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Administrative Policies


As a courtesy to the instructors and fellow members, please select your courses with the intention of attending all sessions. Absentee registered students result in underutilized classroom space and missed opportunities for members on the wait list.

Wait List

If you are not assigned a seat for a requested course, you will automatically be placed on the wait list.  You will be notified if a seat becomes available. Until you receive notification from Osher staff, you may not attend classes for which you have been wait listed.

Dropping a Course

If you need to drop a course before it begins, please notify the Osher office so they may contact the first person on the wait list to fill the available seat.


Refunds will not be given after the first day of the semester. If you need a refund before that date, please contact the office.

Name Tags

Registrants will receive their name tag by e-mail approximately two weeks before courses begin.  Plastic name tag holders will be available on the first day of your course. Please wear your name tag to all Osher events.


Osher Institute at W&M courses and activities are intended for Osher members. A member's guest may attend a course or an activity once as long as the course is not fully subscribed. Local guests must be considering joining Osher. The Osher office must be informed prior to any guest attending.


The Osher Institute at W&M will cancel courses/activities/events/training for weather if "W&M University Events and Activities" are cancelled. A notice will be on the Osher Institute at W&M office voice mail (757-221-1506). Please note, you will not be personally contacted.