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COVID-19 State and Local Resources

While WSU Health Sciences is planning for a different kind of Coug Experience in Fall 2020, it will still be an experience filled with communities of support and resources to promote your academic and personal success. This page will provide information about services and resources that are available online.

We also know that you and your families have a lot of questions. We will answer some of those here. Our plans can and will change if needed to ensure the health and safety of our WSU community. We will rely on each Coug—on YOU—to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to keep all students, faculty, staff, and our community healthy.

This page will continue to be developed so check back to see what is new.

We are excited to see you on campus again, and as always, Go Cougs!

Health and Safety

We encourage you to continue to engage in your classes online and connect with each other virtually. In order for Cougs to return to campus, excel in their classes, and build their Coug community, we must all abide by recommendations from local health authorities and the most recent guidelines provided by Governor Inslee.

We are focused on maintaining a vibrant campus with:

  • increased cleaning and sanitization of touch points per CDC guidelines,
  • availability of hand sanitizing stations across campus,
  • a mandatory training for all students, faculty, and staff to ensure public health guidelines are practiced, and
  • wellness checks as opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to report symptoms and to find the care they need.

WSU students returning to campus must complete COVID-19 training; specifically, Pandemics: Slowing the Spread, and Disinfecting the Workplace for COVID-19. Students may access the COVID-19 trainings via Blackboard. More details can be found on the Environmental Health and Safety page.

We are also relying on YOU to make healthy decisions.

  • You, along with all faculty and staff, will be required to wear an appropriate face covering in indoor public spaces at all times and outdoors when you cannot stay 6 feet apart from others. Review exemptions and best practices for face coverings.
  • You should continue to regularly wash your hands or use hand sanitizer and not touch your face, nose, and eyes.
  • You must limit group activities and the sharing of personal items.
  • Know the signs of COVID and stay home if you are sick.

You can read more about the steps we as a campus are taking on the Campus COVID pages.

Gym Memberships

Gym Membership Reimbursement

Students who pay Yakima or Spokane S&A Fees are eligible for a reimbursement of up to $43 for the gym you are using. Just send one receipt by December 1, 2020 showing payment of that gym membership for the months of August through December. Email receipt to Pat McQuitty,, and include your mailing address (address must match the address that is in myWSU).

Staying Connected Online

While WSU Health Sciences is practicing physical distancing, we have created many virtual opportunities for Cougs to stay healthy, connected, and receive critical support. Our offices, services, ASWSUHS, and student clubs and organizations are developing opportunities to connect online. As plans are finalized for the fall, links to services will be posted on this page.

Academic Support Services

In an effort to reduce person-to-person contact and maintain social distancing, all appointments with the Student Success Center will be conducted remotely until further notice. Appointments can either be asynchronous (via email) or synchronous (via Zoom, Google Docs/phone, etc.). When you schedule an appointment please contact us directly to arrange the specific details of your appointment:

Thank you for your patience as we attempt to provide the best possible support for our students during this public health emergency.

Financial Support

CARES Funding

WSU was awarded $21.76 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help mitigate financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Of this total, $10.884 million is earmarked to assist students experiencing financial hardships caused by the pandemic. See the Student Care Network page for more details.

Health Sciences Emergency Fund

Submit a request through the CARES Funding page. If you do not qualify for CARES funding, there are limited funds available through the Health Sciences Emergency Fund

Campus Pantry Reimbursement Program

With Governor Inslee’s issued “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, the Campus Pantry is offering a temporary grocery reimbursement program for students who cannot access the physical campus pantry. Students can be reimbursed up to $50 for out of pocket costs (before tax) for eligible items. Funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Students can submit a reimbursement request using the Campus Pantry Reimbursement Program Form.

College of Nursing Students

Students in the College of Nursing can visit the page for more information on nursing student specific emergency loans.

International Student and Scholars Emergency Aid Fund

An International Student and Scholars Emergency Aid Fund was reestablished in partnership with the WSU Foundation. If you need any assistance or have questions, please send an email to


Computer Loan Program

Computers are available through the Computer Loan program and are shipped to students in need.

Wi-Fi Access

The Office of the Provost is partnering with Information Technology Services to provide mobile hotspots.
If you are interested in improved WiFi access , please complete and submit the form below. Further information will be provided upon submission of the form.
Submit Form

If you need assistance with technology support contact Spokane/Yakima Tech Support

Nursing IT and Library Access

Yakima nursing students who need IT assistance can contact Jeff Thysell at 509-494-7903. Students who need access to library services can contact Tom McMeekin at 509-494-7901.


WSU Health Sciences Counseling Services is providing tele-mental health services. If you are a Yakima student, please email Lesley Brown at or call 509-494-7925 to schedule an appointment

If you need immediate assistance or are in crisis whether a Spokane or Yakima student, please call the WSU Health Sciences Crisis line at 509-368-6500 (available 24 hours/day).

Library Access

PNWU Library

In response to COVID-19, the Library will be closed until further notice. For WSU students on the PNWU campus, library staff will continue to provide library services during this time. Please contact us via email. You may also visit their website.

Spokane Academic Library

Based on Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, the WSU/EWU Health Sciences campus now has limited access and remote operations. Due to this development, the WSU Spokane Academic Library is now closed, including 24-hour access with student IDs. These steps help to prioritize the health and safety of our patrons and employees. However, we are committed to helping people and providing resources to support research and learning. We will continue to do our best to serve the campus community remotely. Connect to the Library COVID-19 page for additional information.