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Law and Justice

College of the Sciences

Welcome to the department of Law and Justice. This page is dedicated to current and prospective Law and Justice students.

While here you can learn about our programs, careers, our professors, our classes and

just about anything and everything you could ever want to know about the

Law and Justice department, located on the 3rd floor of Farrell Hall.

 *If you have legal questions, please contact an attorney. The Law and Justice Department is an academic entity only

Law & Justice Faculty Response to the Death of George Floyd

 It is imperative that we scholars of the criminal justice system understand that the system is historically and systematically flawed. We know that the Black community has suffered at the hands of this racist, sexist, homophobic and anti-black system. We hear your cries and we know something must give.  The Department of Law and Justice understands and believes that Black Lives Matter. We ask that no other lives are unjustly lost at the end of a gun or a knee. We will continue work daily to educate and train individuals for a more equitable system that allows for guilty to be punished fairly and the innocent go free. Furthermore, we will work so that Black communities can believe and trust in the system. We stand with our Black colleagues, students and black communities around the country as they struggle through the fear and the pain of death and injustice. Your human life matters and we will be here to help you recover, rebuild and revamp this criminal justice system.

“..What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country...” ~Bobby Kennedy 

CWU Law and Justice Objective

Support the Department of Law and Justice: The CWU Foundation and Alumni Association is accepting donations for the Women in Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund and the Law and Justice Department Fund. For more information or to contribute to either of these funds, visit this page.

All contributions to the CWU Foundation are tax deductible to the extent provided by IRS regulations. Thank you for supporting the CWU Foundation. As required by law, the CWU Foundation is registered with the Washington State Charities Program and financial information may be obtained by calling 800-332-4483 or 360-725-0378. Central Washington University is an AA/EEO/Title IX Institution. For accommodation:

Front Office Hours

*Hours subject to change* All faculty and staff are currently working from home, please email

Mon - Friday: 8am - 5pm

Summer Schedule 2020

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Fall Schedule 2020

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Ryan Thompson Memorial Endowed Scholarship Created at CWU

Central Washington University Alumni Association Board of Directors, along with members of the CWU Campus Police department have established an endowed scholarship fund in honor of alumnus and former CWU police officer Ryan Thompson, who was recently killed in the line of duty as a Kittitas County Sheriff Deputy.

The Ryan Thompson Memorial Endowed Scholarship will provide financial aid to students attending CWU who are pursuing a career in law enforcement—with a preference given to students who are themselves dependents of law enforcement personnel.

“We felt it was very important for Ryan’s memory and legacy to be preserved in perpetuity here at Central,” said CWU Alumni Association President Dan Nicklaus. “Not only for the person that he was, but also for the example of leadership and service that he will continue to be for CWU students for decades to come.”

“Ryan was a friend, colleague, and an important part of the CWU and greater Kittitas County community,” said CWU Campus Police Chief Jason Berthon-Koch. “We are delighted to partner with the CWU Alumni Association to make sure his contributions and sacrifice are never forgotten.”

Additional contributions in Ryan’s memory can be made to the Ryan Thompson Memorial Endowed Scholarship by visiting or by calling 509.963.2160.

Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,

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To give to the Ryan Thomson Memorial Endowed Scholarship, please visit our give page and select the ‘Ryan Thompson Memorial Endowed Scholarship’ as the designated fund.

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