Office of Campus Life (OCL)

Follow these links to check out the Fall 2020…

Purple Key Fair and the Jamboree


Below are several OCL-related FAQs for the fall 2020 semester.
  • Q: If I want to change my housing assignment, how do I do so? Will there be housing mini-lotteries this year?

    A: Sadly, there won’t be mini-lotteries this year. 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 could be 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: For quarantine, we will use Dodd, Hubbell, Parsons, & Sewall. For isolation, we will use Tyler Annex and the CDE residence hall. These buildings will not be available for general housing selection.

  • 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: For upperclass students, there are pods for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 students. For first-year students, there are pods for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 students. 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.

  • Q: What will the process be for determining who can stay on campus during this period?

    A: We’re working on that – more coming soon.

    Q: If I’m approved to stay on campus, will I be able to stay in my fall semester room?

    A: We are planning that most students during this period would remain in their fall semester room – however, the four Greylock buildings will be offline during this period, so anyone approved to stay whose housing assignment is in Greylock, will be relocated for the break period. We do also reserve the right to consolidate.

    Q: If I’m approved to stay on campus, will meals be available?

    A: Yes, meals will be available from Dining Services.

  • 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 fall semester?

    A: We continue to work to develop protocols that will allow students to practice safely. However, Club Sports will not compete or be able to travel off campus to events.