Updated: March 20, 2020 at 2:25 p.m.

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Spring quarter classes to be held remotely

Spring quarter will begin as scheduled on March 30, 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 FAQs below, a page with information for students about spring quarter and messages to the UW community凯时棋牌app for more information.


Coordinated response

The University of Washington is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak in coordination with the and state and local health departments. Additionally, UW Environmental Health & Safety maintains a UW count of confirmed COVID-19 cases by campus.

This is an evolving situation, and updates are available from and .


Frequently asked questions about novel coronavirus

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Health, wellness and prevention

What do I do if I feel sick? (Updated 03/15/20)

If you are sick, stay home.

Practice good hygiene.

  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Monitor your symptoms closely.凯时棋牌app Take your temperature daily.

Stay home from school and work until at least 72 hours after your fever ends, without the use of fever-reducing medications. If you must go out of the house or be around others, wear a mask and avoid close contact. Be especially careful around people who have compromised immune systems, underlying health conditions and/or are age 60 and older.

Take care of yourself.凯时棋牌app Rest as much as possible. Drink lots of fluids.


If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 infection — such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath — follow the steps above, including staying home and avoiding contact with others, and then please take the steps listed below.

First: Contact your health provider in advance. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without contacting it first. 凯时棋牌appYour provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home.

  • Students on the UW’s Seattle campus may contact .
  • Students at UW Bothell should contact their usual health care provider or a.
  • Students at UW Tacoma should contact their usual health care provider or .
  • Faculty, other academic personnel and staff should contact their primary care provider or a .

Second: If you are a member of the UW community and your health provider has confirmed or suspects that you have COVID-19, check in with the following UW contacts:

  • UW Medicine personnel should contact Employee Health Services (UWMC – Montlake at 206-598-4848, UWMC – Northwest at 206-668-1625, or Harborview Medical Center at 206-744-3081).
  • All other UW Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma students, staff, faculty and other academic personnel should contact UW Environmental Health & Safety’s (EH&S’s) Employee Health Center at emphlth@uw.edu or 206-685-1026.

Additionally, any person (faculty, staff, students and visitors) who traveled in a country with a CDC  (due to the novel coronavirus) will take the following steps before arriving on a UW campus:

  1. Stay home for 14 days after leaving a country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice.
  2. Monitor your health and report any symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19 infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  3. .

What do I do if I have confirmed or suspected COVID-19?

advises you to:

  • Restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Do not go to work, school or public areas.
  • Avoid using public transportation, taxis, or ride-share.
  • Monitor your symptoms and call before visiting your doctor. If you have an appointment, be sure you tell them you have or may have COVID-19.
  • If you have one, wear a face mask around other people, such as sharing a room or vehicle, or around pets and before entering a healthcare provider’s office.
  • If you can’t wear a mask because it’s hard for you to breathe while wearing one, then keep people who live with you out of your room, or have them wear a face mask if they come in your room.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw away in a lined trashcan. Wash hands thoroughly afterwards. Soap and water is best.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes and glasses, or bedding.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you can’t wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Rub hands together until dry.
  • Clean all “high touch” surfaces every day, such as counters, tables, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, phones, and keyboards.
  • Use a household cleaning product to clean, following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. Notify dispatch that you have or may have COVID-19
  • Remain in home isolation for 7 days OR until 72 hours after your fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications (and symptoms get better) whichever is longer.

If you are a member of the UW community and your health provider has confirmed or suspects that you have COVID-19, check in with the following UW contacts:

  • UW Medicine personnel should contact Employee Health Services (UWMC – Montlake at 206-598-4848, UWMC – Northwest at 206-668-1625, or Harborview Medical Center at 206-744-3081).
  • All other UW Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma students, staff, faculty and other academic personnel should contact UW Environmental Health & Safety’s (EH&S’s) Employee Health Center at emphlth@uw.edu or 206-685-1026.

