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Creating a budget to propel our success

Greetings from French Administration! I hope you had a restful time away from the University with family and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday. Noel and I enjoyed spending a few days with our two sons and daughter-in-law in both New Mexico and the Palouse. We experienced a first this year—our children prepared a traditional Thanksgiving meal for us. All we had to do was show up and eat!

In my May letter to campus, I noted several key financial issues that needed immediate attention:

Reinstitution of a formal university budget development process
Creation of a comprehensive funding plan for each new building in advance of its … » More …

Review of recent student conduct cases underway

(President Schulz sent this message via email to WSU faculty, staff, and students November 18.)

In light of Wednesday’s ruling by Whitman County Superior Court that granted a temporary stay of the University’s suspension of student Robert Barber, we already have launched a detailed review of other recent student conduct cases.

More specifically, we are examining cases in which the conduct board did not retain a record of the questions students charged with violating the Standards of Conduct for Students asked during a hearing. This was the sole basis of the Superior Court’s decision on Wednesday.

As a second step in rebuilding the Cougar family’s … » More …

Supporting a safe campus environment for all

(President Schulz sent this message via email to WSU faculty, staff, and students November 14.)

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

With the U.S. election now nearly a week behind us, the last several days have been a time of reflection, a time of action, and a time during which many members of the Washington State University community have experienced an emotional roller-coaster.

Regardless of how you feel about the election results, I want to remind you that WSU embraces diversity, inclusion, and opportunity for all. The foundation of our university is built on those principles. We do not—and will not—tolerate expressions of hate, prejudice, or … » More …

Creating a best-in-class student conduct process

(President Schulz sent this message via email to faculty, staff, and students November 10.)

Dear University Community,

As many of you know, we launched an independent review of our student conduct process on October 28 after community organizations and individuals raised concerns about alleged racial and ethnic bias against students in recent decisions made by the Student Conduct Boards.

As our review process moves forward, I invite you to share your comments and suggestions regarding our current conduct procedures. What works? What doesn’t work? If you could make one change to the existing processes, what would it be?

Please visit this web page to … » More …

Maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for all a top priority

(President Schulz read the statement below at the beginning of the public comment period at the Board of Regents meeting on Nov. 4, 2016.)

Good Morning. Thank you for coming out today to share your views with the Washington State University Regents and the rest of our leadership team.

One of the great strengths of our University is that we have passionate alumni, parents, students, faculty, and staff—they all care deeply about Washington State University. I’ve appreciated and valued that Cougar passion from day one—it drives us to greatness and it drives us to do the right thing.

An inclusive environment and ensuring the safety … » More …

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