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September 13, 2021

Vaccination exemption request deadline is Sept. 24

The following messages were sent on September 13 to UW campus personnel who had not yet attested to being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or who had previously claimed a medical, religious or philosophical exemption in Workday: Message for staff and student employees Message for faculty and other academic personnel Message to staff and student employees…


September 7, 2021

Washington Athletics to implement vaccine verification beginning Sept. 25

University of Washington Athletics will implement a vaccine verification system for all Husky Athletics ticketed events beginning September 25 with Washington’s football game against California.


FAQ: How do faculty request a COVID-19 related accommodation? 

We recognize that some UW community members, including faculty, have documented medical conditions that place them at higher risk for complications from COVID-19. Requests for accommodations related to COVID-19 are handled in the same manner as for other medical conditions. Faculty, academic personnel and staff should request accommodations through the Disability Services Office. Instructors with other extenuating circumstances (not involving a…


September 2, 2021

Autumn quarter health and safety measures (Message to UW students)

Like us, we expect you’re busy preparing, with both anticipation and anxiety, for the start of the academic year. In the weeks and months leading up to the start of this school year, we’ve been preparing for your safe arrival or return.


August 31, 2021

Autumn quarter health and safety measures (Message to UW personnel)

We are writing now to share more specific details on the health measures that will be in place for the start of the academic year. These are based on state requirements, recommendations from UW health experts, guidance from our Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases, and consultations with many faculty experts and Faculty Senate leadership.


August 24, 2021

FAQ: How is the UW adjusting building ventilation during the pandemic?

As we prepare for in-person instruction this autumn, we’re highlighting some of the questions and answers in the COVID-19 frequently asked questions of greatest interest to the community. UW Facilities (UWF) proactively monitors the performance of the ventilation systems that keep air circulating in UW buildings on the Seattle campus. Since the pandemic’s onset, UWF has…


August 23, 2021

Dean of Public Health Hilary Godwin on the benefits – and safety – of in-person learning and working

Dean of Public Health Hilary Godwin writes about the benefits of returning to in-person learning, working and community, the safety of doing so and some of what to expect in the year ahead.


August 18, 2021

Governor expands vaccine mandate to higher education personnel

Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that personnel at higher education institutions, K-12 schools and childcare providers will be added to his previous order mandating COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment for state employees and health care workers. Under this expanded proclamation, personnel at these institutions, including the University of Washington, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18 if they have not been granted an exemption for a documented medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.


Your back-to-campus checklist (Message to Seattle campus students)

We’re excited to return to in-person learning this fall and to welcome you to — or back to — campus. As you prepare for autumn quarter, there are a number of things that you need to do in advance to ensure you start the quarter safely and successfully. We’ve created a Back-to-School Checklist to help you get ready. There you’ll find details on steps you need to take before you set out for campus, as well as the things to bring with you.


August 13, 2021

Masks required for all individuals in all UW facilities (Message to UW students and personnel)

In response to the increased spread of the coronavirus in the communities surrounding our campuses and based on updated recommendations from University of Washington health experts, effective Saturday, August 14, the University is reinstating an indoor mask mandate for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.



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