I have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, what should I do? (Updated 03/15/20)

Close contact凯时棋牌app is defined as being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a person with confirmed COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time, or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on) without wearing personal protective equipment.

If you had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, but you do not have any symptoms (fever, coughing, shortness of breath):

  1. Stay at home for 14 days after your last contact with the ill person. Do not go to school or work. Avoid public places.
  2. During the 14 days, monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath.
  3. Notify one of the contacts below.
    1. UW Medicine personnel should contact Employee Health Services (UWMC – Montlake at 206-598-4848, UWMC – Northwest at 206-668-1625, or Harborview Medical Center at 206-744-3081).
    2. All other UW Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma students, staff, faculty and other academic personnel should contact UW Environmental Health & Safety’s Employee Health Center at emphlth@uw.edu or 206-685-1026.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 infection — such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath — please follow the precautions listed in the “What do I do if I feel sick?” Q&A, including staying home and avoiding contact with others, and then take the steps listed below.

First: Contact your health provider in advance. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without contacting them first. 凯时棋牌appYour provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home.

  • Students on the UW’s Seattle campus may contact .
  • Students at UW Bothell should contact their usual health care provider or a.
  • Students at UW Tacoma should contact their usual health care provider or .
  • Faculty, other academic personnel and staff should contact their primary care provider or a .

Second: If you are a member of the UW community and your health provider has confirmed or suspects that you have COVID-19, check in with the following UW contacts:

  • UW Medicine personnel should contact Employee Health Services (UWMC – Montlake at 206-598-4848, UWMC – Northwest at 206-668-1625, or Harborview Medical Center at 206-744-3081).
  • All other UW Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma students, staff, faculty and other academic personnel should contact UW Environmental Health & Safety’s (EH&S’s) Employee Health Center at emphlth@uw.edu or 206-685-1026.

凯时棋牌appMore information about potential exposure to COVID-19 can be found on and on the website.

I have COVID-19 symptoms but have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. What should I do?

According to :

  • The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These can be symptoms of other respiratory illnesses as well as COVID-19.
  • If you are in a high-risk category, and have symptoms of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider for advice. If you are at risk for serious illness, your healthcare provider may arrange a test for COVID-19.
  • If you do not have a high risk condition and your symptoms are mild, you do not need to be tested for COVID-19. Do not go out when you are sick, practice excellent hygiene, and wear a face mask when you are around other people if you can.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Avoid sharing personal household items. Clean your hands often. Clean all “high-touch” surfaces like doorknobs often.
  • Monitor your symptoms and contact your health care provider if symptoms worsen.
  • Stay home and avoid others for 72 hours after your fever goes down without the use of fever-reducing medication and symptoms get better.

Is Hall Health Center open for student health services? (Added 03/20/20)

Hall Health Center remains open. Hall Health provides medical and mental health care to students and established non-student patients.

If you are experiencing cough, fever and/or difficulty breathing and want to be seen for an appointment, please call 206.685.1011 before coming in. Please do not drop in without calling first.

For mental health appointments, contact 206.543.5030 to schedule. Mental health services are primarily available remotely, including for students who are self-isolating. Learn more on the Hall Health website.

I want to get tested for COVID-19. Where can I go? (Updated 03/20/20)

凯时棋牌appTesting for the COVID-19 virus is typically conducted by taking a nasal swab at a health care provider’s office or a special COVID-19 drive-through testing site. If you are sick with fever, cough or shortness of breath and are in a high-risk group, contact your healthcare provider to discuss whether you should be tested for COVID-19.

While there are no restrictions to who can get tested, not everybody who feels ill needs to be tested, particularly if you have mild illness. If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please do NOT go to a health care provider before contacting them first.

People at high risk for complications from COVID-19 are:

  • Older than 60 years
  • Have chronic medical conditions
  • Have weakened immune systems
  • Are pregnant

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath), follow the instructions in the FAQ “What do I do if I feel sick?” and avoid contact with others.

