The well-being of the William & Mary community is paramount. To help safeguard the health of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and the surrounding community, we systematically adapted the physical campus and operations. 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. 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. COVID-19 vaccinations are encouraged strongly for students and employees as one of the principal methods of mitigating the effects of the pandemic on campus; W&M also encourages visitors and alumni to be vaccinated and boostered against COVID-19.
William & Mary is coordinating its COVID-19 response with leaders from the City of Williamsburg and Virginia Department of Health, and is following public health guidelines for university operations.
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. William & Mary has adopted protocols to help protect community health.
Visitors and event participants may be asked to acknowledge W&M's current COVID-19 protocols:
Registering for and attending events at William & Mary conveys a shared expectation of abiding by university policy, which is subject to change as conditions warrant. As of March 29, 2022, masking is optional both indoors and outdoors, with masking especially encouraged in large gatherings. Masks are required for students visiting the Student Health Center, for staff in the clinic, and for anyone using public transportation. COVID-19 vaccination and boosters are strongly encouraged for all William & Mary students, employees and external visitors, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. We create these shared expectations of event participants in keeping with William & Mary’s core values of Belonging within this community and Respect for one another as individuals, and in recognition of the risks inherent to gathering amid pandemic.
Before You Visit W&M
Only If You’re Well. If you’re sick or symptomatic, or have been identified as a close contact, please reschedule your visit.
W&M Health Guidelines. William & Mary continues to maintain health protocols to protect our community and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Face masks. Effective March 29, 2022, masks are optional both indoors and outdoors at William & Mary. Masks are especially encouraged in large gatherings.
- Vaccinations. Full vaccination and appropriate boosters against COVID-19 are strongly encouraged for students, employees, visitors and alumni.
- Physical distancing. Avoid grouping up in crowds. Individuals who have not yet been vaccinated should maintain at least 6 feet of distance between people; 10 feet if exercising.
- Handwashing. Follow CDC guidelines and wash hands as often as possible with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Read the Signs. Signage on campus offers information about masking, building access, available sanitizing supplies or other health measures.
- Check for Updates. William & Mary’s COVID-19 Response Team posts regular messages online.
- Questions? Check with your W&M group organizer or email [[COVIDResponse]].
- Visitors and invited speakers or performers are welcome.
- If you are organizing a visit as a unit, department or organization, please ask the visitor(s) to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 in the days leading up to the visit and decline in-person events if they experience symptoms.
- Please consider carefully whether you can hold an event outdoors and if food and drink is critical to the event. Being outdoors is safer than holding an event indoors; not offering food or drinks is safer than offering them. If you offer food, favor single-service and takeaway or portable options that allow people time and space to move outdoors.
- We recommend planning a back-up method of delivery in case plans are unexpectedly affected by COVID-19 conditions.
- Event organizers should consider mitigation strategies:
- Hold events outdoors if possible, especially if food or drinks are planned.
- For indoor events with food or drink, limit the length of time the food or drink are available, select venues that promote physical distancing and provide food options that are individually wrapped or served.
- Event attendees should also consider some precautions:
- Forego attending events if you’re feeling sick.
- Use good judgment in wearing masks, even outdoors.
William & Mary Athletics is committed to providing all student-athletes with the best competitive experience possible. Athletics will work closely with the NCAA and the CAA to make plans for all of our programs. Find the latest information on the W&M Athletics website.
William & Mary's Path Forward involves consultation with W&M alumni, W&M student leadership, faculty and staff leadership, colleagues in Virginia higher education, state leadership in Richmond and the broader Williamsburg area.