Week 2 (Mostly?) Remote

Per President Cauce’s most recent email, CSE 143E has decided that class sessions and quiz sections for Week 2 of the course will continue to be online. We are still trying to figure out office hours and whether it is fully remote or hybrid. Details forthcoming.

Week 5 and Onward (In-person with remote options)


All policies below are designed to match guidance from the University of Washington. It is possible for guidance to change as the pandemic evolves over the coming months, so we will constantly be updating this page as rules/regulations change.

Return to Campus

According to the email President Cauce sent on ⅓, we will be returning to campus soon. In her email, she outlines the following recommendations:

Remote Access

If you are sick or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19, stay home. There are no attendance points in this class, so you will not be penalized for missing class to keep our community safe. See more here.

Below, we briefly describe the accommodations for students having to miss class due to potential illness, with full information in the linked pages.

  • Class Sessions: This quarter, all of the course content will be delivered through pre-recorded lectures from a previous quarter. There will be class sessions hosted by Hunter for Q&A about the topics that day. Class sessions can be joined either in-person (except Week 2) or remotely over Zoom. Recordings of the Q&A session will be posted. All materials for the day will be posted on the class website.
  • Quiz Sections: All material (including solutions) posted on the course website, some videos posted walking through material covered in class.
  • Office Hours: Hunter’s office hours can be attended remotely or in-person. We are still trying to figure out details for the IPL.
  • Asynchronous help via the Ed Discussion Board: Post online to get asynchronous help from a member of the course staff.
  • Exams: If a student needs to miss a scheduled exam due to confirmed or potential sickness, we will schedule a make-up exam for a later date. Do not come to an exam sick.


While in public, in-door spaces occupied by other people, you must be wearing a mask. This includes, but is not limited to: class sessions, quiz sections, support hours in Hunter’s office, support hours in the IPL. See more information about UW‘s masking requirements here.

Hunter and your TAs will always wear a mask in class and when working with you. You and your fellow students have to wear a mask when working with each other or with the course staff, or when attending class.

For the purposes of this policy, a face covering must: Fit snugly against the sides of the face; completely cover the nose and mouth; bandanas and gaiters are not considered face coverings for this policy. Students who do not wear a face mask will be asked to leave the classroom. If you forget your face mask or refuse to wear one, I will ask you to leave the classroom. Repeated failure to wear a face covering may result in you being referred to the Student Conduct Office for possible disciplinary action. I hope that we can all agree to keep each other safe by wearing our face masks.

Everyone is also encouraged to make sure they have a higher quality mask based on the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant.

Learn more about detailed face mask usage here.

UW has approved a hydration exemption which allows students and instructors to briefly move aside their mask if they are drinking water even in class. This exemption is meant be used only for a brief moment to hydrate, and you should not be talking with your mask off or have your mask removed for a prolonged period of time. This exemption, does not allow for eating food in classes.

Do you need to maintain social distancing?

Vaccinations and masking provide strong protection against the spread of COVID. Currently, UW does not require social distancing in the classroom or office hours for students who are vaccinated and wearing a mask. The masking and vaccination requirements proved to be very strong in Autumn 2021, leading to no known documented COVID cases that came from transmission in a classroom.

Of course, some students might feel more comfortable keeping a little distance. If you would like to keep space between you and another student, please kindly ask them to leave a space between you and them if there is room available. Similarly, if someone asks you to maintain a space between them, please respect that request if possible.

What if you get sick?

See this FAQ by UW on what you should do if you get sick. You should also check out the Remote Access options listed above!

What if you are potentially exposed to COVID-19?

Follow the recommendations outlined in this flowchart by EH&S.

What if Hunter or your TA gets sick?

The course staff is committed to keeping you safe, so we will not make you risk a potential exposure to COVID to attend class. If Hunter or your TA feels ill, we will move any in-person activities we are hosting (e.g., a class session, quiz section, or support hours) to be purely online or have someone else on the course staff fill in for us while we are potentially contagious.

Please make sure you check your email frequently and before you attend an in-person event to make sure it is still happening in-person. We will always try our best to give as advanced notice as possible for any changes from in-person to remote for a day.