WSU adds more safety resources following homicide, fall break

Moscow PD, urges people to call them regarding safety before anyone else



Cougar Safe Ride vehicles prepare to depart from Wilson-Short Hall, Sep. 12.

GABRIELLE BOWMAN, Evergreen news co-editor

The cities of Pullman Washington and Moscow Idaho are taking more precautions regarding safety in the community with the recent homicides in Moscow.

The City of Moscow Police Department sent an update over Facebook Sunday regarding students’ and community safety concerns.

It understands there is a sense of fear within the community, according to the post. Since Nov. 13, the department has received 78 calls for unusual circumstances and 36 requests to check the welfare for all of October.

Officers have found out that these parties making the calls for the unusual circumstances are calling their friends and family before notifying the police of the incidents, according to the post.

Moscow PD urges people to call 9-1-1 before calling anyone else for safety measures if any incidents arise in the community.

In a Nov. 22 email sent to students by WSU’s Pullman Chancellor Elizabeth S. Chilton acknowledged the safety concerns of students on the Pullman campus. Chilton said they had implemented protocols and resources for students on campus.

The WSU Police Department and Pullman Police Department have increased patrols on campus and in adjacent neighborhoods, according to the email.

Cougar Safe Rides provide safe transportation to and from campus seven days a week, according to a CSR Instagram post.

The WSU Police Cadet Corps offers a free on-foot escort service to and from campus most evenings, according to the email. Finally, WSU and the City of Pullman have installed street cameras on campus and in highly trafficked areas of College Hill. These safety precautions have been made to make the community safe, Chilton said in the email.

In addition to these safety precautions, WSU transportation is continuing bus routes until 10 p.m. with the Wheat and Lentil routes, said Chris Boyan, director of WSU transportation.

“Another measure that many students don’t know is that after dark Pullman transit has a policy where if you ask them to drop you off along their route in front of your house or residence if there is a safe way to do that, to stop there than going to the next bus stop,” Boyan said.

With some students hesitant to return to both campuses, University of Idaho and WSU have given options to let students learn remotely for the rest of the semester.

“The Provost’s Office has been working directly with Pullman faculty on all the options available for students, and has asked them to exercise understanding and grace throughout this trying time,” Chilton said in the email.

Students are welcome to contact their instructors directly when it comes to doing alternative learning options and the university also wants students to consider contacting academic advisors if they have additional questions about options for the rest of the semester, Chilton said.

In the post made by the City of Moscow Police Department, they added the non-emergency assistance line (208)-882-2677.

It is also expressed that students stay vigilant and look out for themselves and others while on campus, Chilton said.