The Academic Skills program helps students improve their skills in writing, reading, and basic mathematics. The program provides help with spelling, usage, punctuation and other mechanical matters as well as with drafting and editing skills that are basic to writing. Reading improvement help is available to students who have comprehension problems and to those who are able readers but want to increase their reading speed and efficiency. The mathematics improvement program is designed to teach or review arithmetic skills, basic algebra, and work with graphs, measurement, and sets. The Academic Skills Program offers College Survival Skills, OCED 110, which is designed to imporve student success at the university. The program is located in Bouillon Hall 206. Tutors for English, math, and reasoning skills are available to help students during open laboratory hours. The location and hours of the lab are posted each quarter.
Academic Achievement Programs provide an array of academic support to students through Student Support Services and the Tutoring/Supplemental Instruction Program.
Student Support Services. Student Support Services is a TRIO program which provides a comprehensive program of academic, career and social/cultural support services to first-generation and low income students and students of disability. A minimum of 200 students participate each year. Eligible students are admitted on a first-come first-served basis and may participate in the program throughout their undergraduate enrollment at CWU’s Ellensburg campus.
Tutoring/Supplemental Instruction Program. Individualized tutorial assistance is provided for students participating in Student Support Services, the McNair Scholars Program, and the Multicultural Advising Program. Supplemental Instruction provides student-led out-of-class study sessions designed to teach students the reasoning, problem-solving, and organizational skills that will enable them to master abstract and complex material. Supplemental Instruction is offered in several classes each quarter and is open to any student enrolled in those classes.
The Archives program, through its Central Washington historical collection of public records, manuscripts and photos, offers both undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity for primary archival research on local and regional topics. The collection is designed to preserve selected evidential materials of historical importance and seeks to encourage original research in the humanities and the social sciences. The History Department facilitates archival research in northwest and local history through History 301, 395 and 496. The regional branch of the State Archives helps researchers utilize its collections, while the State Archives in Olympia loans collections to the regional archives and affords opportunities for archival training and internships. Moreover, for the general public, Central's regional archives seeks to serve a broad clientele including: public officials from city, county and state government seeking help on archival records retention; personnel from libraries, museums, local historical societies and private archival collections in need of advice on archival techniques; private citizens and local groups interested in historical architectural preservation in central Washington.
Campus life provides a wide variety of extracurricular activities for the students of Central Washington University through an assortment of student activities. Various musical groups, speakers, and comedians are provided through programming in Club Central; the Papa John's coffee house program hosts local poets, musicians, dancers and artists in the SUB Pit for noon and evening entertainment. The Current Issues Program brings a wide variety of speakers, forums, and panel discussions on diverse topics. Special Events programs include Homecoming and Parents Weekend, Wildcat Week, Festival of the Arts, and C.E.L. Leadership Program. Non-traditional student services offers a lounge and features special holiday social and support programs throughout the year.
Associated Students of Central Washington University
The Associated Students of Central Washington University (ASCWU) is the student government board advised by the Director of Campus Life. Executive responsibility is vested in seven members of the Board of Directors and the Director of Campus Life. The board members are elected by the student body to serve as policy development officers. The ASCWU is an integral part of the total decision making process of CWU because it is a vehicle from which students may share different views. Also included in this area is advisement and support for university student clubs, averaging 80 clubs per year. An important service component of the ASCWU features programs such as Central CARES, Big Buddies and a variety of service and learning opportunities extended to Central students interested in volunteering as a means to augment their educational experience with community service projects and involvement.
Campus Life provides a Preschool/Daycare program that is licensed for 40 children aged 2 to 8. It is located in the Brooklane Village Multi-Purpose Center. Children may attend two to five days per week, Monday through Friday.The program consists of learning activities, especially designed for small children, including music, stories, physical activities, language, science and math experiences, games, puzzles, blocks and dramatic play. Hours of operation follow the university calendar. Call 963-1744 for information, Fax 963-1124.
