UW Alert Blog

September 19, 2023

UW Alert

UPDATE 12:18 p.m.: Police continue to investigate but have not yet located the suspect or the stolen vehicle. The area has reopened to regular traffic. The license plate of the blue Ford sedan is CGS8579. If seen, call 911.

UPDATE 11:55 a.m.: The suspect was described as a 6-foot-tall man in his mid-30s, wearing a brown hat and brown jacket.

11:49 a.m.: A food delivery driver reported that a person took the driver’s keys and then stole his blue Ford sedan near the intersection of Brooklyn Avenue NE and 47th Street at about 11:37 a.m. The suspect fled north. No weapon was seen, and the car owner was not hurt.

September 3, 2023

UW Alert

UPDATE 10:55 p.m.: Seattle police continue to investigate the report of a shot fired south of the 4300 block of Brooklyn Ave NE. Police have cleared the area and no suspect has been found. No injuries or damage have been reported and police have not confirmed any shot was fired.

10:38 p.m.: Report of a shot fired south of 4300 block of Brooklyn Ave. NE. No one hurt. Suspect described as female, age 25-30, wearing a camouflage color shirt and black pants.

August 28, 2023

UW Alert

UPDATE at 11:45 a.m.: Seattle police have cleared the area. The investigation remains ongoing, but officers believe there is no current threat related to the reported robbery.

11:29 a.m.: Seattle police are responding to the 4200 block of Roosevelt Way NE after a report that three men robbed a person at gunpoint. One of the men is described as wearing a black shirt and black pants. The second man was described as wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with yellow writing. No description was immediately available for the third man.

August 14, 2023

UW Advisory

UPDATE at 7:15 p.m. UW is continuing to closely monitor weather conditions due to a National Weather Service excessive heat warning for today, tomorrow and Wednesday.

The University of Washington’s Weather Status Assessment Group recommends that you:

  • Learn to recognize the signs of heat illness.
  • Limit outdoor activities. If possible, move all outdoor activities indoors or reschedule them to another day.
  • Drink lots of fluids (avoid caffeine, alcohol and high-sugar drinks).

See additional extreme heat tips and information from UW Emergency Management.

UW employees
Employees working outdoors must follow UW Environmental Health & Safety requirements. For employees working indoors, see EH&S information about excessive indoor heat on its indoor air quality webpage.

If you have questions about HR practices during outdoor heat exposure, please contact your unit’s Human Resources Consultant. If you have questions about or need assistance with business continuity planning, please contact UW Emergency Management at disaster@uw.edu.

UPDATE at 5:30 p.m. Power has been restored to the 12 UW Seattle buildings that lost power earlier today. Systems in those buildings, including cooling systems, will be reset by Facilities staff Tuesday morning.

UPDATE at 5:10 p.m. UW Facilities is currently restoring cooling to UW Seattle buildings after Seattle City Light returned UW Seattle to its regular power level. Power has not yet been restored to the 12 UW Seattle buildings experiencing an outage.

UPDATE at 2 p.m.: Additional repairs are needed to restore power to the 12 UW Seattle buildings experiencing an outage, so UW Seattle is again reducing its power usage usage at the request of Seattle City Light.

Cooling is currently being curtailed in most UW Seattle buildings. UW Facilities expects to restore cooling in the early evening.

UPDATE at 10:20 a.m. Power outages are continuing at 12 UW Seattle buildings (see list).

The outage was due to an equipment failure in Seattle City Light’s network off campus. Power will be restored after the repair is completed. SCL expects to restore power to UW Seattle buildings by late afternoon today.

UW Facilities is in the process of restoring cooling to UW Seattle buildings, but students, faculty, staff and visitors should expect elevated interior temperatures possibly through tomorrow.