How do I help prevent the spread of viruses, including coronavirus? (Updated 03/15/20)

You can reduce the risk of spreading coronaviruses by taking the same steps as you would to prevent infection from the flu and the common cold:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer, with 60-95% alcohol if water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the used tissue.

Additionally, social distancing is vital to slowing the COVID-19 outbreak – don’t gather in groups and maintain 6 feet of distance from other people when you have to be in public.

What should I do if I have an underlying health condition, am over age 60, or am immunosuppressed or pregnant? (updated 03/20/20)

According to the Washington State Department of Health, people with preexisting health conditions are at higher risk to develop complications from a COVID-19 infection.

凯时棋牌appPublic Health – Seattle & King County  that people at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from public places except for essential activities (such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy).

People at higher risk include people:

  • Over 60 years of age
  • With underlying health conditions, including include heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • With weakened immune systems
  • Who are pregnant

凯时棋牌appCaregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home. Anyone who has questions about whether their condition puts them at risk for novel coronavirus should consult with their healthcare providers.

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, it is extra important for you to to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease:

  • Stock up on supplies.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • Stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

凯时棋牌appThe Department of Health has created  to help you plan and prepare for limiting time in public or if you become sick. Your health care team can also help you assess your current medications and conditions to help you think about actions that can minimize risk to you and your household.

In accordance with , the University is encouraging supervisors to provide telework options to employees, including student employees, whose job duties can be performed remotely without hampering operations. Supervisors have maximum flexibility to implement this.

Should I wear a mask?

Public health agencies currently do not recommend that people wear masks when they are in public. Additionally, scientists are not sure whether wearing a mask in public actually keeps healthy people from getting sick.  It’s most important for people who are sick to wear a mask in a healthcare setting (such as a waiting room) to avoid exposing other people when they cough or sneeze.

In some parts of the world, mask use is customary. People wear masks often for a variety of reasons, including to avoid pollen and  air pollution, as a courtesy to others when they have the common cold, and for other cultural and even social reasons.

Public Health — Seattle & King County recommends staying home and away from others if you are sick. However, keep in mind that if we see our friends, neighbors or other community members wearing a mask we should not assume that they have been exposed to coronavirus or any other illness (coronavirus is not currently present in our community). Because mask use is customary in some cultures, it’s not appropriate to make assumptions about why someone is wearing a mask or to stigmatize or discriminate against people who choose to wear masks.

Are there steps individuals, families and communities can take to help prepare if there is widespread transmission of COVID-19?

, including COVID-19. These steps include many of those listed above for personal health, as well as others relevant for broader community efforts.

I have family and friends in an area directly affected by the novel coronavirus. How can I manage my concern for them?

As with any natural or human-inflicted disaster, the novel coronavirus outbreak presents an added layer of stress and worry for members of our UW community who have personal connections to the affected area. This is a critically-important time for all of us to reinforce a community of care on our campus and support one another.

If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students through campus mental health services:

  • Bothell students: 
  • Seattle students: Let’s Talk, the 
  • Tacoma students: 
  • Employees:

What can students in residence halls and other communal living situations do to prevent the spread of COVID-19? (Added 03/20/20)

The community transmission of COVID-19 is continuing locally, in the region, and in the United States. Do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

It’s critical to minimize the number of people who get seriously ill at the same time. If too many people get sick all at once, this will put too much of a burden on our health care system. If that happens, people at highest risk — people over 60, and those with underlying health conditions  may not be able to get the care they need if they get seriously ill.

