A resource for anyone who needs to report an incident of bias or wants to explore and better understand issues like bias and discrimination, and how to effectively respond. - tacoma.uw.edu/reportbias
Campus Safety Information
Escort Service: Safety escorts are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there is no time limit. Call the main office line at 253-692-4416.
In case of a fire alarm:During an emergency evacuation, take your valuables ONLY if it is safe to do so. You could put yourself or someone else at risk by delaying your exit. Plan to return to class once the alarm has stopped. Do not return until you have received an all-clear from somebody "official," the web or email.
In case of an earthquake:DROP, COVER, and HOLD. Once the shaking stops, take your valuables and leave the building. Do not plan to return for the rest of the day. Do not return to the building until you have received an all-clear from somebody "official," the web or email.
Always check the UWT Home Page tacoma.uw.edu. Official campus closures or delays will be announced there first. Course Announcements and Email regarding assignments and expectations during a closure will follow once the severity of the situation is known.
"Call 253-383-INFO or check the UW Tacoma homepage to determine whether campus operations have been suspended or delayed. If not, but driving conditions remain problematic, call the professor's office number. This number should provide information on whether a particular class will be held or not, and/or the status of pending assignments. If the first two numbers have been contacted and the student is still unable to determine whether a class(es) will be held, or the student has a part-time instructor who does not have an office phone or contact number, call the program office number for updated information."
Infants/Children in Class Policy
Mothers who are breastfeeding an infant, or expressing milk, may do so in class without the permission of the instructor. Or if you prefer to breastfeed or breast-pump outside of class, you may take time out of class to use the lactation room (GWP 410). However, in either case, it is a good idea to communicate with the instructor ahead of time. If you want to bring an older infant or child(ren) to class, you must get permission from the instructor ahead of time. If permission is granted, you are responsible for seeing that the child or children are not disruptive to the class and for ensuring that all additional University policies and rules are followed by those that you bring. There are some classes where it may not be safe for an infant, child or children to be present, and in those cases, an instructor may restrict an infant, child or children from being present in class. - Approved by the Executive Council on 2/17/17. tacoma.uw.edu/faculty-assembly/executive-council
Guidance for Students Taking Courses Outside the U.S.
Campus Unit: Faculty Senate in collaboration with Office of the Provost
Faculty members at U.S. universities – including the University of Washington – have the right to academic freedom which includes presenting and exploring topics and content that other governments may consider to be illegal and, therefore, choose to censor. Examples may include topics and content involving religion, gender and sexuality, human rights, democracy and representative government, and historic events.
If, as a UW student, you are living outside of the United States while taking courses remotely, you are subject to the laws of your local jurisdiction. Local authorities may limit your access to course material and take punitive action towards you. Unfortunately, the University of Washington has no authority over the laws in your jurisdictions or how local authorities enforce those laws.
If you are taking UW courses outside of the United States, you have reason to exercise caution when enrolling in courses that cover topics and issues censored in your jurisdiction. If you have concerns regarding a course or courses that you have registered for, please contact your academic advisor who will assist you in exploring options.
“Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy. Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form.”
Preventing violence is a shared responsibility in which everyone at the UW plays apart. The SafeCampus website provides information on counseling and safety resources, University policies, and violence reporting requirements help us maintain a safe personal, work and learning environment. www.washington.edu/safecampus
Student Conduct in Remote Learning Contexts
The Student Conduct Code remains in place for all students whether a course is offered in-person, online, or remotely. The instructor’s intellectual property rights and the privacy of all course participants must not be violated by students at UW Tacoma. Students may not share course materials with non-class members without explicit written permission from the course instructor. Harassment or bullying of instructors and students, including via electronic media, the internet, social networks, blogs, cell phones, and text messages, will not be tolerated. Students found responsible for such infractions are subject to disciplinary sanctions. Students may not record any part of a class session without the express consent of the instructor unless approved as a disability accommodation. Individual course instructors may record course sessions but only for use by registered class members for instructional purposes. All recordings will be housed on secure platforms authorized by UW.
Your course may incorporate various online software and other technologies. Some technologies require you to either create an account on an external site or develop assignment content using them. The content, as well as your name/username or other personally identifying information, may be publicly available as a result. While the purpose of these assignments is to engage with technology as a means for representing the content covered in class, please contact your instructor to discuss your concerns and to explore an alternative activity if you object to potentially sharing your account, name or other content you create in these technologies. If digital technology is a concern, there are ways to mask author identification we can employ.
Librarians help students become more confident about the research process, including developing paper topics, utilizing effective research strategies, and evaluating resources. Scheduled or drop-in help is available. Visit our website at www.tacoma.washington.edu/library or see us in person in the Snoqualmie (SNO) or Tioga Library Buildings (TLB). The UW Tacoma Library provides services and tools to support students at all levels of expertise.
