Office of Campus Life (OCL)

Important Updates for Spring 2021 Semester

Updated March 15, 2021

  • All spring semester on-campus students have a room to themselves.

    Dodd & CDE continue to be used for quarantine & isolation housing, as well as a handful of smaller college-owned units not typically used for student housing.

  • Due to ongoing concerns regarding the pandemic and social distancing, we began the spring with all residential kitchens closed, like the fall. This means that the appliances continue to be powered-down and the spaces are not to be used for cooking, gathering, eating, etc.

    Every on-campus student room continues to be equipped with a college-provided Micro-Fridge unit, which includes a mini-fridge, mini-freezer, and microwave, all on one energy-saving power system.

    For Co-Ops, like the fall, we may consider your requests for opening kitchens at the end of March. Assuming things are going well otherwise, information will go out directly to Co-Op residents at the end of March.

  • We began the spring semester with original pods intact. Pod Merger requests (to merge two smaller pods) may be made through the form below.

    Please note – once you’ve successfully submitted the form, you’ll receive an automated email confirming that it was received. If you don’t received the automated email, re-submit the form and make sure to complete all required fields.

    Link to Upperclass Pods GSheet

    Link to First-Year Pods GSheet

    • Look at the appropriate "Pods" GSheet for your pod's name.
    • Look at the appropriate "Pods" GSheet for the name of the pod.
  • Q: If I want to change my housing assignment, how do I do so? Will there be housing mini-lotteries this semester?

    A: Sadly, there won’t be mini-lotteries this semester. However, students may request a housing change through the Housing Appeals (HART) process. The bar for changes will be rather high this year, as housing moves are complicated due to COVID issues.

    Q: Where can I find more info on Housing Appeals?

    A: Follow this link.

  • Q: What buildings will be used for quarantine & isolation?

    A: Dodd & CDE, plus a handful of smaller college-owned buildings.

  • Q: I’ve heard of this “pod” thing. What is it?

    A: Because of social distancing, face covering, & other COVID-related parameters, we wanted to give on-campus students the ability to have a residential space (a “pod” or “cohort”) where they can be with a small number of other students to provide a flexibility similar to being with members of the same shared household, and within each pod to know that only those students are using a shared designated bathroom.

    Q: What are the pod sizes?

    A: They range from 2 to 14. It varies due to building architecture & available bathrooms.

    Q: What are the specific pods across campus?

    A: A full listing of the designated upperclass pods can be found at this link. a full listing of the designated first-year pods can be found at this link. (These listings will be updated for spring 2021 soon.)

  • Q: Can my student organization meet in person?

    A: The foundational expectation is that student orgs will meet online, rather than in person. Groups that believe they must meet in person and want to use campus space to do so, will need to request approval to do so in advance through a form on the OCL website; in applying for this, students will need to describe in detail how they will ensure that their in-person meeting will be planned & executed in such ways to stay fully within federal, state, local, and college COVID guidelines.

    Q: Where can I find the guidelines and form for my student organization to meet in person?

    A: The information can be found at the following link https://student-life.williams.edu/events/

    Q: Will student events be allowed to take place in residence halls?

    A: No. Because of state guidelines regarding indoor gathering limitations as well as best practices regarding COVID, student events will not be allowed to take place in residence halls.

    Q: Will Club Sports be able to practice or compete during the spring semester?

    A: We continue to work to develop protocols that will allow students to practice safely. For the fall, Club Sports did not compete or travel off campus to events. We anticipate the same for the spring.