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Spring 2020: Information to assist our CWU CiHS Partners during the outbreak

Since all high school students have gone through transitions to remote or online learning for spring term, we strive to keep everyone informed.

Special grading option for CiHS Spring Term Courses. Please read full information regarding the Emergency Pass/Fail option, and the CWU form required.

CiHS and Cornerstone Students and Parents/Guardians, please see Resources and Withdrawal Accommodations

A Joint Statement which clarifies grading policy for CiHS and Running Start courses has been issued by state agencies.

  • Special CWU Grading Option: Emergency Pass/Fail (EP/EF)

    Central Washington University has added a one-time special grading option for spring 2020, which applies to all courses taught through CWU College in the High School, called Emergency Pass/Fail (EP/EF). The system works as follows:

    First, instructors are to enter grades like any other quarter.

    Second, students may opt into converting their letter grade to EP/EF on a course by course basis. A grade of EP is for letter grades of C- or better. A grade of EF is for letter grades below C-. It will be up to the student to initiate the request for EP/EF (the form for this request is being created and will be available on our website and emailed to your teachers so they have a copy to provide you in case you choose the option). As the student, it is your responsibility to get the High School Partnerships office the form, if you choose to opt in.

    Students will have three days to request the EP/EF after grades are due which means we must have the form by Friday, July 3rd, 2020. Any form submitted after July 3rd, 2020 will not be processed and the final grade will stand. The completed form should be mailed and must be postmarked by July 3rd, 2020 or scanned and emailed to

    Emergency Grade Option Form

    Please see the attached letter for more details on EP/EF.

  • Student and Parent/Guardian Resources, and Withdrawal Accommodations

    CWU values our partnership with all our districts, high schools, teachers, administrators, support staff and especially our students who are involved with College in the High School (CiHS).

    We are in unchartered territory as the nation faces the COVID-19 pandemic together.

    Our staff has been hard at work to develop a plan for CiHS courses with the goal to minimize the impact to you and your family.

    Courses are being re-approved to be offered remotely. We have asked every CiHS course instructor to submit a Course Contingency Plan for their course(s). For any course to continue, the instructor must have their Course Contingency Plan approved by their CWU academic department liaison and the school district must give us consent to move forward with the course(s). If a course is not approved to continue, all CIHS students will be dropped from that course with no penalty and will receive a full refund. Please contact your course instructor to find out if they have received approval to continue offering their course(s).


    As a CWU Student, there are many resources available to you which you may find helpful during these challenging times. Below we have listed the resources we feel would be most useful to you as you learn remotely.

    CWU Academic Success Center – Online portal to tutoring resources including the Math Center, University Writing Center, etc. To access these resources visit In addition, you can connect with a tutor on a specific topic by emailing

    CWU Brooks Library – Has many resources you can use with your CWU credential including Online Research Guides, Online Databases, and remote access to library’s catalog of ebooks, electronic journals, and streaming media.

    MyCWU Account –Through MyCWU, you can access student email, make a payment, view your class schedule, access unofficial transcripts and request official transcripts.

    CWU Advising – Talk with a CWU advisor if you have questions about transferring credits, resources, etc.

    Withdrawal Policy Changes Effective During Covid-19 School Closures

    We understand due to any number of circumstances, that not every student will be able to or wish to continue due to this crisis. We have worked with the CWU Registrar to determine the following withdrawal deadlines for the remainder of the year. Contact your high school teacher or let us know directly via email if you wish to withdraw or drop.

    Student Drop with Full Refund – Due by Friday May 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    • Student Drop: the course does not show on a student’s CWU transcript and all fees are reversed.

    Student Uncontested Withdrawal – Due by Friday June 5th, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

    • Uncontested Withdrawal: student took a portion of the class, will receive a +W on their transcript and the student/school will be invoiced for all course fees. A student can withdrawal from any course.

    Student Complete Withdrawal – Due by Friday June 12th, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

    • Complete Withdrawal: students withdraw from all enrolled classes at CWU for reasons of illness or extenuating circumstances at any time prior to finals week. A complete withdrawal from the CWU will be noted on the student’s transcripts with a W and the student/school will be invoiced for all course fees.

    Student Hardship Withdrawal Petition – Due by Friday June 12th, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

    • Hardship Withdrawal Petition: students may request to be withdrawn from a course if they have experienced extenuating circumstances that present a hardship and affect their ability to finish the course. If approved, they will receive a HW on their CWU transcript and the student/school will continue to be invoiced for all course fees.

    Students, please reach out to us via email at and to your instructor if you wish to drop or withdraw from a course.

    Parents/Guardians cannot request a withdrawal on the behalf of their student due to FERPA laws which do not allow parents access to their child’s education records once they enter a post-secondary institution at any age.

    Please note that withdrawing from a course does not affect a student’s grade point average or academic standing.

    We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we go through this together. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at

    Printable PDF of Resources and Withdrawal Accommodations

  • Grading Policy Joint Statement from state agencies 5/25/2020

    The Council of Presidents (COP), the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) continue to receive questions from both K-12 and college partners regarding how the emergency rules filed by OSPI impact College in the High School and Running Start grades. This joint statement reiterates the guidance provided to date to help school districts, colleges and universities finalize grading as the spring term concludes.

    Read the entire statement