Masks are recommended inside facilities where they aren't otherwise required.
Updated boosters provide enhanced protection against current COVID-19 variants.

A safe return to our campuses

The University of Washington returned to in-person work and instruction in autumn quarter 2021 with range of health and safety measures in place. We remain committed to supporting all faculty and staff with maximum empathy and flexibility.

The Back-the-Workplace Guidance for Staff for the period beginning Sept. 11, 2021 is in effect, and it is supplemented by additional resources from UWHR. The Center for Teaching and Learning has also prepared suggestions for instructors as they prepare for autumn quarter. If you have questions about your specific work circumstances, we encourage you to speak with your chair or supervisor about your unit’s plans.

UW Environmental Health & Safety also maintains a collection of COVID-19 health and safety resources for UW leaders and employees, including details on cleaning and disinfecting procedures, food service and personal protective equipment.


Trainings & presentations

Personal protective equipment

Signage, posters and graphics

Task force members

  • Denise Bender, Environmental Health & Safety
  • Cheryl A. Cameron, Academic Personnel
  • Lou Cariello, UW Facilities
  • Steven Charvat, UW Emergency Management
  • Mary Gresch, University Advancement
  • Katia Harb, Environmental Health & Safety
  • Mindy Kornberg, UWHR
  • Joe Lawless, UW Tacoma
  • Mary E. Lidstrom, Office of Research
  • Brian McCartan, UW Finance
  • Jack Martin, University Marketing & Communications
  • Aaron Powell, UW-IT
  • Gowri Shankar, UW Bothell
  • Margaret Shepherd, Office of the President

The work of the task force is informed by public health experts, including the UW’s Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases, Environmental Health & Safety and UW Medicine infectious disease specialists.