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About the University of Washington

The UW is a fascinating place to work with cutting edge research, innovative projects, a supporting community and several great locations.

The University of Washington is one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions with campuses in Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma. In addition, the University has research and educational facilities throughout the state of Washington, in other states, and at international locations.

UW Medicine owns or operates the following:

In addition, UW Medicine shares in ownership and governance of Children's University Medical Group and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and has partnerships with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Childrens.

UW Mission


US News & World Report consistently ranks our undergraduate and graduate programs among the top in the nation, including family medicine, computer science, creative writing, drama, nursing, and public health.


Each year the UW is one of the top public universities in the nation for federal research funds received.

Public Service

The UW offers evening degree programs, performing arts, museums, community health care and education, law services (mediation clinics and low cost services), libraries, the Urban Horticultural Center, the Arboretum, programs for minority and disabled youth such as DO-IT, and many other services to our community.

UW Vision and Values

UW Vision Statement

The University of Washington educates a diverse student body to become responsible global citizens and future leaders through a challenging learning environment informed by cutting-edge scholarship.

Discovery is at the heart of our university.

We discover timely solutions to the world's most complex problems and enrich the lives of people throughout our community, the state of Washington, the nation, and the world.

UW Values

Integrity — Diversity — Excellence — Collaboration — Innovation — Respect

UW Organizational Overview

Top Administration:

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. Complete statement on Equal Employment/Affirmative Action.


The University of Washington is a state institution which means:

Workplace Health and Safety

The University of Washington is committed to the health and welfare of all individuals associated with the institution. The University Health and Safety Policy begins, "The University of Washington shall create, maintain, and enhance a safe and healthful environment for all individuals associated with the institution, including students, faculty, staff employees, hospital patients, and visitors." The complete policy may be found under Executive Order No. 55 on UW's Policy Directory.

Who Is Responsible for Health and Safety at the UW?

All employees are responsible for following health and safety rules. Supervisors and faculty are also responsible for the health and safety of those they supervise. This responsibility cannot be transferred or delegated.

Organizational and campus-wide Health and Safety Committees play an important role.

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) provides consultation and services.

The ultimate responsibility for health and safety in the operating unit rests with the Dean, Director, Chair, or Manager.

How Do You Protect Yourself From Hazards and Maintain a Safe Worksite?

During Emergencies

What to Do If You Have a Work Related Injury or Illness

Personal Safety & Violence Prevention

The University values safety and security for all members of the University community. All employees should be familiar with SafeCampus, the University's violence prevention and response program. The program is based on the principle that early reporting of and response to potentially violent situations is better than responding to a violent incident after it takes place. The steps for reporting a situation follow:

Urgent and Imminent Threats

Step 1: Call 911 from any Seattle campus phone. You will be immediately connected with the University of Washington Police Department (UWPD) which serves the University community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Note: If you dial 911 from your cell phone while on the Seattle campus you will access the Seattle Police Department. If you reach them, ask to be connected to the UW Police.)

Step 2: Once safe, call the Violence Prevention and Response Team at 206-685-SAFE (206-685-7233).

Step 3: Report the situation to your supervisor or the head of your unit.

For non-emergency calls to UWPD call: 685-UWPD (206-685-8973)

Potential or Suspected Threats

Every academic quarter, the SafeCampus provides a free 50 minute Violence Prevention and Response Training workshop to UW employees and students, in addition to the many training resources available online.

Learn more about SafeCampus, the University's violence prevention and response program.

UW Alert

UW Alert is a voluntary self-subscription service that disseminates official information during emergencies or crisis situations that may disrupt the normal operation of the UW or threaten the health or safety of members of the UW community.

UW Alert delivers messages to subscribers on a "best effort" basis to email and/or to Short Message Service (SMS) text-capable wireless devices, such as many cellular telephones. Effective emergency response requires personal preparedness and planning. While no emergency communication system is guaranteed to be effective and reliable in every situation, we encourage you to sign up for UW Alert as one part of your emergency preparedness plan. Sign up for UW Alert.

Husky NightWalk 685-WALK (9255)

Uniformed security guards will walk with students, staff, and faculty members to various locations on campus, and within a one-mile radius off campus 7 days a week from 7:00 p.m.–3:00 a.m. (6:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. with the start of fall quarter and earlier hours of darkness). The guards can also provide other services. Learn more.

Night Ride

If you live within a mile of campus to the west, north or east, and stay on campus after dark, you can use your U-PASS to take the Night Ride for free. The Night Ride shuttle takes you from campus right to your front door. See the Night Ride web page for complete information.

Campus Emergency Phones

Emergency phones are located throughout campus. Outdoor emergency phones are mounted on blue poles with blue lights on top. The UW Police will be able to locate you within one to two minutes on campus when you use a campus emergency phone.

Protect Your Personal Property

The campus is an open community and unsecured property is at risk of theft.

Never leave your personal property unattended or out in the open.

Lock your personal property in a file cabinet or a safe location while you are at work.

Protect Your Car

Protect Your Bike & Electronic Equipment

Register Your Bicycle Online. Each year, hundreds of bicycles are stolen from the University campus. Many are retrieved but cannot be returned to the owners because they are not registered or the owner has no proof of ownership.

Use a U-Lock Properly. U-locks are not invincible but do deter thieves. Lock as much of your bike - the frame and wheels - inside the U as possible to make it more difficult for a thief to steal your bike. If you only secure a wheel or part of the frame to an object, much of the bike can still be stolen.

Register Personal Electronic Items online. Computers, cell phones, CD and DVD players, etc.