Students who live in residence halls and communal housing should take these steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay calm. Remember that when young adults get sick with COVID-19, they almost always have mild symptoms.
  • Clean your room and bathroom daily. Use to clean high-touch surfaces regularly, such as door handles, light switches, remotes and phones.
  • Practice social distancing. Maintain a 6-foot distance from others. Avoid parties and get-togethers.
  • Wash your hands. Good handwashing hygiene is even more important for people living in close proximity. Use soap and water, scrub for 20 seconds and dry your hands. Repeat often.
  • Don’t touch your face. Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes, unless you have just washed your hands

The University is following guidance from local health departments and has taken the following steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in residence halls:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces twice each day, with more frequency in the dining facilities.
  • Dining facilities are take-out only, consistent with .
  • Fitness centers and maker spaces are closed until further notice.
  • All events and programs are cancelled until further notice.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath):

  • Stay home, self-isolate and avoid contact with others, and follow the advice in the FAQ “What do I do if I feel sick?”
  • Call your health care provider for advice. If you don’t have a regular provider, remember you can always call the for help.
  • Notify the UW Employee Health Center at (206) 685-1026 or emphlth@uw.edu.

How should I clean and disinfect communal spaces?

凯时棋牌appThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door knobs, tables, computer keyboards, handrails, exercise rooms).

Departments should use a disinfectant on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of , an alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol, or a 10% bleach/water solution to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces. It is also recommended that all departments purchase single use disinfectant wipes for touch points within their work spaces.

Please avoid putting disinfectant gels or liquids on electronics and other equipment, including elevator buttons, unless they have been indicated as safe to use on those devices.

 

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Staff and student workers

Can supervisors allow employees to work remotely? (Updated 03/18/20)

In accordance with , all employees who can perform their work remotely without hampering critical operations should telework as much as feasible. Supervisors should also work with their employees to maintain employment and pay to the greatest extent possible. Helpful guidance can be found on the . If you have questions about how to assist employees in need, please reach out to your HR consultant.

凯时棋牌appUWHR has published , an online resource dedicated to housing UWHR communications and resources related to the coronavirus outbreak. You can find new support resources and guidance for setting up temporary remote work arrangements with clarity and confidence.

What resources exist for employees and supervisors on topics like telework and time off?

凯时棋牌appUWHR has published , an online resource dedicated to housing UWHR communications and resources related to the coronavirus outbreak. You can find new support resources and guidance for setting up temporary remote work arrangements with clarity and confidence.

Where can I find information about child care resources? (Added 03/17/20)

凯时棋牌appUWHR has organized . Please note that some are prioritized for UW Medicine and other employees who are critical to the response to COVID-19.

When can I use accrued sick time off?

If you are sick, stay home.凯时棋牌app Staff and student workers should continue to follow their unit’s procedure for requesting sick time off and can find more information on the following webpages about sick time for and for .

凯时棋牌appAdditionally, President Cauce has authorized expanded use of sick time off to cover situations that may be unique to the risks posed by COVID-19. For example, if your duties cannot be performed remotely and you have a significant health concern that makes you feel unsafe in the workplace. Sick time off can also be used if you have had direct exposure to COVID-19 and you have been directed to complete a 14-day self-isolation. Your is available to offer guidance.

What if my child’s school or regular care provider is closed? (Updated 03/18/20)

凯时棋牌appEligible staff can take a when regularly scheduled care plans are interrupted due to a school, camp, facility closure and/or the unexpected absence of a care provider. Family care emergencies apply to both child and elder care situations.

Additional child care options are also available, and . The University is actively working to add additional resources, which will be prioritized for employees essential for campus and medical center operations and who don’t have other child care options.

What technology can I use to work remotely?

Staff and student workers can prepare for the possibility of disruptions by becoming familiar with the technology tools that make it possible to work even when you can’t get to campus. UW Information Technology offers free tools for videoconferencing, chat, collaboration, online storage, and more. Find out what tools you can use in this helpful .

What steps should units take to prepare for disruptions to business continuity?

Review your organization’s essential and non-essential staff position designations to provide guidance to staff in the event of suspended operations. Essential staff will need to understand if they can telework or if the essential services they provide require them to report to a campus or medical center. Non-essential staff need to understand that they should not report to their work location during suspended operations. Given the fluidity of this situation, we recommend that supervisors also discuss the possibility of telework during suspended operations with non-essential campus staff and student workers. UWHR encourages supervisors to be flexible and creative in considering temporary during this time.

