COVID-19 Student FAQs
2020 Fall Quarter Information
What is the plan for fall quarter? Will students return to campus?
CWU's plan is to bring students back for an accelerated fall quarter that will begin September 9 and end November 24. The goal is to complete the quarter ahead of a forecasted increase in flu and COVID-19 cases and to avoid the logistics of students leaving campus and returning following the Thanksgiving holiday.
How will classes be offered fall quarter?
Faculty will choose between teaching in-person, using virtual modalities, and combining the two. The goal is to find the modality that best balances the safety and quality of instruction. These choices are currently being recorded to be available when students register for classes. New and returning students are encouraged to develop a schedule that conforms to their learning style and personal needs.
What effort will be taken to keep campus safe fall quarter?
The following practices will apply at the Ellensburg Campus and all University Centers and teaching sites:
Accelerated Quarter Schedule
The fall quarter will begin September 9 and end November 25.
Choice of Teaching/Learning Modality
Faculty are allowed to choose between teaching in-person, using virtual modalities, and combining the two. The goal is to find the modality that best balances the safety and quality of instruction. Students are encouraged to develop a schedule that confirms to their learning style and personal needs.
Choice of Working Modality
Staff will be encouraged to work remotely unless their job only can be performed in person. As with the teaching environment, a combination of modalities is possible. Supervisors are working with their teams to determine the appropriate working environments that balance the risk of infection and the need to accomplish the required tasks.
Until a vaccine is available, physical distancing is a crucial factor in reducing the spread of COVID-19. The best distancing practice is to remain six feet or more from one another. When that is not possible, the use of masks will be required. These rules will apply inside and outside of buildings.
Learning spaces: Classes will be scheduled to maximize physical distancing. Classes will likely be scheduled using an expanded framework of days and times, and some non-academic spaces will be employed. Furniture and arrangement of spaces will be altered if necessary.
Gathering spaces: We will modify the arrangement of furniture in common areas of some buildings, as needed. The SURC, dining facilities, and residence halls will receive special attention.
Movement on campus: An additional goal of the fall schedule is to reduce the traffic in portals and hallways. An analysis is underway to map significant pedestrian pathways and to mark them with appropriate signage to help promote physical distancing. Special attention will be given to portals to popular locations.
Client-facing spaces: Many spaces on campus involve face-to-face service, such as dining, stores, and advising/counseling operations. In addition to using online service options, the spaces will be reconfigured in ways modeled after commercial retail outlets.
Masking and other Physical Protections
Everyone will be required to wear masks when physical distancing is not possible. This rule applies to all employees and students, unless they are unable to do so because of a health-related reason. Face shields may be worn while teaching or working if the employee so desires.
CWU will provide cloth face masks to all students and employees. Alternative facial protection (hoods/shields/face guards) will also be made available to employees whose positions require additional protection.
Sanitizing and Washing
The current situation calls for increased emphasis sanitizing our spaces and on emphasizing personal hygiene. Our housekeeping staff will clean all classrooms, labs, and studios at least daily. They will sanitize public washrooms twice daily. Sanitizing wipes will be available in all teaching and work areas to clean spaces between uses. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the university.
Cooperation and Culture
The university will take responsibility for implementing the significant components of the plan and for monitoring emerging research findings and changes in public policies. All of us must join together to keep one another safe. We can do this by distancing, wearing masks, and regularly washing our hands—that don’t impinge on the academic freedoms we so cherish.
For more information, see President Gaudino’s May 26, 2020 letter.
Will masks be required? If so, what happens if they aren’t worn?
Yes. When social distancing is not possible, the use of masks will be required. This rule applies to all employees and students, unless they are unable to do so because of a health-related reason. This also will apply inside and outside of buildings.
Students who enter classrooms or gathering places without masks or remove them after entering the classroom will be asked to mask immediately or leave.
Housing & Dining
What happens to my personal items in my room? What if I need something?
If you have property in your residence hall room or apartment, your property will stay in place in the state you left it. Locks have been changed to restrict access until the county and statewide orders lifts.
