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  1. Undergraduate Honor Council

    The Undergraduate Honor Council investigates and hears alleged violations of the College of William & Mary's Honor Code. The Council consists of twenty-four members of the undergraduate student…
  2. Underground Steam Tunnels

    A notorious pastime of William & Mary students is exploring the underground steam tunnels under Old Campus and Historic Campus. The college administration has explicitly prohibited entry to these…
  3. University Archives

    The University Archives is the memory of William & Mary, documenting its history from before the founding in 1693 to the present. The University Archives is part of the Special Collections…
  4. University Nomenclature

    The nation's second oldest institution of higher learning, William & Mary was named for its royal benefactors, King William III and Queen Mary II of England who created the school by royal…
  5. Urban Legends

    Urban legends about and related to William & Mary are nothing new on campus and off. An urban legend is defined by Merriam-Webster as "an often lurid story or anecdote that is based on hearsay…

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This website contains the best available information from known sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of William & Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information in this website is not complete, and it changes as we continue to research and uncover new sources.