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Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 coronavirus.

Central Washington University is committed to keeping the campus community informed during emergencies and situations that might disrupt normal operations. This page is activated when there's an active alert. Additional information is posted as it becomes available.

Find out what you need to know about COVID-19.

Emergency Notifications

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 6:45pm

Public Health Order: Stay In Place

The Kittitas County Public Health Department issued an official Public Health Order directing CWU to strongly encourage students, "whether they live on or off campus, to stay in place. If students have returned to their permanent residence, they should remain there” while attending spring quarter virtually. It is vital that you respect this Public Health Order and help contain the virus that is spreading so quickly everywhere.

Students, per the county Public Health Director’s warning, should remain where they are and attend Spring Quarter virtually:

  • If you are in Ellensburg, you are expected to stay in place.
  • If you are currently away from the CWU Ellensburg campus, you are expected to stay in place.

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Friday, March 13, 2020 - 2:45pm

Update: Spring Quarter Delayed One Week

CWU Rave Alert! for all CWU sites and centers. The start of spring quarter 2020 will be delayed by one week, beginning on April 8 and ending June 8. To the fullest extent possible, all academic operations will be moved online. For more information, read the attached memo: Update: COVID-19 Spring Quarter 2020.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 9:15am

ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

CWU ALERT: This is a TEST of Central Washington University's emergency alert system. This is only a TEST. CWU is participating in the Great Washington ShakeOut, an earthquake preparedness campaign. In the event of an actual earthquake you should drop, cover and hold on. Drop to the ground, take cover by getting under a sturdy object, and hold on until the shaking stops. If you are unable to drop, cover, and hold on, get as low as possible and protect your head and neck and move away from windows or other items that can fall on you. If necessary, the SURC is designated as the primary reunification area. If the SURC is not usable the reunification area will be identified at that time. For more information visit Also visit this site for official CWU information and resources.

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 3:45pm

No Updates At This Time

The 2019 fire season is underway. While there are no fires or air quality issues directly affecting the Ellensburg campus at this time, this web page will be updated should conditions change.