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Department of German Studies COVID-19 Prevention Plan

The following departmental guidelines for prevention of COVID-19 are in effect until further notice.

UW Seattle is currently in PHASE 2.  Only critical German Studies Department personnel may be on-site, and only for tasks necessary to maintain departmental operations that cannot be completed via telework.  Instructors giving classes online are not considered critical personnel and should not be working on-site unless prior approval is obtained.  Graduate students, retired faculty, and faculty on leave should not be on-site.

If you are deemed critical personnel, have permission to be on-site, or are only making a quick trip to the office to pick up a book or required material, the following guidelines must be followed:

Maintain Social and Physical Distancing

While at the university, it is required that you maintain a distance of 6 feet from other people at all times. This includes in the shared spaces of Denny (elevators, hallways, restrooms, etc.), as well as in the department's main office and library/seminar room.  To ensure the necessary distance is achieved, the following guidelines must be observed:

            • No more than two people may be in the main office at a time (Denny 360).
            • No more than ten people may be in the library/seminar room at a time (Denny 359).
            • No more than one person may be in personal offices at a time. If you share an office, you must coordinate with your office mates to ensure you do not overlap.
            • All meetings must be held online. No meetings (including office hours) may be held in offices.
            • No visitors may accompany you while in Denny Hall. This includes, but is not limited to, the main office, library/seminar room, and your personal office.

Clean and Disinfect Surfaces

You must disinfect the surfaces you touch in the department after every use. This includes, but is not limited to, the photocopier, the main office and library/seminar room door handles, the microwave and refrigerator/freezer handles, the library/seminar room tables, and office supplies.  In addition, if you share an office or equipment, you must disinfect all surfaces and shared equipment when leaving for the day. Do not leave items in the kitchen sink or on counter tops. Cleaning supplies, including disposable gloves, are available in the main office and the library/seminar room for this purpose.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Face masks are required at all times in the common areas of university buildings (e.g., hallways, staircases, elevators, and restrooms), regardless of whether there are other people present. Likewise, face masks are required in Denny Hall, and at all times while in the departmental shared spaces (main office and library/seminar room).  You may remove your face mask when working alone in your personal office, or when maintaining a 6-foot distance is possible outdoors. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to wear a face mask due to a health condition, you must follow the formal accommodation request process outlined by the Disability Services Office.

Practice Good Hygiene

Practicing good hygiene is a key factor in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.  While at the university, please wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.  Hand sanitizer is available in the main office and conference room.  In addition, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; avoid contact with people who are sick; and cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then immediately dispose of the used tissue.

Monitor and Report Symptoms

The university and department are required to prevent sick personnel from being onsite.  In order to achieve this, the following guidelines must be followed:

            • If you go to the university, even for a few minutes, you must fill out the attestation in Workday confirming you do not have symptoms. This must be done every day you are onsite.  Graduate students, retired faculty, and other members of the department who do not have access to Workday must fill out the attestation in Catalyst.
            • If you are sick or experiencing even mild symptoms of illness you must stay home. If you are already onsite, you must go home immediately.
            • If your healthcare provider suspects or confirms you have COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, you are required to contact the EH&S Employee Health Center and follow the isolation requirements outlined in the COVID-19 FAQs.


Before returning to university, you must take the university’s Back-to-the-Workplace COVID-19 Safety Training and send proof of successful completion to the Department of German Studies COVID-19 Supervisor, Stephanie Welch (

 If you have any questions about these guidelines, please contact the department's COVID-19 supervisor, Stephanie Welch (

The following resources may be helpful for UW German Studies students: