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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.