Writings and Remarks

Public health rules and expectations

Williams students, faculty and staff, Over the last few weeks we’ve regretfully had to convert two on-campus students to remote study status after they violated the college’s quarantine. Judging from the campus reaction, some people may not understand the reasons for our policies, or may feel we’re enforcing them too… Continue reading »

Message to Williamstown Select Board

President Mandel sent this email to the Williamstown Select Board on Monday, August 17, 2020 Dear Select Board members, I write, as Williams College president, to ask that you commission a prompt, full and impartial investigation of recent allegations regarding racism and sexual misconduct within the Williamstown Police Department. Such… Continue reading »

Announcing the new Zilkha Center director

Dear Colleagues, It is my pleasure to announce that Tanja Srebotnjak has accepted our offer to become the next Director of the Zilkha Center at Williams. Tanja joins us from the Nueva School, in San Mateo, CA, where she is currently the Director of Environmental Citizenship. Because of her commitment… Continue reading »

Sharing good news about international students

Williams students, faculty and staff, I’m writing to share this afternoon’s happy news that the government is rescinding its July 6 directive and July 7 FAQs on international students, and returning to its March 2020 guidance. This means international students will be able to study in the U.S. even if… Continue reading »

Williams Signs Amicus Brief in Support of International Students

Williams has signed a new brief supporting legal efforts to block enforcement of ICE’s new federal guidance on international students. The government’s July 6 guidance would prohibit international students at American colleges and universities from returning to or remaining in the country if they enrolled in an online-only curriculum… Continue reading »

New updates to Covid FAQs

I wanted to offer a quick word about how we’ll keep you apprised of further developments regarding the fall 2020 semester, and to alert you to some especially important updates for students that we made today. Every time a decision is made or a policy worked out, the Communications team has… Continue reading »

Williams condemns ICE guidance on international student visas

Williams students, faculty and staff, On Monday, ICE (the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency) announced a new federal guidance that will prohibit international students at American colleges and universities from returning to or remaining in this country if they’re enrolled in an online-only curriculum this fall. In short,… Continue reading »

Announcing our plan for Fall 2020

Note: On July 24, 2020, the web version of this letter was corrected to note, under the heading Cost and Financial Aid, that “Families on financial aid will have their parent contribution reduced by 15 percent.” The original had said that the “expected family contribution” would be reduced by 15… Continue reading »