Follow up to this morning’s alert

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Dear Campus Community,

As you know from the alerts you received this morning, there was a suicide on campus. We now know more about this tragic incident and would like to share resources we hope will help you.

The victim was a 79-year old male who drove onto campus from the 159th Street access. He called 911 to say someone had been shot on campus and hung up. Police responded. His family has been notified. We do not believe the victim had a relationship to WSU Vancouver. Regardless, he was a member of our greater community, and we extend our condolences to his family and friends.

Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in Washington and 10th in the U.S. In Washington, suicide is the second leading of cause of death for people ages 10 – 34. In Washington, 1,119 people and in the U.S., 42,773 people die by suicide each year.

Warning signs of suicide include:

  • Low or depressed mood
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of interest
  • Feeling trapped
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Social isolation
  • Increased use of drugs or alcohol

If you are worried about the safety of yourself or a friend, get help:

Our hearts are heavy today. I hope you can find a way to take comfort.


Mel Netzhammer

WSUV Suicide on campus

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A short while ago a male apparently committed suicide near the 50th Avenue entrance. EMS and police have responded. There is no information that suggests any danger to others. We do not have other information at this time.

We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255.

A person tested positive for Covid-19 that was last in CCW 103

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Clark College has reported that person who was last on campus at CCW 103 on Monday 10/26/2020 has tested positive for Covid-19.

Clark College reports that contact tracing has been accomplished for the person and close contacts. WSU Vancouver Housekeeping will perform CDC specified sanitation of the CCW classroom and access.

Attempted robbery on WSU Vancouver walking trail 10/22/2020

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WSU Vancouver police received a third-party report regarding an attempted robbery that occurred on a paved walking trail.

At approximately 9:05 PM on Thursday 10/22/2020 a campus employee reported to the police department that a "couple" on a walking trail passed him and mentioned a strange thing had just happened. A white male adult walking with an Asian female adult said that they had recently passed a tall adult male who asked the male victim for his wallet. The victim gave the suspect his wallet. There was no threat stated with the request for the wallet and no weapons were displayed or inferred. The suspect then told the couple that he only needed $10 dollars. The victim asked for his wallet back and it was returned to him intact. The suspect then got into a car that had just pulled up and drove away. The victims did not suffer any financial loss. They declined the employee's invitation to escort them to the police office to report the incident.

WSU Police are investigating the incident and currently have no additional description of the victims or the suspect and associated vehicle. If you have any information regarding this case, please share it with WSU Vancouver police at of by phone at 360-546-9001.

WSU Vancouver Clark Building potential COVID-19 exposure

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WSU Vancouver and Clark College Community -

On Saturday, 10/3, a Clark College Nursing student who attends class on the Washington State University Vancouver campus (CCW) reported that they tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last in class on Wednesday, September 30. This individual will stay at home for the minimum of 10 days following CDC isolation guidance.

CCW Nursing classes should meet this week with little or no disruption to their scheduled times. WSU Vancouver is collaborating with our Clark College partners on all aspects of the case including cleaning and disinfecting the affected areas.

With the practice of COVID-19 safety protocols in the Nursing Lab, to include frequent disinfection, the use of face coverings and social distancing, the likelihood of exposure to anyone in the Nursing classroom or the larger WSU Vancouver community is very low.

Thank you,
WSU Vancouver Incident Command