The Recreation/Intramural area consists of an Intramural Sports Program designed to provide opportunities for all members of the University to participate in women's, men's and co-ed team sports. Outdoor Programs is designed to answer the needs of CWU students in their desire for outdoor recreation and leisure time programs: Special Events include assistance with major events such as Parents Weekend and Preview Week; The Tent-N-Tube rental shop provides a variety of outdoor recreation equipment at reasonable prices to students, staff, faculty and alumni of CWU; Ticketmaster, which can be used for buying tickets to major concerts and sporting events; Kids-N-Things Daycamp, a summer quarter day-camp developed for children, ages 5-13, of students, staff and faculty; and Co-Recreation, which makes available the gym and PE facilities for student use. Equipment checkout, the weight room and the racquetball courts are also made available through this program. After-School Kids Program offers an alternative for students with dependents by providing supervision after school hours.
Samuelson Union Building
The Samuelson Union Building (SUB) is the community center of the University, serving all members of the "college family". The SUB represents a building, organizations and programs. It provides services, facilities and educational, cultural, and recreational programs that enhance the quality of college life.
The SUB houses the following offices and departments: ASCWU, Campus Life, Ceasar Chavez Theatre, the Central Cafe & Expresso Bar, Club Central Nightclub, Wildcat Wellness Center, Wellness & Prevention Program, Ballroom, Diversity Center, Games Room, Information Booth, K-CAT Radio, Non-Traditional Student Lounge, Publicity Center, Scheduling Center, Tent-N-Tube/Ticketmaster, University Recreation and Intramurals, University Store. It also has 14 meeting rooms, and the SUB "Pit" entertainment center and the Academic Advising Resources Center.
Career Development Services is grouped into three closely interrelated programs: Career Counseling, Cooperative Education and Career Employment.
Career Counseling is a combination of counseling, information management and technology. Counseling involves exploring person/job fit, self-awareness, career development, and assessment. Information management includes using resources that can help with career related decisions that are available through our office as well as others throughout campus. As technology continues to develop, we want to help students know what is available, how to access and use it whether it is related to careers, jobs, resumes and applications, personal assessment, or other topics. Career counseling is comprehensive and considers all relevant aspects of the individual as it relates to career decision making and planning.
Cooperative Education is a work experience that is planned as part of the student's academic program. Students are enrolled in an academic, credit bearing class that requires specific learning objectives and activities unique to the student's experience that justify university credits. The work experience links student's academic programs with their career goals and interests. Cooperative Education offers undergradate and graduate strudent's an opportunity to connect career, social and personal development with the educational process. It allows students the opportunity to see if they have made the right career choice. Participation in the program can help provide income to finance their education while learning and earning credits toward their degree. It substantially improves the students' opportunities for career employment upon graduation. Students may enroll in Cooperative Education anytime after their freshman year. Students may be eligible to participate in more than one experience.
Career Employment assists graduating seniors and alumni in locating and securing full-time careers. Career Employment provides on-campus interviews with businesses, government agencies, school districts and the military; a job listing and subscription service for jobs in all fields; and individual job referrals to all students who are registered with the program. Workshops are offered on resume writing, interviewing skills and other job search topics. Many books, videos and handouts are also available for candidates to assist them in developing effective job search skills. Experienced counselors/advisors are available to work with all students to develop a successful job search strategy.
The three services areas listed, Career Counseling, Cooperative Education and Career Employment are supported by an extensive Career Library, a Career Exploration Class, various workshops and a group of dedicated personnel to assist you with your career development needs
The CWU Center for Spatial Information (CSI) was established in 1999. CSI encourages, supports and coordinates research project opportunities for students and faculty using hardware and software technologies that gather and analyze "spatial" information to solve problems in the social sciences, natural sciences and business. Geographic Information Systems (GIS), high-precision Global Positioning System (GPS), ground-penetrating radar, precision conventional laser surveying, digital microscopy, and satellite image processing are some of spatial technologies used by CWU faculty and students. Major cooperating facilities and projects currently include the Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array (PANGA) GPS Data Analysis Facility, monitoring the movement of the earth's crustal plates in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Washington and Oregon; and the GIS Laboratory (in Lind Hall) where a variety of undergraduate and graduate GIS courses are taught and numerous large and small research projects conducted using state of the art computing systems. Typical GIS applications include projects in archaeology, field biology, geology, natural resource studies, and urban planning. CSI is responsible for carrying out the mission of the Department of Agriculture GIS Program for spatial technology education and transfer to local governments, through the Washington Office at CWU, one of seven national GISP centers. CSI encourages creative, interdisciplinary uses of spatial technology, and actively works with the private and government sectors to identify problems to which CWU personnel and equipment can provide effective solutions. CSI homepage is at www.cwu.edu/spatial-information.
