Faculty Meals with Students

* Due to restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this program is currently on hold. *

In order to encourage faculty members to meet with students outside the classroom, this program allows faculty members to share meals in the dining halls free of charge.

It is possible for all members of the Williams College community to eat in the dining halls by paying on your own without a meal plan. However, this program is exclusively for the purpose of encouraging occasional out-of-classroom interactions between faculty members and students. It may not be used to provide free meals for individuals, unit meetings or for other groups of faculty members.

The level of food expenses covered varies based on location and the parameters of the program are as follows:

In Lee Snack Bar, EcoCafe and Goodrich Coffee Bar:

At these cafe locations a faculty member is welcome to bring up to 5 students and to spend up to $4.00 per person (up to $24.00 total) for a beverage and a snack item. The faculty member must be accompanied by the student(s) when ordering – and please note that the Dining Staff is required to ensure that the student is present with the faculty member, so please consider this before you order.

In Driscoll, Mission, Whitmans’, ’82 Grill and Paresky Grab-n-Go:

In these dining halls the faculty member should be accompanied by the student(s), or be meeting students in the dining area. When the faculty member arrives without students it is the assumption that they are meeting with the student(s) at some point during the meal. Students must use their own meal plan if possible (if a student does not have a meal plan, their meal may be charged to the Faculty Advisor Meals program).

To use either of these programs, be sure to bring your Williams College ID with you to charge the Faculty/Student Meals Program. Using this program is a no-cash transaction, reimbursements are not possible. The success of these programs relies on the integrity of individuals within the campus community to respect each program’s intent and to use them accordingly.

There are also other additional funds available on campus to support student interactions with faculty members as well as staff members:

Unit Budgets. Each Unit may devote a small budget to provide funds for faculty members wishing to entertain students. The unit chair controls the disbursement of these funds.

Student-Staff Dining Program (this is the staff version of the Faculty Program). In this case the charges are sent back to the unit, so approval lies in the hands of the unit budget manager, usually the faculty member Chair. Again, this not typically allowed for ongoing lunches for groups, etc.

Committee on Student Life. The budget for the Committee on Student Life is a part of the VP Campus Life budget submission and can be used to support campus programs at the discretion of the Chair and the Committee.

Faculty/Student Entertainment Funds. This funding is administered through The Office of the Dean of the College and the program provides faculty members with discretionary funds to entertain students. Funds may be used to eat with students in any setting on or off-campus, but may not be used to purchase alcohol. Currently Full-time faculty are eligible for up to $125 per semester. Those with half-time appointments are eligible for up to $65 per semester.

Those wishing to use the funds must send a brief (few sentences) description of the proposed use to Cyndi Haley ([email protected]) in the Dean of the College’s office BEFORE the event(s). Please contact her with further questions.