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  • Additional overnight security coming to Seattle campus

    March 27, 2023

    In the past few months, students, faculty and staff have reported concerns about personal safety on the Seattle campus at night. These issues center heavily on the Central Plaza Garage (CPG), but also include other parking areas and buildings. Unfortunately, like in other parts of Seattle, these reports describe encountering people displaying disruptive — sometimes…

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  • Steve Charvat, UW’s first emergency management director, stepping down

    January 10, 2023

    Steve Charvat’s arrival at the University of Washington as Director of Emergency Management in 2003 brought with it many firsts. Coming to the UW after serving as deputy emergency director in Washington, D.C. — on the heels of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and anthrax scares — Charvat was asked to build an emergency management program…

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  • Safety tips for the new quarter

    January 5, 2023

    Welcome back to winter quarter, Huskies. Welcome back to classrooms and labs, lectures, bus and train commutes, locking up your bike, walking across campuses in the dark, watching for snow and ice, and thinking about spring. We have a few Top of the Quarter Tips for you. Some of these may seem basic, but sometimes…

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  • Campus & Community Safety conversation with UW Parent & Family Programs

    November 3, 2022

    On Nov. 1, University of Washington Parent & Family Programs hosted a virtual discussion for UW families on campus and community safety, and you can view a recording of that conversation in this post.

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  • Developing smoke and heat guidance for UW locations

    October 27, 2022

    It’s wet and gray the way later October is supposed to be, but just a few days ago most of Western Washington was struggling with what at certain moments topped the “World’s Worst Air Quality” lists. Unfortunately, wildfire smoke has become a standard late summer, early fall phenomenon for all three campuses. In addition, we’ve…

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  • Additional actions the UW and our partners are taking to improve U District safety

    October 7, 2022

    As we close out the first full week of the quarter and mark just less than a week since the shootings in the University District, I want to provide a brief update on actions since last Sunday morning.

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  • Update on the UW’s response to violence in the U District

    October 4, 2022

    Last weekend’s violence in the University District has raised important and urgent questions from students, their parents, faculty and staff about safety in the neighborhood. While we have been focused on providing support to the students who were directly involved in last weekend's incidents, we have also been in frequent communication with City Hall, Seattle…

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  • Advancing safety at UW, in the community and beyond

    September 27, 2022

    Sept. 27, 2022 UW News sat down with Interim Vice President for Campus & Community Safety Sally Clark to talk about how campus leaders are prioritizing the effort to reimagine safety across the university. Read the interview to learn more.

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  • Campus Community Safety Report to the Community

    August 1, 2022

    August 1, 2022 After six months of conversations, research and feedback gathering, Campus Community Safety Project members have compiled recommendations and next steps to charter a new Division of Campus Community Safety. This division will be the new home for first-line safety units, including UW Emergency Management, SafeCampus and UW Police (Seattle campus) beginning September…

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  • May 2022 update

    May 31, 2022

    This month project leadership continued to refine the proposed organizational chart for the new Division of Campus Community Safety. Much of the head-scratching had to do with how the new division’s administrative functions should look in light of the UW’s Finance Transformation project. In practical terms, UWFT means some finance-related jobs at the UW will…

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  • April 2022 update

    April 29, 2022

    Though largely unseen by the greater campus community, the UW’s three campuses and UW Medicine undertake continuous planning and training for how to react, operate and recover if disaster — natural, structural or human-prompted — strikes. Much of this work is defined by federal and state policies and reflected in the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.…

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  • March 2022 update

    March 31, 2022

    Throughout March, we have continued sketching models for how to move units from their existing “homes” in the University’s organizational structure to the future Division of Campus Community Safety. We also launched the search for a new UW Police Department leader. When not drafting, erasing and re-drawing org chart boxes or tracking down job codes,…

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  • February 2022 update

    February 28, 2022

    After the initial two months of work reimagining and reorganizing, a couple of questions come up regarding the latter: “Why move SafeCampus into the new Division of Campus Community Safety? How will that improve outcomes?” Better outcomes for students, staff and faculty will need to be proven year after year (we’ll talk metrics in future…

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  • January 2022 update

    January 31, 2022

    After a formal launch by President Cauce in December, the University of Washington’s rethinking of expectations and approaches to safety services for people and places is underway. This work is the result of years of listening sessions and dialogue about both the decentralized way the University approaches safety-related programs and policing, and it takes place…

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