The Center for Student Empowerment, located in the Samuelson Union Building (SUB) 218, offers programs that enhance and promote education, empowerment and celebration of gender issues to the campus and Ellensburg community. The center strives to involve both women and men in this endeavor continuing to embrace and respect individuals in regard to gender, race, social-economic status, sexual orientation, disabilities, and ethnicity. The Center operates a lending library which contains a significant collection of books, periodicals, videos, bibliographies, and other reference materials on issues of importance to women and men. For more information please refer to our web site on the Central Washington University home page, www.cwu.edu or call (509) 963-2127.
Central Washington University's multi-platform, distributed computing environment provides continuous computing power, access and services through a high speed fiber backbone from anywhere on the Ellensburg campus, and from some university centers via dedicated T-1 lines. Students, faculty and staff use contemporary computing resources on client server platforms, centralized computers, special purpose labs and the Internet. All students, faculty and staff are entitled to use these resources through their email accounts.
The faculty and students have access to contemporary software in twenty-eight general purpose and discipline specific computer labs. Off campus access to these resources is enabled via web access browsers, dial-up point-to-point and traditional modem services. In addition, faculty and students use web development tools to create learning experiences and to share curriculum content. Faculty have a high-speed scientific server computer dedicated to their research needs.
The University has started a multi-year project to replace its administrative and academic support systems with client based, open systems technology for Human Resources, Student Information Systems, voice response systems, Financial Records, Alumni Development, other related software systems.
The Computing and Telecommunication Services (CTS) department provides student computer lab management services, telephone services to the Ellensburg campus, networking and computer operations and services, maintenance and repair of computers, coordination of new purchases, desktop support, help desk facilities, and applications development and maintenance. CTS staff members work closely with all segments of the university to ensure that information technology is broadly developed, acquired, used and available to all students, faculty, and staff. CTS can be reached at www.cwu.edu/~cts or (509) 963-2333.
The Office of Continuing Education is dedicated to creating and cultivating lifelong learning in myriad forms. Our programming and services include the following:
The Office of Continuing Education is dedicated to creating and cultivating lifelong learning in myriad forms. Offerings include the following:
Professional Development experiences-both credit and non-credit-for practicing professionals in business, education, government and industry.
Vocational-Technical Teacher Preparation Courses-designed for individuals preparing to teach based on occupational experience.
Certificate Programs for those working or preparing to work in a variety of applied fields.
Life Enrichment Programs for learners of all ages.
Special and Experimental Academic Programs which are designed to address the needs of new audiences-both matriculating and non-matriculating students.
Community Service Programs which serve both the University and the community at large.
Consulting Services are offered in cooperation with the Organization Development Center. Services are provided to organizations, institutions, and agencies needing professional assistance in the accomplishment of their mission.
All programming and services offered through CE are self-supporting and thus are not state-funded. For more information about our programs, contact the CE at (509) 963-1504.
The CWU Dining Department is dedicated to customer satisfaction. Our mission is to provide exceptional dining services to the campus community. NUTRITION is emphasized throughout the program as the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. All students living in the residence halls are required to select a meal plan. The plans are set up as a debit account with prepaid dining dollars for purchasing meals or snacks at any campus dining location. Students living off-campus may also purchase an off-campus meal plan or open a pre-paid campus debit account for the convenience of dining and buying beverages and snacks on campus. All the meal plans offer flexibility, convenience, fun and value! The services offered by the dining department include All-You-Can-Eat and Ala Carte Dining, a convenience store, and espresso bars. Dining locations on campus are offered at Holmes Dining Center, Samuelson Union Building and the Depot Deli in Green Hall (located next to the Student Village Apartments on the north side of campus). Several special events are offered annually to enrich your campus experience. Events include the Welcome Back BBQ in downtown Ellensburg on the first day of class, a holiday season buffet dinner in November, a seafood buffet extravaganza in January, ethnic celebration dinners during spring quarter and the year-ending Student Appreciation BBQ. The total campus community is invited to share in the fun and learning each event provides. Dining Services is one of the largest employers on campus and annually hires between 300 to 400 students on a part-time basis (work study positions are available). If you are interested in joining our team or have questions about the dining options available at Central Washington University, please call (509) 963-1591 or contact us via email on our web page (http://www.cwu.edu/dining). Dining Services is a proud member of the National Association of College and University Food Services and active supporter of the academic mission of the University through participation in many out-of-classroom events and activities held throughout campus.
