Student Housing

Key Control: Returning Vendor/Contractor Keys

Master keys, residential hall keys, residential housing keys, and contractor cards MUST BE RETURNED TO FACILITIES ON THE DAY OF ISSUANCE by 4:30 p.m. unless other provisions have been made in advance. If the keys and/or contractor cards are not returned within the second 24 hour time frame, a MINIMUM $100 FINE… Continue reading »

Key Control: Returning Keys when Leaving the College

Key Retrieval Upon termination of employment and/or student status, all keys must be returned immediately to Facilities. Failure to return keys upon termination/separation may result in holding the employee and/or student responsible for the cost to re-key a room, office or building(s) if they do not return their key(s) prior… Continue reading »

Key Control: General Policy


The purpose of the Key Control Policy is to protect the property and privacy of Williams College, and of individuals assigned to use College facilities, by limiting access to such facilities to assigned individuals and to their Supervisors. Recognition has been given to the fact that Facilities has responsibility for the maintenance of all spaces, including all building systems, and as such, may have a need for access to certain spaces occupied by others. Facilities also has the responsibility to effectively manage and control distribution of keys on campus. Williams College maintains a high security patented keyway for safety and security purposes.


This policy applies to all Williams College employees, visiting faculty, students, and contractors working for the College. It applies to all facilities owned, leased, or otherwise occupied by Williams College.


The policy and its enforcement are the responsibility of Facilities and are implemented through the Lock Shop with consideration from Campus Safety and Security.  All College Faculty, Staff, and Administrators shall ensure that keys are not issued to individuals which would provide access to areas other than those to which the person issued the key would ROUTINELY need access. The Lock Shop shall have the responsibility to ensure that key requests and all appropriate authorizations have been obtained prior to issuing keys. The Lock Shop shall implement and maintain appropriate procedures to ensure that all keys issued are accounted for, and securely deposited in a lock box or Keywatcher unit when not in use.

Television and Cable Service

The college provides a television with cable service in most residential buildings with a common area. Many student rooms have a cable outlet which can be activated by contacting the local cable company at the student’s expense. In rooms without a cable outlet, cable hook–ups are not permitted. Do not… Continue reading »

Storage of Personal Items

Storage of Personal Items While In-Residence On Campus (For information about storage of personal items over the summer, etc., follow this link.) During the academic year, storage space is available in most residence halls for students to store some personal belongings (luggage, etc.). However, furniture (such as beds, couches,… Continue reading »

Decoration and Student Construction Policy

Students must be careful when hanging posters, framed prints, mirrors, bulletin boards, etc. as all costs associated with the repair of wall or ceiling damage are billed to room occupants. Do not use nails. For hanging posters, photos, and calendars, use “fun–tack” which is available at local school and business… Continue reading »

Damage to College Property

The cost of damage to a College building will be charged to those who caused it, if they are known. When those who are directly responsible are unknown, the costs will be apportioned among the occupants of the damaged area, whether a single room or a whole house. In all… Continue reading »

Bed Bugs in Campus Buildings

Williams Policy and Procedures Regarding Bed Bugs in Campus Buildings Bed bugs are essentially wingless mosquitos—a nuisance but not a major health hazard. Human parasites for thousands of years, bed bugs have become more prevalent recently for a range of reasons, from pesticide resistance to international travel. The following… Continue reading »