Campus Update: March 27, 2024


I, like many of you, was deeply concerned to learn that WSU Police were called to respond to reports of a person with a knife in our Global Scholars Residence Hall. I am thankful that no one was seriously injured in this incident, and I would like to commend WSU Police and Pullman Fire on their timely response. Because of these efforts, the subject was taken into custody quickly, is receiving needed care, and no one else was injured. As mentioned in the WSU Police update, I anticipate we will continue to learn more about this incident in the coming weeks.

As with any emergency incident that happens on our campus, in our community, or around the world, I am incredibly grateful to our Dean of Students, Student Affairs, and Human Resource Services teams for their immediate outreach to our impacted communities.  When these incidents happen this close to home, it leaves us all a little shaken. Please know that however you are feeling, it is real, it is valid, and we are here to support you and each other.

For our students, please consider the following resources for yourself or anyone you see who may need support: 

WSU Office of the Dean of Students: 509-335-5757 

WSU Counseling and Psychological Services: 509-335-4511 (509-335-2159 after hours)

  • Individual appointments are available for those who need to see a mental health professional. Make an Appointment with CAPS (
  • CAPS can be available for same day appointments for students in crisis: call 509-335-4511 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
    When CAPS is closed, after hours, you can call 509-335-2159 for immediate support. 
  • Use the Mental Health apps available to all Cougs 24/7 to help you find support whenever you might need it:  
    • WellTrack Boost: self-help mental health support.  
    • Togetherall: an anonymous community where members can share their feelings and support each other.  

For our employees, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has resources available to help you:

Your safety and success are important to us. If you are ever concerned for your safety, please call 9-1-1.