Remembering Jason Washington

Author: Stephen Percy

Posted: June 29, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

I am writing to you as I contemplate a sad and difficult day in the university’s history. Two years ago, Jason Washington was killed in a Campus Police Officer-involved shooting. Mr. Washington was a husband, father, grandfather, dedicated public servant and a Navy veteran. His tragic death caused profound trauma, and our campus community continues to mourn his loss.  

We are working with the Washington family to establish the Jason Washington Memorial Scholarship to honor Mr. Washington, and we will be commissioning an art piece on campus as a memorial to this tragic loss of life. These are critical steps on our collective healing journey and provide lasting reminders that from grief and tragedy we must learn and we must change. 

Our path to healing, learning and changing will include significant work at PSU, including considering our approaches to campus safety and taking a bold look at the ways systemic racism and anti-blackness show up on our campus. 

I join our community in honoring Jason Washington, whose valuable life was lost too soon.


Stephen Percy
PSU President