Updated: September 15, 2022, 2:30 p.m.
Submit your vaccination records today!
All CWU students who have in-person, distance learning, or hybrid credits must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination to be eligible to register for classes for the 2022-23 academic year. (Students who are enrolled in a 100% online program and taking only online courses are exempt from the policy, but must be able to provide proof of fully remote status.)
Please submit your records today if you haven't already done so. Students can upload their information at medproctor.com — as they have done with other vaccination records (MMR, smallpox, polio, etc.) — or visit one of our on-campus ambassadors with their vaccination card and picture ID. A list of vaccination verification stations is available at cwu.edu/vaccination-verification. The deadline to submit your vaccination status is October 17, 2022.
COVID-19 vaccinations required
The safety and well-being of our employees and students are a primary concern of Central Washington University, and we are committed and obligated to provide safe and healthy university environments for employees, students, contractors, and visitors. CWU has chosen to make vaccinations a priority because we believe a fully vaccinated community is the best way to protect our individual and collective health and safety.
In accordance with Proclamation 21.14.1, CWU has chosen to require vaccinations for all students with in-person and hybrid classes (online-only students are exempt). We believe a fully vaccinated community is the best way to protect our individual and collective health and safety. Continuing our policy for the 2022-23 academic year, proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required for all employees and students. Medical and/or religious accommodation requests will be considered.
As a state-sponsored institution, CWU is obligated to adhere to these guidelines that are backed by scientific evidence as we pursue the safest path forward for our students, employees, and community members.
It will take all of us working together to ensure students continue to have positive — and safe — in-person campus living and learning experiences this academic year and beyond.
Vaccination Requirement FAQs
- Will the vaccination requirement remain in place for 2022-23?
Yes. CWU's COVID-19 vaccination policy will remain in effect for students with in-person, distance learning, or hybrid credits. As of spring quarter 2022, students who are enrolled in a 100% online program and taking only online courses are exempt from the policy, if they can verify fully remote status. New students will still be required to upload their vaccination card into MedProctor by Monday, October 17, 2022. After that, they will have a registration hold put on their account.
At this time, CWU is not requiring boosters, but we continue to recommend them.
- Why are COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for CWU students, faculty, and staff?
CWU has made obtaining a vaccination an urgent priority because we believe a fully vaccinated community is the best way to protect our individual and collective health and safety. The university recently changed its policy to exempt students who are enrolled in a 100% online program and taking only online courses.
- Does the university allow any exemptions, including accommodations for medical or religious reasons?
Under the CWU policy, all students (except those who are 100% online) and employees must show proof of vaccination to be eligible for the 2022-23 academic year. As of spring quarter 2022, students who can be verified as 100% online are exempt from the policy.
CWU policy provides for exemptions based on medical and religious reasons.
- Is the CWU vaccination requirement currently in effect?
The deadline to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination for the 2022-23 academic year is October 17, 2022. Those who still need to complete the process should visit the Vaccination Verification page to complete the process. The policy applies to anyone taking a course with an in-person component (hybrid and distance learning are included).
Students who are enrolled in a 100% online program and taking only online courses are exempt from the policy, if they can verify fully remote status.
- Which vaccines must be received to be compliant with the CWU vaccination policy?
Employees and students may choose any of the three FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson.
As of June 1, 2022, booster shots are recommended but not required.
- On what legal grounds can the vaccination requirement be imposed?
In response to the emerging COVID-19 threat, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on February 29, 2020, using his broad emergency authority under RCW 43.06. Under RCW 43.06.220, the governor’s paramount duty is to focus on the health and safety of our communities. Proclamation 21.14 answers his obligation.
- Where can I learn more about the vaccination requirement and how to provide proof?