Two critically important resources for disabled students are consistently underfunded and understaffed at UW: the UW Counseling Center and the Disability Resources for Students (DRS) office.
One student tells us, "The psychological counseling center is often overwhelmed and cannot see the amount of students who need their services or have to limit sessions. Because of this, it can take a while to get an appointment."
According to The Daily, UW's student newspaper, DRS has been staffed at the same level for the past ten years despite an over 300% increase in the number of students registered with DRS during the same time period, resulting in unacceptable wait times for students needing accommodations. A student tells the reporter, “I scheduled an appointment [with DRS] but it never happened... It’s kinda frustrating because there are important things I need access to and there’s a timeline for everything at school.”
There have been a series of reports of vandalism using racist and homophobic language in UW residence halls, Housing & Food Services (HFS) leadership wrote to residents Wednesday afternoon.
A chalkboard celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride and Black Lives Matter was recently vandalized in Alder Hall, and racist vandalism was found on message boards in both Lander and McCarty Halls.
This comes on the heels of a recent alleged racial profiling incident by a UW Police Department (UWPD) officer in Alder Hall. UWPD has received a citizen’s complaint on the issue, which has been sent to the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.