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Wendell Hill Hall B - FAQS

What is happening on campus Monday, October 19?

Wendell Hill Hall B residents and support staff will be tested for COVID-19 as part of an active surveillance protocol. Residents and staff will be under self-isolation from Monday until they receive their test results and are released by the Kittitas County Public Health department (KCPHD).

 

What does “active surveillance protocol" mean?    

An active surveillance protocol is when public health authorities initiate disease data gathering from health care reporting authorities including laboratories, physicians, hospitals, or the general population. Active surveillance is typically initiated when the number of positive cases of an infectious disease exceeds the expected or baseline number.

See the CWU Dashboard for additional COVID-19-related definitions.

 

Why is CWU testing residents and staff in Wendell Hill Hall B?
Out of an abundance of caution, CWU has issued a directive, with the support of the KCPHD, to test all residents and support staff in Wendell Hill Hall B as part of its active surveillance protocols. This community is under investigation because of the number of positive COVID-19 cases and the potential of an epidemiological link between the cases and the residence hall.

 

How many cases of COVID-19 are in Wendell Hill Hall B (WHHB)?

As of Sunday afternoon, October 18, there were six confirmed positive cases or 3% of the residents in WHHB.

 

What if I don't agree to be tested? Can CWU force me to take a test?

All residential housing students signed a CWU Housing COVID-19 statement (contract item #2) that enforces our ability to test:

 

"COVID-19 Special Terms: These special terms are in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students residing in campus housing are expected to comply with applicable guidelines and/or directives of the Centers for Disease Control, state and local governmental authorities, including county health officials, and CWU relating to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Residents determined to have contracted or to have been exposed to the virus may be required to be isolated or quarantined in accordance with applicable public health guidelines or directives. CWU reserves the right to adjust or cancel housing assignments and contracts as may be necessary to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection." 

 

Students who wish to remain in university housing must test at the required time or self-quarantine for 14 days.

 

What happens if I miss the testing time at Wendell Hill Hall B? 

If you miss the testing that takes place at Wendell Hill Hall B, please call Student Health Services at 509-963-1881 to schedule a time to be tested.

 

What if I have already left campus prior to this announcement? Do I need to return to campus, or can I get tested elsewhere?

If you have left campus, we ask that you return to be tested for COVID-19, and to self-isolate here on campus. This will help prevent students from potentially spreading the disease to family and friends. We can provide you a safe space to isolate, along with free testing services. If you choose not to return for CWU testing, you must be tested and provide proof of a negative result prior to your return to campus.

 

Will Wendell Hill Hall B be locked down until all test results are received? 

Yes. Wendell Hill Hall B will be locked down and the residents will be in self-isolation until all test results are received. Any positive cases will require additional self-isolation until KCPHD releases them. All residents must remain in self-isolation until they are released.

 

Will meals be provided [Dining Wellness Meal Program]?

Housing staff will provide information regarding the Dining Wellness Meal Program. This program provides support to access student’s meal plan and ordering food that is within this service. Offerings include chef prepared menu items and retail items to meet all dietary needs. In addition, pantry essentials, beverages and snack items, and basic health and beauty supplies are also available to order. Attend your Intake meeting for more information. Each student will also receive a transitional meal comfort kit, which is provided complimentary by dining and distributed by a Residential Life Team during intake. The kit will provide basic food and necessities until they receive their first wellness meal order delivery.

 

I have more questions, where can I find answers?

Visit the CWU COVID-19 FAQs for additional information about this and other COVID-19-related information.

 

 

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Fall Housing FAQ’s

      • I didn’t receive a residence hall room assignment as of yet and am in the queue to be assigned.  When will I learn if I am assigned a room?
          • Our staff is working hard on placing students who have requested housing and we will be sending weekly updates to students via their CWU e-mail accounts every Monday by 5pm.
    • Will I have to pay for a single room? 
          • All students will be assessed a flat double room rate of $7,145 regardless of the type of suite they will be residing in for 2020-2021. Students can review their selected meal plans on their MyHousing account.
      • Will I still be required to have a meal plan?
          • All students who reside in a residence hall will receive a meal plan.
      • Am I required to live on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year?
          • The live-on requirement has been waived for students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2020. You do not need to complete an exemption request if you are choosing to live off campus.  If you have filled out a housing application and need to cancel that application, you may do so online through the MyHousing portal.
      • Will I be assigned with the roommate I choose?
          • We are only able to offer single rooms for Fall 2020. 
      • What if I have extenuating circumstances and must live in a residence hall setting this Fall?
          • We understand many of our students call CWU their home.  Additionally, many of our students are still participating in face-to-face classes requiring them to live on campus.  While our number of residence hall spaces has been reduced, we will work with each student who needs housing to help them find a space on campus. Extenuating circumstances may include but are not limited to housing insecurity, foster youth, local employment, lack of technology or stable internet at their permanent home, and ADA accommodations.   
      • Am I guaranteed housing?
          • We know this time brings many uncertainties.  We are committed to housing any student who needs to have housing in Ellensburg, but it may take some time to work through the reallocation of spaces.  While we cannot guarantee housing, we are hopeful we can accommodate most students. 
      • Can I live in the on campus apartments?
          • Transfer and Sophomore and above students are eligible to live in the on-campus apartments. If you have an application and deposit completed, please contact Housing at housing@cwu.edu to check the status of your application.  If you would like to submit an application, you can do so at your MyHousing page.  Apartments are assigned based on desired move-in date, type of apartment requested, and are not guaranteed.
      • Can I come to campus in Winter or Spring Quarter?
          • Decisions around Winter and Spring Quarter have not been determined at this time.  Our ability to offer additional students housing is dependent on safety considerations and under the discretion of CWU, local, and state departments of public health.
      • What will happen if there is a positive case on campus?
          • Housing and Residence Life is working closely with the University, local and state health departments to adhere to best practices and responses to COVID-19.  We have spaces dedicated to self-isolation and quarantine and are working closing with campus partners to respond to any student needs.
          • Who will be responsible for cleaning my dedicated/suite style bathroom?
              • Students assigned to the suite/dedicated restroom are responsible for all cleaning of their restrooms. Please bring appropriate cleaning supplies.

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