UPDATE at 8 a.m. The power is out at these UW Seattle buildings:

  • Benjamin Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building
  • Publication Services
  • Northlake Building
  • SW Maintenance Building
  • Child Care Center (West Campus)
  • Brooklyn Trail Building
  • Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
  • Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Instructional Center
  • Ethnic Cultural Center Theater and Annex
  • Community Design Center
  • 3935 Brooklyn
  • Purchasing and Accounting Building

ORIGINAL POST: Due to a Seattle City Light reduction in power to UW Seattle, UW building electrical systems in West Campus/Portage Bay Crossing are down and all other building cooling systems are down as of 7 a.m. today. The cooling outage is expected to last until 11 a.m. but may continue longer.

The University encourages employees to work from home and remote instruction where possible. Some departments, programs or services may be unavailable. Employees should check with supervisors or if you have questions about HR practices, please contact your unit’s Human Resources Consultant.

If you have questions about or need assistance with business continuity planning, please contact UW Emergency Management at disaster@uw.edu.

Learn more about how UW Emergency Management responds to extreme heat and get tips for taking care of yourself during hot weather.

July 14, 2023

UW Advisory

UPDATE at 5:51 p.m.: University Way NE has reopened to traffic.

5:09 p.m.: Seattle police have closed University Way NE between 45th Street and 47th Street as officers investigate following the arrest of a man who was driving erratically and possibly involved in a burglary outside of the immediate area. There’s no current threat.

May 31, 2023

UW Alert Seattle

UPDATE June 1, 2023: Police are still searching for the four robbery suspects and their vehicle. They were described as wearing all black, with black balaclava masks covering their faces. They reportedly stole a phone and a pair of sneakers from two men and a woman.

UPDATE at 7:50 p.m.: Police have not yet located the four men reportedly involved in the robbery or their SUV. The University Way area is open.

UPDATE at 7:33 p.m.: A handgun was displayed during the robbery. The SUV is described as a dark blue or black Ford Explorer. The men were described as being teenagers or in their 20s. No one was injured.

ORIGINAL POST: Armed robbery reported at around 7:15 p.m. in the 4700 block of University Way. Suspects described as four men in an SUV. The four men left southbound in the SUV. Police are responding.

May 28, 2023


UPDATE at 3:53 a.m.: The suspects are described as three women and three men in their early teens or 20s who left on foot headed north/northeast. The suspects have not been located. More information will be provided if it becomes available.

ORIGINAL POST: A person reported being pepper sprayed and robbed at around 3:30 a.m. at NE Campus Parkway and 12th Avenue NE. The person is not a UW student. A stuffed animal was stolen. UWPD is on scene and searching the area.

April 28, 2023

UW Advisory

A campus-wide power surge reported at around 1 p.m. has resulted in alarms going off in several campus buildings and other disruptions. There is no emergency at this time, and UW is working on turning off the alarms. We are also investigating the cause.

April 21, 2023

Assault and Robbery

UPDATE at 6:09 p.m.: Below is a photo of the suspect. If you see this person, call 911.

A man in his 50s with facial hair wearing a black coat and black pants with black shoes.

UPDATE at 5:58 p.m.: The area has reopened. The person who reported being hit on the head did not need to go to the hospital.

UPDATE at 5:30 p.m.: Police searched the area, but were unable to immediately locate the man. If you see someone matching the description, call 911.

ORIGINAL POST: Seattle police are investigating a report of an assault and robbery outside a bank at 45th Street and University Way at about 4:50 p.m. A person withdrawing money from the ATM was hit on the head by a man who stole the money. The man is described as in his 50s, about 5-foot-8, wearing a green beanie and a black coat. If you see this man, call 911.

April 12, 2023

UW Advisory

University of Washington Police have received reports of students who have been called by a phone number that appears to come from UW police’s main office.

The caller has threatened legal action if money is not provided. This is a scam. Do not provide personal information, money, gift cards or anything of value to the caller.

If you have been contacted by someone claiming to be from UW police, please call the UW police non-emergency number at 206-685-8973.

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