Due to the statewide and county order, we are not able to allow individuals to return to campus and pick up personal property. If you believe you have an emergent need for an item in your space—for example, medications you are not able to obtain a replacement prescription—please contact Housing and Residence life at email@example.com. We will consider requests on a case-by-case basis, and retrieve the item with your written permission. In certain cases, we may be able to ship the item to you.
Can students get out of their housing and dining contracts?
The university will not charge students for early termination, and all spring quarter housing and dining expenditures were refunded if the student indicated by March 20 that they were not on campus at that time. Credits to student accounts were posted in early April. More information can be found on the Housing and Residence Life website,cwu.edu/housing, or the Dining Services website, cwu.edu/dining.
Where can I get answers to my on-campus housing questions?
Please visit the Housing website where you will find a comprehensive list of FAQs.
How will classes be offered summer quarter?
Summer courses be offered virtually and there will be no conferences or camps at CWU during this period.
Which facilities and resources are available on the CWU-Ellensburg campus?
Most CWU buildings are now closed to the public, but campus housing and dining services remain available to students who continue to reside here. Dining will be available in a food-to-go style, per the health directive. Information specific to dining will be posted on the website.
Spring quarter began online April 8. There will be no face-to-face instruction, including labs, through spring quarter. Deans and department chairs will continue to work with faculty and with our multi-modal staff to help make the transition to online instruction.
Is the Wildcat Shop in the SURC still open?
The Wildcat Shop is closed for in-store purchases. However, orders can still be processed online seven days a week at wildcatshop.com.
Please note that all orders must be shipped during this time and there is no pick-up option. Customers who need repair work on their Apple computers can still receive help during the temporary closure. For assistance and current procedures, please visit the CatTech device repair website.
If you need help locating products not available on the website, please call 509-963-1311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about specific areas may be directed to the following:
• Textbooks: 509-963-1354 or email@example.com
• Online orders: 509-963-1648 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Computers and electronics, email@example.com
What is happening with CWU-sponsored events?
All university-sponsored, in-person events have been canceled through at least May 31. Some virtual events may continue as scheduled. This decision is consistent with Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement about how state higher education institutions should function.
If this outbreak continues to worsen, what additional steps will the university take? What if I live on campus?
We understand some members of our community have concerns about measures that may need to be taken by CWU in the event of widespread local, regional or national transmission of COVID-19. The university has extensive and thorough emergency procedures, and is committed to doing everything it can to ensure the health and safety of our community.
Because this is a rapidly changing situation, we need to prepare for a range of possibilities. We already have suspended some operations (student recreation center) and large, in-person events, as well as moved classes primarily online. If warranted, we will consider a full suspension of classes. But since our university includes health care facilities and other critical operations, it never fully closes.
Early in spring quarter, we may determine the need to relocate students who are continuing to live on campus from their current residence hall room to another building. This is so we can ensure we provide our best service to those students who remain and further the goal of social distancing by providing all residents with a room that has a private bathroom, if possible. If you are relocated, your housing rate will not increase, even if the room you move to is normally charged at a higher rate.
In the event that a quarantine involving students becomes necessary, we are preparing for a multi-faceted response that would include providing food service and/or moving students off-campus or to sequestered areas of the residence halls. In the event many cases are diagnosed, those who could safely leave the campus would be encouraged to do so, thereby increasing our capacity to assist others who are unable to travel.
The university is coordinating closely with county public health agencies and the Washington State Department of Health on its response, including contingency planning, and will continue to do so.
Why are the residence halls still open if CWU employees are working from home?
The Kittitas County Public Health Department issued a Public Health Order directing CWU to strongly encourage students, “whether they live on or off campus, to stay in place." If students have returned to their permanent residence, they should remain there and plan to take all of their spring quarter classes online. It is vital that all residents respect this Public Health Order and stay in place to help contain the virus that is spreading quickly everywhere.
Students, per the county Public Health Director’s warning, should remain where they are and attend spring quarter virtually:
• If you are in Ellensburg, you are expected to stay in place.
• If you are currently away from the CWU-Ellensburg campus, you are expected to stay in place.