Subject Librarians - Make an appointment with a subject librarian to talk about library resources, research strategies, focusing a topic, evaluating information and more. tacoma.uw.edu/library/subject-librarians
Writing & Spanish support - writing consultations, online tutoring, workshops & support tacoma.uw.edu/tlc
Quantitative skills support - peer tutoring available for math, science, statistics and more... tacoma.uw.edu/tlc
ESL Support - Help for students whose first language is not English tacoma.uw.edu/tlc
Digital Support Consultants - If technology is stressing you out and you need a little bit of help, drop-into the TLC (2nd floor SNO) and have one of our digital support consultants work with you. From learning how to collaborate using Google Apps, create Excel spreadsheets, to simply formatting research papers, they can help. This service is funded by your STFC.
The Counseling Center offers short-term, problem-focused counseling to UW Tacoma students who may feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of college, work, family, and relationships. Counselors are available to help students cope with stresses and personal issues that may interfere with their ability to perform in school. The service is provided confidentially and without additional charge to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. To schedule an appointment, please call 253-692-4522, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the Student Counseling Center (SCC), located in MAT 354. Additional information can also be found by visiting: tacoma.uw.edu/counseling.
We understand life can be unpredictable. Unexpected costs and needs can cause significant stress and impact your academic success and personal well being. That’s why the three campuses of the University of Washington have Emergency Aid to support currently enrolled UW students.
Emergency Aid assists students who are experiencing unexpected financial hardships that may disrupt their education or prevent them from earning their UW degree, including:
Emergency medical/dental costs
Housing and living expenses
Loss of income
Aid may come in a variety of forms, including grants, loans and/or campus and community resources.
A partnership with CHI Franciscan Health, Student Health Services (SHS) is committed to providing compassionate, convenient, and affordable healthcare services for University of Washington Tacoma students, from care for illness and minor injury to preventive medicine and women’s health. Funded by UW Tacoma student fees, office visits are free of charge. While some services at the visit may incur costs, such as some lab work and some vaccinations, they are offered at discounted rates and will be discussed with you before they are ordered.
If you are a student who is a veteran, on active duty, in the reserves or national guard, or a military spouse or dependent, then stay in contact with your instructor if any aspect of your present or prior service or family situation makes it difficult for you to fulfill the requirements of a course or creates disruption in your academic progress. It is important to make your instructor aware of any complication, then he/she will work with you and, if needed, put you in contact with university staff who are trained to assist you. Campus resource for veterans, service members and families are located in the Veteran and Military Resource Center, TLB 307A. The VMRC can be reached at email@example.com, 253-692-4923
Oasis transforms the lives of queer youth by creating a safe place to learn, connect, and thrive. Oasis envisions a world in which queer youth are valued in the community as strong, creative leaders. Oasis is the only drop-in and support center dedicated to the needs of LGBTQ youth ages 14-24 in Pierce County. We are a youth-adult partnership in which youth and adults come together for shared teaching learning and action! Office Phone: 253-671-2838 Emergency Cell Phone: (253) 988-2108
Pprovides supplemental, nutritional, and culturally relevant food as well as hygiene items to all UWT students and their families. Location and information can be found by visiting: tacoma.uw.edu/thepantry
Beacon Center - Shelter for young adults 18-24, Open daily 6:30 pm – 6:30 am. Doors close at 10 pm. Located at:
Beacon Senior Center 415 South 13th Street Tacoma, WA. The shelter has 40 beds and serves young people ages 18-24. Please call 253-256-3087 for more information. http://www.communityyouthservices.org/piercecounty.shtml
Short-term Loan Program
The Office of Student Financial Aid has funds available for short-term loans to assist students with temporary cash flow problems. Funds are generally available within one to four working days, only to students who are currently attending the university (loans cannot be processed between quarters). Repayment is due by the next quarter, or whenever additional funds such as financial aid arrive on account, whichever comes first. There is no interest on the short-term loans but there is a service charge added to the repayment amount. Students may apply online through MyUW under "Personal Services." Paper application forms are also available in the Financial Aid Office, but the processing time is longer. Learn more about short-term loans
Student Advocacy and Support
The Office of Student Advocacy and Support provides referral and support services to students. The purpose of this office is to assist student in developing strategies to overcome and address barriers that prevent them from achieving their educational goals. The student and staff work together to establish a set of goals and action steps to address barriers in the student’s life. We help students navigate on and off campus resources that can address issues such as housing insecurity, food, safety and security, relationship issues, physical and mental health care and financial hardships. You may set up an appointment by filling out a referral form: www.tacoma.uw.edu/help , sending an email firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 253-692-5934, or stop by our office MAT 203.