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New regulations change scope of WSU’s Title IX jurisdiction

Holly Ashkannejhad, director of the Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation, said the new Title IX regulations decrease the number of complaints that are considered Title IX cases.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 19, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education’s updated Title IX regulations to narrow Title IX cases and decrease cases that would require an institution’s response. Holly Ashkannejhad, director of the Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation, discussed the new regulations during CRCI’s online forum o...

Pullman police officials outline policies, policing philosophy

Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said officers attended a week-long training on use of force after the department was scrutinized for using force on a former WSU football player in 2017.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 17, 2020

In Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins' open letter, he wrote that he is committed to holding himself and his department accountable so the tragedy in Minneapolis will not repeat itself in Pullman. “Condemnation of unacceptable conduct by law enforcement officers is not enough,” Jenkins wrote. “Law ...

University outdoor recreation shop reopens for Phase 3

The WSU Outdoor Recreation Rental Shop partially reopened on Monday. Employees are required to wear face masks and rentals are disinfected after every use.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

June 17, 2020

The WSU Outdoor Recreation Rental Shop partially reopened on Monday, following Whitman County’s approval for Phase 3 of reopening.  Donald Schmit, Rental Shop and Coug Bikes coordinator, said they have employed safety measures to limit the possible spread of disease. Equipment is cleaned and disi...

Alive! Orientation moves online

Alive! Orientation will be online through June and July. Students will attend an in-person resource tour before school begins in the fall.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

June 17, 2020

The Office of New Student Programs is hosting Alive! Orientation online through June and July.  Kimberly Dela Cruz, interim director of new student programs, said the decision to make Alive! online occurred in mid-April to prioritize student health and well-being.  Dela Cruz said Alive! is conducted...

University Recreation plans for Phase 3 reopening

WSU's Student Recreation Center on August 2019. University Recreation facilities are planning to open at 50 percent capacity as Whitman County enters Phase 3.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

June 12, 2020

Recreational facilities can operate at 50 percent capacity in Phase 3. However, Gov. Jay Inslee has not provided specific requirements for how fitness centers can open safely. WSU's University Recreation staff does not know when facilities like the Student Recreation Center or Chinook Student Cente...

Most remaining businesses now open in Phase 3

Whitman County entered Phase 3 on June 6. Several business are still closed, awaiting opening guidelines from the governor's office.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 10, 2020

John Wiesman, Washington's Secretary of Health, approved Whitman County to enter Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start Washington Plan on June 6. Phase 3 allows most remaining closed businesses to reopen once they can meet safety guidelines from the governor’s office.  Whitman County has ...

Pullman businesses adapt to Phase 2 changes

Tawny Szumlas, owner of Rico’s Pub, said employees and customers are following COVID-19 regulations, which includes wearing protection gear like masks.

CHERYL AARNIO and SYDNEY BROWN

May 22, 2020

As Phase 2 kicks off in Pullman, businesses in town must adapt to a new normal. The Safe Start plan for businesses laid out by Gov. Jay Inslee includes specific industry guidelines that businesses must follow in order to reopen, said Pullman Downtown Coordinator Jeanne Weiler. These guidelines include p...

Whitman County receives flood watch warning

Whitman County receives flood watch warning

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

May 19, 2020

The National Weather Service in Spokane issued a flood watch warning for Whitman County, according to the National Weather Service website. The warning is in effect from Tuesday evening until late Wednesday night.  Residents in the county should expect heavy, persistent rain up to two inches by Wednesday night, according to the warning. The rain will cause all water sources in the r...

WSU will not refund student fees

Mary Jo Gonzales,  Vice President of Student Affairs, said students fees are used to help WSU pay for outstanding deficits.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

WSU officials confirmed in an online town hall that the university will not refund spring semester student fees, following a national trend of universities who either only partially refunded fees or did not at all. Mary Jo Gonzales, vice president of Student Affairs, said the Center for Civic Engageme...

Essential workers on a quiet campus

About 10 people out of 40 are reporting to work for the Mailing Services in the Cooper Publications Building, said Ed Sala, director of WSU Press.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 13, 2020

As essential workers abide by the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, WSU Police has more officers working over the summer compared to prior years. “People have canceled their vacations so there’s more [officers] working,” WSU Police Cpl. Kelly Stewart said. While many people across the na...

ASWSU lays out recommendations for hazing prevention

Outgoing ASWSU President Quinton Berkompas said ASWSU's University Hazing Policy Review Committee was created in March. The committee recommends WSU officials to implement workshops and resources for victims.

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen reporter

May 11, 2020

ASWSU's University Hazing Policy Review Committee has created a list of recommendations for WSU officials to consider regarding hazing on campus.  Some of the recommendations include creating a WSU-affiliated website dedicated to hazing. The website would include a “chain of command” when reporting incident...

WSU develops its own hand sanitizer

WSU develops its own hand sanitizer

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 8, 2020

WSU Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is making “Cougar Clean,” an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that will help combat the hand sanitizer shortage and protect essential university workers.  Jason Sampson, assistant director of Environmental Services, Public Health and Sustainability, ...

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