Disability Support Services (DSS) facilitates access to university programs, activities and services for students with disabilities. Utilizing documentation of disability and information obtained in consultation with the student, DSS staff assesses the affects of a student's disability on his/her ability to access the educational process and identifies reasonable academic adjustments/accommodations. In addition, DSS staff works to sensitize university faculty and staff to the needs of students with disabilities and helps students obtain the materials, equipment, and assistance necessary to successfully pursue their education. Students wishing to request disability accommodations are responsible for initiating contact with DSS. While appropriate accommodations are determined for each student on an individual basis, following are examples of the types of accommodations available: textbooks and academic materials in accessible formats (audio cassette, large print, braille), alternative examination procedures, sign language interpreters, tape recorded lectures, note taking assistance, early registration, priority snow removal, special classroom furniture, adaptive technology, assistance with library research, and temporary disability parking permits.
Deciding where to go to college, figuring out how to pay for it, and completing all the necessary forms is complicated. The CWU-EOC is set up to help students gather the necessary information to make good decisions about their future educational plans, think clearly through the available options. The CWU-EOC is available principally to serve low-income adults who are the first in their family to attend college work through the admission process. For further information call (509) 574-6895.
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Each year approximately 70 percent of CWU students receive financial aid. To be eligible for aid a student must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen.
Financial aid is available to matriculated students seeking a degree or certification in an eligible program. Most financial aid programs require a minimum of half-time enrollment which is six (6) credits at the undergraduate level and five (5) credits at the graduate level. Matriculated students who have a first baccalaureate degree and are not admitted to a Master's program will be classified as a post baccalaureate student. Post baccalaureate students are not eligible for most federal or state gift aid, they are eligible for federal loans at the upper-division undergraduate level and are required to meet the satisfactory progress standards for undergraduates.
Students must apply and be accepted for admission to the university (matriculated) to receive financial aid. Students and their families must complete a Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). Paper copies are available in the Financial Aid Office and at most high schools or libraries. The Web version is available in the Student Financial Aid Resource Room, Barge 102, or may be downloaded from CWU's Financial Aid Homepage http://www.cwu.edu/financial-aid or directly from the U.S. Dept. of Education www.fafsa.ed.gov.
The application should be submitted to the federal processor as soon as possible after Jan 1. March 1 is the cut off date for priority consideration for limited gift aid. Early application is highly recommended. Accurate preparation of the FAFSA and timely response to all requests for additional information or documentation are critical.
Students who have been admitted to the university and have listed Central Washington University Title IV code #003771 on the FAFSA will have a Student Financial Aid File delivered to the university electronically. Once that file has been reviewed and verified, the student will receive an award letter. The award letter will indicate the estimated student budget, the federally determined expected family contribution, and an offer of aid including the type and amount. If you wish to reduce or cancel the amount of your loan, you must indicate the changes on the form provided, sign it, and return it to the financial aid office immediately. Loans are disbursed quarterly in equal amounts. If you have not already signed a master promissary note, one will be sent to you in August.
Students are expected to maintain "good academic standing" while receiving financial aid. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for upper-division undergraduates and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduate students. Financial aid recipients are required to make reasonable progress toward a degree with a maximum time-frame of six years to complete the first baccalaureate. A student must complete a quarterly minimum of 6 credits (undergraduate) or 5 credits (graduate) to maintain eligibility. Students are required to meet an annual credit completion requirement based on the funded enrollment status. For example, an undergraduate student who receives aid as a full-time student for the academic year will be required to complete 36 credits, 27 if funded at three-quarter time, and 18 if funded at half-time. Graduate students are expected to complete 30 credits if funded at full-time, 21 at three-quarter time, and 15 at half-time. Repeat courses, grades of incomplete, failure, no show, or withdrawal do not meet the annual credit requirement. A copy of the Satisfactory Progress Standards for Financial Aid will be sent with the award notice. Additional copies are available from the Financial Aid Office.
