Coronavirus News

6 days 16 hours ago

Dear Western Community,   I hope that this very unusual fall quarter is nonetheless going well for you, and that you are healthy and finding safe ways to stay connected.  

2 weeks 2 days ago

In order to further educate and support its community, Western is now offering all students a COVID prevention and well-being course. This 20-minute online training covers basics of COVID prevention but focuses mainly on how to take care of mental health and wellbeing during a pandemic, and how to navigate college during these new times. This training is an optional resource recommended and available to all current Western students. 

3 weeks 1 day ago

Dear Western Community,  Western’s Student Health Center has developed a dashboard showing results of COVID-19 testing of Western students. The dashboard can be found at https://www.wwu.edu/coronavirus. This abbreviated dashboard now shows figures for COVID-19 testing for Western students, including the number of positive cases and total cases.  

1 month ago

Western is committed to having a safe and healthy campus, and as part of this, all on-site students at Western’s Bellingham campus must be tested continuously. Many students have submitted their results from COVID testing this week in preparation for their arrival on campus, but staff have also heard from a large number of students who haven't been able to access testing because poor air quality from wildfires has closed test sites throughout the state.

1 month ago

As part of Washington State’s Safe Start Plan for Higher Education, Western is expected to screen all persons who enter our physical locations for COVID-19 symptoms and to follow health and safety requirements to prevent disease spread.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Dear Western Students and Families,  I hope you and your loved ones are well and that these summer months have afforded you a time to reconnect with family and friends even while we work to keep each other safe through this ongoing pandemic. 

2 months ago

Western has developed a system for defining operating levels during the COVID-19 pandemic based on guidance provided by the state of Washington and other sources. This system is designed to satisfy the requirements of Governor Inslee's Safe Start phases for Whatcom County, and is located on the University's Safe Start site at 

2 months 2 weeks 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. 

2 months 3 weeks 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 

2 months 3 weeks 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:

2 months 3 weeks 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.

3 months 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.  

3 months 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 months 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 months 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. 

3 months 1 week 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

3 months 1 week 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.

3 months 1 week 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

3 months 1 week 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   

3 months 2 weeks 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.