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Alumni & Friends

The well-being of the William & Mary community is paramount as we return to campus. To help safeguard the health of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and the surrounding community, we systematically adapted 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. 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 indoor spaces, including classrooms. W&M's mobile app also provides a daily symptom-tracking module to assess risk factors and health. 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 buildings remain closed to the public.

Visiting Campus

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 indoor spaces, including classrooms. William & Mary has adopted other protocols to help protect community health, including limits on gatherings. Campus buildings remain closed to the public.

External events and those with visitors should be converted to virtual gatherings. Exceptions include a small set of university traditions, 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. Facilities that have been open to the public in the past may have adjusted visiting hours or other limitations for visitors.

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 stringent health protocols to protect our community and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Face masks. All persons, including visitors, must wear a face mask that covers both the nose and mouth in all W&M buildings at all times. Individuals who are not vaccinated are advised to also wear a mask outdoors when a 6-foot distance can’t be maintained.
  • 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 building access, masking requirements, available sanitizing supplies or other health measures. Not all buildings are open to visitors.

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]].


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. At this time, W&M Athletics competitions will not be open to the public.

The health and well-being of W&M student-athletes, coaches and staff, as well as the full campus community that supports them, remains top priority. W&M Athletics is part of the overall educational mission of the university, and providing an environment that ensures the greatest opportunity for academic instruction to occur for all students is paramount. 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. The Plan Ahead Team, including the Career Pathways and Call to Service squads, welcome your ideas and questions.