Writings and Remarks

Moving to a campus masking requirement

Williams students, faculty and staff, As I explained in my message last week, I have been closely watching the Covid numbers in our state and region. Soon after I sent that email the CDC moved Berkshire County into their “Substantial Risk” and then most recently “High… Continue reading »

Planning for an in-person fall semester

Williams faculty, staff and students, Some of you have understandably started to inquire about plans for the fall term. People are wondering whether the college will make changes in response to the rise of the Delta variant, emerging data on breakthrough infections or the CDC’s newly-revised… Continue reading »

Vaccinations and exemptions information

Dear Williams faculty and staff, Congratulations to you all on a successful end to an academic year unlike any other. This message explains how to document your vaccination or request an exemption. As Maud explained in her June 1 email, faculty and staff must complete one of these two… Continue reading »

Thank you, colleagues!

Dear faculty and staff colleagues, What a year! I am writing to thank you for all the effort and care you put into making 2020-21 a tremendous success! Last summer, the task before us seemed Herculean: we had to re-think every process, course and program. We had to build a… Continue reading »

Increase in size limit for outdoor gatherings

Williams students, faculty and staff, Effective immediately, I am increasing the limit on outdoor campus gatherings from 10 people to 25. As an editorial in today’s Record pointed out, the college had retained a more stringent rule on outdoor gatherings than state guidance. After considering the editorial… Continue reading »