Winter Shutdown Information

Partial Shutdown During Winter Break

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The College is pleased to be able to partially shut down during this time of year for a period of restoration and relaxation.

All faculty offices will be heated and available for use, while most administrative and support functions will be suspended.
Most of the programs for service reduction are the same as last year. To the degree possible, residential buildings will close at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 18, and administrative buildings at the end of the day Friday, Dec. 21.  Administrative buildings will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, and residence halls will re-open for students to return on Tuesday, January 1 @ 8:00 am.  All buildings will return to normal operation by Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.


  • Unplug it! unplug it

    Many electronics and appliances use electricity even when they’re turned off, so unplug computers,
    monitors, printers, cell phone chargers, TVs, DVD players, Play stations, etc.

    Research equipment: Turn off research equipment when possible.

    But not classroom equipment! Information Technology staff will turn off
    audio/visual/computer equipment in classrooms.

    Do some housekeeping mini-fridge

    Empty, defrost and unplug refrigerators and mini-fridges. Custodians will unplug all appliances and
    electronics left plugged in, so remove perishable items and clean your refrigerator before the break to avoid any New Year’s surprises.

    Prevent heat loss window shade

    Lights, windows, curtains: Turn off lights, close windows and storm sashes, and shut curtains to reduce heat loss through the glass.

    Labs: Close the sash as much as possible on all hoods in your lab space, both teaching and research.

    Dress warm

    In as many buildings as possible, temperatures will be turned down to 50° F. Faculty offices, labs and studios will be heated as usual,no space heaterexcept where faculty have indicated they will not be using the space and the building will be unoccupied.

    No space heaters: Personal space heaters are not allowed during the break.

  • Winter Study instructors should not plan to preview their classrooms during the shutdown period as the lectern computers will be undergoing maintenance.  Classroom buildings will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2.  If you need help with using the projection equipment in classrooms, setting up a Glow site for your course, or have other technology related questions, we strongly recommend that you contact media services or your ITech liaison as soon as possible, and prior to the shutdown. Adjuncts should contact the liaison for the course’s department sponsor. For urgent questions, email the ITech list at [email protected]. This address will be monitored periodically over the break.

    If you need other technology support over the break send email to [email protected] . That address will be checked regularly every day. If you are unable to email, use the help-desk web form at . On Dec. 26, 27, 28 and 31st from 9am to 4:30pm a Client Services Specialist will be on campus to answer the phone at x4090.

    Jesup Hall will reopen on Wednesday, January 2 for swipe card access and resume normal building hours.

  • From Monday, December 24nd thru Tuesday, January 1st the college campus will be closed and will not accept any deliveries from USPS, UPS, Fed Ex, and DHL.

    With the following exceptions:

    • Campus Safety & Security will accept deliveries for Hopkins Hall ONLY or for receiving of gifts when Mears West is closed throughout the entire shutdown period.
    • Alumni Fund/College Relations staff at Mears West will accept deliveries from 12/26-28 and 12/31 from 8:00AM - 3:30PM.

    College departments with P.O. box addresses can pick up their mail at the Post Office during regular business hours.  College I.D. will be required.

    For additional delivery information regarding USPS, UPS, FedEx and DHL feel free to contact Debby Kopala, at [email protected] or 413-597-2150.

    Jessica Park Mail Room
    The student mail room closes at the end of the day(4:30p.m.) Friday, Dec. 21 , and regular window service resumes on Wednesday, Jan. 2 (9:00a.m.).

    OPEN During Break

    Faculty Offices, Labs & Studios
    Bernhard Music Center
    Clark Hall
    College Garage Art Studios
    Hollander Hall
    Lawrence Hall (Art Dept Offices)
    Mason House
    Morley Science Labs
    Oakley Center
    Schapiro Hall
    South Science Center
    Spencer Art Studio
    Thompson Biology Labs
    Thompson Chemistry Labs
    Thompson Physics Labs
    Administrative and Other Buildings
    Hopkins Hall
    Mears House
    Mears West
    Vogt House
    Student Residences
    Fayerweather is used for pre-approved international students for housing during Winter Break.

    CLOSED During Break

    Closes Opens
    Faculty Offices, Labs & Studios
    ’62 Center end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Chapin Hall end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Goodrich Hall end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Griffin Hall end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Hopkins Observatory end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Administrative & Other Buildings
    B & L Bldg : Human Resources & Real Estate Offices end of day Fri 12/21
    Wed 1/2
    Bascom Hall end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Class of ’37 House end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Droppers House end of day Wed 12/19 Wed 1/2
    Jenness House end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Jesup end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Jewish Religious Center end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    All Campus Libraries end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Miller House end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Paresky Center end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Rice House (West) end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Facilities Service Building end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Thompson Health Center noon Tues 12/18 Wed 1:00 p.m. 1/2
    Weston Hall end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Williams College Children’s Center end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Williams College Museum of Art end of day Fri 12/21 Wed 1/2
    Student Residences
    Student residences close at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 for Winter break.  (Only those students whose home address is outside of the US and are pre-approved are allowed to remain on campus for the break- undergrads are housed in Fayerweather.   Student residences re-open on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 @ 8am for Winter Study.
    Athletic Facilities (see Fitness Options below)
    Lasell Gym, Chandler Gym, and Simon Squash Courts Fri 12/21 - 6:00 p.m. Wed 1/2 regular hours
    Towne Field House CLOSED FOR REPAIRS
    Samuelson/Muir Pool Tues 12/11 at 2:00 p.m. - check Wet Line for hours (597-2419) Wed 1/2 regular hours
    Lansing Chapman Rink Fri  12/21 - 3:00 p.m. Wed 1/2 - check Ice Line for hours (597-2433)
    Dining Halls
    ’82 Grill Lunch after late night service on Sun 12/16 regular hours Wed 1/2
    Driscoll Dining after dinner Fri 12/14 brunch & dinner Mon 12/31 & Tues 1/1, regular hours Wed 1/2
    Eco Café after lunch Mon 12/17 regular hours Wed 1/2
    Faculty House after lunch Fri 12/14 lunch Wed 1/2
    Grab ’n Go after lunch Fri 12/14 regular hours Wed 1/2
    Lee After Dark after late night service on Sun 12/16 regular hours Wed 1/2
    Lee Snack Bar after lunch on Fri 12/14 regular hours Wed 1/2
    Mission Park after brunch Sun 12/17 regular hours Wed 1/2
    Whitmans’ after breakfast Tues 12/18 regular hours Wed 1/2
    Whitmans’ Late Night after late night service on Sun 12/16 regular hours Wed 1/2

  • If you would like to make a credit card gift during the shutdown time, please visit For information on other ways to give, please visit

    If you need to communicate to someone about your Alumni Fund gift, please call 888-374-8110 or 413-597-4153; or you may also email [email protected].

    If you need to communicate with someone about your Parents Fund gift, please call 413-597-4681 or email [email protected].

    Staff will be checking messages Wednesday, December 26 through Monday, December 31  from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM EST and will respond promptly.