Coronavirus News

6 days 9 hours ago

Dear Colleagues,  President Randhawa’s message last week about the shift in fall operations referenced a distinction between our immediate budget planning for this fiscal year and our approach to more permanent and strategic budget planning in the next biennium. Today’s budget update includes more detail on that distinction and on the status of our FY21 budget planning. 

1 week 3 days ago

Following the decision to further reduce the number of in-person classes on Thursday, July 30, Housing updated their occupancy standards to adhere to new safety standards guided by University, local and state health officials.  As of Friday, July 31:   All residence halls are single-occupancy rooms only fall quarter 

1 week 3 days ago

As a follow-up to President Randhawa's message about Fall quarter changes, Human Resources wants to ensure we are providing you with as much support as possible. In doing so we have gathered information and resources from your comments and feedback. Feel free to reach out to Human Resources at any time with questions. Please read on to learn more about:

1 week 4 days ago

Dear WWU Students and Families, We hope you are all well and safe. I am writing to provide an update as you prepare for fall quarter.

2 weeks 5 days ago

Dear Western Community,

2 weeks 5 days ago

Western Libraries has been working to ensure we can comply with the necessary requirements outlined by both the university and by the State of Washington in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. During Phase 2 of the Governor’s “Safe Start” plan, libraries must remain closed to the public, but are allowed to provide limited access to materials when certain procedural and safety requirements are met.  

2 weeks 6 days ago

In order to conform with Governor Inslee’s directive on limiting large gatherings during Phase II of Washington State’s Safe Start reopening plan, summer commencement is postponed until December. Just as winter commencement was combined with spring, we will do likewise with summer and fall. December commencement is now a virtual event and summer graduates will be invited to attend with further information emailed by August.

3 weeks 2 days ago

Citing the health and safety of student-athletes as the overriding concern, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference CEO Board today voted unanimously to suspend all intercollegiate athletics competition through Nov. 30 due to COVID-19.   The CEO Board said it will continue to monitor developments related to the pandemic and make a decision by Oct. 15 regarding the status of competition after Nov. 30.  

3 weeks 3 days ago

WWU staff have been working on getting departments the help, resources and tools needed to plan for a gradual return to campus, and one of the biggest parts of that process is the requirement to submit a Department Plan through ReADY. Previously, a working Virtual Private Network (VPN) was required to access all ReADY requests, but this requirement has been removed, making the process much easier to do from off campus. 

4 weeks ago

With input from the Faculty Senate and the Associated Students, and with the approval of the Provost, the University will – with the modifications described below – return for Fall Quarter 2020 to the standard and published grading policy posted below. This temporary policy has no bearing on courses graded S/U or on grading in the Fairhaven College, which has its own grading policy. https://catalog.wwu.edu/content.php?catoid=16&navoid=3961#Grades_and_Grade_Reporting

1 month ago

A number of changes were recently made to increase the visibility and wayfinding to the University's COVID-related resources from the Western home page.

1 month ago

At Western, the education of our students is core to all that we do.  Not only do we care very much about our students’ success and dignity as they pursue their dreams, we commit ourselves to fostering and furthering that success and opening paths to goals our students might not have envisioned previously.  This doesn’t just apply to students from our state or our country.  Our international students are a vital part of our student body, and they have the right to pursue their degrees without having their lives and education unnecessarily disrupted beyond the c

1 month ago

The Environmental Health and Safety Department (EHS) has developed a mandatory training to help educate the University community regarding COVID-19 disease prevention measures in the workplace.  These measures include:  Maintaining physical distancing of at least 6 feet  Staying home when sick  Washing your hands often  Wearing a face covering  Cleaning and disinfecting regularly   

1 month ago

A carpenter working on a project at Western’s Ridgeway Commons dining hall who tested positive last week for coronavirus took the test again on Saturday and tested negative.   Another construction worker at the University’s new Interdisciplinary Science Building last week reported direct exposure to coronavirus from a family member. However, that family member was the carpenter who tested negative on Saturday. 

1 month 3 weeks ago

Dear Western Faculty & Staff, 

1 month 3 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.

1 month 3 weeks 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.”

1 month 4 weeks 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.   

2 months ago

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of a proclamation today giving high-risk workers the right to protect themselves from COVID-19 without jeopardizing their employment status or loss of income.

2 months 1 week ago

Did you miss the Virtual Q&A on May 27 about fall planning, with President Sabah Randhawa, Provost Brent Carbajal, and WWU vice presidents Melynda Huskey and Donna Gibbs? If so, click here to watch the recorded session, or go to https://vimeo.com/423385719.

2 months 2 weeks ago

Dear Western Community:

2 months 2 weeks 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:

2 months 4 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. 

3 months 1 week ago

Dear Students and Families,  WWU applied for federal CARES Act funding for students on April 21, and this week we received $5.8 million to expend over the next year as grants for Western students who have incurred expenses from disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. 

3 months 1 week ago

Dear WWU Faculty and Staff, As Governor Inslee and state health experts continue to evaluate a phased lifting of certain restrictions of the Stay Home-Stay Healthy proclamation, we have started to examine possible future scenarios for university operations.

3 months 1 week 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.

3 months 2 weeks 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. 

3 months 2 weeks 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.