 

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Faculty and other academic personnel

Center for Teaching and Learning: Teaching and grading during the coronavirus outbreak

Will the UW cancel classes? (Updated 03/18/20)

Spring quarter will begin with remote instruction on March 30, with fully remote instruction continuing through the end of the quarter.

We recognize that moving to remote instruction is a hardship and a challenge for students, faculty and other academic personnel, and staff during an already difficult time. We are grateful to everyone in our community for making this transition possible. To smooth this transition, we will use the first week of the quarter to review syllabi, discuss learning objectives, and prepare for the quarter as is typical, but also to ensure full engagement between instructors and students.

We recognize that moving to remote instruction is a hardship and a challenge during an already difficult time, and we are grateful to all faculty, staff and other academic personnel for making this transition possible. Your dedication to students is so greatly appreciated. We also realize that some courses simply cannot be offered remotely. Deans, chairs and other leaders are working to provide flexible options for students as they adjust schedules and to ensure their academic progress and paths to graduation continue successfully. Faculty, instructional staff and graduate students received direct guidance from the Office of the Provost in a separate communication.

Please see The Center for Teaching and Learning for updated information about online teaching, privacy and related topics.


How should faculty and other academic personnel prepare for the possibility of class disruptions?

Just as they would during a major weather event or natural disaster, your students face the same stresses during a public health emergency as do many other community members, such as child care challenges and uncertain work schedules. Consider what aspects of your course are most essential so you can plan to refocus on those elements in the event that completing all missed work becomes impossible or unreasonable. The UW Center for Teaching and Learning offers updated information and resources for technology and pedagogical best practices that can help you and your students in the event of any missed class time, including a link to a from UW Information Technology. UW Bothell faculty may also review from the Office of Digital Learning & Innovation. UW Tacoma faculty can find information on the webpage.

How should faculty and other academic personnel work with student requests to miss class? (Updated 03/18/20)

Even in instances of remote instruction, please be prepared to accommodate students who are requesting to miss class sessions due to illness, including clearly communicating opportunities and expectations around alternative assignments or makeup work. Please see this FAQ from the Office of the Registrar for more information about finals, coursework, grading and other related topics. The UW Center for Teaching and Learning offers updated information and resources for technology and pedagogical best practices that can help you and your students in the event of any missed class time.

Where can I find information about child care resources? (Updated 03/18/20)

凯时棋牌appAdditional child care options are also available, and . The University is actively working to add additional resources, which will be prioritized for employees essential for campus and medical center operations and who don’t have other child care options.

Should faculty and other academic personnel ask students returning to class following an illness to provide documentation or physician’s note?

Even in a situation involving remote instruction, “Instructors are strongly discouraged from requiring medical or legal documentation from a student for any absences. Requiring such documentation places burdens on all parties involved,” according to the Faculty Council on Academic Standards Syllabus Guidelines. Because we are in the middle of the cold and flu season, many students may be absent due to illness. The syllabus guidelines recommend that instructors offer students accommodations, such as makeup exams, alternate assignments, or alternate weighting of missed work. Please see this FAQ from the Office of the Registrar for more information about finals, coursework, grading and other related topics. The UW Center for Teaching and Learning offers updated information and resources for technology and pedagogical best practices that can help you and your students in the event of any missed class time.

What planning should research groups and researchers undertake to prepare for potential disruptions?

As for everyone in our communities, the top recommendation is to stay home if you are sick. Additionally, the Office of Research has issued specific guidance凯时棋牌app for researchers on all three campuses, which we recommend reviewing. Steps to take include:

  • Identify emergency personnel and ensure they know what to do in the event of suspended operations
  • Remind lab personnel of your communication plan or create one if not in place
  • Identify priorities in case of restricted access
  • Ensure remote access to files, data, servers, etc
  • Prioritize experiments
  • Plan for remote proposal submission
  • Check travel restrictions before making travel plans

The Office of Sponsored Programs, Human Subjects Division and UW Institutional Review Board are fully operational; if you need to reach them, you can find more information here.

