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Coronavirus Response and Resources

For the most up-to-date information and resources on the UW’s response to COVID-19, please visit

This page provides general information for department chairs and faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences. Please consult with your Divisional Dean with specific questions.

UW Campus Operations Status
UW Coronavirus Cases Dashboard

UW Medicine Vaccine Information

General Message Archive

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Research Considerations

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The UW is open for research. Researchers should do everything possible to encourage social distancing – but whatever is needed for research continuity should continue. As of March 18, buildings on campus will require keys/keycards – please ensure processes are in place to handle deliveries and receive packages and mail.

Research Message Archive:

Spring Quarter Operations - Safe Start

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The University of Washington is planning for primarily remote instruction during spring and summer quarters 2021 - though some in-person activities are permitted under Phase 3 of Governor Inslee's Healthy Washington Plan. Details on the UW's COVID19 recovery status is available online. The UW's plan is informed by the "Back to School" Task Force and the "Back to Workplace" Task Force.

COVID-19 Prevention Plan for Departments/Programs:

Read more about Safe Start Planning for Units.

Department Communications, Notifications and Website Banners

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Departments should focus on operations remaining “open,” even if staff is working remotely.

When communicating broadly across the department, reference existing communication from the UW’s leadership and information from credible sources. Reference the UW President and Provost’s messages to the campus community on broad decisions and large-scale initiatives. It’s often helpful to reiterate these decisions and put them in the context of a department or program’s operations. Continue to share links to the UW’s resources page (, as well as state and local public health department guidelines and recommendations. There’s a significant amount of information online about the coronavirus – rely on credible information and share articles that are relevant and helpful.


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Advancement Updates

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Presumptive Positive COVID-19 Cases

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Study Abroad and Travel Resources

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