• Students together in spirit - A message from our student leaders (Message to students)

    March 31, 2020

    As we start a spring quarter unlike any other, President Cauce gives the virtual floor to the ASUW and GPSS leaders who represent our students across our campuses.

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  • In gratitude (Message to instructors)

    March 30, 2020

    As you continue to reach deep within yourselves to serve the students whom we all care about so much, and as we all grieve the many losses we have suffered and will suffer in the days ahead, please pause for a moment to meditate upon your accomplishment, which is hard to describe as anything less…

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  • Impact of new COVID-19 measures on UW operations

    March 24, 2020

    On March 23, Governor Inslee issued a "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" directive. At the University of Washington, we are already operating with many of these rules in place, though this directive will require additional efforts to ensure that our region’s efforts to “flatten the curve” are successful.

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  • Research update on "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" directive

    March 24, 2020

    The Governor's March 23 directive allows for all research carried out remotely to continue, and in addition, for critical in-person research to continue, with additional restrictions and important requirements noted in this message.

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  • Our Husky family will get through this together (Message to alumni and friends)

    March 21, 2020

    In this new and uncertain landscape, I have never been more grateful for our community. The ties that unite our Husky family are strong. Together with the strength of the University you have built, we will care for and lead our community and the world forward.

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  • All official UW travel outside of the United States is restricted until further notice

    March 20, 2020

    All official travel outside the United States by University of Washington employees and students is restricted until further notice, effective immediately. No exceptions to this restriction will be made as the UW travel waiver process has also been suspended.

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  • Information for instructors regarding teaching remotely spring quarter

    March 18, 2020

    At the end of winter quarter, you quickly transitioned, concluding your courses and final exams remotely in order to give your students the best academic experience possible. Because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we must pivot again and deliver all of our courses remotely for spring quarter in order to protect the health of our…

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  • Updated guidance and resources for UW researchers

    March 18, 2020

    As you have probably heard, the UW will be holding classes online for the duration of spring quarter, and you are likely wondering what that will mean for research. My goal in this communication is to provide you with guidance and resources to help you in planning during this time when constraints due to COVID-19…

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  • COVID-19 and spring quarter updates (Message to graduate students and postdocs)

    March 18, 2020

    Dear members of the UW graduate and postdoctoral community, We recognize how trying the current circumstances are as you try to move forward with your studies, research and work, while also caring for your family and loved ones who may be differentially impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. President Ana Mari Cauce just sent out…

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  • UW spring quarter classes will be held remotely (Message to students)

    March 18, 2020

    Spring quarter will begin as scheduled on March 30, with remote instruction that will continue through the end of the quarter. As country-wide social distancing requirements continue to increase and evolve daily, we believe this is the best course of action for reducing uncertainty and anxiety and establishing a reliable, high-quality method of instruction and…

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  • Spring quarter classes at the UW will be held remotely (Message to parents and families)

    March 18, 2020

    Today we are announcing our path forward for spring quarter 2020. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate difficult, uncertain and rapidly changing times in our country and the world. We are grateful for the trust you have placed in us to prioritize the safety, well-being and educational needs of your students.

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  • Moving spring quarter to remote learning (Message to faculty and staff)

    March 18, 2020

    Spring quarter will begin with remote instruction on March 30, with fully remote instruction continuing through the end of spring quarter. There will be no in-person classes this spring.

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  • Updated state restrictions on events

    March 16, 2020

    Updating March 11 state and county directives regarding events and gatherings, effective March 16, 2020, events with expected attendance of 50 people or more in the state of Washington are prohibited by order of Governor Jay Inslee. Events of fewer than 50 people are also prohibited unless event organizers can take steps to minimize risk.…

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  • Five UW community members recently tested positive for COVID-19

    March 15, 2020

    Today, we are reporting the following positive tests for COVID-19 that UW Environmental Health & Safety learned of recently, all of them from individuals associated with the UW's Seattle campus: A student employee who last came to work on February 27. The student has not been on campus since developing symptoms on March 1. The…

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  • New state guidance will inform spring quarter instruction and operations

    March 13, 2020

    Today Governor Jay Inslee announced new measures requiring the University of Washington, and all higher education institutions in the state, to discontinue in-person instruction on our campuses through April 24. This will require us to begin spring quarter classes with online instruction.

