Information and Resources for the William James College Community During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
This page offers informational updates for the William James College Community.
- For public resources and materials, please visit the William James College Resource Hub.
- To read regular updates from William James College President Nicholas Covino, please see President's Updates.
- For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, or to ask a question, please see our COVID19 FAQ page.
Regular building hours for the fall semester are Monday through Thursday 7 AM to 9 PM, Fridays 7 AM to 5 PM. Weekend hours are announced each week on Wednesdays by email. Events scheduled outside of regular building hours must be arranged with Facilities.
As Massachusetts continues to manage the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, William James College has appointed a Task Force to monitor current recommendations from the government as well as to evaluate the health needs of our community. We are assessing our situation daily to determine what actions we need to take. We have plans in place to support the decisions that best serve our community and we are working proactively to keep ourselves and our community healthy.
Updated October 4, 2021
- Masks are required for all members of the community and visitors to campus, regardless of vaccination status, effective August 9, 2021.
- Fall 2021 Classes will be held in person, with flexible attendance options available (please see William James College COVID-19 FAQs, "High Flex")
- Vaccinations are required for all students, faculty and staff who will be on campus this fall. Accommodations are available for those who, for health or religious reasons, cannot comply with this mandate.
- Staff members are working on a hybrid schedule (three days on campus, two remote, arranged with supervisors).
- Work-from-home resources and guidelines are available on the IT website.
- Staff will return to work 4 days on campus per week in October.
- The building is open for limited access during business hours.
- Please see this page for answers to Frequently Asked Questions, including questions about schedules, technology, and vaccine policy.
- Mass.gov, Department of Public Health, Response to COVID-19
- Mass.gov, Find a COVID-19 Test
In addition to the normal cleaning schedule, the Facilities Team is disinfecting surfaces around the building every two hours throughout the school day; this includes high-traffic areas, elevator buttons and railings, entryway surfaces and hand rails. For more information, please see our Facility Health & Safety page.
Assessment & Response
Department chairs, administrators and the College leadership team have plans in place to cover various contingencies at the College should the need arise. It is essential that we’re following CDC guidelines and working together following our community guidelines to stay well and keep our community well.
Information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The College received some limited funding from CARES to provide financial aid grants to some students. Please click here for additional information and disclosures.
- Quarterly Update, Period Ending September 30, 2020
- Quarterly Update, Period Ending December 31, 2020 - There were no expenditures in this period.
- Quarterly Update, Period Ending March 31, 2021
- Quarterly Update, Period Ending June 30, 2021 - There were no expenditures in this period.
- Quarterly Update, Period Ending September 30, 2021 - There were no expenditures in this period.
Common Health Resources
- The CDC updates its website frequently with extensive guidance and COVID-19 information: www.cdc.gov/nCoV
- Updates from MDPH are available at: mass.gov/2019coronavirus
- Newton updates are posted in the “City News” section of the town's website, and additional information is available at: newtonma.gov/covid19
This page is regularly updated. Last update August 25, 2021, 2 PM