March 2020

  • All WSU campuses move to distance learning and remote work as COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the globe
  • Instructors adapt classes, with training and support from WSU Global Campus
  • WSU asks students not to return to the Pullman campus following spring break
  • Faculty and researchers receive guidelines for research activities during the pandemic
  • WSU partners with University of Washington to combat coronavirus misinformation with tools to promote an informed society


April 2020

  • Food pantries system-wide step up deliveries to students facing food insecurity
  • Pullman campus celebrates Coug Moms virtually and announces “Mom of the Year” awardee Rebecca Kallman, presented by BECU
  • WSU donors support a “Cougs Help Cougs” relief fund for students experiencing financial emergencies related to the pandemic
  • WSU begins brewing batches of FDA-approved “Cougar Clean” hand sanitizer


May 2020

  • Graduates and friends attend a virtual celebration to recognize the class of 2020
  • WSU announces limited occupancy in residence halls for Fall 2020
  • Contact tracing expands to contain COVID-19 infections on campuses


July 2020

  • Fall 2020 semester moves to a distance delivery model
  • WSU urges students not to return to campus for Fall 2020


August 2020

  • Students who need equipment receive WiFi hotspots and Chromebooks
  • WSU Pullman sees a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases


September 2020

  • WSU expands COVID-19 testing of students and employees with support from the National Guard


October 2020

  • WSU holds first Family Weekend. It’s a virtual event due to the pandemic
  • WSU cancels spring break 2021


November 2020

  • Cougar football games begin for a short, seven-game season without fans in the stands. Three games are cancelled due to COVID-19


January 2021

  • Spring 2021 semester continues distance learning
  • WSU announces a return to in-person student experience for Fall 2021
  • National Guard ends its COVID testing in Pullman


March 2021

  • WSU Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art reopens its galleries to the public
  • Students begin receiving vaccinations at Cougar Health Services


April 2021

  • Vaccinations required for students, faculty, and staff
  • WSU holds second Family Weekend. It’s also a virtual event


May 2021

  • WSU holds a virtual celebration and commencement for the class of 2021
  • WSU discontinues mask mandate for people who are fully vaccinated


June 2021

  • WSU joins White House’s COVID-19 College Vaccination Challenge


July 2021

  • Campuses start a phased reopening for employees and begin preparing for students to return for Fall 2021 semester