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OPINION: Students, admin are both to blame for COVID spike

It's tempting to cast blame on one group, but students and admin are both equally responsible for the COVID-19 problems in Pullman.

MEGHAN HENRY, Evergreen columnist

September 17, 2020

As COVID-19 cases rise dramatically in the Pullman, people are beginning to point fingers, and many are choosing sides. In most people’s minds, it’s either the students or the administration who should take the blame for the sudden jump. But with such last-minute decisions made by the university,...

Administration discusses budget, strategic plan

WSU President Kirk Schulz said WSU Athletics lost $30-$35 million in net revenue due to COVID-19.

MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter

September 10, 2020

WSU administration joined Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture to discuss the university’s budget, which has been disbursed among WSU campuses to recover from deficits, and its diversity plan, which includes cluster hires to increase faculty diversity. Voiland College professors contribute...

Former provost’s termination was not gender-based, investigation finds

Former WSU Provost Mitzi Montoya was terminated in Sept. 2019, two months after she began her employment.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

August 31, 2020

An independent reviewer found former WSU Provost Mitzi Montoya’s termination in Sept. 2019 was not influenced by gender bias or undue influence from third parties. Montoya served as provost for two months in fall 2019, which was a very short time, said Phil Weiler, WSU vice president for marketing and c...

WSU extends late tuition fee deadline for students

Dave Cillay, WSU Vice President for Academic Outreach and Innovation, said WSU’s learning system helps encourage distance learning and will make classes easier to adapt to.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

August 19, 2020

WSU officials announced students will not have to pay the first late tuition fee on Sept. 7, giving students who are late on tuition an extra month to pay. This announcement came during WSU’s ninth online town hall Wednesday afternoon. WSU temporarily changed its policy so students’ awards will ap...

WSU’s move to distance learning will not cost less, university officials say

Stacy Pearson, WSU vice president of finance and administration, said the university is still reviewing the mandated 10 percent budget cuts.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 31, 2020

The move to remote instruction will not come with fewer expenses, WSU officials said Friday afternoon in the online COVID-19 Town Hall.  “Certainly it’s not less expensive,” WSU Provost Elizabeth Chilton said. “As someone who has taught courses in both remote environment and face to face, it...

Schulz says tuition stays the same; student fees to be reevaluated

WSU President Kirk Schulz said he acknowledges the financial hardships of students and families, but tuition dollars fund the valuable educational experience at WSU. 

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 25, 2020

WSU will not reduce tuition for any students, WSU President Kirk Schulz confirmed Friday afternoon in an online town hall.  “I would ask our Coug family to remember we’re also in the midst of a pandemic, and the university is cutting back on a lot of our expenses,” Schulz said.  WSU upd...

Undergraduate classes move online for fall; letter urges students not to return to campus

Undergraduate classes move online for fall; letter urges students not to return to campus

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 23, 2020

The WSU Pullman campus will be offering all undergraduate classes remotely with very few in-person exceptions, according to a letter WSU officials published today. WSU will announce information about graduate classes by Aug. 1.  Delivery options for class schedules will be finalized Aug. 1, said...

Letter from WSU officials updates faculty, staff about upcoming budget cuts

The university will implement a $37.2 million budget cut for fall due to the financial impact of COVID.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 22, 2020

WSU officials wrote a letter that updated faculty and staff on the upcoming school-wide budgetary cuts. The university needs to reach a state-mandated reduction of $37.2 million.  The school will not implement furloughs at this time, wrote Stacy Pearson, WSU vice president of finance and adminis...

WSU administration discloses more details about fall classes

Courses will be taught in a mixture of face-to-face instruction, distance learning and online. Students are encouraged to develop their personal methods of organization to prepare for fall.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

July 15, 2020

Fall instruction will incorporate different types of teaching models, and students will be expected to follow specific classroom protocols to ensure the safety of other students and instructors.  “These are evolving. We monitor the public health situation constantly,” said Mary Wack, vice provos...

New regent to focus on learning his role before taking action

John Schoettler, vice president for Global Real Estate and Facilities at Amazon and member of the WSU Board of Regents, said his prior job experience will help him in his new role as regent.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 15, 2020

A WSU alumnus and Amazon executive has been appointed to the university’s Board of Regents. John Schoettler, vice president for Global Real Estate and Facilities at Amazon, was appointed to the position by Gov. Jay Inslee. He started his appointment July 1. "I think that Washington State Univ...

WSU officials, students speak out against international student immigration policy

International students must take at least one in-person class in order to stay in the country, according to a statement from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 13, 2020

International students will not be able to stay in the country if they do not take at least one in-person course in fall 2020, according to a statement by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, part of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. WSU will be following a hybrid model this fall, so as long as WS...

WSU amends housing policy after petition gains over 5,000 signatures

In order to be assigned a dorm, students were required to agree, in the original housing contract, to not cancel their contract even if they were not able to stay in the dorms due to COVID-19.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 8, 2020

Writer’s note: The comments made by Curtis Cohen and Riley, the other student quoted, were made before either student, or myself, was aware of the amendment made to the addendum.   WSU updated its housing policy, which originally told students it would not refund housing costs should the coronav...

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