Join us for a special edition of Western Cares trivia on Friday, June 19 from 5-6 p.m. Trivia will hosted by the Salish Sea Institute (SSI) at WWU and focus on the Salish Sea region with a range of questions about history, natural environment, business, governance, and geography. A SSI dry bag will be awarded to the first place team. All participants will receive a Salish Sea sticker.
The 2020-21 WWU calendars are now available! All departments will receive large wall calendars. Quantities distributed are based on the number of faculty, staff, and administrators in each department.
Western has unveiled a new "Safe Start Western" website with procedures and guidelines not only for remote and hybrid work options for WWU employees, but sets of reopening plans to help guide offices through how to safely reopen once that is approved. These procedures help ensure Western is meeting state, federal and county guidelines for re-opening and safe work environments.
Check out the new Safe Start Western website at https://www.wwu.edu/safe-start.
Editor’s Note: After each Board of Trustees meeting, Western Today provides a recap of decisions and discussion.
Trustees Approve Preliminary 2020-21 Operating Budget and Tuition Rates
Western’s Board of Trustees approved a preliminary 2020-2021 continuation operating budget of more than $190 million for the University, preliminary to approving a final operating budget for the year at their regular meeting in October. The trustees also approved 2020-2021 tuition rates.
Western Washington University's Equal Opportunity Office has changed its name to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance (CRTC).
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many plans and processes over the past four months, including on Dining Services. While we had an initial pre-COVID timeline that planned for decisions and next steps in March and throughout spring quarter, that simply wasn’t possible, given the many other immediate challenges facing the University, and the massive impacts of the pandemic on our University Residences. Our human resources had to be redirected to address the impact of the pandemic.
University Archives and Records Management is pleased to announce that on June 3, the State Records Committee approved updates to the University’s records retention schedules. You can find the updated versions of the University’s general records retention schedules on the University Archives and Records Management website:
Western Libraries Heritage Resources is creating a digital archive to preserve documentation about Western Washington University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Material that is collected will be preserved and available for future generations to access and use. The COVID-19 documentation project will collect the experiences of Western students, staff, and faculty who have adjusted to working, teaching, and learning from home in response to the current public health crisis.
Western Washington University has completed the planning process for its Fall 2020 mix of in-person and online classes, and Phase I of Fall Registration will officially begin on Wednesday, June 17.
“This has been a process involving almost every system on campus,” said Western’s Provost, Brent Carbajal. “Understanding how the university was going to teach about 2,900 classes across more than 175 academic programs while keeping students safe was a colossal undertaking. We are all much indebted to those who guided the university through this process.”
The following policies are approved and effective from June 10, 2020:
BUSINESS & FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
POL-U5348.01 Managing & Safeguarding University Assets https://policy.wwu.edu/POL-U5346.01-Managing-and-Safeguarding-University-Assets.pdf