Novel coronavirus information

September 15, 2022

Welcome back, Huskies! (Message to Seattle campus students)

This message was sent to students attending the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. Guidance and resources for UW Bothell and UW Tacoma students are being shared by leaders on each of those campuses.

Dear UW Student,

I hope you had a great summer! Here at the University of Washington, we are looking forward to the start of autumn quarter in just a few weeks.

For those of you who are new to campus, I’m Denzil Suite, your Vice President for Student Life. Student Life serves as a hub for a variety of programs, services, facilities and operations that are all designed to enrich the Husky Experience for every student on campus.

To make the most of your time at the UW, I encourage you to review updated health guidance in our Back-to-School Checklist, explore ways to get involved, and learn about resources on campus to support your education.

Get Informed, Stay Healthy

  1. Get vaccinated (and boosted) against COVID-19 and complete your student COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation.
  2. Bring high-quality masks.They are strongly recommended in indoor public spaces during the first two weeks of the quarter and required in health-care facilities.
  3. Activate WA Notify on your mobile device.
  4. Take a COVID test if you have symptoms or have been exposed, before and after travel — including to campus for the start of the year — and before attending large indoor gatherings. PCR and rapid tests are widely available in our area, including for free on UW campuses.
  5. Get a flu vaccine. You can get a shot before coming to campus or can get vaccinated on campus.

Please remember to follow the University’s COVID-19 Public Health Flowchart if you test positive, if you are exposed to COVID-19, have an exposure or develop symptoms. If you have COVID-19 questions, see these resources for students.

Get Involved

Although academic pursuits are your top priority, your Husky Experience will be so much more fulfilling if you get involved with your fellow students by participating in clubs and organizations. Almost ALL of our students join one or more of our 1,000 Registered Student Organizations (RSOs).

You can learn more about RSOs and other opportunities to get involved at UW at Dawg Daze September 21-30. It’s a great way for all students to discover resources and connect with UW staff and other UW students.

Get Connected

Getting to know your professors, advisers, and other staff at the UW will help you succeed. Here are some tips for introducing yourself. Consider participating in Huskies@Work, which matches students with alumni volunteers based on their fields, interests and experience.

Also, if you need help, we’re here for you.

We wish you all the best with the start of the school year and hope you have an outstanding autumn quarter.


Denzil J. Suite
Vice President for Student Life