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 for university reopening. Campus remains closed to the public.
After thoughtful consideration, deliberation and consultation with the William & Mary Alumni Association Board of Directors, the university has made the difficult decision to forgo hosting Homecoming & Reunion Weekend in person this year.
W&M is moving elements of Homecoming weekend online and will postpone others. Plans continue to develop, but key components of the weekend, including the Sunset Ceremony, will take place virtually. The Alumni House dedication will move to 2021, and W&M is working to ensure that reunion classes have an opportunity to celebrate together. Updates will be posted on the Homecoming & Reunion Weekend website.
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 people, so long as physical distancing can be maintained. Campus remains closed to the public.
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 stands fully in support of the Colonial Athletic Association Football Board of Directors' decision to postpone conference competition for the fall 2020 football season. The university also made the difficult decision to postpone competition in all Division I Fall sports including football, soccer, field hockey, volleyball and cross-country.
The health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff – and the full campus community that supports them – must be our top priority. W&M Athletics is part of the overall educational mission of the university. Providing an environment that ensures the greatest opportunity for academic instruction to occur for all students is paramount. Thus, the university's philosophy for the fall is to radically limit visitors to campus – and that includes visiting athletic teams.
While we are heartbroken for the student-athletes and their families impacted, we have been thoughtful and deliberate in our discussions and decision. It is our hope and intention that if conditions safely permit, sports could be played in the winter and spring and we will evaluate the options in the months ahead.
Find the latest information on the W&M Athletics website.
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.