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Frequently Asked Questions

William & Mary takes a phased approach to decision-making during the coronavirus pandemic. 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 shared indoor spaces. Indoor masking is required in all classrooms, labs, shared offices, residence halls and indoor hallways in buildings on William & Mary properties. The policy also applies in dining halls, when not actively eating or drinking. The indoor mask requirement does not apply to single-occupant offices, nor to student rooms or bathrooms in residence halls.  

Is William & Mary requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

Yes. For Spring 2022, all students are also required to receive and record booster shots in accordance with their eligibility. William & Mary is observing appropriate disability and religious exemptions and deferrals. Employees are encouraged to receive COVID-19 vaccinations and stay up-to-date on boosters. Please visit W&M COVID-19 Vaccination for more information and FAQs.

I’m fully vaccinated and have had a booster. Do I still need to quarantine?

Consistent with the CDC’s guidelines for fully vaccinated and boosted people, William & Mary exempts these faculty, staff and students from quarantine as a close contact if they have no COVID-19 symptoms. They are advised to wear a mask around others for 10 days, and William & Mary will provide a COVID-19 test for that individual roughly five days after their last exposure. Visit for a case manager who will arrange testing.

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 to initiate case management that will assist with isolation requirements. COVID-19-positive community members, after 5-10 days of isolation, must be asymptomatic 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 this year?
W&M President Katherine A. Rowe updated the community on May 19, 2021. Visit the Path Forward Faculty & Staff page for more information, or read the full message.