Update April 8: Some of the information below is now out-of-date due to the university’s continued response to COVID-19. Information on how WSU is complying with Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order can be found here.
Please refer to the latest postings on the WSU COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information.
As a WSU student, you are an important part of our Cougar community. We know you have questions about how the WSU system and all of our campuses are preparing for COVID-19. The information below is important to help you understand the efforts underway.
Facts Not Fear
The University has been planning and preparing for COVID-19 since January. A group of trained health and safety professionals have been convening regularly and each of our campuses in the WSU system has activated incident teams.
As members of our Cougar community, we all have a responsibility to plan and prepare. That means everything from following the CDC prevention and treatment advice, to supporting each other, and combating rumors and speculation when they arise. Focus on the facts. Cover your mouth when you cough. Wash your hands. Stay home when you are sick. Don’t touch your face. Seek information from credible resources.
WSU will continue to provide the educational opportunities needed to keep you on your way to graduation.
WSU is the only university in the state of Washington that is on the semester system. While other universities and colleges are on the quarter system and nearing finals, we are halfway through the semester. We are required to continue instruction in order for you to maintain satisfactory academic progress, receive credit for classes this semester, and maintain your eligibility for federal financial aid.
Our WSU college deans and faculty are already considering options and already being trained should we need to move to alternative instruction. In doing so, faculty are taking into account a variety of factors including learning objectives, class size, location, accessibility, availability of materials, academic support, labs, experiential learning, clinical rotations, and practicums.
Should WSU move away from our current practice, more detailed information will be provided to you.
As you make decisions about your spring break plans, you should consider your own personal health and the health of those around you. Out of an abundance of caution, most WSU international travel programs scheduled over the break have been cancelled. WSU has also provided guidance on international travel. Please keep an eye out for international and national travel guidance.
Treating Each Other with Respect
Members of our WSU community have reported acts of bias related to COVID-19. Public health concerns are not an excuse to harass or discriminate. That behavior will not be tolerated at WSU. If you or one of our community members have experienced this, please file a report as outlined here.
When to Expect Updates from WSU
If and when the situation changes, you will receive formal written communication directly from WSU officials. Current information is provided on the WSU COVID-19 website including frequently asked questions. If you still have a question, please feel free to email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The University will continue to communicate with you via your WSU email account.
Remember, Cougs help Cougs. We are all in this together.
Mary Jo Gonzales
Vice President of Student Affairs