UW Alert Blog

April 5, 2023

UW Alert Seattle

UPDATE at 1:42 p.m. The search for the robbery suspect is ongoing. If you see him, call 911.

UPDATE at 1:25 p.m Seattle police provided this photo of the robbery suspect. The hockey mask has been located, and police believe he is no longer wearing a mask. If you see this man, call 911.

UPDATE at 1:17 p.m. Seattle police continue to investigate the robbery, which was reported by witnesses. At this time, the victim has not been located. Police are still searching for the suspect.

UPDATE at 1:00 p.m. Robbery reported at 12:40 p.m. at 9th Avenue NE and 43rd Avenue NE, gun implied. A cell phone was stolen. Suspect wearing hockey mask, black pants, and red shirt and was last seen headed northwest. Police are responding.

ORIGINAL POST: Robbery @ 9th & 43rd, 12:40pm, gun implied. Suspect wearing hockey mask, black pants, red shirt. Info: alert.uw.edu Sent 12:53pm Wed

April 4, 2023

UW Advisory Seattle

UPDATE at 11:07 p.m.: The victim in this incident does not appear to be affiliated with the UW.

UPDATE at 9:56 p.m.: Seattle police have taken one person into custody following an incident in which the individual stabbed someone, reportedly with a machete. The victim was found near 19th Ave. NE and NE 45th St. and was treated at the scene before being transported to Harborview Medical Center. The weapon was found quickly in a nearby yard, prompting police to believe there was no ongoing threat to the community while they searched for the suspect. SPD located the suspect and took him into custody.

ORIGINAL POST: Seattle Police and Seattle Fire Department are in the area of 19th Ave. NE just north of NE 45th St. in response to a possible altercation that resulted in injuries to one person. Police believe there is no ongoing threat to the community, but please avoid the area while SPD and SFD conduct their work.

March 23, 2023

UW Alert Seattle

UPDATED at 4:25pm Thursday: Police do not believe this incident was a stabbing. The injured person found in the Roosevelt neighborhood appears to have been punched rather than stabbed and there does not appear to have been a weapon involved in the altercation, and it is unclear which of the individuals was the victim or the assailant. Seattle police have the reopened the area along University Way NE near NE 43rd Street, and there no longer appears to be any danger to the community in relation to this incident.

UPDATED at 3:23pm Thursday: The victim’s injuries do not appear to be consistent with a stabbing. The victim has an abrasion to the face and a bloody nose and may have been punched rather than stabbed.

UPDATED at 3:10pm Thursday: The victim has been located just south of the Roosevelt Sound Transit station after apparently getting on a train headed north from the University District station.

UPDATED at 3pm Thursday: The suspect is described as a male wearing a black shirt and black hoodie. The victim is reported to be wearing a green shirt and possibly a reflective vest or jacket.

UPDATED at 2:56pm Thursday: Seattle police are looking for both the victim and suspect in a reported stabbing incident near NE 43rd Street and University Way NE. Both individuals fled the scene. More information will be provided here as it becomes available.

ORIGINAL POST: Reported stabbing, possible armed robbery near 43rd/U Way NE. Victim and suspect left scene. More info: alert.uw.edu
Sent at 2:54pm Thu

March 22, 2023

Advisory: Potential traffic, smoke impacts from Lake Union marina fire

UPDATE Thursday morning, March 23: Traffic on Northlake Way is reopened between 6th and 7th Avenues NE and there are no further traffic impacts.

ORIGINAL POST: A fire that destroyed about 30 boats this morning near the Ship Canal Bridge is affecting several nearby UW buildings on Northlake Way due to smoke and street closures.  

The fire, which started at around 2 a.m., is under control, according to the Seattle Fire Department.  

Northlake Way is blocked in both directions between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue, affecting access to the Publications Services Building, the Northlake Building, Mercer Court Apartments and the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. Please use alternate routes. 

The smoke is minorly affecting air quality in the west part of the Seattle campus. Air quality in the central and north part of campus is satisfactory. If you are concerned about smoke exposure, keep windows and doors closed as much as possible.  

UW will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates here as they become available. 

March 18, 2023

UW Alert Seattle (Shooting)

UPDATE at 2:53am Saturday: The incident appears to have stemmed from a fight outside of a business. The victim was attempting to intervene to stop the fight and was eventually shot in the ankle. The victim is not affiliated with the UW.

Seattle police have cleared the scene, will continue to look for the suspect and the area is reopened. Please stay vigilant and call 911 if you see someone matching the description.

UPDATE at 2:38am Saturday: Seattle police are looking for a man who shot someone in the ankle on University Way NE near 42nd Street NE before fleeing on foot northbound on University Way NE with three other individuals. The suspect is described as a man in his 20s wearing an orange, blue and green sweater, with an afro, possibly a white hat and a gray hoodie over the sweater. More information will be provided here as it becomes available.

ORIGINAL POST: Shooting on U Way NE/42nd. One person injured in ankle. Suspect fled north on foot. Info: alert.uw.edu
Sent at 2:31am Sat

March 9, 2023

UW Alert Seattle

UPDATE at 8:47pm: UWPD continues to investigate the stabbing near Padelford Garage. The victim, who does not appear to affiliated with the UW, is being transported to UW Medical Center – Montlake. No further suspect description has been provided and a suspect has not been located. Please stay vigilant. Any further updates will be provided here as they become available.

UPDATE at 8:30pm: An individual was stabbed near Padelford Garage. The suspect was reportedly a male with no further detailed description available. The suspect reportedly fled the area heading west. The victim does not appear to be affiliated with the UW.

ORIGINAL POST: Report of stabbing near Padelford Garage. UWPD on scene. Avoid area if possible. More info alert.uw.edu
Sent at 8:24 pm Thurs

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

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More information

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

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