May 5, 2020
Dear WSU faculty,
Thank you again for adjusting your instructional, research, and
service activities in response to the COVID‑19 pandemic. Your
continued hard work and dedication to our land‑grant mission have
been key to WSU navigating this crisis. It has been an
extraordinary privilege to work with you, the broader WSU community,
and colleagues across the region and state to meet this challenge.
We are writing regarding conduct of WSU research during the current
period, and in particular how WSU will respond to the latest guidance
from Governor Inslee.
The university will be issuing updated direction reflecting
Governor Inslee’s new “Safe Start” plan
shortly. Until that guidance is issued, our previous guidance
distributed on March 26, 2020 remains in effect. In particular,
all who can conduct research, scholarly, and creative activities
remotely should continue do so. WSU’s March 26 directive
lists on‑site activities approved to continue as long as they
are conducted under mandated safety standards, including extreme
social distancing and disinfecting.
Please contact the Office of Research with any questions at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 509‑335‑5238. Guidance specific to
certain WSU research activities is regularly updated on the
Office of Research COVID‑19 webpage.
Thank you again for all you do for WSU.
Bryan K. Slinker
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President
Christopher J. Keane
Vice President for Research