Here is the Williams Academic Calendar (list view) as it appears in the catalog.
When planning events, please be aware of the college's policy on observance of religious holidays.
During the academic year, refer to the registration information for additional information.
Williams Student Records provides online access to course records and student academic records for faculty, academic advisors, and academic department staff.
If you need access, please read the Williams College FERPA Guidelines and submit the Williams Student Records Access form.
Need help? Reference our Williams Student Records for Faculty and Staff guide.
Start and End of Term Planning will help you prepare for the semester! Included are FAQs, as well as important policies and deadlines that should be considered throughout the duration of the term.
To view a student's record in preparation for an advising session:
Main Menu > Self Service > Advisor Center > View My Advisees
After an advising session has concluded, to remove a hold:
Main Menu > Self Service > Student Info and Holds > Remove Advising Holds
Enter the ID of the advisee in question. Then click "ADV" in the code field. There will be a release button in the upper right.
Faculty advisors should submit the Thesis to Independent Study form in instances where a student is changing from a thesis to an independent study.
Go to Williams College Classrooms for a preview of campus classrooms.
Office of Information Technology can provide additional information on the technical equipment in classrooms.
For faculty or staff who require ADA classroom accommodations, contact Toya Camacho, Assistant VP of Institutional Diversity and Equity.
If you need to change your room assignment for a course you are teaching, please submit the Classroom Change Request form.
All other room reservation requests should be made through the online scheduling system.
Please note that academic courses take precedent during Division of the Day hours and the Registrar reserves the right to bump events if needed for an academic course. We will do our best to avoid bumping, but if this occurs you will be informed of next steps.
When submitting grades remember—you can post grades without having all grades for your class entered. Enter the grades you wish to post and set your roster to "Ready to Review."
No change in grade may be made on the basis of retesting or work completed after a grade has been submitted other than in the case of an official incomplete.
If an incorrect grade was posted, the Grade Change form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the last day of the full term following the term in which the course was taken.
Faculty can access the following grading forms via Williams Student Records > Self Service > Queries and Forms > Useful Links
- Unsatisfactory Grade
- Incomplete or Deferred Grade
- Grade Change
Mid-semester advisories are recorded in Williams Student Records for any student whose performance or progress in your course is unsatisfactory, either because of poor grades, poor attendance, or general underachievement.
These mid-semester advisories are an important indicator of a student in need of academic counseling. Advisories are recorded by entering a "U" grade in Williams Student Records. Once you save the Grade Roster with "U" grades, students will be able to see the grade in Williams Student Records. If you are giving no advisories in your course, please set the roster to "Ready for Review" to indicate that you have no students in need of an advisory.
The Registrar’s Office will check for rosters with a "Ready for Review" status. Each course must have an online roster set to Ready for Review by the deadline.
If you have questions or want to bring a particular student to the attention of the Dean's Office, please contact Rachel Bukanc.
Every year, the Registrar's Office assists the Committee on Educational Affairs (CEA) and the Calendar and Schedule Committee (CSC) in the process of establishing course offerings and the schedule for the upcoming academic year.
See the CEA and the CSC sites for:
- Links to online forms
Williams College has reserved these hours for academic courses:
- 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
- 7:00 pm - 9:40 pm, Monday and Wednesday
All extracurricular activities should be scheduled outside these hours.
This rule, which is overseen by the Calendar and Schedule Committee (CSC), is called the "Division of the Day."
The CSC needs to approve mid-semester evening exam times, schedule changes or late additions, as well as be informed of field trips and other exceptions to the Division of the Day:
View approved evening exam times.
On the Calendar and Schedule Committee page you can find Division of the Day guidelines and other pertinent calendar and schedule information.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student records.
Faculty and staff are required to have a basic understanding of Williams College FERPA Guidelines before access is granted to Williams Student Records. Once access is granted, these guidelines should be reviewed at the beginning of every semester.
Test your knowledge with our FERPA Tutorial!
If you have any questions regarding specific situations, contact the Registrar's Office.
Students may choose to be known on campus by a name other than their legal name—read more about name options.
Williams recognizes the importance of respecting personal pronouns. Students are able to indicate their pronouns via Williams Student Records.
- Students register during Winter Study registration period (caps are not enforced).
- Students are dropped from courses by the Registrar’s Office per instructor.
- Seniors will be given preference for any openings that remain after initial selections have been assigned.
- Caps enforced for the next registration round—"Final Round" Winter Study registration period.
- Students dropped during the first Winter Study registration period register during "Final Round" Winter Study registration.
- Any students still not registered for a Winter Study course will be contacted by the Registrar's Office.
- Once your course reaches capacity, it is closed and you are done.
- You will not be contacted if there are open seats in your course.
Courses may not be cancelled because of low enrollment until all students have been registered following both rounds of registration.
More information about the student registration process can be found at Winter Study Registration.