Vehicle Rules & Regulations


  • All student vehicles, on or off campus, must be registered with Campus Safety & Security (see Registering a vehicle on campus)

    Parking Violations

  • Appropriate registration decals and/or hangtags must be displayed in the proper location at all times (A Williams parking decal must be displayed in the right lower corner of the rear window. Hangtags must be suspended from the rear view mirror)
  • Any student who exchanges parking decals with another student, alters, sells or gives away their parking decal to another student will permanently lose their ability to register a vehicle while a student at Williams College and may also be subject to disciplinary action
  • Parking regulations are in effect 365 days a year and must be strictly observed (see Student parking on campus)
  • The maximum vehicle speed on campus is 19 miles per hour and in many locations the speed should be much lower
  • State law requires that seat belts must be worn while operating a motor vehicle and approved helmets must be worn when riding motorcycles
  • The owner or person in charge of a motor vehicle is responsible for all violations involving his or her vehicle


Drivers involved in an accident should:

  • Immediately secure care for injuries
  • Notify the police
  • Remain at the scene of the accident
  • Notify the Dean’s Office and the Campus Safety & Security Office if the accident is major or personal injury is serious

Bicycle registration

By Town ordinance all bicycles must be registered with the Williamstown Police Department. The Campus Safety & Security Department provides this service. There is a 25 cent fee.

First-Year students’ use of personal motor vehicles

Williams College does not allow first-year students to park or operate a motor vehicle on any college owned property, at any time during the academic year, nor does it recognize any agreement between upper-class students and the parents or member of the first-year class in any vehicle lease contracts. These prohibitions are necessary because of a lack of parking facilities. First-year students are allowed to operate college-owned vehicles when authorized to do so by a student organization or a college department. Arrangements must be made through Student Life or the authorizing College department and Facilities.

First-year violations are a minimum of $100.00, no warnings. If a first-year student receives five or more violations they lose the privilege of registering a vehicle on-campus during their sophomore year. Each ticket issued after five violations will be $201.00. (see Vehicle Violations & Fines)

Use of College vehicles

Student organizations with account numbers may use College vehicles according to the following priority:

  • athletics
  • administrative offices
  • academic offices
  • student organizations

Overnight trips are not permitted except in connection with officially sponsored events. College vehicles are not available for personal use. Unsafe, prohibited, or inappropriate use of college vehicles may result in the loss of driving privileges.