For the most up-to-date information and resources on the UW’s response to COVID-19, please visit uw.edu/coronavirus.
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.
View the UW Coronavirus website for up-to-date messages from President Cauce and Provost Richards
- Phase 3 Guidance for Instructors and Student Services Covering April 1 - Sept 10 (March 31, 2021)
- Phase 3 Operating Updates (March 22, 2021)
- Instructions on Campus Operations Under New Gubernatorial Orders (November 17, 2020)
- Details on Plan for Autumn Quarter (June 29, 2020)
- University of Washington Face Covering Policy (June 18, 2020)
- Instructions to Researchers about Returning to Work on Campus from Dean Stacey (May 19, 2020)
- UW COVID19 Town Hall Recording (May 1, 2020)
- Update from President Cauce - (April 17, 2020)
- Memo from Dean Stacey on Course Fees (March 30, 2020)
- Key messages for Frontline Fundraisers (March 27, 2020)
- HR guidance about Academic Student Employees (ASEs) (March 24, 2020)
- Message from Dean Stacey to Chairs on Critical Staff Designation (March 24, 2020)
- Message from Dean Stacey to Chairs and Faculty (March 24, 2020)
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.
- Guidance for Charging Salaries to Sponsored Research Budgets
- Guide to Business Continuity Planning - Laboratory and Research Facilities (Updated March 2020)
- Mitigating Impacts to Research Activities Due to COVID-19
Research Message Archive:
- Expansion of Allowed Human Subject Research (May 22, 2020)
- Post Award Fiscal Compliance: Salary Expenses and Disruptions Due to COVID-19 (April 29, 2020)
- Update on Research with "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Directive (March 24, 2020)
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.
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 (uw.edu/coronavirus), 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.