An Important Message For Our Undergraduates

Zoom videoconferencing instructions for students, link here

A message for our undergraduates

A message for our undergraduates

You’ve probably heard that the UW will be holding classes online for the duration of Spring quarter (see message to students from the university, which includes a page with detailed information about spring quarter).

All of the Political Science courses you have registered for will be offered this spring (barring unforeseen events).

Our advising staff are ready to assist with your questions: https://www.polisci.washington.edu/advising 

We have no illusions that this will be a normal quarter. The department is committed to providing the best educational experience possible under the circumstances and we are busy adapting our courses. But we are in this together and your cooperation will help ease the transition. Specifically:

  1. Zoom (as well as Canvas) is going to be a critical tool for most courses. Download the UW’s version and practice using it with your friends or family.
  2. Your instructors will be contacting you using the email address associated with your UWNetID Please check that email account for course instructions before classes begin on March 30.

The University Bookstore is offering to ship your textbooks for free. They’ll be busy so be sure to order early.

If you do not have reliable access to a computer or internet, the UW STF Loan program loans laptops and tablets. The City of Seattle also advertises free and discounted devices as well as low cost internet access. Please plan ahead. If neither of these options work for you, our advising staff would like to know.

This is a stressful time for all of us. If you would like to speak with someone, the UW Counseling Center will remain open over the break.

Please stay safe for yourself and for your family and friends. We are still learning a lot about COVID-19 but it is believed that people with no symptoms are responsible for most of the transmissions. Social distancing and practicing good hygiene are the best ways to ensure that we are not passing it on to others.

And, as one of our distinguished teaching faculty (Tony Gill) recently advised, keep looking to the future. This too shall pass.

See you next quarter!

John Wilkerson
Chair