Department of Communication COVID-19 Updates and Resources

In alignment with the recent announcement from UW President Ana Mari Cauce, the Department of Communication has moved all instruction and courses online. On March 13, Governor Jay Inslee announced new measures requiring the University of Washington, and all higher education institutions in the state, to discontinue in-person instruction on our campuses through April 24. According to the latest news from President Cauce’s office, this will require us to begin spring quarter classes with online instruction. Students, faculty, and staff can expect more detailed instructions about the start of spring quarter no later than March 20.

In the interim, we offer the following updates to the Department’s services and availability through a variety of online platforms. As the COVID-19 situation develops, check back here for more information and resources:


Students should continue to follow directions from individual Communication instructors for next steps in completing winter quarter coursework. These directions may vary depending on the nature of specific courses, but all faculty have now moved content to an online platform. Please visit the Office of the Registrar COVID-19 page for FAQs.


The main Department of Communication line, 206-543-2660, is active and will be answered by the Department’s Operations Specialist, Edith Olguin, during normal business hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The best way to communicate with the Admin team is to email


Equipment checkout is closed until spring quarter. If you have questions or inquiries, please contact the Department’s IT Manager, Nick Myers, at


No in-person advising will be conducted until March 30. However, advising is available via email; advisers will respond to queries from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please note that the advising phone line will not be answered during this time. Students are welcome to email the advising team at the addresses below:

General Communication Advising:

Erika Samson, M. Ed., Director of Academic Services:

Virgel Paule, M. Ed., Senior Academic Adviser:

Troy Bonnes, Coordinator of Student Relations:



Assistant Director of Academic Services, Heather Werckle, has canceled her Tuesday drop-in office hours. However, she has added extra online appointment capacity to mitigate this. M.A./Ph.D. and Comm Lead students can book virtual appointments at for either a phone or Zoom advising session. Students can also contact Heather via email at



Please visit the UW Libraries COVID-19 Updates and Resources page for information on operations, access to remote services, and other helpful links.



Please visit for all things COVID-19 in relation to UW, including announcements, detailed information about the virus, UW operations, and events.

The University of Washington is responding in a variety of ways to coronavirus. For updated information about the work being done to combat the virus, visit UW researchers respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

And finally, we know many in our community are experiencing increased stress and anxiety during this time. Please don’t hesitate to access the wealth of resources UW offers to all students, which you can find in one place at

Here are some helpful tips on managing stress from the UW Counseling Center.

  • Pay attention to your reactions: It is normal to experience stress, anger, anxiety and fear during a crisis. Being aware of your reactions can help you decide what you need to cope with these feelings.
  • Be kind to each other: Remember that COVID-19 doesn’t recognize race, nationality, or ethnicity. Wearing a mask does not mean a person is ill. Being compassionate is the best thing we can do for ourselves and our communities.
  • Take a break + relax: There is life outside of the current crisis. Make sure to schedule a break and relax or do things you enjoy such as meditation, listening to music, coloring etc. Different coping strategies work for different people; use what has worked for you in previous times of stress.
  • Maintain a healthy routine: It is important to maintain your regular schedule for sleeping, eating, studying, working, socializing, etc. Don’t use smoking, alcohol, or other drugs to cope with your stress. (This may reduce your body’s capacities to heal itself)
  • Connect with others: When in distress, you may feel lonely and isolated in what you are going through. You can benefit from connection with others, where you can provide and receive support from each other. Talk to your friends and family.
  • Limit information: Too much information leads to overload and more stress, so try to limit your exposure to news and information regarding the virus.