Additional financial aid information is available in the Financial Aid Office, Barge 115, the Student Employment Office, Barge 101, the Financial Aid Resource Room, Barge 102, at (509) 963-1611, email@example.com, or on the CWU financial aid homepage http://www.cwu.edu/financial-aid/
The CWU Geographic Information Systems (GIS) laboratory supports computer hardware/software systems for analysis of spatial data (maps, aerial photos, landsat images, digital terrain data, etc.). The laboratory provides an excellent teaching and research facility for faculty and students from a variety of fields, including anthropology, archaeology, biology, geography, geology, land-use planning, resource management and sociology. In addition, the laboratory offers contract and consultation services to public and private agencies concerned with GIS applications. The laboratory is located in Lind Hall.
Nine national honor societies maintain chapters at the University.
Alpha Epsilon Rho is the national honor society for broadcasting. Founded in 1943, for the purpose of emphasizing superior scholarship and creative participation in telecommunication production and activity, it prepares its members for roles as responsible telecommunicators. Membership in Alpha Epsilon Rho is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are making the study of electronic media studies one of their major studies of interest, and who meet high standards of scholarship.
The national honor society of Phi Kappa Phi has as its primary objective the recognition and encouragement of superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. Membership is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members by invitation and election based on superior scholarship. New members are inducted each spring.
The honor society in education, Kappa Delta Pi, has as its purpose to encourage high professional, intellectual and personal standards, and recognize and honor outstanding achievement in the study of education. Membership is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty by invitation. New members are inducted quarterly.
Tau Iota is Central's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history. Membership is composed of students and professors who have been elected upon the basis of excellence in the study and writing of history. The society's objective is the promotion of the study of history by the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and thought among historians.
Delta Pi Epsilon is a post-baccalaureate honor society for business educators. Its objectives are to improve business education through research, to recognize exceptional research achievements, and to publicize research in business education. Membership is open to business educators who meet scholastic criteria and exhibit a commitment to research in business education.
Phi Sigma Tau is the international honor society in Philosophy. Its purpose is to recognize and encourage excellence in philosophic scholarship among students and faculty. Central's local chapter (Washington Alpha) meets periodically to discuss philosophic issues in a spirit of friendship and conviviality. Membership is based on scholastic attainments.
Pi Sigma Alpha (Mu Lambda Chapter) is CWU's honor society for students of political science. This is a national honorary first organized in 1920, with more than 300 chapters throughout the country. Membership is based upon scholastic achievement and a genuine interest in the understanding of politics and political issues.
Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology, founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining scholarship in, and advancing the science of, psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.
Sigma Pi Sigma is the national physics honor society. It was founded in 1921, and now has over 400 chapters nationwide. It is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is affiliated with the American Institute of Physics and with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and to faculty members. Students elected to membership must maintain high standards of general scholarship and outstanding achievement in physics. Besides providing an incentive for all physics students to rise to excellence, the society also encourages physics interest and science literacy in the general public.
Phi Sigma Tau is the international honor society in philosophy. Its purpose is to recognize and encourage excellence in philosophic scholarship among students and faculty. Central's local chapter (Washington Alpha) meets periodically to discuss philosophic issues in a spirit of friendship and conviviality. Membership is based on scholastic attainments.
The University Libraries are an integral part of offering print, digital, and microformat resources as well as audio-visual media and equipment. Professional and effective services are available to the user at each of two easily accessed and well-planned facilities. The Library's collections and services are made available to students and faculty associated with extended degree programs through an automated circulation service, and online catalog (CATTRAX) installed at each off-campus center. Additionally, many of the Library's resources and services are available from the Library's web site at http://www.lib.cwu.edu/
The library contains more than 500,000 books, 599,000 government documents, 85,000 maps, and 14,000 recordings. The Library provides around the clock web-based access to the full text of over 9,000 journals, magazines, and newspapers. A microformat collection and subscriptions to more than 1,600 current journals are available to all users. Faculty and staff are available to provide personal service upon request in the Reference, Document, Music, and Circulation departments. The Library also offers automatic borrowing from the other state university libraries with delivery within 72 hours via the Cascade system. The library provides for user needs through a computer laboratory, group and quiet study areas. Library personnel are available during all library hours to give assistance with reference, research, and the location of materials.