I am a faculty member who has been instructed by my physician or Employee Health (UW Medicine) to self-isolate due to unprotected and direct COVID-19 exposure. Should I apply for faculty sick leave?

At the University of Washington, faculty do not formally track paid time off for reasons other than sick time off under the Faculty Sick Leave Policy. Faculty sick leave (i.e., paid sick time) covers: a) your own as certified by your healthcare provider; b) temporary disability due to pregnancy, childbirth, or recovery therefrom; or c) care for a family member with a serious health condition.

If you have been directed to self-isolate for up to 14 days, you should continue to follow your unit’s procedure for short-term absences. For example, this might involve informing your supervisor (chair/director/campus dean/dean), who can help you arrange for remote work or with reassignment of responsibilities. And for specific suggestions related to research activities, see the updates from the Office of Research.

If your absence occurs during a time in which you are otherwise entitled to receive a salary from the University, you will continue to receive your salary. If your condition changes and you have a serious health concern, you may be entitled to use up to 90 days of faculty sick leave, using the process outlined by Academic HR. Your Academic HR Business Partners are available to offer guidance by contacting: apleaves@uw.edu.

 

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Student visas

International Student Services: Coronavirus information for F1 & J1 students

The UW is transitioning to remote learning for spring quarter. Can I return home for classes? Will my F-1 SEVIS record and I-20 remain valid?

Spring quarter classes will be online: can I return home for classes and will my F-1 or J-1 SEVIS record and I-20 or DS-2019 remain valid?

On March 18, President Cauce announced spring quarter courses will be held remotely More information and answers to many questions are available at Facts and Information Regarding Spring Quarter 2020.

凯时棋牌appAs an international student, additional factors to consider when making your decision about spring quarter:

  • Technology challenges with online study from home
  • Time differences in case of synchronous classes

The U.S. government confirmed last week that international students can temporarily engage in distance-learning, either from within the U.S. or outside the country,凯时棋牌app in light of COVID-19. SEVP will provide updated guidance as additional information concerning the scope and length of this situation becomes clearer. More information can be found on the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement document, “.”

This will allow ISS to keep F-1 and J-1 SEVIS records active for students studying online full-time, either in the U.S. or at home.

The best way to receive updated information is to check the ISS coronavirus information website, which will post updates as soon as more information becomes available.

I am considering returning home for spring quarter and possibly summer quarter as well? What should I do?

Every student’s situation is different and we understand your concern about the current situation. We want to reassure you that the University is taking all necessary precautions to protect students, staff, and the broader UW community.

On March 18, President Cauce announced spring quarter courses will be held remotely More information and answers to many questions are available at Facts and Information Regarding Spring Quarter 2020. We encourage you to review the information about spring quarter classes being offered remotely as you may still decide to take spring quarter off, but you may want to consider taking courses remotely, whether you remain in the U.S. or return home.

It is important to understand the impact taking time off from your studies may have on your immigration status. If you decide to take spring quarter (and possibly summer quarter) off, please review the following information.

Also, consider these factors before making your decision:

  • Are you completing winter quarter or withdrawing from winter quarter?
  • How many quarters do you plan to be away from UW?
  • Are you close to graduation? Do you plan to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

If you still have questions after reviewing the above web pages, sign up for one of our U.S. Government Updates for International Students between March 16-23. Each session can host 300 students so please register in advance. Webinars will be offered on different days and times to accommodate all schedules.

I am nearing the end of my F-1 status and my plan was to return to my home country. I would prefer to stay in the U.S. for now. What are my options?

Every student’s situation is different. UW’s International Student Services (ISS) office encourages you to review the Final Quarter Checklist to understand your options. If you have additional questions or wish to meet with an ISS adviser, complete the ISS Have a Question form so an ISS adviser can reply to your specific questions.