It is important to note that many CWU students still need a place to live and have nowhere else to go at the present time. The university feels a responsibility to accommodate these students because not everyone has a family home to return to. Plus, a majority of our international students cannot return to their home countries due to travel restrictions around the world. Following state-mandated guidelines, CWU Dining Services is providing food-to-go options.
What does this mean for students with disabilities?
Students with disabilities should continue to work with Disability Services staff. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What is CWU doing for spring quarter?
Spring quarter 2020 is continuing as planned, but the university has moved all of its academic operations online. Science labs and other classes that cannot meet online must make other arrangements, and each department has a plan in place to accommodate the students affected.
The spring quarter started April 8 and runs through June 8. Final examination week will be June 9-12. The spring quarter changes apply to CWU’s main campus in Ellensburg and eight university centers and sites around the state. Classes, academic advising, and other educational activities will also be affected. Technology fees for online courses will be waived for the spring quarter.
What do these changes mean for classes that can’t be completed online?
The university has moved all of its academic operations online. Science labs and other classes that cannot meet online must make other arrangements, and departments are currently reviewing how that process will work. Deans and department chairs will continue to work with faculty and with our multi-modal staff to help make the transition to online instruction.
I need to complete an internship as a requirement for graduation. Can I still do this?
All internships sponsored by CWU whether required or elective, paid or unpaid, on-campus or off-campus, should be conducted in remote modalities, substituted for, extended (IP grade), or postponed. In-person internship activities will be permitted only upon approval by the college dean. In the case of required internships that cannot be completed remotely, sponsoring departments will develop appropriate substitutions, including project- or research-based independent studies.
How does this impact academic advising, career advising, and tutoring?
All three services are still being offered. The only difference from previous quarters is that all appointments with university faculty and staff — including academic advisors, career counselors, and tutors — must be conducted remotely, using the Zoom online meeting platform.
Tutoring and academic coaching are available via Zoom, and students can self-schedule by visiting tutortrac.cwu.edu/. We have expanded hours across all tutoring offerings to meet needs, and academic coaches are ready to work with any student who wants to learn more about online study strategies. You can easily connect with us by clicking on the "Tutoring" link on the left hand menu of your Canvas course, or by visiting www.cwu.edu/academic-success/tutoring-services.
How can I request information services?
Although Samuelson Hall is closed, the Service Desk staff is working remotely. Any technology pickup/drop off or in-person assistance will need to be scheduled to take place outside of Bouillon Hall. Bouillon is locked, along with all other academic facilities, so please continue to contact the Service Desk to coordinate any hardware- or software-related support by calling 509-963-2001 or sending an email to email@example.com.
Where can I use a computer or check out a laptop?
Campus computer labs are now closed and laptop checkouts will not be available until further notice.
Are there resources available for first-time online students?
Yes. The CWU Multimodal Learning Center and CWU Technology Services will be available to help students prepare for this new online-based curriculum. Individual departments may also offer training sessions, advising opportunities, and other resources to help students transition to a less-traditional learning platform.
How will this affect financial aid?
Financial aid packages for virtual and online classes remain the same as they would have been for in-person instruction. Funds will be disbursed according to the revised spring quarter calendar. For financial aid questions, e-mail the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students can also book a phone appointment with a counselor at the Financial Aid department’s website.
For questions regarding a student’s account, including charges, billing, and refunds, contact Student Accounts via email at email@example.com or cwu.edu/student-accounts/contact-us. Your student ID will be required for all communication and messages.
Where can I find more information about Direct Student Loans?
All CWU students are offered federally guaranteed student loans through the Financial Aid Office. Direct Loans are funded by the U.S. Treasury Department. Programs include the Federal Direct Subsidized Student Loan, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan, Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), and PLUS Loans for Graduate Students. More information is available through CWU Financial Aid.
Will I still be able to graduate on time?
The university plans meet the curricular needs of seniors scheduled to complete all graduation requirements this spring to assure them of an on-time graduation, and every attempt will be made to protect the spring quarter schedules of registered students.
I’m a Running Start student, how will the changes affect me?
CWU Running Start students follow the same guidelines as all CWU students.
