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Office of the President Letters to Campus

Onward in the Drive to 25

Welcome back for the spring semester (and a rare snow day for the Pullman campus on Wednesday)! While lots of snow and cold weather have greeted us at all of our campuses during the first two weeks of classes, warmer temperatures and spring are only a couple of months away. I hope all of you came back refreshed and ready for what promises to be an exciting 2017 at Washington State University!

We have lost several members of the Coug family in recent months, including two students who died in traffic accidents during their return trip to Pullman after winter break. The entire University community … » More …

Stand tall for the MLK dream: Equality, understanding, and justice

“A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”
—Martin Luther King Jr., 1965

Stand tall for one of our country’s greatest heroes—a man who dedicated his life to achieving equality for all.

Stand tall for Dr. King’s universal values. Social justice. Dignity. Compassion. Humility. Service. Values grounded in nonviolence—and most importantly—unconditional love.

Stand tall in support of an increasingly diverse society, a nation that welcomes and provides equal opportunity to … » More …

Ensuring a fair student conduct process

Our commitment to undertaking a comprehensive review of the University’s student conduct process took another important step forward today when we announced formation of a 15-member task force that will examine the entire conduct process.

I want to thank Professor Craig Hemmens for agreeing to chair this far-reaching effort and express my thanks in advance to the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors representing WSU campuses statewide who comprise the task force.

Our goal going forward is simple: We will revise our student conduct process as needed to reflect best practices nationally.

The task force’s work is expected to take three to four months to … » More …

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 …

An intriguing chat with a campus visitor

Amazingly, we are down to just five weeks left in the fall semester! I hope the semester has been a good one for all of you as we approach more winter-like weather here in the Palouse and across our state.

One evening last week I was playing with First Dog Cayenne in the backyard when she ran over to some of the trees and started barking loudly. When I walked over to find out what was bothering her, I heard what sounded like a horse walking along our driveway.

As I drew closer, I was just a little surprised to see a man in a … » More …

Preliminary accreditation granted to medical school

I am delighted to share a significant moment in Washington State University’s 126-year history with you. Earlier today, the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine received preliminary accreditation—a major milestone that keeps the college on track to enroll its inaugural class of students in August 2017.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting agency for MD-granting medical schools in the United States and Canada, communicated news of the preliminary accreditation to Dr. John Tomkowiak, M.D., the founding dean of the Floyd College of Medicine.

This achievement moves us one step closer to educating physicians who will practice in Washington’s underserved communities and making medical education … » More …

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