Last update: 1/20/2021 @ 8:00 a.m.
UW Y Closure
Adapting to newly announced state restrictions to address the spread of COVID-19, the University Y Student Center has closed to in-person access effective Tues., Nov. 17. All student-related activities continue to operate fully remotely.
The coronavirus continues to infect more than 200,000 people in the United States each day and January is poised to be the most tragic month of the pandemic to date. While vaccines are being administered here in Washington and beyond, vaccination efforts are not expected to contain the virus enough to allow for significant relaxation of health restrictions by the start of spring quarter on March 29.
As a result, during spring quarter we plan to continue most courses online, similar to winter quarter, while at the same time planning to offer more in-person student services and activities as the quarter progresses and as state and local health guidelines allow. Depending on health guidelines, instructors will also have the flexibility to offer optional, in-person, class-related activities, such as physically distanced advising, so long as students taking those courses remotely are not disadvantaged.
While the prospects for spring are not what any of us would have hoped, based on projections from health experts we are looking forward to welcoming students back to campus for an autumn quarter with largely in-person classes. Summer session courses will likely be a mix of remote and in-person courses, as health guidelines allow. We are also in active discussions about ways in which we can safely and appropriately recognize those who will graduate this year, because we know how meaningful these events are to graduates and their families.
Our goal remains the same during this pandemic: provide a high-quality Husky Experience for every student. Information and resources for students, for faculty and for staff are available. Individual study spaces are available on campus with a reservation.
If you are coming to campus, follow the 3 Ws: Wear a mask, Watch your distance and Wash your hands. If you are sick, you must stay home. Return to this page for updates as new information becomes available.
The University of Washington's coronavirus webpage is also updated frequently as new information is available.
Current Healthy Washington status: Phase 1
- Face coverings are required at all times
- Gatherings of no more than 5 people at a time (while practicing social distancing)
- Telework strongly encouraged
- Majority of courses offered remotely. Only instruction with approved safety protocols may be offered in-person.
UW Tacoma campus buildings are currently closed to public access. While most physical offices are closed, services are available by phone, email or online. See "Accessing campus services remotely" for details.
UW Medicine has developed a guide to the COVID-19 vaccine and answers to common questions. At this time the vaccine is being given to those at the highest risk: healthcare workers and people living in long-term care facilities. We do not yet know how or when the vaccine will be distributed to others.