Spring quarter student fees
Since classes are online in the spring quarter, which fees will I still have to pay?
CWU will waive all fees not linked to instruction, to student support, or to legal financial obligations, including the support of bonds that pay for student facilities, such as the SURC.
Which fees have been waived?
Waived fees for spring quarter include:
- Athletics fee
- Central Transit fee
- Dining Contract Cancellation fee (for students who have purchased but won’t be able to use a meal plan)
- Housing Contract Cancellation fee (for students not residing in Ellensburg-campus housing)
- Late Payment fee
- Late Registration fee
- Library fee
- Parking fee
- Web-course fee
- Wellness fee
Which fees have not been waived and why?
Continued fees for spring quarter include:
- Student Health and Counseling Center fees support important student services, and will remain operational both in Ellensburg and in a web-based format.
- The Technology Fee will provide critical support for moving all instruction online.
- Tuition fees continue to be the same for online and in-person instruction.
- Math and writing tutoring will continue online.
- The Student Union and Recreation Center fees support bonds that were used to build the facility and cannot be waived.
- The Service and Activities Fee supports bonds that were used to construct student mandated projects, as well as paying for direct student services and student programs.
Why do I have to pay for the SURC when I won’t be using it?
The Student Union and Recreation Center Fees support bonds that were used to build the facility and cannot be waived. Students voted to obligate these bonds in order to build the SURC.
Will CWU be hosting a Commencement ceremony this year?
No. The university canceled its June ceremony last month and has decided not to reschedule Commencement 2020 for this fall.
Why did the university decide to cancel Commencement?
As the public health situation has deteriorated, CWU determined that a full cancellation of Commencement 2020 was the only responsible decision to make. The safety of our students, staff, and community is our top priority, and we believe that bringing so many people close together — even six months from now — would present too much of a risk.
What options are available for graduates?
CWU still plans to celebrate the achievements of our graduates by offering three options:
- All 2019-20 graduates will be invited to participate in the 2021 Commencement exercises next June.
- Students who do not wish to participate next year will receive their diploma cover, a copy of the Commencement book and any special honors in a package delivered to their home. (In the coming weeks, Commencement officials will be sending out a survey to complete regarding each graduate’s anticipated decision.)
- We will hold a virtual Commencement address to recognize the class of 2020 on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Details are still being finalized and will be available soon.
Will I still graduate?
Yes! Canceling commencement affects only the ceremony and will not impact your graduation status or the completion of your degree.
Will I still get a diploma cover?
Yes. Your diploma cover will be mailed to you along with your diploma, or mailed separately if you already have received your diploma.
How do I receive a refund for Commencement regalia?
Due to the cancellation of this year’s ceremonies, all regalia purchases may be returned for a full refund. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to cancel or return your order. However, grad fees go toward the processing, printing, and mailing of diplomas, not toward the commencement ceremonies, so those fees are non-refundable.
Will my graduation fee be refunded?
No. Grad fees go toward the processing, printing, and mailing of your diploma, not toward the commencement ceremonies, so this fee is non-refundable.
Where can I learn more about future plans for Commencement?
Please visit the Commencement website if you have questions or need additional support.
Emergency Pass/Fail options for spring
How does the Emergency Pass/Fail (EP/EF) system work?
Undergraduate students may opt to convert their letter grades to EP/EF on a course-by-course basis. At the undergraduate level, all grades of a C- or better will convert to an EP, which will still count toward degree requirements. More information is available here.
Why is the EP/EF grading system being implemented?
CWU decided to offer this grading option for spring quarter as an acknowledgement of the challenges created for everyone by the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak.
How do I change my course status to EP/EF?
Undergraduate students will have three days after grades are due (June 19) to inform your instructor that you are choosing to convert your letter grade to EP/EF. A form is being created and will soon be available on the Registrar's Office web page.
Will EP/EF grades affect my grade-point average?
No. EP/EF grades will not be calculated in your overall GPA at CWU.
Will I still receive a letter grade for my coursework?
