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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?

Everyone, including visitors, are required to wear masks in indoors and outdoors on William & Mary proprties. Indoor masking is required in all classrooms, labs, shared offices, residence halls and indoor hallways in buildings on William & Mary properties. It also applies in dining halls, when not actively eating or drinking. The outdoor requirement applies unless eating or drinking or when you can maintain at least six feet of distance. The indoor mask requirement does not apply to single-occupant offices, nor to student rooms or bathrooms in residence halls. 

William & Mary will require indoor masks through the end of September 2021. By October 1, the university will evaluate the need to continue wearing masks indoors based on community health data and guidance from public health officials. The outdoor mask requirement will be re-evaluated on Sept. 22, 2021.

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

Yes. Students, faculty and staff will need to have completed a one- or two-dose vaccination by September 17, 2021. William & Mary is observing appropriate disability and religious exemptions and deferrals. 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?

Not with prevalence testing, but yes if identified as a close contact. 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. However, if identified as a close contact and asymptomatic, William & Mary will provide a COVID-19 test for that individual.

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.