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.

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.

Community Information 

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.

Current Updates
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). 
  • 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 

Cleaning Schedule

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. 

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