Coronavirus/COVID-19 Facts and Resources

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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Facts and Resources

Last update: 5/29/2020 @ 10:01 a.m.

Pierce and King counties are currently in Phase 1 of the state’s Safe Start Plan.
The University of Washington Tacoma is also at Phase 1 of its response.

UW Tacoma is in close contact with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) and with leadership at UW in Seattle as public health authorities throughout Washington state monitor the spread of COVID-19. These pages are updated as new information is available.

Summer quarter Full and A term classes being held remotely

Summer quarter Full and A term classes, which start on June 22, will be held through remote instruction. A decision on B term classes, which start July 23, is expected in the first week of June.

Spring quarter classes being held remotely

Spring quarter is being held as planned through remote instruction. With the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the governor's stay at home order extended through May 31, 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

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.

Through May 31 (or longer if Gov. Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" proclamation is extended again), 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 the "Campus Facilities" section of our FAQ 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.

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

Frequently asked questions

Accessing campus services remotely

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 at or for remote appointments M-F 8AM-5PM
Center for Equity & Inclusion Available by email
Computer Lab/Media Lab Closed; contact for assistance
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 Teletherapy services via Zoom favailable. 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 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

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.