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Two students arrestedfor suspected arson

PULLMAN – Two men have been arrested in connection with a series of small arson fires that were set on the WSU Pullman campus early Monday morning.

 

Twenty-one-year-old David Miner and 18-year-old Ian Copland have been charged with five counts of first degree arson and four counts of reckless burning. Police told KLY-News that the two “appeared to be intoxicated.”

 

Starting at about 1 a.m., public safety officers from Pullman and WSU responded to a fire set in a trash can outside the Stephenson dormitory complex that was extinguished quickly.  Three other fires burning in and around the dorm included a newspaper rack and a pair of … » More …

Riverpoint campus updates master plan

SPOKANE – WSU is launching an update of the master plan for the Riverpoint Campus, last updated in 2000. An oversight committee including representatives of Eastern Washington University and Sirti as well as WSU has been established to work with the design firms that have been selected.

The process begins in April, with plans to complete the process in 120 days. Opportunities for public review and input will be announced when they are finalized.

NAC Architecture of Spokane will facilitate the effort, with the team led by Bruce Blackmer and Tom Golden. MIG Inc. will lead the public participation process as well as providing their … » More …

Provost’s progress report online

“During this academic year, we have been working on three equally important and parallel efforts that ultimately will have a significant impact on the future of WSU. The first is updating our Strategic Plan.  The second is Academic Affairs Program Prioritization (AAPP).  The third is preparation for our 10-year reaccreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).”

 

 To read the complete report, visit http://provost.wsu.edu/communications/report14.html

 

Student conduct code updated

The New Standards of Conduct for WSU students went into effect in late December. Tenets of the new code are similar to the old: Abide by the law, be honest, be a good citizen. But the new code is more transparent, defines terms used in the conduct process and better addresses the student-university relationship in the 21st century, said Elaine Voss, director of the Office of Student Conduct. “Mostly it addresses basic civility,” she said. The old code needed reworking because the language was dated and it did not address certain issues created by emerging technology, such as the ability to surreptitiously photograph people in … » More …

Threat of flooding lightens in western Washington

Due to the increased amount of rain, the threat of flooding increased in many areas of Washington in the past several days. Precautions are being taken to limit damage at Washington State University facilities. Here is a quick update:* Operations at WSU-Mount Vernon NWREC returned to normal this morning as the threat of flooding has subsided, at least for the moment. The water was reported to have crested at about 6 foot above flood level instead of the predicted 12-foot level. Operations at the WSU Mt Vernon facility were suspended at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, when it was announced that one of the main bridges would be closed at 3 p.m. Currently, state … » More …

Flooding affects areas near WSU facilities

Due to the increased amount of rain, flooding is occurring in many areas of Washington and precautions are being taken to limit damage. Below is an update on the flood situation in areas related to Washington State University.* Operations at WSU-Mount Vernon NWREC were suspended at 2 pm today, Tuesday, Nov. 7, due to recent reports from National Weather Service, allowing employees time to safely return home. Employees there were asked to secure their  areas (laboratories, chemical storage areas, electronic equipment in offices) before leaving. In the event that flooding continues and it is not prudent to resume operations on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at WSU Mt. … » More …

WSU President Rawlins hosts community conversation Nov. 10

Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins will host a communitywide forum on the north Richland campus at 7 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the East Building Auditorium. The forum is designed to solicit community comments on the university’s plans for the future development of the Tri-Cities campus and the academic programs it offers. WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Larry James will join Rawlins in outlining the university’s response to legislation passed last year re-authorizing the branch campuses of both WSU and the University of Washington. WSU Tri-Cities’ proposal includes the addition of four-year bachelor’s degree programs in the Tri-Cities and expansion of the campus’ service area to … » More …

Union secturity requested

Contract negotiation update:  At about 1:10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, the WFSE delivered a full counter proposal to WSU administrators regarding the final four articles in the proposed contract. That proposal is now being considered by the university. It includes a request for “union security” and a full insertion of the layoff procedures as found in the WSU’s Business Procedures and Practices Manual.In essence, a union security provision requires all classified employees covered by the bargaining agreement to pay union dues — 1.37 percent of gross base pay up to $53.29 per month —about $639 per year, per employee.WSU is the only university in the state that … » More …