I am currently in my home country but was planning to return to the UW for spring quarter classes. If I am unable to return to the U.S. due to coronavirus restrictions in my country, what should I do?

Every student’s situation is different.

On March 18, President Cauce announced spring quarter courses will be held remotely More information and answers to many questions are available at Facts and Information Regarding Spring Quarter 2020. We encourage you to review the information about spring quarter classes being offered remotely as you may want to consider enrolling in spring quarter remotely from home. The ISS office is receiving a very high volume of emails, however, so it may take 2-4 business days for a reply. Continue to monitor this page for updates and new information.

凯时棋牌appOptions to consider:

  • Continue to monitor the situation until we are closer to spring quarter. The UW is waiting for updates from the U.S. government to see if there will be exceptions or accommodations for students needing to return for studies.
  • Leave of Absence 
  • Vacation Quarter (if eligible)
  • Medical Reduced Course Load (if applicable)
  • Study Abroad credits/Independent Study/online courses

If you have further questions after reviewing the above web pages, complete the ISS Have a Question form and an ISS adviser will reply to you directly about your options. The ISS office is receiving a very high volume of emails, however, so it may take 2-4 business days for a reply. Continue to monitor this page凯时棋牌app for updates and new information.

 

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Public health response and testing

Can you tell us more about any UW community members who are being screened for coronavirus?

To protect their privacy, the UW legally is not able to release personal information about any students or University community members who are being monitored or tested for novel coronavirus, including their location.

When a UW community member is diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the relevant local health department and the UW initiate appropriate protocols to protect the health of anyone deemed to be at risk. UW Environmental Health & Safety maintains a UW count of confirmed COVID-19 cases凯时棋牌app by campus.

How are you following up with people who were in contact with anyone who is being tested? (Updated 3/15/20)

Local health departments closely monitor people who are at potential risk and have protocols for contacting individuals who may have been in close contact with UW community members being screened for the novel coronavirus, such as roommates.

凯时棋牌appWhen a UW community member is diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the relevant local health department and the UW initiate appropriate protocols to evaluate the situation and protect the health of anyone deemed to be at risk.

Are there resources for combating stigmatization, bias and xenophobia related to the coronavirus?

Many of us are concerned about what the people in our communities may be experiencing, including possible stigmatization or discrimination based on racial bias or appearances. Please help others understand that the risk of coronavirus is not at all connected with race, ethnicity or nationality.

As President Ana Mari Cauce wrote凯时棋牌app, “Our common humanity calls on us now to offer support, empathy and understanding to those most affected by this virus. … All of us, as individuals and as a community, are responsible for treating each other with kindness and empathy. We are best equipped to deal with any threat to health when we work together.”

Stigma doesn’t fight the illness and will hurt innocent people, but sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumor and misinformation from spreading. Public Health — Seattle & King County has compiled that can be used to prevent and respond to incidents of discrimination. If you know of incidents of bias related to the novel coronavirus, please use the appropriate bias reporting tool to notify the UW:

 

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UW Medicine hospitals and clinics

What is UW Medicine doing about coronavirus?

凯时棋牌appAll of the UW Medicine hospitals have protocols in place to assess the risk for someone presenting to an emergency department or clinic with this infection. People with cold- or flu-like symptoms are being asked to wear a mask and also about travel history in the prior 14 days. People who we feel might have the virus are moved out of public spaces and into rooms where they can be taken care of safely. , creating new tests, and developing possible treatments and even vaccines.

As a patient, should I be worried about getting infected with novel coronavirus at a UW hospital or clinic?

All hospitals and clinics have protocols and systems in place to keep all patients, visitors and healthcare workers safe and so you should not avoid seeking care out of concerns over the coronavirus. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please contact the clinic or hospital first so they can advise you.

Are there any restrictions on visitors at UW Medicine facilities?

凯时棋牌appAs of March 10, all routine visiting is suspended until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat to our patients, staff and community. UW Medicine will allow visitors in crucial times based on the . In all cases a visitor will only be allowed if they do not have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath).

 

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