Coronavirus/COVID-19 Facts and Resources

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Last update: 7/2/2020 @ 3:01 p.m.

UW Tacoma campus is currently in Phase 2

King and Pierce counties are currently in Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start plan.

Staying safe as we plan for the future

We can save lives and stop COVID-19 if each of us does our part. The University of Washington is following physical distancing directives from state and local governments as part of the collective effort to combat this disease.

A UW Tacoma taskforce is developing plans for how we can safely return to in-person learning and for how more employees can safely return to in-person work once public health guidelines allow it. At this time, only employees designated as critical should be working in-person and only at the direction of their supervisor. EH&S maintains health and safety guidance for UW employees supporting critical operations.

If you are sick, you must stay home and if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or if your health provider confirms or suspects COVID-19, please notify the UW Environmental Health & Safety Employee Health Center. This will enable them to uphold their public health responsibility to follow up with people who may be at risk. EH&S can also help facilitate COVID-19 testing for UW employees.

Campus in Phase 2

  • Masks are required on all campuses.
  • Telework is strongly encouraged for all non-critical personnel, and all in-person work must adhere to all appropriate safety measures and unit COVID-19 Prevention Plans.
  • In-person instruction is not allowed except for essential clinical instruction that has been pre-approved.
  • Gatherings of more than five people are not permitted.

UW Tacoma campus buildings are currently closed to public access. Most offices are still open and services available by phone, email or online. See "Accessing campus services remotely" for details.

Faculty or staff planning to come to campus must follow the procedures outlined here.

Summer quarter classes being held remotely

All summer quarter classes — including Full and A term classes which start on June 22 and B Term classes which start July 23 — will be held through remote instruction. There may some exceptions for courses requiring in-person clinical experiences to satisfy accreditation and licensing requirements. 

Health resources

If you think you have COVID-19 or have come in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • Stay home. Do not go to school or work. Avoid public places.
  • Call your health provider and follow their advice. Students can also use CHI Virtual Urgent Care.
  • Students: Email Dr. Bernard Anderson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life, at bander48@uw.edu, to learn of available support services and the procedure for academic accommodation.
  • Staff and Faculty: Contact UW’s Employee Health Center at emphlth@uw.edu or 206-685-1026.

Much more information on health, wellness and prevention is available on the UW central coronavirus FAQ.

Frequently asked questions

Accessing campus services remotely

Most offices remain open but are operating remotely. You can reach them by phone or email but you cannot visit in person. Many student-facing offices offer live chat or videoconferencing.

Note: This is not a complete list of UW Tacoma offices, only the ones that primarily serve students or the public.

Admissions Virtual services available by phone, email or videoconference M-F 8AM-5PM; contact uwtinfo@uw.edu for appointment requests
Campus Safety & Security Available 24/7 by phone (253-692-4416); officers are on-duty but the office is closed
Cashier’s Office Virtual services available by email M-F 9AM-5PM; online payment portal available
Career Development & Education Virtual services and appointments available, online document reviews in Handshake, ask questions by email or live chat M-F 8AM-5PM
Center for Equity & Inclusion Available by email
Computer Lab/Media Lab Closed; contact tachelp@uw.edu for assistance
Conference Services Available M-F 8AM-5PM by email or phone
Copy & Mail Center Open M-F 10AM-2PM; no office delivery or pick up (offices can drop off or pick up in MAT 053)
Counseling & Psychological Services Teletherapy services via Zoom available. For scheduling, email uwtcaps@uw.edu
First Generation Student Initiatives Remote services available, ask questions by email M-F 8AM-5PM
Human Resources Available M-F 8AM-5PM by email or phone
International Student & Scholar Services Available by email (uwtiss@uw.edu), drop-in and individual appointment via Zoom
Library Online services available
New Student & Family Programs Remote services and programs available, ask questions by email or live chat M-F 8AM-5PM
The Pantry Order online pre-packaged bag for pick-up on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays
Registrar Virtual services available by email or live chat M-F 8AM-5PM; contact reguwt@uw.edu for questions
Student Fellowships Available via email and for Zoom or phone appointments.
Student Financial Aid Virtual services available by email, phone, live chat or Zoom M –Thu 8:30AM - 4:45PM and F 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Student Advocacy & Support Available by email at stusuppt@uw.edu
Study Abroad Available via email and for Zoom or phone appointments.
Teaching & Learning Center E-tutoring options for writing appointments / Online quant tutoring using Zoom
University Academic Advising Online, email, Zoom, phone or chat services only; for appointments, contact uwtuaa@uw.edu
University Book Store Tacoma Closed; online ordering available
University Y Student Center Reopening soon at 50% capacity. Learn more.
Veteran & Military Resource Center Closed
West Coast Grocery Convenience Store Closed

Autumn 2020

Classes will begin as scheduled on Sept. 30, in a hybrid approach. We are offering as many in-person courses as possible, prioritizing hands-on courses, such as studio and lab courses, and courses for first-year undergraduate and graduate students.

Protecting the health of our community is a responsibility we all share, and we will all need to be flexible. No one can predict with absolute certainty the course the pandemic will take. All our plans for autumn quarter are based upon Pierce County being in Phase 3 of the state’s Safe Start processby then, and our plans are aligned with guidelines recently released by Governor Inslee for colleges and universities in our state.

Read more about plans for Autumn 2020


Statement of values

UW Tacoma follows established public health and safety guidelines intended to reduce the impact and spread of COVID-19 in the broader community while at the same time understanding that individual decisions have collective impact. We strive to ensure maximum feasible access for students, and to recognize student academic work so that any disruption as a result of a UW Tacoma decision does not disadvantage their future academic progress, including admission to their preferred major in the months or years to come.