Novel coronavirus information

Campus operations

March 8, 2022

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 22, 2022

Updates to UW policies on masks at outdoor events, vaccine verification at venues (Message to the UW community)

In line with recent state and local actions, the UW is changing its policies on masks at outdoor events and vaccine verification at events and venues.

January 27, 2022

Where to pick up free, high-quality masks starting Jan. 31

The University of Washington is expanding distribution of high-quality masks to the University community beginning Jan. 31. These include KN95, KF94, N95 and surgical masks, all of which have been approved by UW Environmental Health & Safety.

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 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.

January 3, 2022

The UW plans to resume largely in-person instruction Jan. 10 (Message to UW students and personnel)

We hope you had a joyful and restorative winter break that enabled you to recharge for the coming year. We’re writing to confirm that after this week of mostly online classes the University plans to resume largely in-person instruction on Monday, Jan. 10, as well as to share our plans for managing through the disruptions that the Omicron variant is causing.

December 21, 2021

Most classes will meet online the first week of winter quarter (Message to UW students and personnel)

To foster a successful start to the winter quarter, during the first week of the quarter — Jan. 3 to 9 — most classes will be held online. Clinical instruction and practicums will still meet in person. Facilities at all three campuses will remain operational during this time — including housing, libraries, advising and student services — and research activities can continue in person. Buildings will remain largely open during work hours.

December 2, 2021

Thank you for your work, and reminders for winter quarter (Message to Seattle campus instructors)

Looking forward, we anticipate that winter quarter will be similar to autumn, with instruction being largely in person, consistent with this policy. And as you prepare for winter quarter, the UW Curriculum Office, in collaboration with the Faculty Council on Academic Standards, has posted syllabus guidelines and resources, including language concerning policies regarding medical notes and religious accommodations.

November 17, 2021

UW Medicine visitor policy update: Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test

Last month, Harborview Medical Center successfully implemented the first phase of a program to require all inpatient visitors over 12 and those over the age of 18 accompanying outpatient adult patients to show proof of having a COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 3 days of visiting. Effective Monday, December 6, UW Medicine will expand this program to include the two UW Medical Center hospital campuses.

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