William & Mary will be different this fall. We are adapting so you can do your best work.
“Collaboration and partnership between staff, faculty, students and our surrounding community were the superpowers that made us successful in the spring. That partnership will continue to be essential going forward.” — President Katherine A. Rowe
The well-being of the William & Mary community is paramount as we plan to return to campus in the fall. To help safeguard the health of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and the surrounding community, we are systematically adapting the physical campus, operations and curriculum. Every community member is responsible to one another, committing fully to honor these safeguards out of respect for our close community of learning and work.
We are offering flexibility to provide the W&M community options in responding to their individual circumstances. William & Mary emphasizes wellness, equity and community, focusing on the elements of learning, working and campus life that matter most.
Health & Safety
All those who visit campus are expected to commit to specific safeguards to promote one another’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Face coverings are required in all public or communal spaces, including classrooms. W&M will also provide a symptom-tracking app to community members that will issue a daily prompt to assess symptoms. As public health officials help improve the understanding of how to safeguard communities while returning to in-person life and work, William & Mary will continue to adapt our practices.
William & Mary is coordinating its COVID-19 response with leaders from the City of Williamsburg and Virginia Department of Health, and are following public health guidelines (pdf) for university reopening. Campus remains closed to the public through July 31.
Campus gatherings, including university, school, department or student events and meetings, are subject to public health guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Virginia Department of Health and the governor. Face coverings are required in all public or communal spaces, including classrooms. Current guidance limits indoor and outdoor campus gatherings to 50% of a facility's capacity, or 50 people, whichever is less, so long as physical distancing can be maintained. Campus remains closed to the public through July 31.
External events and those with visitors should be converted to virtual gatherings. Exceptions will include a small set of university traditions, as approved by the President’s Executive Leadership Team.
Programs that have traditionally included alumni or members of the external community may be adjusted, suspended or taken online.
For fall 2020, use of space at William & Mary is dedicated to core mission activities – teaching, learning, research, student groups and activities – and restricted to the campus community. Facilities that have been open to the public in the past may have adjusted visiting hours or other limitations for visitors.
William & Mary will continue to update the alumni community and the university’s friends as plans for the fall develop in greater detail.
William & Mary Athletics is working through several scenarios in order to welcome student-athletes back to campus as soon as we are able to under state and university guidelines. We are in the final stages of developing policies and procedures designed to promote the safety of our students, coaches, staff and fans, and allow us to return to training, practice and competition as soon as we are safely able to do so.
W&M Athletics is working in close coordination with the NCAA and CAA as we adjust schedules to mitigate as much risk as possible while remaining committed to providing our student-athletes the best possible experience.
We will adhere to federal, state and university guidelines as we determine the capacity of our athletics venues and adjust policies and procedures related to ticketing, parking, tailgating and food & beverage service as necessary.
W&M Athletics will communicate broadly using TribeAthletics.com, social media channels, and directly through email with up-to-date information.
Any path forward we pursue must involve consultation with W&M alumni, W&M student leadership, faculty and staff leadership, colleagues in Virginia higher education, state leadership in Richmond and in the broader Williamsburg area. The Plan Ahead Team, including the Career Pathways and Call to Service squads, welcome your ideas and questions.