Coronavirus/COVID-19 Facts and Resources

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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Facts and Resources

Spring quarter classes to be held remotely

Spring quarter will begin as scheduled on March 30, 2020, with remote instruction that will continue through the end of the quarter. As country-wide social distancing requirements continue to increase and evolve daily, we believe this is the best course of action for reducing uncertainty and anxiety and establishing a reliable, high-quality method of instruction and academic progress for UW students through the spring.

Please see the relevant UW FAQs, a page with information for students about spring quarter and messages to the UW community for more information.

Campus buildings are closed

Effective March 18, 2020, UW Tacoma campus buildings are closed to public access. Most offices are still open and services available by phone, email or online. See "What is open and closed on the UW Tacoma campus" for details.

NEW: Beginning March 26 through April 8 (or longer if Gov. Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" proclamation is extended), campus buildings will generally only be accessible to critical personnel. Instructors may request periodic access to on-campus facilities as they prepare lectures and coursework for remote instruction. See "Resources for faculty" below for details.

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, to learn of available support services and the procedure for academic accommodation.
- Staff and Faculty: Contact UW’s Employee Health Center at or 206-685-1026.

Student Health Services at UW Tacoma are offered in partnership with CHI Franciscan Health.

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

Resources for students


Financial and well-being support

Resources for faculty

For all technology-related questions or issues, please send an email to, or call (253) 692-HELP for assistance.

Resources for staff

For all technology-related questions or issues, please send an email to, or call 253-692-HELP for assistance.

Frequently asked questions

What is open and closed on the UW Tacoma campus?

In compliance with state mandate, the campus is on restricted operations and all buildings require keycard access. Only faculty and staff identfied as critical should be on campus. Offices remain open but are operating remotely. You can reach them by phone or email but you cannot stop by 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 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 Available by email or for remote appointments M-F 8AM-5PM
Center for Equity & Inclusion TBA
Center for Student Involvement TBA
Computer Lab/Help Desk Lab closed; help desk available by email, phone or live chat
Computer Lab/Media Lab Closed
Conference Services Available M-F 8AM-5PM by email or phone
Copy & Mail Center Open M-F 10AM-2PM; no mail deliveries or pick up (can drop off or pick up in MAT 053)
Counseling & Psychological Services We are offering teletherapy services via Zoom for the Spring 2020. For scheduling, email
Human Resources Available M-F 8AM-5PM by email or phone
Library Online services available
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 for questions
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
Teaching & Learning Center E-tutoring options for writing appointments / Online quant tutoring using Zoom
University Academic Advising Open but online, email, Zoom, phone or chat services only; for appointments, contact
University Book Store Tacoma Closed; online ordering available
University Y Student Center Closed
Veteran & Military Resource Center Closed
West Coast Grocery Convenience Store Closed

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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.