The UW is a fascinating place to work with cutting edge research, innovative projects, a supporting community and a great location.
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 is also a part of the UW and includes:
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.
Integrity — Diversity — Excellence — Collaboration — Innovation — Respect
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:
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 is in the University Handbook, Volume 4, Part 6, Chapter 4.
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.
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:
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 them 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)
Learn more about SafeCampus, the University's violence prevention and response program.
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 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.
Uniformed security guards will walk with students, staff, and faculty members to various locations on campus, and within a one-mile radius off campus from 6:00p.m. - 2:00a.m. 7 days a week. The guards can also provide other services. Learn More.
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.
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.
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.
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 & DVD players, etc.
Occasionally, personal, family or job difficulties can present challenges for employees. Sometimes a little guidance or information can help to quickly resolve an otherwise difficult problem.
The University offers resources for getting help in resolving problems that may be affecting an employee's work life.
UW CareLink is our faculty and staff assistance program. UW CareLink offers confidential, in-person assessment and short-term counseling by local professionals for any issue that may cause concern for an employee or employee's family member, examples include: stress, work-related problems, family and parenting concerns, relationship issues, drug/alcohol problems, and grief and depression.
The Disability Services Office (DSO) serves UW community members with disabilities. The DSO can provide UW employees with disabilities technical assistance to help them get their jobs done. Employees can also contact UTemp Staffing or their supervisor to discuss their accommodation needs.
DSO provides accommodations such as large print programs or sign language interpreters for campus events. Persons needing such accommodation should notify the DSO at least ten days prior to the event, at 206-543-6450 voice, 206-543-6452 TTY, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples of typical accommodations from the Disability Services Office include:
The Ombudsman acts as a source of information and assistance to all members of the University community concerning University-related academic and non-academic rules, regulations, and procedures. The Ombudsman receives complaints regarding alleged inequities and brings the complaint to the attention of the appropriate University official.
The University of Washington Women's Center is a vital place where women and men partner to build a culture of social justice, equity, and non-violence, domestically and globally.
WorkLife supports University faculty, staff, and students in meeting their work and family needs through consultation and referral to campus and community resources. WorkLife can help with information on child care, elder/adult care, flexible work options and other issues that impact individuals at any stage of their life cycle.