Box with a checkmark in itLast updated 09/4/20 at 4:50 p.m. with details on where to get flu vaccinations.

Whether you plan to live on a UW campus, nearby or in another part of the world, there are a few steps you should take to help keep yourself and those around you safe and healthy.

For EVERY Husky, including if you plan to access all services and classes remotely:

  1. Familiarize yourself with resources for students to make your time as a UW student safe and successful, whether you’re learning on campus or remotely.
  2. Review and commit to the Husky PACK Pledge, which outlines the responsibilities all Huskies have to protect themselves and each other.
  3. Bookmark https://wellbeing.uw.edu to quickly find physical and mental health and wellness resources when you need them.
  4. Save the information for UW Environmental Health & Safety to your personal device, and contact the EH&S staff if you receive a positive or suspected COVID-19 diagnosis: covidehc@uw.edu / 206-616-3344.
  5. If you plan to live with other students off campus, please review our sample roommates agreement together before the quarter starts so you can develop and reach consensus on guidelines for your shared living situation.
  6. Wherever you are this autumn, please keep practicing good hygiene and remember the 3 Ws: Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Watch your distance.

If you have questions about your courses, please contact your college, school, department or instructor. Housing & Food Services can answer questions about on-campus housing, and uw.edu/coronavirus has an FAQ about autumn quarter.

For Huskies who will live in residence halls or Greek housing, or will be on campus for ANY reason this autumn, including in-person classes:

  1. If you have not been on campus this summer, please quarantine for 14 days before coming to the UW for the first time by staying home and away from gatherings and from people outside your household. (Right now, avoiding even small gatherings is good advice in general!)
  2. Please get a COVID-19 test (PCR – not antibody) before leaving your home, within 72 hours before coming to campus. If you test positive, notify UW Environmental Health & Safety at covidehc@uw.edu immediately. Negative tests do not need to be reported.
    1. If you become ill or test positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of your planned return to campus, whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms, you MUST self-isolate before coming to the UW. Contact your advisor and instructors to make coursework arrangements.
      • If you have symptoms, self-isolate until your symptoms improve, your fever is gone for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications, AND it’s been at least 10 days since your symptoms started.
      • If you don’t have symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days after receiving your positive COVID-19 test result.
    2. If you come into close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (by spending at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of them) within two weeks of your planned return to campus, quarantine at home for 14 days and get tested before coming to the UW. (See “I may have been exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?” for more information.)
  3. Get a flu vaccine this year and make sure you’re caught up on all required vaccinations. You can get a shot before coming to campus or can get vaccinated on campus. Please note: Health sciences students who participate in the Health Sciences Immunization Program are required to receive flu vaccines by the deadline noted in their CastleBranch immunization portal.
  4. If you are traveling to Seattle, take precautions by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guide for how to stay safe while traveling.

The UW is finalizing a campus testing program for autumn quarter. We will share more information in the coming weeks.

If you are planning to return to campus, please bring these things with you:

  1. Face coverings, which are required to enter all UW buildings, including classrooms and labs. The University sent two masks to your permanent address at the beginning of September. If your permanent address was outside the U.S. and you did not respond to a survey asking if you had an address within the U.S., you can receive your masks when you arrive on campus. If you did not receive your packet, check first with people residing at your permanent address. If the packet still has not arrived, please contact your department/school, which will request packets for you to pick up.
  2. Hand sanitizer for times when hand-washing isn’t available
  3. A thermometer for daily symptom monitoring
  4. Cleaning supplies and disinfectants for high-touch surfaces inside your living space or other places you access frequently, like door handles, light fixtures and bathrooms
  5. Contact information saved on your personal device: