Messages to Campus

Message to Campus
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 9:28 am

This message was sent to the Western Community as a WWU Campus Advisory on May 12, 2020


Dear WWU Community, 

I know that one of the biggest questions on the minds of student and their families, and faculty and staff alike, is will we return to face-to-face operations in fall quarter?  Needless to say, this involves a highly complex set of decisions that require planning for…

Continue reading Plans for Fall Quarter
Message to Campus
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 8:27 am

Dear Western Community,

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education released its long-awaited final regulations governing campus sexual assault under Title IX, the law prohibiting sex discrimination at federally funded institutions.

The regulations will be the first Title IX guidance published by the Office of Civil Rights to go through a formal notice-and-comment process since…

Continue reading Regarding New U.S. Department of Ed Title IX Regulations 
Message to Campus, Speech
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 8:25 am

(Watch a video of the 2018 Opening Convocation CeremonyPresident Randhawa's remarks begin at 24:30.)

Good morning and welcome to the start of Western’s 125th academic year.

I would like to begin by acknowledging that we are gathered on the ancestral homelands of Indigenous Peoples who have lived in the Salish Sea basin and the North Cascades watershed from time immemorial,…

Continue reading Opening Convocation Address to Faculty & Staff Fall 2018
Message to Campus
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 5:00 pm

Dear Western Community:

Today we are announcing that all classes and instruction will be offered remotely throughout spring quarter on our main campus, and…

Continue reading Coronavirus Update for March 19: WWU Spring Quarter Entirely Online
Message to Campus
Friday, March 13, 2020 - 12:21 pm

Dear Western Community,

Over the past few weeks, our regular work at the university has been totally overshadowed by COVID-19.  You have received several messages from me and Vice President Melynda Huskey, chair of Western’s Incident Command System Team.  The intent of my message today is to share with you our plans for the start of spring quarter 2020 and to summarize and remind you of the various actions we have taken over the past two weeks…

Continue reading Coronavirus Update and Plans for Spring Quarter
Message to Campus
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 3:28 pm

Dear Campus Community,

In support of the efforts of the Whatcom County Health Department, the state of Washington, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Western Washington University is suspending all non-essential, out-of-state University travel effective immediately through May 31, 2020. This includes, but is not limited to, conferences and/or professional development opportunities. Essential travel is…

Continue reading Coronavirus update for March 12: Out-of-State Travel Suspended Immediately for WWU Employees
Message to Campus
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 10:15 pm

Dear Western Community,

As you likely know, the first positive case of COVID-19 in Whatcom County was reported this afternoon.  Consequently, Whatcom County has declared a public health emergency, and university leadership has decided that we will move to online classes at all Western locations, meaning that there will be no face-to-face classes as of 8 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, March 11, through the end of the quarter on March 20.…

Continue reading Coronavirus update: Western moving to online classes through March 20
Message to Campus
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 11:02 am

Dear Western Community,

As you likely know, the spread of coronavirus continues to be a rapidly evolving situation.  There have been a few additional cases in King and Snohomish counties attributed to coronavirus disease, which you have likely heard about in the news by now.  I want to share with you our ongoing work to ensure that Western is prepared to deal with this issue.

Since my last communication on Monday we have developed a new website with…

Continue reading An Update on the Evolving Coronavirus Situation: March 4
Message to Campus
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 2:25 pm

Dear Campus Community,

I know that you have been concerned about coronavirus and its potential impact on the health of our community members.  In this message, I want to update you on the situation and the steps we are taking to address it.

I returned over the weekend from a trip to Pakistan, so I was closely following the coronavirus story in Asia. I also learned this morning that public health officials in Washington have announced a total of…

Continue reading Update on Western's preparations related to novel coronavirus
Message to Campus
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 12:20 pm

At Western, we are fortunate that our students, faculty and staff are committed to making a positive impact in the world, to living their values and seeing them reflected in the operations of the University.  Just as in our personal lives, determining which course of action to take as a community involves weighing the costs, benefits, and trade-offs among a complex and often competing set of priorities, values, practical considerations and limitations.  One of the areas of campus…

Continue reading Western's Food Service Options: Ways To Participate in Shaping the Future