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  • UW undergraduate student tests positive for COVID-19

    March 13, 2020

    Today, we learned that a Seattle campus resident from Lander Hall has tested positive for COVID-19. The student is doing well, recovering in isolation and we are providing them support during their recovery. Anyone known to be in close contact with the student is self-isolating and monitoring symptoms for 14 days per public health guidance.…

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  • UW graduate student tests positive for COVID-19

    March 12, 2020

    Today, we learned that a UW Seattle campus graduate student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student is recovering at home, out of state, and we wish them well. The student was last on campus on March 6. The student was tested March 11, at home, and informed the University of the results on March…

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  • Thank you for your strength and resilience as we prepare for what’s next

    March 11, 2020

    These last few weeks have put our community to the test as we work together to combat the effects of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But as stressful as I know this experience has been for all of us, I am uplifted and reassured by all the ways people across our University community are…

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  • Moving classes online and concluding the winter quarter

    March 6, 2020

    Following up on a message from President Cauce this morning, in consultation with public health officials, starting Monday, March 9, classes will no longer meet in person. For the remainder of the quarter, instructors have been asked to conduct classes and/or exams remotely, as possible, until the quarter concludes on March 20.

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  • Presumptive positive COVID-19 test - staff member in Roosevelt Commons East

    March 6, 2020

    The UW ACCD has learned that a University of Washington staff member who works in Roosevelt Commons East has received a presumptive positive test for COVID-19. The employee is in self-isolation at home, and we wish them the best in their recovery. Out of an abundance of caution, the building, which is located west of…

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  • Beginning March 9, classes and finals will not be held in person (Message to students)

    March 6, 2020

    For the remainder of the quarter, instructors have been asked to conduct classes and/or exams remotely, as possible, until the quarter concludes on March 20. Our goal is to make sure that your academic work is fairly recognized and that any disruption does not present any disadvantage to your future academic progress, including admission to…

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  • Beginning March 9, classes and finals will not be held in person (Message to faculty and staff)

    March 6, 2020

    With the continued spread of COVID-19 in the region, and in consultation with public health officials regarding social distancing, I write today to announce actions the University of Washington is taking to increase precautionary health measures and ensure the successful conclusion of the quarter for UW students on all of our campuses.

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  • Your well-being is our paramount concern

    March 4, 2020

    We are working closely with the Washington Department of Public Health and local public health agencies, as well as following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our own experts at UW Medicine and the health sciences schools, to align our plans with the most current recommendations from experts. This…

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  • Mitigating impacts to research activities due to COVID-19

    March 3, 2020

    From the Office of Research PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL OF YOUR PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS AND RESEARCH GROUP LEADS As noted in President Cauce’s February 29 address to the University, the University is closely monitoring the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and associated COVID-19 disease, and extensive emergency procedures are in place.  Be sure to read the UW’s coronavirus FAQ…

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  • Mitigating impacts to student instruction due to COVID-19

    March 2, 2020

    The University of Washington is closely monitoring the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and associated COVID-19 disease. Recent news of infected persons in Washington state demonstrates that the circumstances regarding the virus are changing. UW leadership is working closely with public health officials to keep up to date on recent events regarding the virus and potential impacts to…

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  • Update on the UW’s preparations related to the novel coronavirus

    February 29, 2020

    Today public health officials announced that the first death in the United States attributed to the novel coronavirus has occurred in King County. I write today to ensure you are aware of how the University is working with public health officials to be as prepared as possible to protect the health of the UW community.

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  • COVID-19 update: New guidelines and recommendations for travel

    February 27, 2020

    Sent on behalf of the University’s Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases Dear UW community: We recognize that media reports and dynamic conditions related to COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) can create uncertainty and anxiety in our community. Our priority remains to keep each other safe and healthy and support one another. We write today to provide travel…

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  • Working together is our best defense against threats to health

    February 11, 2020

    Blog post by President Ana Mari Cauce As you know from Provost Mark Richards’ message and another from Environmental Health and Safety, we continue to take precautions to reduce the risk of coronavirus in our community, including by restricting official student and employee travel to the most affected parts of the world. We are also working with public…

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  • New information and CDC guidance on the novel coronavirus

    February 6, 2020

    Sent on behalf of the University’s Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases We recognize there have been several messages regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak over the past few weeks. This email contains new information and guidance, and we ask that you read it carefully. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week issued new guidance for…

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  • Official UW travel to China restricted until further notice

    February 4, 2020

    Dear UW community: Effective immediately and until further notice, University of Washington students, faculty and other academic personnel, and staff may not travel to China using UW resources or in an official University capacity unless a waiver has been granted. This is due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus and in light of travel warnings issued by the…

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  • Update: Negative coronavirus test results for two people; awaiting results of third

    January 28, 2020

    Sent on behalf of the University’s Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases Dear members of the UW community, The UW Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases (ACCD) is pleased to inform you that we have received negative test results for the second student who was tested for coronavirus. We anticipate receiving test results this week for the third…

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  • Three UW students in Seattle screened for novel coronavirus

    January 27, 2020

    Sent on behalf of the University’s Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases Dear members of the UW community, The University was notified by Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) that three students from the UW's Seattle campus are being screened for the novel (new) coronavirus. These three students recently traveled to Wuhan, China, and developed…

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