Individual orientation tours are conducted at the beginning of each quarter, and bibliographic instruction sessions are given upon request throughout the year.
Business Phone: (509)963-2959
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Emergency Phone: 911
Central Washington University's Police Agency operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is a general authority state police force. The department employs 12 armed police officers who are fully commissioned by the State of Washington and have the same arrest and investigative authority as other law enforcement officers in the state. All of the officers are graduates of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commissions Basic Academy, and each has numerous hours of annual specialized police training. The majority of the officers hold B.A. degrees in Law and Justice or a related field of study. The department has the primary responsibility for law enforcement on Central's campus and works closely with all other law enforcement agencies. Commissioned officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day with emphasis on crime prevention and education. In addition to the commissioned officers, the department employs two parking enforcement officers, a secretarial staff, a switchboard operator, and student employees. The department encourages the reporting of all crimes.
Each year the officers conduct between 60 and 75 crime prevention programs for the University community, with the majority held in the residence halls for the benefit of the student population. These programs include Personal Safety, Rape Awareness and Prevention, Operation I.D., Bicycle Registration, Drug and Alcohol Use/Abuse, and related crime prevention techniques.
Outdoor emergency telephones have been installed at the entrances to residence halls, while other strategically located "blue light" emergency telephones are installed throughout campus. Each phone has an emergency button which is a direct line to the KITTCOM Dispatch Center. University police officers respond to all campus emergency calls placed through the KITTCOM Dispatch Center.
The Office of Residential Services provides well-maintained housing facilities with an emphasis on student development as part of the University's academic environment. ORS works to augment classroom instruction with a learning environment that is supportive of students' educational goals, personal and interpersonal growth, and cultural awareness.
CWU is a residential university with most students living on or near campus. Its variety of residence halls and apartments can house 2,800 students. CWU's residence halls offer students a variety of quality living experiences.
The residences are within a few minutes walk of any classroom, library, or dining hall, which offers considerable convenience and flexibility to students' daily lives. Residence Hall staff provide crisis intervention as well as educational, cultural, social, and community services programs; as well as coordinating behavioral problem-solving interventions in cooperation with the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
The residence halls offer a diverse selection of communities and environments. The residence halls which house 35 to 250 occupants offer programs and environments to enhance classroom experiences. Furniture, basic FM-TV cable service, Internet hookup, basic telephone service, utilities and coin-operated laundry facilities are also provided. Many halls have their own pool table, piano, or ping-pong table. All residence halls are smoke free.
Computer labs and fitness centers staffed with trained attendants are available to all students at various convenient locations throughout the campus. Exercise equipment includes free and universal weights, exercycles, stair climbers, cross-country ski machines and sound sysems. Additionally, Math and English "help labs" staffed by experienced tutors are available.
In the belief that the University is a total learning experience, Central requires all freshmen who are single and under twenty (20) years of age to live on-campus, in the the residence halls, for one academic year. Running Start students under twenty (20) years of age, regardless of class standing, must also fulfill the Live-In Requirement.
Beginning fall quarter 2000, Central Washington University changed its procedure for student alcohol violations involving underage drinking. National and local data have shown that high-risk alcohol use is the number one factor in poor academic performance, sexual assaults, vandalism and noise complaints for university students.
Signed into law on October 7, 1998, section 952 of H.R. 6, the Higher Education Amendments, allows institutions of higher education to disclose to parents student violations of local, state and federal laws, as well as violations of institutional policies and rules governing use or possession of alcohol or controlled substances. Underage drinking is a violation of Washington State law as well as the CWU Student Judicial Code governing the behavioral conduct of students. The University has a comprehensive alcohol education and prevention program. Parental notification will be one part of CWU’s comprehensive sanctioning procedure for underage alcohol use.
The main CWU procedural change is the notification of parents when their underage student has a second or third time violation of campus alcohol policy or laws. First time notification of parents may occur if the violation includes a medical emergency, vandalism, any violence or gross disrespect of residence hall staff or law enforcement officials.
Students who are first or second time violators will also be required to attend the "Prime for Life" prevention class. Third time violations of policies and/or laws are referred to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Emrollment Management (VPSAEM) and to the Residence Hall Arbitration Council. The VPSAEM may impose suspension or deferred suspension, while the RHAC may impose community service sanctions.
