Coronavirus communications

February 11, 2021 | Winter weather and suspended operations

This is a general reminder to ensure our community is prepared for the possibility of severe  weather  that could require the University of Washington Bothell to temporarily suspend nonessential operations. 

This winter, with the University already in modified operational status due to COVID-19, the potential effect of a temporary suspension of nonessential operations due to weather conditions may be minimized because many employees will be able to continue working from their alternative work locations.  

The decision to suspend nonessential operations on the UW Bothell campus is made independently based on the prevailing conditions on campus. If operations are suspended, here are the methods we use to communicate with campus:  

  • UW Alert (text and email messages) 
  • Alertusdesktop notification system 
  • UW Bothell 
  • UW Bothell’s emergency blog: The blog is updated frequently when an incident on campus occurs. 
  • UW Bothell Facebook page: 
  • (@uwbothell) 
  • UWB Advisory email list 
  • UW Bothell information line: 425-352-3333  

Nonessential employees 

Under current COVID-19 modified operations, the majority of the University’s faculty, staff and student employees (defined in policy as nonessential to on-campus operations) are teleworking. If UW Bothell temporarily suspends nonessential operations due to severe weather or for other reasons, employees who are teleworking should continue to do so during suspended operations. Those who cannot telework or are unable to continue teleworking due to weather-related impacts (e.g. power outage) or changes in telework circumstances as a result of operational suspension should follow the UW Suspended Operations Policy. 

Essential employees 

Employees identified by their unit as performing an essential service — and who must come to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic are required to report to work during any period of declared suspended operation.   

Students and instructors 

If UW Bothell temporarily suspends nonessential operations due to severe weather, classes that are being taught remotely should continue to do so during suspended operations. Instructors who are unable to teach remotely due to weather-related impacts should communicate directly with students and provide alternatives as appropriate. Students who are unable to participate remotely due to weather-related impacts should similarly communicate with their instructors.  In-person instruction will not meet on campus during suspended operations. Instructors currently teaching in person should communicate in advance with students about expectations for remote instruction or alternative class assignments.  

UW Bothell Advisory 

A UW Bothell Advisory message will also be sent in the event of suspended operations on the UW Bothell campus. NOTE: If you don’t already receive UW Alert and UW Bothell Advisory messages for important updates about emergencies or weather-related notices by text and/or email,  click here to subscribe or update your settings.  

If you have questions about Human Resources practices during suspended operations and inclement weather, please contact Organizational Excellence & Human Resources For assistance with business continuity planning, please contact UW Emergency Management. 



S. Gowri Shankar

Interim Vice Chancellor for Planning & Administration