Williams values shared governance and encourages participation in the life of the college. Options for involvement range from being informed and providing input (which is universally encouraged) to participating in advisory bodies and committees. Many of these opportunities are open to staff, students and faculty.
The following defines the rules of conduct and governance that apply to staff, faculty, and students:
At Williams, the faculty governs the curriculum and academic programs. Under the leadership of the President and the Dean of Faculty, much of the work is organized through standing committees, including the Curricular Planning Committee, the Committee on Educational Affairs and the Winter Study Program Committee.
The Provost and the Vice President for Finance and Operations are responsible for decisions related to the budgeting, accounting and allocation of college funds. The Committee on Priorities and Resources, which includes faculty, staff and students, is briefed on major budget and financial issues and represents community points of view.
- The Dean of the College is responsible for the student code of conduct and related processes.
- The Faculty Steering Committee guides the faculty's maintenance of the faculty handbook.
- The Dean of Faculty is responsible for the professional conduct of faculty members.
- Human Resources maintains the staff handbook and works with unit managers and college leaders on staff conduct processes.
The Director of Athletics oversees Williams' 30 varsity sports, Physical Education, recreational and intramural programs and associated facilities. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee advises the college on ways to support student-athletes. And the faculty Athletics Committee evaluates and makes recommendations on issues concerning the intersection of academics and athletics. Williams is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference.