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COVID campus updates: College reports nine new student and four faculty and staff positive cases

COVID campus updates: College reports nine new student and four faculty and staff positive cases

Record Staff January 15, 2022
Jan. 15 | 11 a.m. On Saturday, The College reported nine new student and four new faculty and staff positive cases. 1123 test results were added to the COVID dashboard around 10:45 a.m. This brings the weekly positive total to 97 for students, faculty, and staff combined, and 73 for students.
College announces new “recover-in-place” policy as part of COVID isolation protocol

College announces new “recover-in-place” policy as part of COVID isolation protocol

Tali Natter and Lucy Walker January 12, 2022
In a campus-wide email sent on Wednesday, Jan. 12, Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom announced a “recover-in-place” strategy for students who test positive for COVID-19. The College will permit students who test positive to isolate in their rooms, as long as they live in a single dorm.  

College reports 20 new student and seven new faculty and staff positive cases

Record Staff January 12, 2022
Jan. 12 | 10:45 a.m.  On Wednesday, The College reported 20 new student and seven new faculty and staff positive cases. 1666 test results were added to the COVID dashboard around 9:30 a.m. This brings the weekly positive total to 83 for students, faculty, and staff combined, and 66 for students.
College confirms in-person classes to begin on Jan. 10, extends take-out only service in dining halls

College confirms in-person classes to begin on Jan. 10, extends take-out only service in dining halls

Kent Barbir, Ella Marx, and Megan Lin January 7, 2022
Winter Study courses will return to in-person instruction on Monday, Jan. 10, Chief Communications Officer Jim Reische announced in an all-campus email this afternoon. Dining halls will be open for take-out only through Jan. 16 — all seating areas inside these areas will be closed, Reische wrote.
College announces first week of Winter Study to be held remotely, students to quarantine upon arrival

College announces first week of Winter Study to be held remotely, students to quarantine upon arrival

Ella Marx, Tali Natter, Bellamy Richardson, and Kitt Urdang December 30, 2021
The first week of classes and events during Winter Study will be held remotely, and students will quarantine in their dorm rooms upon arrival to campus until they receive one negative COVID-19 test result, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an all-campus email this morning. 
The College announced a change to twice weekly COVID testing for all students, which will take place on the second floor of Greylock Hall. (Kent Barbir/The Williams Record)

College announces stricter COVID policies for Winter Study

Tali Natter and Bellamy Richardson December 21, 2021
Winter Study will be held on campus with tighter COVID-19 restrictions, Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom announced in an all-campus email this afternoon.
The vaccine clinic entrance was located at the east door of the Towne Field House, which also serves as the site for the College’s COVID testing program. (Fiona Seibert/The Williams Record)

College requires students, faculty, staff to get booster by Feb. 1

Irene Loewenson December 20, 2021
Eligible students, faculty, and staff must receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Feb. 1, President Mandel announced this afternoon. Those who are not eligible by Feb. 1 must receive their booster within 30 days of becoming eligible.
College admits 255 students to Class of 2026 through early decision

College admits 255 students to Class of 2026 through early decision

Gabe Miller December 20, 2021
The College accepted 255 students — 31.3 percent of applicants — to the Class of 2026 through this year’s early decision admissions process on Dec. 10. This year’s acceptance rate is down from the 33 percent acceptance rate for last year’s early decision and 37 percent the year before.
(Devika Goel/The Williams Record)

Fall approval ratings survey shows decreased approval for CSS, Dining

Ella Marx and Kiara Royer December 8, 2021
The Record sent its twice-annual survey to 500 randomly selected unixes last week to gauge whether students approve, disapprove, or feel neutral about College policies and institutions.
Leaky truck causes chemical spill on Routes 2, 7, 8

Leaky truck causes chemical spill on Routes 2, 7, 8

Gabe Miller December 8, 2021
A spill of aluminum sulfate — a water treatment chemical that can be toxic when ingested by humans or animals — along Routes 2, 7, and 8 closed Route 7 from Sand Springs Road in Williamstown to Pownal, Vt., on Saturday morning. The closure lasted from 6:29 a.m. to 11 a.m.
College changes masking policy for some student performances, athletic practices

College changes masking policy for some student performances, athletic practices

Julia Goldberg and Beatrice Moyers December 8, 2021
Masks are no longer universally required for athletes and performers in certain venues. While some students welcomed the change, others have questioned perceived inconsistencies in the policy. 
Honor Committee more lenient during 2020-2021 school year, per report

Honor Committee more lenient during 2020-2021 school year, per report

Greer Ingoe-Gerney December 8, 2021
The Honor and Discipline Committee’s annual report reveals more lenient sanctions were given to students in violation of the College’s academic honor code during the 2020-21 academic year than in previous years.
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