Access to campus buildings restricted starting Monday, March 23

Campus is currently open to essential personnel only. On Monday, March 23, access to campus buildings will be restricted to consolidate essential services, maintain security, and support social distancing for essential staff still working on campus.

First and foremost, people should avoid visiting campus whenever possible in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • If essential tasks (e.g., online class instruction, essential research, animal care, etc.) require that you visit campus, limit your time in university buildings and leave when your tasks are complete.
  • Be sure to maintain social distancing and follow other guidelines for hygiene, including hand-washing and cleaning high-touch surfaces.

People in university buildings are now required to display their university ID in plain sight, or be ready to produce it upon request.

Starting on March 23, buildings will be restricted as follows:

  • Residence and dining halls will only be open to residents who have received an exemption to remain (no guests permitted). University Housing will continue to adapt and update services as warranted. University Apartments are fully occupied with limited services. Residents should continue to monitor their UW email account for updates.
  • Buildings with keycard access will be locked. People must use a keycard to access these buildings. People with current access to their buildings will continue to have access.
  • Buildings that require a key and do not house essential services will be locked. People without keys should make arrangements with their school, college, or division to access these buildings.
  • Buildings that require a key and do house essential services will have one ADA-compliant entrance open during a set range of hours. People performing essential tasks in these buildings should confirm already limited open hours with the department or program in that building. People who require access to these buildings outside of open hours should make arrangements with their school, college, or division. Specific information provided by email.

Services (custodial, trash removal, mail delivery, etc.) in campus buildings will be curtailed or suspended, depending on the specific needs of individual buildings. Deliveries from MDS and other vendors for essential supplies will be coordinated through members of the Emergency Operations Logistics team.  Parcel packages for delivery to most campus delivery addresses will be rerouted to a central location and secured.  Instructions for outbound parcel shipments (i.e., how to send packages through UPS using campus accounts) will be developed and distributed as soon as possible.

Your Deans and Directors will be communicating with you to clarify the status of buildings in your school, college, or division. This is also where you should also direct questions or concerns about building access.

Instructors who want to use a lecture-capture classroom in any campus building must make prior arrangements with the Office of the Registrar. Instructors have already been notified of this by the Office of the Registrar.

The specific buildings that are locked or with one open entrance are subject to change as the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

Finally, please note: On Primary Election Day, April 7, the seven campus locations that are designated polling places are scheduled to be open for voting – Eagle Heights Community Center, Gordon Dining & Events Center, Holt Center, Lowell Center, Memorial Library, Memorial Union and Smith Hall.

Laurent Heller
Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration