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Frequently Asked Questions

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How are classes being held in the fall?

Led by William & Mary’s deans, each school chose in-person and blended strategies to support a resilient curriculum and offer flexibility reflecting W&M’s equity imperative — we provide options for community members with different health situations and changing family and financial circumstances. Faculty were advised to prepare classes in a way that makes it possible to switch to full remote learning on short notice, in the event local or Virginia public health requires this. Details of course delivery, including meeting times and remote aspects, were designated in Banner and outlined in course syllabi. Courses in Banner have been assigned attributes designating course delivery categories in the Open Course List. Not all courses are available online. Students may need to adjust their schedules if they wish to take all of their courses remotely. No special permission was needed to take courses online.

For Academic Year 20-21, W&M will offer three semesters – fall, spring and summer – to provide maximum flexibility for students. The fall 2020 semester will include a condensed schedule that begins a week early and ends before Thanksgiving. We will have no fall break. William & Mary is taking a phased approach to decision-making, and will continue to update the community as more information and details become available.

Read more about The Path Forward: Fall 2020.

Updated: 9/21/2020

How can I ensure my Zoom use is secure?

Be sure your Zoom software client is up to date. Zoom is continually releasing updates that bolster security. Meeting hosts also have a variety of security setting options that include measures like adding a meeting password, requiring W&M authentication and enabling a waiting room. Find information about other Zoom security recommendations in the Security section of W&M IT’s Zoom website. If you have specific questions you may contact the Technology Support Center at [[support]].

Added: 4/7/2020

Will graduate assistantships continue?

During the current COVID-19 response, graduate students serving as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) or Graduate Assistants (GAs) are advised accordingly.

Stipends will continue under the following modified work conditions:

  • GTAs are expected to work directly with their supervising faculty and/or department chair to support courses delivered through alternative remote models
  • GRAs are advised to work directly with their Principal Investigator (PI) to continue their research in a remote manner as much as possible
  • GAs will communicate directly with their supervisor to determine the location and nature of their work

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General Topics
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What has W&M done to plan for Fall 2020?

The university has developed Path Forward: Fall 2020 guidelines and resources to facilitate a safe and healthy return to campus for all members of the community.

Updated: 10/9/2020

Are academic buildings open?

Yes, academic buildings are open for the fall semester in accordance with teaching plans developed by the deans and the Provost's Office. All appropriate university social distancing and health & safety protocols must be followed by students, faculty & staff, and other community members.

If you require entry, but do not have a key, please contact W&M Police at 757-221-4596.

Updated: 9/21/2020

I am an international student or scholar and have questions related to my immigration status. Where can I find answers to my questions?

The Office of International Students, Scholars, and Programs have created a FAQ page for international students and scholars.

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Health & Wellness
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What should I do if I'm feeling ill?

If you're a student, faculty or staff member feeling sick and suspecting you've contracted COVID-19, please visit our resource page for instructions on seeking care during and after normal business hours.

Added: 10/9/2020

Who should I contact if I have a question not covered here?

W&M's call center at (757) 221-7420 answers questions or reports concerns related to the fall semester. Staffed by W&M employees, the call center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. After-hours, W&M students, faculty and staff email questions to [[COVIDResponse]] or report unsafe behavior at [[COVIDConcerns]].

Updated: 10/9/2020

Is information available about COVID-19 testing and cases at William & Mary?

William & Mary's COVID-19 dashboard provides available public data on regional, local and campus trends regarding COVID-19 testing, results and cases.

Added: 10/5/2020

Is COVID-19 testing available through the university?

William & Mary has developed a protocol in partnership with the VCU Health System for testing students and faculty & staff. Please review the testing protocols on the Path Forward website for more information.

Updated: 9/21/2020

How are you supporting the health and wellness of students, faculty and staff during this time?

For Fall 2020, all students and employees were issued a wellness kit consisting of washable masks, hand sanitizer, wipes and an educational pamphlet. Additional masks or face shields will be available for employees as appropriate to their roles and work environment.

The departments of Health & Wellness have developed a virtual wellness center, which includes articles, videos and information on virtual fitness classes.

See additional measures on the Path Forward website.

Updated 9/21/2020

Do the state's guidelines regarding face coverings apply on campus?

Yes. All individuals on campus are required to wear a cloth face covering in areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained and in all shared areas of buildings.

Updated: 7/14/2020

I have the W&M student insurance. Who can I contact to learn more about the coverage?

