ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS
In order to give students a larger share of responsibility for their own education, Williams College does not administer a general system of required
classroom attendance. The College expects students to make full use of their educational opportunities by regular class attendance and to assume the
academic risks incurred by absences.
Although no formal system of class attendance is maintained by the College, instructors may set such standards of attendance as they deem neces-
sary for the satisfactory conduct of their courses. Students who fail to meet these standards may be warned by the instructor and notice sent to the Dean
that continued absence could result in their being dropped from the course. A failing grade will be assigned to any regularly graded course dropped
after the designated course change period. Students who do not attend the first class meeting in a semester course or Winter Study Project may be
required to withdraw by the instructor. Attendance is required at announced tests and final examinations unless the student is specifically excused by
the instructor or the Dean's Office. Satisfactory attendance in four quarters of activities approved by the Department of Physical Education is required
except for students excused by the Dean and the Director of Health.
Registration for fall and spring semesters and for the Winter Study Program takes place at designated periods during the academic year. There may
be a $5 per day late fee for any registration changes accepted after the announced deadlines, including the subject designation for cross-listed courses.
New students register online in early summer; soon after arrival at Williams, they meet with their assigned Academic Advisors to discuss the curric-
ulum and their course selections. All course changes for new students are made after these meetings. During the first two years of study, students are
limited in the number of courses they may take in one department or subject each semester as follows:
a) First-year students may take no more than one course with the same course prefix, nor more than two in one department, in a semester.