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September 22, 2021

Reminder: Your back-to-school checklist (Message to Seattle campus students)

The official start to autumn quarter is a week away, and the UW campus is already coming to life. As you prepare for the new academic year, I want to remind you about the Back-to-School Checklist and to highlight a couple of key items.

September 20, 2021

FAQ: Which campus buildings will be unlocked for autumn quarter?

Due to the ongoing pandemic, most UW campus buildings will remain accessible only to UW students, faculty and staff for autumn quarter. Please check directly with the building or service that you wish to visit to find their opening hours and policies.

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.

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