Office of Campus Life (OCL)

Important Updates

Updated August 25, 2021

  • Here is our plan for fall arrivals. Subject to change if the pandemic warrants it. All times listed are ET.

    Please make your travel plans accordingly, and note:

    • If you arrive to campus earlier than your approved arrival day/time (see below), you are responsible to make your own arrangements for accommodations off-campus until your approved day/time. You will not be let into your room until your earliest approved day/time, and then not until you check in AND have had your initial COVID test.
    • If you arrive to campus outside of these days/times, even if you’re approved to be here early, you are responsible to make your own arrangements for accommodations off-campus until the next day/time check-in & testing are open. You will not be let into your room until you check in AND have had your initial COVID test.

    Click here for the Check-In/Arrival Traffic Pattern at the Parking Garage.

    Monday, August 23, 12pm-8pm – early arrivals as noted below:

    • Residential Leaders (JAs, JAAB, RDs, HCs, CCs)
    • Pre-orientation leaders (Firsts/Int’l)
    • Field Hockey

    Tuesday, August 24, 8am-5pm – early arrivals as noted below:

    • Football
    • Soccer

    Wednesday, August 25, 12pm-5pm – early arrivals as noted below:

    • International & Firsts First-Year Students pre-approved for 8/25 arrival

    Thursday, August 26, 8am-5pm – early arrivals as noted below:

    • Fall OIT Student Staff/Leaders
    • Volleyball

    Friday, August 27, 8am-8pm – early arrivals as noted below:

    • Williams Firsts First Year Students
    • International First Year Students
    • EphVentures Directors
    • WOOLF Leaders

    Saturday, August 28, 8am-8pm – early arrivals as noted below:

    • EphVentures Leaders

    Sunday, August 29 – NO CHECK-INS or TESTING

    Monday, August 30, 8am-5pm

    • First Year Students Regular Arrival

    Tuesday, August 31, 8am-5pm – early arrivals as noted below:

    • Cross Country

    Wednesday, September 1, 8am-12pm

    • (only those students who were approved to arrive prior to 9/1, but didn’t make it in)

    Thursday, September 2, 12pm-3pm

    • (only those students who were approved to arrive prior to 9/1, but didn’t make it in)

    Friday, September 3, 12pm-5pm

    • (only those students who were approved to arrive prior to 9/1, but didn’t make it in)

    Saturday, Sept 4 through Wednesday, Sept 8, 8am-8pm

    • Upperclass Students Regular Arrival
  • With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, Williams College’s ability to welcome students back to campus for in-person education depends on all community members complying with the college’s protective measures. This Community Health Commitment explains the responsibilities and obligations for students returning to campus during the 2021-2022 academic year. Please take the time to read it carefully before enrolling.

    The college will take all reasonable steps to create a safe environment, but cannot guarantee a COVID-19 free environment or a risk-free campus. You cannot rely on the college alone to protect you. You also bear responsibility for, and have the ability to protect, your own health and safety. By entering this commitment or enrolling at Williams, you agree that you will do your part and will also comply with the college’s public health rules and protective measures. The current rules in effect will be available on the college’s website and will be updated periodically, becoming more permissive or more restrictive as circumstances warrant.

    While we will strive for as normal an experience as possible this academic year, you should expect that protective measures will be in effect from time to time, and may require your compliance and cooperation with some or all of the following:

    • Policies mandating masks or face coverings in specific settings
    • Limits on or prohibitions of visitors, which might include restrictions on guests in dorms or specific campus facilities
    • Limits on or prohibitions of group gatherings, events, and parties, which might include restricting them to specific sizes or locations
    • Mandatory symptom screening and reporting, including temperature checks and ongoing wellness monitoring
    • Viral testing and contact tracing protocols
    • Subject to limited medical or religious exemptions, mandatory vaccination against the COVID-19 virus and possibly the seasonal flu
    • Travel restrictions and return-to-campus requirements
    • Quarantine and isolation directives
    • Relocation to alternative housing upon the request of the College

    By returning to campus, you acknowledge the foregoing and agree that you will comply with the college’s public health rules and protective measures, and that any failure to comply may be subject to sanction or discipline in accordance with college policies.