General Housing Policies & Procedures

Read below regarding some of our policies, procedures, & general info.

  • Various offices on campus may place a hold on any student’s eligibility to participate in a housing lottery/room draw and/or on their eligibility to receive the key/code to their room when they move in. Student Health Services, the Bursar’s Office, Financial Aid, the Dean’s Office, Facilities, Environmental Safety & Compliance, Campus Safety, and Student Life all have authority to place a lottery and/or key hold on your PeopleSoft account. Typical reasons include but are not limited to: incomplete paperwork, late payments, unpaid parking tickets, disciplinary issues, etc.

    Students with a Lottery Hold on their account are ineligible to participate in housing lottery/draw processes until the Lottery Hold has been released. Students with a Key Hold may have their room key/code held upon moving into their room until the Key Hold has been released.

    To find out if you have a Lottery and/or Key Hold on your account, look in PeopleSoft Self-Service. It’ll also note the office(s) which placed the hold on your account.

    To get a Lottery or Key Hold released, contact the office(s) which placed the Hold on your account. Once they confirm with Student Life that the situation is taken care of, the hold will be released.

  • Reasonable activity in student residences will of course result in some reasonable noise. However, the creation of persistent & excessive noise is a violation of good conduct. Since student rooms are appropriate places to study as well as sleep, noise should be kept to a minimum at all times.

    The option of Quiet Housing is available for upperclass students as well.

  • Other than fish, no student-owned pets are permitted in College housing. Students who are advised to remove a pet and continue to house a pet will be fined $100 per day for each day the pet remains after notification.

    For information on Service & Emotional Support Animals, click here.

  • Incoming first-year students are invited to indicate on their housing preference form if there is anything about their gender identity and related housing preferences that they would like us to keep in mind for first-year housing assignments.

    Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may opt to live in a double with another sophomore, junior, or senior regardless of gender identity. In non-same-gender roommate situation, both roommates must agree in advance to the arrangement.

    Contact Doug Schiazza, Director of Student Life, with any questions about gender inclusivity & housing.

  • Students may have guests & visitors, with the consent of their roommates or suite-mates, for a maximum of three (3) consecutive days. Students are responsible for the behavior of their guests. Visitor ID’s and parking passes may be obtained by visiting Campus Safety in Hopkins Hall. Questions or disputes concerning guests should be brought to the attention of the Office of Student Life.

  • Care is taken to protect personal property in College buildings, but the College cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage to such property through fire, theft, or any other cause. Williams does not carry insurance on personal property. Students are therefore advised to keep their rooms locked when absent from them and to investigate personal property coverage through their parents’ Home Owners policy or other ways of obtaining such coverage. Williams is not responsible for loss or damage to your personal items.