Coronavirus

WWU unveils 'Safe Start' website to guide remote work, reopening procedures

2 weeks ago

Western has unveiled a new "Safe Start Western" website with procedures and guidelines not only for remote and hybrid work options for WWU employees, but sets of reopening plans to help guide offices through how to safely reopen once that is approved. These procedures help ensure Western is meeting state, federal and county guidelines for re-opening and safe work environments. 

Check out the new Safe Start Western website at https://www.wwu.edu/safe-start.

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Phase I of Fall Registration at Western opens on Wednesday

2 weeks 2 days ago

Western Washington University has completed the planning process for its Fall 2020 mix of in-person and online classes, and Phase I of Fall Registration will officially begin on Wednesday, June 17.

“This has been a process involving almost every system on campus,” said Western’s Provost, Brent Carbajal. “Understanding how the university was going to teach about 2,900 classes across more than 175 academic programs while keeping students safe was a colossal undertaking. We are all much indebted to those who guided the university through this process.”

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Coronavirus Update for June 11: Governor issues new rules for state employees and masks in the workplace

2 weeks 6 days ago

Dear Faculty and Staff, 

Starting June 8, 2020, Governor Inslee’s Safe Start response to the COVID-19 pandemic is mandating that all employees in the state of Washington wear cloth face coverings, except when working alone in an office, vehicle or job site.  Wearing a face covering helps protect others in case you’re infected with COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms.  There are some exceptions to this mandate, which includes communicating with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.   

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Campus Safety Tips during the coronavirus crisis

1 month 1 week ago

Western’s campus may be a lot quieter these days as classes have moved online, but University Police are still on campus and working to keep our community safe. Here are some tips for staying safe when you’re out and about that are helpful any time of year:

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Coronavirus Update for May 12: Plans for Fall Quarter

1 month 2 weeks ago

Dear WWU Community, 

I know that one of the biggest questions on the minds of students and their families, and faculty and staff alike, is will we return to face-to-face operations in fall quarter?  Needless to say, this involves a highly complex set of decisions that require planning for circumstances that no one can fully predict at the moment. 

john.thompson

Western Opens Temporary Respiratory Clinic

2 months ago

Western is opening a temporary respiratory clinic at the university’s main campus in Bellingham on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

The Student Health Center Annex, or temporary respiratory clinic, is located in the first-floor former lock shop space of the Campus Services building. The respiratory clinic is intended to be a separate facility to mitigate any potential risk that may be present as the university eventually transitions to more normal operations. Both the primary Student Health Center and the Annex will serve only Western Students.

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Can you give to support the Student Emergency Fund?

2 months ago

There is no higher priority than the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Considering the challenges presented by the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Western Washington University is taking significant steps to respond to our current reality and protect our campus community — including transitioning to a virtual instruction environment and encouraging social distancing.

People around the globe are being impacted by this pandemic, and we are sensitive to the effect that this might have on you and your family. 

john.thompson

A virus' worst enemy

2 months 1 week ago

In this Q&A, WWU Professor of Biology Craig Moyer breaks down the mechanical processes of how your greatest ally in the battle to stay healthy this spring - soap - is the enemy a virus never wants to see coming.

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Coronavirus Update for April 13: WWU closure expected through June 14

2 months 2 weeks ago

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As you may have seen in my message to students last Friday, we have been encouraged by recent infection and hospitalization trends suggesting that the worst of the coronavirus outbreak in Washington may be behind us. But models are only as good as the assumptions we put into them. Although the data show that current community mitigation strategies are working to slow the spread of COVID-19, they must be sustained to ensure Washington’s continued success.

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