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Academic Affairs support for the UW community

Dear Colleagues,

President Cauce shared a statement with our community on Monday following a horrific series of terror attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians over the weekend. This tragedy has now resulted in an escalation of violence impacting civilians in both Israel and Gaza. I share her devastation about the tragic loss of life, her concern for the members of our own campuses, who have family, friends, and loved ones in the region amid the on-going violence, and her call for productive dialogue that promotes understanding and peace.

The Office of Global Affairs is in contact with the members of our community who are currently in the affected area and is providing them with support. At this time, the university also recommends deferring all official university travel to Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria.

Beyond the resources shared in the President’s message, the following offices are available to support you on academic matters:

I also acknowledge that many members of our university are likely struggling to be fully present in their normal activities on our campuses during this crisis.  I ask that each one of us consider how we can support those members of our community in distress with outreach, increased flexibility, and appropriate accommodations at your discretion during this difficult time. It is my hope that our faculty, staff, and students can find some solace in the kindness and connections within our community always and especially during times of tragedy.


Tricia R. Serio
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor, Biochemistry