Instructors will be grading this quarter like any other quarter. If you are in a class that issues letter grades, you will receive letter grades at the end of the quarter. If you are in a course that is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory, you will receive a grade of satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
Are unconditional withdrawals still available? What about incomplete grades?
Before May 18, you may unconditionally withdraw from any course, but that decision could affect your financial aid. After May 18, you may request a grade of Incomplete (I) from your instructor. An “I” grade indicates that you are unable to complete the course but have a passing grade at the time of the request and have made sufficient progress to be able to complete the course without re-enrolling.
Where can I read more about the EP/EF grading system?
See the online catalog for more information.
Student Health Resources
What is the Student Counseling and Medical Center doing about this outbreak?
The following measures have been put in place to ensure, whenever possible, continuity of care and the protection of student and staff health:
• Services will now be offered via a teletherapy model, meaning that most services will be provided remotely, even if you live in Ellensburg.
• Appointments for existing clients have been converted to teletherapy appointments unless you have made specific other arrangements with your counselor.
• The Pathways and Group Therapy programs have been suspended for the duration of spring quarter.
• Students who were on the wait list for any service will be contacted by a staff member with specific instructions about how to seek additional services.
• If you have never requested Student Counseling services before, call the front office at 509-963-1391. The staff will help you set up a teletherapy or in-person appointment.
• If you are in crisis and need support, call 509-963-1391 and the staff will help you set up a teletherapy or in-person appointment.
• Students also can access crisis support at any time from any location by calling 1-800-273-8255 or texting “HOME” to 741741. A complete list of crisis resources is available on the website.
• The Student Counseling building is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You are welcome to come in if you are unable to call us and need to request services.
Student Medical Services
• The Student Counseling and Medical Services building is open. You are welcome to come here if you are unable to call and need to request services. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• We will no longer offer web booking for appointments. Students must call and be screened prior to making an appointment. The Student Medical Services number is 509-963-1881.
The clinic is researching the ability to offer online telehealth services and virtual resources for students. At this time, we do not have the capacity to offer telehealth to students.
What can I do if I am in need of food assistance?
The community has a number of resources available if you experience food insecurity. For more information, please refer to the Kittitas County Community Resources Guide.
FISH Community Food Bank
• 804 Elmview Road, Ellensburg
• Mon., Tues. 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Wed., Thurs. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Closed Sat. & Sun.
• Clients are not admitted to browse the pantry, but will receive groceries at a “pass through” location marked for distribution. Grocery distribution will be prepackaged. More information is available at kvfish.org.
• Anyone who is sick should not go to the pantry, but you can call 509-925-5990 to receive instructions about how to acquire food.
• Contact information available at apoyofoodbank.org.
• Call 2-1-1 or visit wa211.org to connect to a host of community resources (food, financial services, homelessness to rent assistance).
Please note: PUSH pantries located in academic buildings will not be accessible while staff are working remotely. Contact PUSH staff at 509-963-1585 if you have questions or are looking for support in accessing any resources listed above, or contact the CWU Office of Case Management at 509-963-1515.
I want to get tested for COVID-19. Where should I go?
Kittitas Valley Hospital has created a temporary coronavirus testing clinic at 716 E. Manitoba Ave. that is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. People are encouraged to call the clinic at 509-933-8850, prior to visiting.
If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please do not go to a health care provider before calling first. If you are feeling ill, follow the directions in the “What do I do if I feel sick?” question.
I have family and friends currently in an area affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. How can I manage my concern for them?
As with any natural or human-inflicted disaster, the novel coronavirus outbreak presents an added layer of stress and worry for members of our CWU community who have personal connections to the affected area. This is a critically important time for all of us to reinforce a community of care on our campus and support one another.
If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students through campus mental health services:
Ellensburg students: Student Counseling Services — Due to the department currently experiencing higher volumes of appointments, please be patient if you cannot be seen immediately.
Student Counseling Services strives to support all students during difficult times in their lives. We realize that every individual is unique and what might be a crisis for one student might not be a crisis for another. To help us best serve your needs and the needs of other students as well, here are some helpful questions to ask yourself:
1. Are you currently having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else?
If yes, please call for an urgent crisis appointment right away. If we are closed, please call 911, go to the Emergency Room, or call the crisis line at 509-925-4168.
