UW Alert Blog

January 26, 2023

UW Alert Seattle

UPDATED at 2:39 p.m. Thursday: Police have not found the man reportedly running near NE 47th St. and 16th Ave. NE with a gun, but continue to patrol the area. The man is described as between 40 and 50 years old, wearing a black, puffy jacket. The area is considered to be reopened. Please stay vigilant and do not engage with anyone who may be armed. Report any potential sightings to 911.

UPDATED at 2:25 p.m. Thursday: Seattle police and UWPD are checking the area of NE 47th St. near 16th Ave. NE for a man reportedly running with a handgun. Residents in the area should secure doors and windows and others should avoid the area, if possible. More information will provided here as it becomes available.

ORIGINAL POST: Police looking for man with handgun on 47th St. near 16th Ave. Secure doors, avoid area if possible. Info: alert.uw.edu
Sent at 2:22pm Thu


January 10, 2023

UW Advisory: UW-IT outage affecting log-ins to multiple services resolved

UPDATE at 2:23 p.m. Tuesday: UW-IT has resolved the issue affecting the availability of many UW applications and of the UW Groups service. If you continue to have trouble accessing any UW web applications, you may need to quit and restart your browser to refresh your session.

Some applications known to have been impacted were MyUW, Canvas, Panopto, Husky OnNet, Zoom, eSignatures, and Document Management. Requirements for two-factor authentication (2FA) with Duo were also not enforced during the outage.

We encourage you to sign up for the eOutage mailing list to find out about major UW-IT computing incidents in the future. You can sign up for eOutage here: https://eoutage.uw.edu/.

ORIGINAL POST: UW-IT engineers are investigating an outage that could prevent users from accessing content on pages such as my.uw.edu, and problems creating, updating, or accessing the UW Groups service. This may impact logging into services including, but not limited to Zoom, Canvas, MyUW, etc.

Updates will be provided here as they become available.


December 24, 2022

UW Alert Seattle (Shooting)

UPDATE at 1:24pm Saturday: Seattle police have not located the suspect or victim in the shooting incident on Roosevelt Ave. NE, near 42nd St. NE. Police will continue to investigate, but the area is being reopened. Please stay vigilant if you are in the area. Further updates will be provided here if they become available.

UPDATED at 1:04pm Saturday: The vehicle description has been updated to a black Chevy Malibu. No change to the license plate number.

UPDATED at 1:02pm Saturday: Seattle police are investigating a shooting that occurred outside of a business on Roosevelt Ave. NE near 42nd Ave. NE. A man is reported to have assaulted a woman before firing several gunshots. The shooter is described as a man about 5-foot-9 with a thin build, wearing a red shirt with a white hoodie. He fled in a white vehicle, license plate number CCW7030. The victim also left the scene and has yet to be located.

ORIGINAL POST: Shooting reported near 42nd Ave NE/Roosevelt at 12:46pm. Shooter fled in white vehicle. Info: alert.uw.edu
Sent at 12:57pm Sat


December 19, 2022

On-site operations suspended at Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses Friday

[UPDATED at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22]

The UW’s Seattle campus on-site operations will be suspended Friday, Dec. 23, due to icy conditions in the area. UW Bothell and UW Tacoma had previously announced they will also maintain remote operations through Friday, Dec. 23. Please continue to check with your individual units, programs and campuses for more information.

Units are authorized to implement elements of their Business, Academic and Research Continuity (BARC) plans, as needed, to maintain critical functions.

More information will be provided here if there is any change in Seattle campus operations. Updates on weather-related plans at UW Bothell will be reported as they become available, and can be found at uwb.edu/emergency. Updates for UW Tacoma can be found at tacoma.uw.edu/emergency. Weather-related Information for UW Medicine sites can be found at uwmedicine.org.

Please use caution when walking or driving on and around UW campuses. Here are some tips from UW Environmental Health & Safety to prevent slips, trips and falls while walking in wet or icy conditions.

The University encourages staff to work from home during suspended operations if operationally feasible.

Nonessential staff

If UW temporarily suspends nonessential operations due to severe weather or for other reasons, nonessential staff who can telework are encouraged to continue to do so during the operational suspension. Those who cannot telework or are unable to continue teleworking due to power outages or other impacts should follow the UW Suspended Operations Policy.

Essential staff

Under the UW Suspended Operations Policy, only staff performing essential functions and who are not in positions that lend themselves to telework are required to report to work on-site during suspended operations.

If you have questions about HR practices during suspended operations and inclement weather, 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.

You can find helpful tools for assisting with suspended operations on the ISC’s website. Managers can review which employees in their Sup Org hold “essential positions” and quickly prioritize who to contact in case of suspended operations by running the R0023 Emergency Contacts by Organization report in Workday (to find the report, type R0023 into the search box in Workday). In addition, non-essential employees can review the ISC’s Suspended Operations webpage for guidance on how to record time when operations are suspended.

UW Athletics

For updates regarding athletics events, which are expected to take place as scheduled, please visit gohuskies.com or @UWAthletics on Twitter.

More information

For updates about UW shuttle service, parking closures and links to transit snow routes, please see https://transportation.uw.edu/.

NOTE: If you don’t already receive UW Alert and UW Advisory messages for important updates about emergencies or weather-related notices by text and/or email, click here to subscribe or update your settings.


December 13, 2022

UW Alert Seattle

UPDATE at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday: All clear. Seattle Fire Department’s response to a potential hazardous materials incident at Hitchcock Hall, near NE Pacific Ave. and 15th Ave. NE, has ended and traffic is reopened.

