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Update on Mask Use in Residence Hall Common Areas 

Dear William & Mary Residential Students, 

We are looking forward with anticipation to your arrival to campus this week and next. Recently, we announced that on all William & Mary properties, masks are expected to be worn over the nose and mouth in all shared spaces, except for private offices and in residence halls, through the end of September.  

Today we need to share that mask guidance for residence halls has changed -- Masks WILL be required within the common spaces of residence halls, including corridors, lounges and kitchen areas. You will not be required to wear masks in your rooms or bathrooms, but you are expected to wear them in spaces where students gather within the buildings. 

This clarification both better works to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within residence halls and also makes the temporary masking policy more consistent across all William & Mary properties.

It remains our hope that, as we return to residential life on campus, with low rates of COVID-19 infection and high rates of vaccination, W&M will be able to adopt more lenient widespread mask guidelines. 

Thank you, 

Virginia Ambler
Vice President for Student Affairs 

Amy Sebring 
Chief Operating Officer and COVID-19 Director 

Visitation/Guest Policy

In order to meet safety best practices, beginning Fall 2021 the following residence hall visitation policies will be in effect:

  •  Residents will have ID access to their assigned residence hall only. 
  • Off campus students will not have ID access to residence halls.
  • Residents will have access to the building housing their area Duty Office during normal duty office hours of operations – 6pm to 10pm.
  • Fraternity and Sorority members will have ID access to their chapter houses during the hours defined by each chapter.
  • Students may visit each other in residence halls.
  • Non-resident visitors and guests must be met at the building entrance for access, escorted by resident host throughout the visit, and are expected to abide by all rules and regulations of William & Mary, Residence Life as well as individual building Community Agreements. The resident is responsible for the behavior of all guests, including restitution for damage to university facilities.
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