WSU Pullman is operating on a normal schedule today, Thursday, March 7, 2019. Students, staff and faculty are asked to make their own personal decision to decide whether or not it it safe to travel to campus. While traveling, please drive with care, increase following distances and watch for areas of ice on roadways.
Employees are encouraged to be aware of personnel processes for periods of inclement weather. Human Resource Services has posted many resources on the Inclement Weather & Suspended Operations website. Students should communicate with their instructors regarding course expectations if they feel they can not travel to class.
UPDATE Planned outage scheduled for 5pm: Avista has announced that they will have a planned outage from 5:00-5:30pm today, 2/26/19, to repair a switch in their system which caused the power outage earlier today. Ensure all critical items are properly powered down prior to 5:00 p.m. and not brought back up until after 5:45 p.m. Plan to take the stairs during that time, as elevators will not work.
Final update 1:40pm: Power has been restored to all buildings.
UPDATE 11:56: Power has been restored to all WSU Pullman buildings except for Beasley Coliseum.
UPDATE 11:49: Power has been restored to the Elson Floyd Cultural Center SRC, and Chinook
All Pullman campus operations are delayed two hours until 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019 due to icy conditions. All classes, activities and events beginning prior to 10:00 a.m. are cancelled.
Facilities crews are applying deicer and gravel throughout WSU Pullman, which will allow for easier travel this morning. All personnel not directly responsible for snow/ice removal and are not considered essential personnel are asked to stay off campus for their own safety.
911 services have now been restored and normal operations have resumed. If you do have any trouble connecting, 509-332-2521 will still connect you to an emergency dispatcher. As a reminder, please call 911 only for emergency situations and not to test the system.
9 1 1 is currently experiencing a statewide interruption. Whitman county emergency callers can call 509-332-2521 to reach first responders until further notice.
Heavy smoke from regional wildfires has resulted in very unhealthy air quality on the Pullman campus. Classes will proceed as normal but individuals are encouraged to stay indoors when not traveling to or from classes or work. Outdoor activities should be avoided, if possible. People experiencing respiratory distress should contact a health care professional immediately. Pullman students can call Cougar Health Services at 509-335-3575.
The WSU Pullman Campus is currently conducting a test of the Emergency Notification System. This system will provide notice & information in emergencies. The WSU Pullman campus is also practicing a campus-wide door locking test. Expect electronic locks on interior and exterior doors to engage beginning at 11:45 a.m. lasting until 12:00 p.m. Use this time to consider what you would do if this were a real event. During all emergencies students, staff, and faculty should be ALERT to developing incidents, ASSESS the situation, and ACT to ensure their own safety.
Hazardous weather conditions in Pullman and surrounding areas. Poor road conditions with high wind warning in effect until 10pm. Winds 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. Locally, gusts could approach 65 mph.
Traveling during this time will be extremely difficult. Exercise extreme caution and use your best judgement if you need to travel.
The Pullman Police Department has issued the following news release providing detail into the shooting incident that occurred in a neighborhood near to the WSU Pullman campus.
Shooting Injures Two
PULLMAN – On October 29, 2017 at about 1:45 am, Pullman Police officers heard two gunshots as they were responding to a noise complaint in the 1000 block of Duncan. When officers arrived on Duncan Lane, they found numerous persons running in all directions. Officers located two victims with gunshot wounds; a 19-year-old male with a wound to his right torso, and a 17-year-old male with a wound to his arm. Both victims were transported to Pullman Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The 19-year-old was later released from the hospital.
Investigation revealed that a group of subjects attending a party on Duncan Lane surrounded a vehicle attempting to leave the area. The group was trying to forcibly remove someone from the vehicle when shots were fired from the vehicle, striking the victims. The crowd scattered and the vehicle fled before officers arrived.
The weapon is believed to be a handgun and has not been recovered. Both victims are from the King County area of Washington and are not students at Washington State University. Detectives are following up on leads. Shortly after the shooting, Washington State University officials issued an alert to students via their emergency notification system since the location is adjacent to the WSU campus.
UPDATE Sunday October 29th, 2017 9:02AM:
Law enforcement officials have determined that there is no ongoing threat to public safety or to the WSU campus. The Pullman Police Department’s investigation is continuing. Pullman Police are expected to provide additional information about the incident later in the day.
Heavy smoke from regional wildfires has resulted in unhealthy air quality on the Pullman campus. Classes will proceed as normal but individuals are encouraged to stay indoors when not traveling to or from classes or work. Outdoor activities should be avoided, if possible. People experiencing respiratory distress should contact a health care professional immediately. Pullman students can contact Health & Wellness Services at 509-335-3575. Additional details on the air quality situation will be provided as they become available.