PFP September Masthead

Message from UW Police Chief John Vinson

Dear ,

UWPD Chief John VinsonWith the 2013-14 school year in full swing, the University of Washington Police Department (UWPD), a unit of the Division of Student Life, is excited to connect with you – the parents and families of the many new and returning UW students.

For those of you I did not get to speak with at one of the many parent orientations over the summer, I came to the UWPD in February of 2008, becoming the university’s seventh police chief. Over my nearly five years with the UW, I have been continually impressed with the men and women of this department who demonstrate their commitment to community-oriented policing on a daily basis, providing crime prevention information, public safety services and innovative problem solving for the campus. Read more...

Housing and Dining During Breaks

Students in residence hall roomMichelle Primley Benton, an administrator in Housing & Food Services (HFS), talks about housing and dining options available to students during the upcoming winter break times. Within the Division of Student Life, HFS provides safe, convenient and affordable housing, as well as programs that promote personal development. The department also operates restaurants, espresso bars and markets across campus. Read more...

Conflict Resolution Tips for Students

Amy Collins, licensed psychologist at the UW Counseling Center and liaison to Residential Life, works with students on managing conflict within shared living spaces on campus. Here, she provides some valuable insight on conflict resolution that you may want to share with your student. Read More...

Reflections on the Husky Parent Experience

Lynne and Brandon HimesLynne Himes, whose son Brandon is a senior at the UW, lives in Missoula, Montana. We asked her to look back on the last three years and answer a few questions about the Husky experience, from a parent’s perspective.

Wow, what a ride Brandon has had at the UW! He always wanted to be a Husky and took ownership of his college admissions process to make that happen. I am an overly proud parent, which I am sure will come through as you read this. Read More...

Navigating the Scholarship Process

Scholarship advisers

The world of scholarships can be a daunting one. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards (OMSFA) helps undergraduates foster the skills and vision that are necessary to attain scholarships fit for their goals. Here, Mona Pitre-Collins, director of OMSFA, Robin Chang, assistant director of OMSFA and Sara Stubbs, global opportunities adviser, answer some common questions regarding the scholarship process. Read More...

You're Invited: Dawg Days in the Desert

Dawg Days in the Desert banner

Join UW Student Life and the Alumni Association for Dawg Days in the Desert, a beloved UW tradition. On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, University of Washington President Michael K. Young will highlight the 25th annual Chow Down to Washington banquet. Eat, drink and celebrate the UW alumni, parents and friends!

If you or family members are interested in attending, please let us know. E-mail with the names of possible attendees and contact information.

When: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Where: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa

Time: 5:30 pm, social hour; 7 pm, dinner and program

Give the Gift of the Arts this Holiday Season

Gift of the ArtsAre you looking for a great gift idea for the Dawg in your life? For the first time ever, the University of Washington Arts Ticket Office is offering gift certificates! Gift certificates may be used for any performance sold through the UW Arts Ticket Office, including UW Dance Program, UW DXARTS, UW School of Drama, UW School of Music and UW World Series. More information here.

Student Resources

The Career Center
134 Mary Gates Hall - (206) 543-0535
Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Mon. - Fri.
No charge for most services. Calendar of events and workshops online.

The Counseling Center
4th floor of Schmitz Hall - (206) 543-1240
Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Mon. - Fri.
Confidential counseling available. No charge for most services.

Hall Health Mental Health Clinic
Hall Health - (206) 543-5030
Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Mon. - Fri.
Confidential counseling available. Most major insurance accepted.

Health & Wellness
109 Elm Hall - (206) 543-6085
The place to go when you don't know where to go for help in difficult situations, when multiple services are needed to provide a safe and supportive response.

Community Standards & Student Conduct
Condon Hall Room 230 - (206) 685-6194
Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Mon. - Fri.
Consultation, Dean's certification forms, disciplinary clearance for study abroad and support for community standards.

Disability Resources for Students (DRS)
011 Mary Gates Hall - (206) 543-8924, (206) 543-8925 (TTY)
Open 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Mon. - Fri.

Services to enrolled students who have a documented permanent or temporary physical, psychological or sensory disability which qualifies them for academic accommodations.



UWPD Services

Husky NightWalk
Safety walking escort program, 6:30pm - 2am year-round

Victim Advocate
Licensed social worker available to help students, faculty and staff who are witness to or victim of a crime

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
Self-defense training program for women

WatchDawg Alerts
E-mail service with timely warnings about recent crimes near the UW community

UW Alert
Text/email messaging to students, faculty and staff during emergencies or crisis situations

Crime prevention tips and information about UWPD services

Follow Chief Vinson as he tweets about news around campus

Stay Connected

In February and May 2014, the Division of Student Life will host two focus groups, to help expand the Parent and Family Programs initiative. If you are looking for ways to network with fellow Husky families and further engage with the UW community, please consider joining us.

For more information, visit us online or email

For a list of upcoming events on campus, visit the UW Calendars and Events page.

Student Life

The Career Center


Community Standards & Student Conduct

Counseling Center

The Daily

Disability Resources

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Health & Wellness

Housing & Food Services

Q Center

Recreational Sports

Student Activities & Union Facilities

UW Police Department

Other Resources

Hall Health

Veterans Center