Frequently Asked Questions

William & Mary is taking a phased approach to decision-making, and will continue to update the community as more information and details become available. For the latest information, review the Health & SafetyStudents & Families, Faculty & Staff and Alumni & Friends pages. 

Your Top Questions:
When will William & Mary employees return to campus? 

Most W&M employees working remotely will continue through July 31. As students return to campus, W&M will need some employees to return for core functions.

Do you have dates for spring and summer semesters? 

Dates for the spring and summer semesters have not yet been announced.

When will you update the community? 

By July 1, William & Mary will contact community members with relevant details regarding the fall semester. Students and families will be contacted by Student Affairs with plans for returning to campus. Faculty and staff will be contacted by the provost and deans on curricular matters. By July 1, faculty, staff and students will hear from the chief operating officer and the chief human resources officer on operational safety.

Are students required to quarantine before returning to William & Mary?

Domestic students will be expected to self-quarantine for eight days before arriving, while students coming from international locations may have additional requirements recommended by the CDC (current guidelines call for 14 days). Quarantine may occur anywhere the student feels most comfortable, e.g. at home with family, at an apartment, at a hotel, etc. When traveling to Williamsburg, all students should practice prevention to mitigate risks of contracting COVID-19, such as wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance and washing hands often.

Are there COVID-19 testing facilities available for students and employees?

A testing program under development will likely require students test for COVID-19 on arrival. It will allow employees to take advantage of optional testing services partially subsidized by the university.

How is W&M planning to deal with COVID-19 cases among students?
William & Mary has set aside Richmond Hall as a residence hall for student quarantine and isolation. Active cases will be monitored through the Student Health Center under guidance of its medical director.
What health and safety precautions are you implementing? 

William & Mary is 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. Please visit Health & Safety for more information.

Should faculty and staff prepare for any changes to work spaces?

To allow our staff to focus on public spaces, employees will be responsible for maintaining their personal offices and work spaces. William & Mary will provide cleaning materials for employees to wipe down desks, keyboards, etc. Employees will take their personal trash to a public space for disposal. This approach will protect our custodial staff, who will not need to enter individual offices, while allowing more frequent cleaning of public, high-touch areas. Employees should work with Facilities Management for physical adjustments to public-facing areas or areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained. An inventory of classroom and other instructional space is underway to determine room capacity while maintaining appropriate physical distancing. It is likely that this will reduce room capacity to 30%. More frequent cleaning of classrooms will also be required.

Signage is also an important aspect of our COVID-19 response. To support consistency across campus, signage needs should be directed to [[kdfaga,Kristen Fagan]].

Will the university provide members of the community with additional supplies such as masks?

William & Mary will provide wellness kits to students and employees as they return to campus. These kits will include reusable cloth masks, hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes. William & Mary will also provide face shields, sneeze guards and plexiglass barriers as necessary.