Off-campus violations of underage drinking may be referred to the VPSAEM for sanctioning through the discretion of the local circuit court officials or law enforcement agencies.
Central Washington University also maintains approximately 500 apartments (studio, one, two, or three bedrooms) designed for single students and students with families. The apartment complexes offer activities for residents which focus on the needs and priorities of their residents. Single student complexes feature programs and facilities which assist students in developing healthy, independent lifestyles. These programs might include wellness, self-defense, cultural awareness, lifestyle planning, career planning, and recreation. The communities in the family-student apartment complexes enjoy programming and activities tailored for the needs and interests of families and older students. Many activities for children and families are presented such as: holiday events, child safety awareness programs, domestic violence programs, and career planning.
At different times of the year, demands for apartments may exceed availability; for this reason, waiting lists are provided. Applications are accepted from students who have not been officially accepted for admission to CWU, but who plan to attend classes during the dates listed on their application forms. To be eligible for apartment housing, one must be currently enrolled in and must maintain at least seven credit hours of coursework. Students who are required to live in residence halls are not eligible to live in the apartments. Each tenant is required to sign a lease which provides for renting an apartment on a month-to-month basis. Written notice must be given at least 30 days prior to vacating an apartment. Pets are not allowed in any area of CWU housing.
Central Washington University has a diversified scholarship program available to students who have demonstrated superior academic performance.
Continuing students who have high financial need, meet the FAFSA priority deadline, and have a high GPA are considered for the scholarships available from the Financial Aid Office.
The University awards Merit (no-need) Scholarships which are based on academic and/or leadership qualifications to new incoming freshmen and transfer students. Each September information and application forms are sent to all Washington high schools and community colleges. Forms are available from the the Scholarship Office, which is part of the Financial Aid Office. It is located in Barge 102. The Scholarship Coordinator prepares the CWU Scholarship publications and coordinates scholarship activities with the CWU Foundation, University Advancement, Academic Services, and other departments. To be fully considered for all scholarships, a student is required to submit the FAFSA and a CWU scholarship application.
The deadline date for submitting applications for the following academic year is mid-December i.e. December 1999 for academic year 2000-2001. Notification of awards is made in late winter or early spring.
CWU hires over 2,000 students to work on-campus each academic year. Work allows students to meet a portion of their college expenses, and gain valuable work experience. Student Employment posts job notices for openings on campus and off-campus. Summer job opportunities are also posted. Visit the Student Employment Office home page at www.cwu.edu/student-employment for additional information, and to view the on-line job board.
A staff of professionals offers a variety of medical, psychological and wellness services for CWU students. Students who are registered for six or more credits are required to pay a mandatory health and counseling fee and are eligible for services. There may be additional charges for specific services, and all students are encouraged to check with the center regarding fees and charges each year. Always call for an appointment.
Services are offered at the Health and Counseling Center Building. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and until 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday, by appointment only. The Center is closed on holidays and during breaks. Health/medical services are also available on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. except during breaks and surrounding holidays. Summer hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. when classes are in session.
Health (963-1881) A complete out-patient, on campus facility is available to registered students. Service is provided by the medical staff, which consists of a family practice physician, certified physicians assistants, certified nurse practitioner, nurses, and laboratory x-ray technicians.
The staff provide routine and urgent-care services, which include: direct care of medical problems such as illness, injuries and infections such as colds, flu, and sexually transmitted diseases; routine physical examinations, sports physicals, pap smears, pregnancy testing; and diagnostic laboratory tests and x-rays. In keeping with the educational mission of the University, special emphasis is placed on education regarding treatment and prevention of illness.
Medical appointments are taken by phone from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to make their appointments as early as possible for the best selection of appointment times.
Emergency medical services are available at the Kittitas Valley Community Hospital Emergency Room when the Center is not open. Emergency room costs are at the student’s expense. A university-sponsored student accident and health insurance plan is available and recommended to help defray medical costs.
Counseling (963-1391) The counseling service senior staff consists of psychologist and masters-level counselors who function primarily as generalists, but each also has areas of expertise and interest. In keeping with the role of the university as a center for education, the service includes predoctoral and masters-level interns who work under the supervision of the senior staff.
