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Employee FAQs

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Return to Campus & Telework

  • Which CWU staff members are currently working on campus? 

    Staff members whose jobs allow them to work remotely will continue to do so as the university tries to limit density on CWU campuses. Staff whose jobs cannot be successfully performed remotely will be on campus. Supervisors are working with their teams to determine the appropriate working environments that balance the risk of infection and the need to accomplish required tasks.

  • Which facilities are open on the CWU-Ellensburg campus?

    Most CWU buildings are closed to the public, but campus housing and dining services remain available to students who continue to reside here. The Student Medical & Counseling Clinic also remains open for services. Information specific to dining will be posted on the website.

    For updated information about the plans for fall quarter, visit cwu.edu/fallguide2020.

  • Do I need to keep my office door closed when working on campus?

    All faculty and staff with individual offices will be asked to close their office doors when possible to protect themselves and others. If an employee is unable to keep his/her door open, he/she must wear a facial covering to prevent any potential transmission of infection to others in the immediate area. Those working in a partitioned work space (i.e., a cubicle), also must wear a mask when they are working on site.

  • Can I schedule in-person meetings with students or other staff members?

    Yes, but CWU recommends meeting virtually whenever possible. Individual meetings and small groups are permitted, but facial coverings must be worn by everyone in attendance. Physical distancing of approximately six feet must be observed at all times.

  • If I work from home and only have personal devices, may I use them?

    Yes. However, employees are required to keep work files separate from personal files if using a personal device. Using Office 365 and OneDrive allows for remote work options with the use of personal computer equipment. In addition to OneDrive, remote work options for use of personal computer equipment would include the use of flash drives to separate files and the use of our Virtual Private Network (VPN), when needed.

    These approaches allow employees to work from home on their personal devices and keep CWU files separate from personal ones. Check out CWU Remote Work Resources.

  • What happens to mail and deliveries while buildings are locked?

    Standard U.S. postal service packages continue to be delivered normally to each building’s mail room.

    FedEx and UPS have been notified to deliver all packages to Central Stores. Signs also have been placed on the doors of buildings, notifying vendors to deliver items to Central Stores.

    Staff can arrange to pick up deliveries from Central Stores once the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order is no longer is in effect.

    Until further notice, all purchases should list the delivery location as:

    Central Stores
    Department (Name), Individual (Name)
    400 E. University Way
    Ellensburg, WA 98926-7523

Faculty Information

Health & Safety

  • What are the health and safety protocols in place on campus?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to encourage physical distancing, frequent handwashing, wearing face coverings, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

    New guidance from the governor's office on June 30 has allowed CWU to relax its face covering policy this summer and fall. Face coverings will not be required for vaccinated people in any indoor or outdoor spaces on campus.

  • What efforts are being made to keep campus safe?

    The following practices currently apply to the Ellensburg campus and all university centers and teaching sites:

    Health Attestation
    All students and employees will be required to complete a COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Compliance form at the beginning of the quarter. This form is available on MyCWU and will help ensure students and employees understand the health risks of COVID-19 as well as their roles and responsibilities in mitigating those risks for themselves and others.

    Daily Health Check
    CWU has developed an online tool that will allow employees and students to monitor their potential COVID-19 symptoms on a daily basis. This tool, now optional, is located in MyCWU. If you are sick, please stay home.

    Sanitizing and Washing
    The university will continue to emphasize the sanitization of shared spaces and the importance of regular handwashing and sanitizing.

    Wildcat Influencers
    The Wildcat Influencer Initiative aims to positively influence and normalize behavioral change in the CWU community to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This program seeks to educate and empower student, faculty, and staff leaders by sharing up-to-date public health information, best health practices, and medical and counseling resources.

  • What safety precautions have been taken with air filtration and circulation in academic buildings?

    All academic buildings on the CWU Ellensburg campus — with the exception of Lind Hall — currently meet ASHRAE and the Washington State Department of Health’s recommendations for reducing the transmission of COVID-19 within the HVAC systems, and all buildings will be open for fall quarter 2021.

    Air circulation and filtration was tested in all buildings on campus in fall 2020. Wherever possible, HVAC systems were reconfigured to run on full fresh air rather than recirculated air. Air conditioning systems also were pre-purged. Portable filtration systems were studied as possible supplements in specified areas.

  • Can I get an exemption from having to wear a face covering due to my medical condition?

    Yes. CWU faculty, staff, and students may request a medical or health risk accommodation regarding face coverings. Determination of the accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis through an interactive process. An option for someone unable to tolerate a face covering may include attending classes online or work remotely.

    Employees should complete the online accommodation form. Employees may be required to provide documentation to establish their need for an accommodation.

    People who have difficulty communicating due to face coverings can inquire about the availability of clear masks.

    Accommodations that pose a threat to the health or safety of other people are not appropriate. An accommodation may not include allowing someone to not wear a face covering where it is required.

  • Where can employees find more information about CWU’s safety protocols?

    Additional information is available on the CWU-Together SharePoint website (for employees only) and the CWUTogether and Faculty FAQs webpages.

  • Where can employees go for additional help?

    If you are feeling anxiety, there are resources available via the Employee Assistance Program (username: cwu). It can help to talk to supportive people in your life – maybe a friend, family member, partner, or other trusted person. Or engage in your favorite calming activity such as taking a walk, doing some deep breathing, coloring or listening to music.

Schedule/Academics

Travel

  • Is CWU restricting travel to other countries or locations?

    CWU has canceled all education abroad programs and university-related international student travel through the end of spring quarter 2021.

    While both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) have removed their previous global advisories, they maintain high-level, destination-specific travel advisories due to COVID-19 risk. The CDC maintains Level 3 Travel Health Warnings (Avoid Nonessential Travel)—its highest level of Travel Notice—for the majority of the world and continues to recommend US colleges and universities suspend student international travel programs. Similarly, the DOS maintains at least Level 3 Travel Advisories (Reconsider Travel)—the second highest level of Travel Advisory—for most of the world, specifically citing COVID-19. Moreover, the US and countries around the world continue to maintain an array of travel restrictions, stay-in-place orders and other measures to stem continued transmission.

    The university administration and Office of International Studies and Programs continue to monitor developments and will evaluate the viability of further terms at a later date. Students should not make any non-refundable payments at the moment; CWU will not reimburse students for such expenses in the event of cancelation.

    Any member of the CWU community who chooses to disregard university recommendations for international travel must understand they will do so at their own risk and may face difficulties in return travel to the U.S. and/or possible restricted access to the CWU campus.

  • May I travel on official CWU business?

    No. CWU has suspended all non-essential, out-of-state university travel effective immediately and for the foreseeable future. This includes, but is not limited to, conferences and/or professional development opportunities. Essential travel is travel deemed necessary to the operations of the university.

    If you previously booked travel to occur before June 1, 2020, talk with your supervisor. Because this is a rapidly changing environment, travel will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

  • What if I wish to travel on non-CWU-sponsored trips?

    If your plans include traveling, particularly internationally, please understand you will do so at your own risk and may face difficulties in return travel to the US and/or possible restricted access to the CWU campus.

    Depending on your destination, you may have to make difficult decisions to change or even cancel plans to ensure your own well-being and timely return to campus. In many countries, there may be new entry and exit control measures and even quarantines implemented with very little notice. These actions could severely impact your plans and/or delay your return home or your ability to return to campus once you are back in the state.

    Please carefully weigh the risks and benefits of any international travel and view US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information on COVID-19 to learn more.