Novel coronavirus information


September 15, 2022

Expectations for autumn quarter instruction (Message to Seattle campus instructors)

Instruction and operations in autumn quarter will be similar to spring quarter, and we expect all courses to be taught in person, unless they are indicated otherwise in the autumn quarter course time schedule. This allows our students to better set their study, commuting, work and family schedules.

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

To make the most of their time at the UW, Vice President for Student Life Denzil Suite encourages students to review updated health guidance in our Back-to-School Checklist, explore ways to get involved, and learn about resources on campus to support their education.

March 8, 2022

Update on spring quarter classes and changes to UW mask policies (Message to UW students)

As we near the end of winter quarter, we want to let you know that spring quarter classes and experiences will again be held largely in person and to also update you on changes in UW mask policies.

Update on spring quarter classes, operations and mask policies (Message to instructors and personnel)

With the improved health situation, spring quarter classes, experiences and services will again be held largely in person and we will also be updating the UW’s mask policies.

February 7, 2022

Accommodations and flexibility for students (Message to Seattle campus deans and chairs)

We’ve been receiving some feedback from both instructors and students that there is some confusion about the kinds of “accommodations” instructors are expected to make if a student is unable to come to a class that is being taught primarily in person. We’re writing to provide clarity on those expectations, understanding that you are already managing many of these situations on a case-by-case basis based on the needs of specific programs and courses.

January 24, 2022

The UW is returning to largely in-person classes Jan. 31 (Message to students)

The improving public health situation and the resulting reduction in coronavirus-related disruptions allow us to follow through with our plans to return to largely in-person classes and learning experiences on Monday, Jan. 31. You should expect your classes to be in the original format listed in the time schedule unless your instructors inform you otherwise.

Returning to largely in-person classes and experiences Jan. 31 (Message to instructors and staff)

As predicted, case counts in our region are now declining and are expected to continue to decline. Based on these improvements, we are now ready to welcome our students back to largely in-person classes and experiences on Monday, Jan. 31, as planned.

January 14, 2022

Winter 2022 designated extraordinary circumstances quarter (Message to students, instructors and advisers)

Instructors have additional flexibility on their teaching format through January 28 to better deal with Omicron’s disruptions to our teaching and learning environment. We recognize the toll this switch is taking on students, instructors and staff. To ease that burden, we are designating winter 2022 as an Extraordinary Circumstances Quarter.

January 7, 2022

Providing increased flexibility for classes through Jan. 28 (Message to UW students and personnel)

Over the course of the week, we have continued to monitor the spread of the Omicron variant in our region and the challenges it is causing, which include significant stress on our health-care system and increased cases and positivity rates in our University community. In light of these increased disruptions, instructors will have additional flexibility to choose the modality of their classes through Jan. 28.

December 22, 2021

Instructional guidance for the first week of winter quarter (Message to UW faculty and academic personnel)

This message was sent to instructors and academic support staff on all three UW campuses.  Dear Colleagues, We are writing with instructional guidance to follow up on the message sent earlier regarding the first week of winter quarter. To foster a successful transition to winter quarter, most courses will be offered remotely the first week….

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