Services offered include personal counseling for issues such as relationship difficulties, anxiety, or depression; help with study skills and career decisions; groups on a variety of topics such as eating disorders, depression, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, relationship issues and special programs for campus groups on request.
Wellness Center (963-2312): the Wildcat Wellness Center is located in Sue Lombard, Suite 111-113. Services and programs delivered through the Wellness Center include: Alcohol/drug screenings and prevention; "Prime For Life" (OCTAA) classes; Peer Education Programs, phone 963-3234; Safe-Ride/Escort Program, phone 963-1897; sexual assault/harassment prevention and response coordination; lifestyle management; health education and referral services.
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator: This service is provided by the Director of the Wellness Center. Students may call 963-3214 and leave a confidential message and/or drop by the Wellness Center at 111-113 Sue Lombard Hall. Services include confidential counseling, referral, advocacy, information and crisis response for victims, survivors and significant others.
The Students for an Assault Free Environment (SAFE) peer education program is sponsored by the Wellness Center and advised by the Wellness Center's Health Educator. They can be reached by phoning 963-3213.
Formal admission to Central as a degree-seeking student is not required for summer study. Enrollment is open to all students, including non-residents. Summer tuition rates for non-resident students is the same as those rates charged to residents.
Courses are offered during a nine-week session, a six-week session and two four-and-one-half-week sessions. Special short workshops and seminars for teachers comprise a summer professional development institute. Summer Session courses are offered on a self-support basis. For information about Summer Session, visit the "summer" website. http://www.cwu.edu/summer/
This office administers tests to individuals referred by university counselors and psychologists. It also administers and serves as an information source for local and national testing programs, such as SAT, ACT, Graduate Record Examination, Law School Admissions Test, Teacher Education Battery, and the like. The office is prepared to assist faculty with the scoring of objective tests and student evaluation of instruction.
The University operates degree centers at Steilacoom, Lynnwood, SeaTac, Yakima, Wenatchee and Moses Lake where bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and upper division courses are offered and designed to meet the needs of place- and time-bound students. Approved degree programs being offered include:
The University operates degree centers at Steilacoom, Lynnwood, SeaTac, Yakima, Wenatchee and Moses Lake, where bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and upper-division courses are offered and designed to meet the needs of place- and time-bound students. Approved degree programs being offered include:
Degree Programs B.S. Accounting B.S. Business Administration B.A. Law & Justice Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.A. begins fall 2001) Certificate and Minors Certificate: Supply Chain Management Minors: Business Administration, Law & Justice, Personal Computer Applications, Psychology
Courses Leading to a Degree* Accounting courses leading to a B.S. Business Administration courses leading to a B.S. Flight Technology courses leading to a B.S
Degree Programs B.S. Accounting B.S. Business Administration B.S. Business Education B.S. Community Health/Chemical Dependency Specialization B.A.Ed. Early Childhood Education B.A. Law & Justice M.S. Organization Development Minors Business Administration, Elementary Education, Law & Justice, Personal Computer Applications, Psychology
Degree Programs B.S. Community Health/Chemical Dependency Specialization B.S. Electronic Engineering Technology (Puyallup) B.A. Law & Justice M.S. Engineering Technology (Puyallup) Minor Law & Justice
Degree Programs B.A.Ed. Elementary Education Courses Leading to a Degree Accounting courses leading to a B.S. Business Administration courses leading to a B.S. Master Teacher courses leading to a M.Ed.Certificate Initial Teacher Certification
Degree Program B.A. Law & Justice Minor B.A. Law & Justice Courses Leading to a Degree Accounting courses leading to a B.S. Business Administration courses leading to a B.S. Elementary Education courses leading to a B.A.Ed. Master in Education/Reading Specialization courses leading to a M.Ed. Master Teacher courses leading to a M.Ed.
For more information about the University Centers, contact Margaret Badgley, Assistant to the Provost for University Centers and Community College Relations.
Phone (509) 963-1407
The Office of Veterans Affairs is located in Mitchell Hall. Students wishing to receive education benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs must contact the Veterans Affairs Office, and must verify their registration with the office each quarter they receive benefits. Notification is NOT automatically sent to the DVA when a veteran or other eligible person enrolls. Central Washington University's programs of study are approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board's State Approving Agency (HECB/SAA) for the enrollment of persons eligible to receive educational benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. code.