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Pullman Police to enforce mask mandate with education, warnings

Pullman Police to enforce mask mandate with education, warnings

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 26, 2020

A public health order from John Wiesman, Washington Secretary of Health, requires every individual in the state, starting today, to wear a face covering or receive potential penalties. Individuals who do not comply with the order could be charged with a misdemeanor under RCW 70.05.120, said Jessica ...

WSU officials solidify plan for fall instruction

WSU Interim Provost Bryan Slinker said signage will be used to direct students through hallways and maintain social distancing.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 26, 2020

WSU still plans for in-person fall instruction, but officials confirmed the semester will move to online learning after Thanksgiving. This is among many changes addressed during the WSU COVID-19 Town Hall held on Wednesday afternoon. Class sizes will not exceed 50 students, and students will have...

WSU cancels August in-person commencement

The August in-person commencement has been canceled due to COVID-19-related concerns. WSU officials have decided gatherings of more than 50 people pose a health risk.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 24, 2020

WSU canceled the August in-person commencement ceremony due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19.  Spring 2020 graduates are invited to participate in future commencement ceremonies when the risk to public health decreases, according to WSU’s commencement website.  The president’s cabinet, wh...

Phi Delta Theta returns to WSU in August

WSU's Phi Delta Theta chapter was suspended in 2016 after allegations of misconduct. The fraternity is returning to campus in August.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 22, 2020

Phi Delta Theta’s suspension will end Aug. 1 after being investigated in 2016 for different types of misconduct, including underage drinking. “The actions the group took weren’t representative of the values of Phi Delta Theta,” said Greg Rush, Phi Delta Theta expansion consultant. “Our response...

Student-athletes return for voluntary training

WSU Athletic Director Pat Chun said the department expects most football players will return for training.

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

June 19, 2020

WSU student-athletes were allowed to return to Pullman for voluntary workouts this week. In an online press conference on June 11, WSU Athletic Director Pat Chun said they expected a handful of student-athletes to report for the workouts. They also expected a majority of the football players to be ...

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...

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