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COVID-19 is one of the many illnesses that the university helps students and employees manage on a daily basis. The Public Health Advisory Team has partnered with W&M emergency management to respond if conditions require university operations to adapt.

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How to Protect Yourself 
  • Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Keep current on COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. Visit for sites nationwide.
  • Maintain good hygiene, including handwashing and use of hand sanitizer.
  • Wear a mask over the nose and mouth. Masking is always welcome anywhere at William & Mary, and the last few years have clearly shown that masks dramatically reduce the spread of airborne infections, including COVID-19.
  • Disinfect personal areas such as residence hall rooms and bathrooms, phones, keyboards, desks and offices frequently.
  • Do not attend work, class or gatherings if you are sick.
  • Test if you suspect COVID-19. Tests are available at retail pharmacies or through your medical provider, and free through Williamsburg Regional Library. 
  • Visit If You’re Feeling Ill for more information.
How to Respond If You Test Positive
  • The CDC calls for any COVID-19-positive person to avoid others while they are sick, returning to normal activity when symptoms have been improving overall for 24 hours and there is no fever.
  • W&M does not coordinate dedicated COVID-19 quarantine or isolation housing. 
  • Students may attend class remotely if possible and if they feel well enough to do so. Otherwise, they should partner with professors to arrange being out sick for the duration of their illness. Visit Academic Resources & Support
  • Students who are sick should wear a mask at all times in shared spaces to the extent they are able, including in shared bathrooms and residence hall rooms.
  • Ill students should try to limit their contacts while they are sick. They might consider opting for to-go items from dining halls or campus retail dining locations. They should wear a mask, practice social distancing and limit outings as much as possible.
  • When students do return to normal activities, the CDC recommends wearing a well-fitted mask for an additional five days, maintaining additional distance from others and enhancing hygiene practices.
Academic Resources & Support

William & Mary students who are sick with COVID-19 or another respiratory illness have academic support resources available to help remain current with their coursework. This guide can help students navigate available resources to maintain health, wellness and academic success.

Academic Resources
Managing Health & Wellness
Additional Campus Resources