Williams College becomes second NESCAC school to cancel fall sports

Published: 6/29/2020 3:41:14 PM

Williams College became the second NESCAC school to cancel fall sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Maud S. Mandel announced on Monday that classes will resume in the fall, with some students returning to Williamstown and some learning remotely.

“I’m eager to welcome our community back. As beautiful as this campus is, Williams without people just isn’t Williams,” Mandel said in a statement. “To do this responsibly will require significant adjustments to the ways we live and learn, and sharing the commitments and sacrifices needed to protect each other. When in doubt we’re going to err on the side of caution, because what’s at stake is the health and wellbeing of our extended community, to which we all have a collective responsibility.”

Mandel said the college hopes to provide opportunities for team engagement in the fall.

“Teams will be able to practice outside in small groups if they adhere to social distancing guidelines, and may progress to more game-like practice activities if conditions improve,” she said. “However it has been decided that Williams fall sports teams will not travel and compete during the fall semester. Our decision has been guided by the utmost attention to safety protocols to ensure the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, staff and community. Decisions about winter and spring teams have not yet been made.”

Amherst College has not yet made a decision on fall sports. Bowdoin canceled its fall season last week.

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