Please contact Trista R. W. Sikes, the Student Insurance Coordinator: [[trsike]] or [[student.insurance]] or 757-221-2978.

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Housing & Dining
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What are the guidelines for on-campus dining during the fall semester?

W&M Dining is working closely with the university's dining partner to follow restaurant guidelines administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health in the fall. For more information, including hours of operation for each of our dining facilities and health & safety guidelines, please visit the W&M Dining website.

Updated: 10/9/2020

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Parents & Families
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How can I get more involved with William & Mary as a family member?

As valued members of the W&M community, parents and family members often form their own unique relationship with the university. Families can get involved with the university through Parent & Family Programs and the Parent & Family Council. Some other opportunities for parents to help the university include promoting W&M in your local community or school, providing professional opportunities for our students through Cohen Career Center, representing W&M at a college fair or making a gift to the Parents Fund. For more information about getting involved with the Parent & Family Council or making a gift to support W&M, please email [[PFCLeadership]].

Added: 4/24/2020

What are Parent & Family Programs?

Parent & Family Programs (PFP) ensures parents and families have all of the resources necessary for their William & Mary experience to be as enriching and rewarding as possible. We recognize that having a student in college can be both an exciting and challenging experience. Our goal is to help ease that process while providing resources, student stories, opportunities for involvement and a parent support network. To learn more, contact Parent & Family Programs at 757-221-2508 or [[families]].

Added: 4/24/2020

What is the Parent & Family Council?

The Parent & Family Council (PFC) is a community of parent donors and volunteer leaders who are dedicated to increasing parent engagement and philanthropy, promoting William & Mary and strengthening the Tribe family. As parent ambassadors, PFC members welcome new Tribe families and help them navigate life with a college student. Members also meet faculty and administrators, provide parent perspectives to William & Mary’s senior leadership and learn about university initiatives and priorities. Through the Cohen Career Center, parents can offer externships and internships for students. There are also opportunities for parents to speak occasionally about their industries or careers to groups of students on campus.

Added: 4/24/2020

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Prospective & Admitted Students
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Can I visit W&M for a campus tour?

While guided tours are currently suspended, W&M Admission offers a virtual tour and information session.

Updated: 10/9/2020

Will W&M require SAT/ACT scores for students applying for admission to begin the 2021-22 school year?

William & Mary will introduce a test-optional admission policy for the 2020-2021 application cycle, which means freshman applicants to the university will not be required to submit either SAT or ACT exam results. Additionally, it is our intention that next year will be the first year in a three-year pilot program designed to enable a more comprehensive analysis beyond a one-year exception.

Added: 5/14/2020

Can I take classes at other universities during my gap year or semester?

Students may not enroll as a degree-seeking candidate at any other institution or complete more than 15 hours of college credit during their gap year, or six hours if deferring for a semester. Admission remains contingent upon continuing to meet high standards of academic performance and personal conduct throughout the gap year. More information may be found on the undergraduate admission website.

Added: 4/30/2020

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Travel & Events
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What is William & Mary planning for Commencement?

Our goal is to host two grand celebrations in May 2021 for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021, with all the joy and the cherished traditions that make W&M Commencements special. Public health conditions permitting, the Class of 2020 will celebrate May 14-16, 2021, with the main ceremony on Saturday, May 15. The Class of 2021 will be the following weekend, May 21-23, with the main ceremony on Saturday, May 22. More details are available on the Commencement website.

Updated: 9/21/2020

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University Finance & Budgets
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What will state budget restrictions mean for the PBK renovation and the music building?

Construction on William & Mary’s new performing arts facilities is continuing this fall after being delayed early in the calendar year due to unforeseen increases in construction costs. The expected completion date is now fall 2022.  For more information, please read the latest W&M News story on the performing arts facility.

Updated: 10/9/2020

Does William & Mary qualify for federal stimulus money?

William & Mary was informed in early April that it would be allocated roughly $3.95 million in federal stimulus funding authorized by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act. Half of that — $1.97 million — is awarded as direct emergency aid for students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as course materials, technology, housing, food, health care and child care. Prioritizing students with the greatest financial need, William & Mary began outreach to affected students on May 7. Visit the financial aid office website for more information on CARES Act funding distribution. The other half of the federal allocation is to be used by the institution to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction.

Updated: 5/8/2020

How do the university’s finances work?

Amy Sebring, Vice President of Finance & Technology, explains William & Mary’s finances (video). More information can be found at Finance's COVID-19 page.

Updated: 4/28/2020

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