University of Washington Bothell



Current health requirements & guidelines

Vaccination requirement

The University requires students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Read more about the vaccine requirement and find out where to get vaccinated. Students, faculty and staff must verify that they’ve been vaccinated or declare an exemption. 

Face coverings

Wearing masks are now optional on the UW Bothell campus. However, masks are strongly recommended indoors. The Face Covering Policy webpage includes additional guidance and FAQs.

With a goal of helping colleagues and guests to feel comfortable in your office or work area, here are some signs you can place in your space to communicate your mask preference.

Face coverings remain required indoors when returning to campus after isolation or quarantine. 

When you wear a face covering, level up and choose a well-fitted KN95/KF94, N95 or surgical mask which provides additional protection for you and those around you. Free surgical masks will continue to be available through dispensers in buildings across campus.  

Reporting requirements

University personnel, students and units are required to report the following to the COVID-19 Response and Prevention Team, regardless of vaccination status:

  • COVID-19 positive test result; includes all personnel and students who test positive for COVID-19, and those whose health care provider has suspected COVID-19 infection (whether or not they are experiencing symptoms)
  • Close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19

Visit the reporting page for more information. 

Are you wondering what to do if you feel sick or have tested positive for COVID-19? View the new Public Health Requirements and Guidance flowchart from UW Environmental Health & Safety.  

Resources for students

Your safety is a top priority, and we’ve taken precautions needed to keep you safe and healthy. Here are some of the key resources you can turn to.

On-campus testing kits via the Husky Coronavirus Testing program

Testing kits are available through the Husky Coronavirus Testing program (HCT) Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UW2/Commons Hall lobby.  The Husky Coronavirus Testing Program is a voluntary research study that provides COVID-19 testing. You must be enrolled in the Husky Coronavirus Testing program to obtain a kit. Walk-ins are welcome but enrollment in HCT is required.

Additional testing options

  • UW Medicine offers testing for current patients. Visit the patient portal to make an appointment.
  • Hall Health Center on the UW Seattle campus: COVID-19 testing is available by appointment only. Call 206-685-1011 to schedule.
  • Many area pharmacies offer COVID-19 testing that is billed to your health insurance.

How are we keeping our campus clean and safe?

Our best defenses against COVID-19 continues to be vaccination and masking. Throughout the pandemic, UW Bothell facilities and maintenance teams have been servicing water and heating/ventilation systems to keep them operational and safe. Find answers to your questions about cleaning and disinfection on campus in our FAQ. Read the FAQs.

UW Bothell custodial services follow the COVID-19 Prevention Plan: Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection Protocol as prescribed by the University’s Environmental Health & Safety Department. Read the cleaning and disinfection plan.

Environmental Health & Safety has updated the University’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan template, in-person events guidance, cleaning and disinfection procedures, training and other guidance documents on its COVID-19 health and safety resources

Other resources

Health & well-being

We recognize that the confluence of the coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest and economic downturn is challenging and stressful. The UW Bothell resources below exist to support your health and well-being.

For students

The Health and Wellness Resource Center (HaWRC) is a one-stop hub connecting students with on-campus and community resources to help you thrive. 

For faculty & staff

UW Carelink offers a wide range of services that can help you manage through the different stages of life, develop a healthy lifestyle, create a quality work environment, and save time by providing easy access to trusted experts, including counselors, attorneys, financial advisors, and child and adult/elder care consultants.

Communications from UW Bothell leadership

We strive to keep you up-to-date when decisions are made related to the pandemic. Refer to these pages to get the information you need.

Read recent and archived communications