. At that time, 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). Coaches will work with athletes on developing outdoor training activities. 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.

  • 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.

  • Yes.

  • We are hopeful winter teams can begin outdoor practice on Oct. 15. A decision about when teams can return after Winter Break will be decided later in the fall. For more Athletics FAQs, please visit the EphSports website.

    Updated 8/6/20