Coronavirus

Coronavirus Update for April 2: Financial Impact Mitigation Measures

3 days 5 hours ago

Dear Western Community,

I want to share with you some immediate measures we are taking to mitigate the financial fallout from the global coronavirus pandemic. These measures are in keeping with my earlier message that, in addition to promoting the safety and well-being of our community and ensuring the continuity in delivering our education mission, protecting the well-being and employment security of Western’s faculty and staff in this ongoing situation is a top priority for us too.

john.thompson

Coronavirus Update for April 2: Resources from the Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

3 days 8 hours ago

Dear Western Community,

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington State Employee Assistance Program is providing increased support to the employees and supervisors. EAP is in full operation across the state, offering services via phone and telehealth platforms. We know that the emotional and mental health toll of this crisis will be significant, and we are providing additional support and resources to help address the impacts of stress, fear, financial loss, illness, grief and loss, children out of school, and isolation created by social distancing.

john.thompson

Coronavirus Update for March 26: Spring Tuition and Fees

1 week 2 days ago

Dear Western Students,

We hope this message finds you healthy and safely enjoying the last couple of days of Spring Break.  We know that one of the primary concerns you and your families have is possible adjustments to spring tuition and fees because of the unforeseen adaptions we’ve been forced to make in response to an unprecedented global health crisis. As previously indicated, financial aid disbursements will go forward as scheduled on March 31, and in tandem with that we want to give you and your families some sense of what to expect regarding tuition and fees.

john.thompson

What *are* viruses, and how do they work?

1 week 4 days ago

With the entire world gripped in a crisis about a virus most of us had never heard of a month ago, Western Today had a conversation with Western's own virologist, Associate Professor of Chemistry Gerry Prody, about viruses, how they work, and how we can all best protect ourselves.

Western Today: Many folks lump viruses and bacteria into one box, because they can both do the same thing - make us feel sick. What are differences between the two?

john.thompson

Coronavirus Update for March 24: Stay Home, Stay Healthy

1 week 5 days ago

Dear Western Community,

Yesterday’s “stay-at-home” order from Governor Inslee created questions for many employees. We’ve reviewed the order and associated documents, and consulted with our Assistant Attorney Generals and others to ensure that we clearly understand the impact of the order.

john.thompson

Coronavirus Update for March 20: Looking Ahead to Spring

2 weeks 2 days ago

Dear Students,

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the many issues related to the unexpected move to remote learning for Spring quarter. We recognize that this is a very distressing, confusing, and hectic time for you and your families. Please keep in mind that your health and safety are our highest priority, and that we are striving to make this sudden transition as smooth as possible for you.

john.thompson

Coronavirus Update for March 20: Spring Break

2 weeks 2 days ago

Dear Western Community,

In the midst of all the changes and uncertainty, Spring Break is here. The sunshine, the spring flowers, the amazing sunsets—all of the things we look forward to every year after the long, dark winter are here. I hope that you can find some time this week to just enjoy the familiar rhythm of spring returning.

john.thompson

Coronavirus Update for March 20: Telemedicine, Mail Services info, Wellness, and more

2 weeks 2 days ago

Dear Western Community,

Western is open and all employees have an obligation to work remotely when possible to help mitigate or slow the spread of COVID-19 and support the safety of those who remain on campus. This is important as we recognize there are a number of functions performed that require employees to be present at the work site in order to continue business operations.

Message from Mail Services

john.thompson

Coronavirus Update for March 19: A Note on Confidentiality and Privacy Rights

2 weeks 3 days ago

Dear Campus Community,

Following our first confirmed cases the university has received a number of questions regarding privacy issues. To ensure the University complies with state and federal privacy rights of University employees and students, all employees are asked to review and follow the guidance provided in the FAQs Regarding Confidentiality During a Pandemic. Concerns or questions about privacy and confidentiality can be sent to Compliance.matters@wwu.edu

FAQs Regarding Confidentiality During a Pandemic

john.thompson

Coronavirus Update for March 18: WWU Student Health Center

2 weeks 4 days ago

The Student Health Center at Western serves current students on the Bellingham campus. Our small outpatient clinic, which is funded through student fees, does not accept community members or Western employees as patients. The Student Health Center can not provide COVID-19 testing to the community. Test capacity is still severely limited in our region, and we are using them in accordance with CDC recommendations for only students at the highest risk.

john.thompson

Coronavirus Update for March 18: A Message from Human Resources

2 weeks 4 days ago

Dear Campus Community,

Western is open and all employees should work remotely when possible to help mitigate or slow the spread of COVID-19. We recognize that there are a number of functions performed that require employees to be present at the work site in order to continue business operations. It is our obligation to minimize the number of employees on-site and support the safety of those who remain on campus.

Western is NOT in Suspended Operations

john.thompson

Work to Resume on New Residence Hall

2 weeks 4 days ago

Lydig Construction, the general contractor on the New Residence Hall project, has notified the University that they are prepared to resume work on the site. Associate Medical Director of Western’s Student Health Center, David Hansen, has reviewed Lydig’s plan to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 and agrees that it covers all current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.

john.thompson
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