UPDATE at 2:32 p.m. Tuesday: Seattle Fire Department is responding to a hazardous materials incident in Hitchcock Hall, resulting in the closure of eastbound traffic on NE Pacific Ave. near 15th Ave. NE. Please avoid the area, if possible.

ORIGINAL POST: SFD HazMat response at Hitchcock Hall. Road closed at e/b Pacific Ave. near 15th Ave. Avoid area. Info: alert.uw.edu
Sent at 2:30pm Tue


December 1, 2022

UW Advisory Seattle

UPDATED at 2:13 p.m. Thursday: UWPD has investigated and determined there is no credible threat in Kane Hall Room 130. There are no more closures to this room or other rooms in Kane Hall at this time.

UPDATED at 12:18 p.m. Thursday: UWPD was made aware of a post on an app claiming that there was a bomb in Kane Hall Room 130. UWPD cleared the room to begin investigating and there are no initial indications of a legitimate threat. Out of an abundance of caution, UWPD will continue to investigate and more information will be provided here as it becomes available.

UPDATED at 11:44 a.m. Thursday: UWPD is investigating an unconfirmed threat in Kane Hall Room 130. Out of an abundance of caution, the room has been evacuated to allow UWPD to conduct its work. More information will be provided here as it becomes available.

ORIGINAL POST: Kane Hall 130 is being cleared due to an unconfirmed threat. UWPD is investigating. More info: alert.uw.edu
Sent at 11:41am Thu


November 29, 2022

Winter weather update

The UW Weather Status Assessment Group is monitoring the wintery conditions on and around our campuses and throughout the region. We will continue to provide updates here, as needed. Campus operations in Seattle are normal at this time. UW Bothell and UW Tacoma have announced delayed starts for Thursday, Dec. 1. UW Bothell will be on remote operations until 11 a.m., while UW Tacoma will delay the opening of campus until noon. Please continue to check with your individual units, programs and campuses for more information.

Units are authorized to implement elements of their Business, Academic and Research Continuity (BARC) plans, as needed, to maintain critical functions.

More information will be provided here if there is any change in campus operations. Updates on weather-related plans at UW Bothell will be reported as they become available, and can be found at uwb.edu/emergency. Updates for UW Tacoma can be found at tacoma.uw.edu/emergency. Weather-related Information for UW Medicine sites can be found at uwmedicine.org.

Certain areas, such as overpasses and wooden walkways, have been pre-treated, however please use caution when walking or driving on and around UW campuses. Here are some tips from UW Environmental Health & Safety to prevent slips, trips and falls while walking in wet or icy conditions.

NOTE: If you don’t already receive UW Alert and UW Advisory messages for important updates about emergencies or weather-related notices by text and/or email, click here to subscribe or update your settings.


November 18, 2022

UW Alert Seattle (Shots fired)

UPDATE at 10:41 a.m. Monday: For clarification, the original shots-fired incident occurred in the 4700 block of Ravenna Avenue NE and the three suspects fled the scene in a gold Toyota Camry that eventually crashed into a tree near the Center for Urban Horticulture. The suspects then fled that area and were pursued by Seattle police. Two suspects were detained and the third remains outstanding.

UPDATE at 3:14 p.m. Friday: The third suspect in the shots fired incident has not been located, two are in custody. Please remain vigilant. More information will be provided here as it becomes available.

UPDATE at 2:51 p.m. Friday: Two suspects have been detained in the shots fired report near the 4700 block of 37th Avenue NE. One is believed to remain outstanding. A weapon was recovered from the crashed car.

UPDATE at 2:41 p.m. Friday: A gold Toyota Camry driven by individuals connected to a report of shots fired crashed into a tree near the Center for Urban Horticulture (map). At least two individuals fled eastbound on NE 41st Street and have been seen in backyards around NE 41 Street and 37th Avenue NE. Please remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings. More information will be provided here as it becomes available.

ORIGINAL POST: Car involved in shots fired report crashed near Center for Urban Hort. Suspects fled east. Info: alert.uw.edu
Sent 2:36pm Fri


October 27, 2022

UW Alert Seattle: Attempted armed robbery west of campus

UPDATE at 9:02 p.m. Seattle Police investigation is still ongoing and the suspect has not been found. Remain vigilant if in the area. Updates provided here as available.

UPDATE at 8:55 p.m. A suspect, possibly armed, entered a business located at the 1400 block of NE 42nd St. around 8:35 p.m. The suspect is described as a male, in his 30s or 40s, 5-foot-7, medium build, wearing a tan hat and dark brown pants. The suspect may have a gun and left the business in an unknown direction. No injuries have been reported. Seattle Police officers are in the area.

ORIGINAL POST at 8:50 p.m.: Attempted armed robbery at business at 1400 block of NE 42nd St. at 8:35pm. Avoid area. Info: alert.uw.edu


UW Advisory Seattle

UPDATE at 3:41 p.m. Thursday: The sidewalk is taped off near 1401 NE 42nd Street (around University Way NE) due to a  potential building issue. Vehicle traffic is now open. The cause of the building issue has not yet been determined. Please use caution in the area and avoid sidewalks at the southeast corner of NE 42nd Street and University Way NE.

UPDATE at 3:23 p.m. Thursday: Seattle police has blocked pedestrian and vehicle traffic near NE 42nd Street and University Way NE due to glass windows on a building at 1401 NE 42nd Street that appear to be bulging and potentially dangerous. Please avoid the area until further notice.

ORIGINAL POST: Pedestrian, vehicle traffic stopped near NE 42 St./U Way NE. Danger of falling glass. Avoid area. Info: alert.uw.edu
Sent at 3:20pm Thu


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