An Evergy power outage Thursday in the Rhatigan Student Center, Morrison Hall and Jardine Hall has been resolved. All three buildings are fully functional, and normal in-person activities — including dining in the RSC — have resumed.

Evergy is working to restore full power to three buildings at WSU: Rhatigan Student Center, Morrison Hall and Jardine Hall.

The RSC has partial power that could be intermittent throughout the day as Evergy works on the issue. The Shocker Store, Campus Credit Union and Card Center remain open, but there are no dining services available. Food and drinks are available in the Shocker Store and Groundhouse. Student Affairs offices on the second floor will work remotely today.

Morrison Hall is on a backup generator and is open for normal operations.

Jardine Hall is without power and closed. Services are available remotely. Please contact those offices via email or leave a message and someone will return your call promptly.

Full power to all buildings may be restored by mid- to late-afternoon. Updates will be communicated via WSU email.

The Kansas State Legislature has approved $1.69 million for our FY25 compensation plan, 50% less than was originally proposed. Therefore, on May 3, Wichita State’s divisional officers approved a 1% across-the-board pay increase, totaling $1 million for all benefits-eligible employees participating in the market-based compensation program. The remaining funds will go toward market-based compensation adjustments for staff and faculty.

The changes will take effect on June 9 and will be reflected in your July 5 paycheck Or, for those on a 9/10 appointment, the change will take effect on Aug. 4 and will be reflected in the Aug. 30 paycheck.

Please note that the university is working with limited resources, and this small increase doesn’t begin to reflect the tremendous value each member of our faculty and staff brings to this institution. We appreciate your dedication and hard work, and we’re committed to continue working with the Kansas Board of Regents, the governor and Legislature in striving to provide fair, market-based compensation within our means.

As you may be aware, there has been a national spotlight on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and the Kansas Legislature and Kansas Board of Regents have been focused on this issue for the past several months.   

As those conversations have been ongoing, WSU has been working diligently to ensure all our students — regardless of background — are positioned to succeed, graduate and start their careers. To that end, WSU is focusing on using more inclusive terminology, signaling our dedication to holistic and integrated approaches to excellence and inclusivity. You may notice a change in commonly used nomenclatures at WSU, including the re-naming of some offices and strategies to “inclusive excellence” and similar language. Information on other efforts can be found in these frequently asked questions (see below). 

Changes to these efforts have no effect on curriculum, instruction or research, ensuring the preservation of academic freedom.  

“At WSU, we recognize the evolving landscape of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Our focus remains steadfast on providing an inclusive environment where all students can excel,” says Dr. Marché Fleming-Randle, vice president and director of Military and Veteran Programs. “We’re transitioning our efforts to embrace a more integrated approach, ensuring every student has the resources and support necessary to achieve their goals.”  

“WSU is committed to fostering an environment where every student has the opportunity to feel a sense of belonging that allows them to thrive,” says Dr. Shirley Lefever, executive vice president and provost.   

University listening and feedback sessions will be scheduled for this fall and communicated in WSU Today.  

Frequently asked questions:  

  • What happens to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)? ODI and the Office of Student Engagement Advocacy & Leadership (SEAL) are merging to provide a more comprehensive and expanded effort to enhance student engagement and belonging. The merging of these offices will result in a more sustainable utilization of resources, eliminate redundancy in programs and help develop more comprehensive programs and initiatives for students. Staff positions within ODI and SEAL will become part of Student Engagement and Belonging, providing an opportunity to serve and support students.  
  • What happens to scholarships that address diversity? The university is in the process of reviewing current scholarships to ensure the most inclusive application pool.  
  • What are the changes to state law? State universities, community colleges and technical colleges are prohibited from using diversity, equity or inclusion consideration in their admissions, student aid and hiring decisions.  
  • What are the changes to Kansas Board of Regents policy? KBOR institutions are barred from requiring statements pledging allegiance to, support for or opposition to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in applications for admission, hiring or promotion.  
  • How does this affect academic freedom? Changes to these efforts have no effect on curriculum, instruction or research, ensuring the preservation of academic freedom.