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Washington State University
Office of the President July 2020

Fall shifting to remote Cougar experience

To our Cougar community on the WSU Pullman campus:

We write today with disappointing news. Our fall 2020 semester at WSU Pullman will not be what we hoped, wanted, or planned.

Given the alarming rise in the number of COVID‑19 cases regionally and nationally, all undergraduate courses at WSU Pullman will be delivered at a distance and will be completed remotely, with extremely limited exceptions for in‑person instruction. Information regarding WSU Pullman graduate coursework and instructional delivery methods will be announced by August 1.

We are coordinating closely as a WSU system in finalizing plans for the fall. Our other campuses will announce their plans shortly.

We make this decision with the … » More …

Next steps in implementing FY 2021 budget reductions

Dear Faculty and Staff:

As we continue to carefully weigh the impact of various budget-reduction scenarios and identify solutions that will be the least harmful to our ability to carry out our land-grant mission, I want to bring you up-to-date on the steps that the Executive Committee of the President’s Cabinet has approved for the system-wide Fiscal Year 2021 budget process.

As you know, on May 13, WSU received notification from the governor’s Office of Financial Management (OFM) directing all state agencies to identify operating budget savings for the fiscal year beginning July 2020 due to anticipated declines in state revenues caused by the COVID‑19 pandemic. … » More …

In support of our international students

Dear Cougar Community:

We want to be crystal-clear: Washington State University fully supports the ability of all international students to pursue a college degree.

We feel compelled to make this public statement in light of the announcement earlier this week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that it would discontinue visa exceptions for international students on F‑1 visas who take all of their courses online. The decision could force hundreds of thousands of international students to leave the United States and threatens the academic work of more than 2,100 students across the WSU system.

The new federal policies are unjust and damaging. At a time when universities … » More …