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Frequently Asked Questions

William & Mary is taking a phased approach to decision-making, and will continue to update the community. For the latest information, review the Health & Safety, Students & Families, Faculty & Staff and Alumni & Friends pages.

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What is William & Mary’s current mask policy?

As of May 18, 2021, face masks are no longer required outdoors on William & Mary campuses and properties. People who are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19 are advised to still wear masks, even outdoors, and physically distance. Masks are still required in shared and public spaces indoors at William & Mary, regardless of vaccination status.

Will students, faculty, staff and visitors need to keep wearing masks indoors in Fall 2021?

William & Mary will re-evaluate its indoor mask policy after July 15, contingent on W&M community vaccination rates.

Is William & Mary requiring students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

Not yet. Once the FDA has given full biologics license approval of at least one vaccine product, W&M will require vaccination for students and employees, with appropriate health and religious exemptions. Please visit W&M COVID-19 Vaccination for more information and FAQs.

I’m fully vaccinated. Do I still need to participate in W&M’s testing or quarantine?

No. Consistent with the CDC’s guidelines for fully vaccinated people, William & Mary is exempting fully vaccinated faculty, staff and students from participation in prevalence and census testing and quarantine if identified as a close contact and asymptomatic. Visit the W&M COVID-19 vaccination page for more information.

What if I don’t want to be vaccinated or don’t wish to provide proof?

All those who do not provide proof of full vaccination will be required to be tested prior to arrival and at minimum once a week upon return to campus, to mitigate transmission of COVID-19. Specialized activities and working conditions may require more frequent testing, as warranted, based on the recommendations of our Public Health Advisory Team. Please visit W&M COVID-19 Vaccination for more information and FAQs.

If a student, staff or faculty member tests positive for COVID-19, what do they need to do to return to work or the classroom?

Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must complete the form at Report COVID to initiate case management that will assist with isolation requirements. COVID-19-positive community members, after 10 days of isolation, must be asymptomatic and cleared by a physician before they return to work or class. Following CDC guidance, W&M does not require a negative COVID-19 test to return.

Has William & Mary made decisions about working more in-person in the fall?
W&M President Katherine A. Rowe updated the community on May 19. Visit the Path Forward Faculty & Staff page for more information, or read the full message.