2. Are you currently upset or distressed and it’s causing you to miss classes or other important obligations?
If yes, first try talking to other supportive people in your life – maybe a friend, family member, partner, or other trusted person. Also try engaging in your favorite calming activity such as taking a walk, doing some deep breathing, coloring, listening to music, or taking a warm bath. If these methods do not help you re-engage with your important activities, please call and request an appointment within the next 1-2 days.
3. Is your current condition upsetting or distressing but you are still able to, generally, do the things that are important to you?
If yes, now is a great time to increase your self-care by trying to get enough sleep, eat well, drink your water, talk with your social circle, and do some fun things while also taking care of your responsibilities. You might even try journaling your thoughts and feelings in general and specifically recalling times that you have gotten through tough situations or feelings in the past. If these things do not help you enough, please try attending one of our Let’s Talk locations or call and ask for our next routine appointment.
Let’s Talk — a program that connects CWU students with support from experienced counselors from the Counseling Center, without an appointment.
Tuesdays 12-2 p.m., Nicholson Pavilion, Room 101; Thursdays 2-4 p.m. DEC; Fridays 1-3 p.m. Music 105
What is the CARES Act and where can I get more information about it?
Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act on March 26, delivering emergency funds to businesses, individuals, and public institutions. The CARES Act also increases regulatory flexibility for colleges and universities, such as by providing campus-based aid waivers, permitting allocation of Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant funding as emergency grant aid to students, and authorizing continued work-study payments to students. More information is available on the U.S. Treasury Department’s website.
Who should I contact if I have a personal situation not covered by the previous questions?
Students should talk to a professor, lecturer or academic adviser in their department if they have questions regarding coursework, online class meeting times, attendance, assignment due dates, testing procedures, tutoring opportunities, and related concerns. They should also contact the appropriate department to ask department-specific questions.
Is there information available about any community members being screened for COVID-19?
To protect their privacy, CWU legally is not able to release personal information about any students or University community members who are being monitored or tested for novel coronavirus, including their location.
Should any CWU community member be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the relevant local health department and CWU would initiate appropriate protocols to protect the health of anyone deemed to be at risk.
How is CWU following up with people who were in contact with anyone who is being tested?
Local health departments closely monitor people who are at potential risk and have protocols for contacting individuals who may have been in close contact with CWU community members being screened for the novel coronavirus, such as roommates.
Should any CWU community member be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the relevant local health department and CWU would initiate appropriate protocols to protect the health of anyone deemed to be at risk.
Has CWU been seeing any new cybersecurity threats related to COVID-19?
Yes. CWU Information Services has alerted all faculty and staff to be on the lookout for phishing and scam emails with a subject line referring to COVID-19. These messages are consistent with recent warnings from the Washington State Office of Cybersecurity. To combat this threat, the I.S. team has created a resource to assist CWU users in identifying these scams. The emails included in the article are actual staff emails that were flagged with the "Report Message" feature in Outlook.
Please continue to be vigilant when clicking on links contained in emails so we can reduce the cybersecurity threat to our users and our network.
Are there any resources for combating stigmatization, bias and xenophobia related to the coronavirus?
Many of us are concerned about what the people in our communities may be experiencing, including possible stigmatization or discrimination based on racial bias or appearances. Please help others understand that the risk of coronavirus is not at all connected with race, ethnicity or nationality.
Stigma doesn’t fight the illness and will hurt innocent people, but sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumor and misinformation from spreading. Public Health — Seattle & King County has compiled resources for combating stigmatization, bias and xenophobia that can be used to prevent and respond to incidents of discrimination. If you know of incidents of bias related to the novel coronavirus, please notify the CWU Diversity and Equity Center.
Is the Central Transit schedule affected by COVID-19?
Visit the Central Transit website for a current schedule.
Is CWU restricting travel to other countries or locations?
On March 19, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory: Do Not Travel, and on April 20, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Global Level 3 Travel Health Warning for COVID-19, an upgrade of its previous alert. Moreover, the U.S. and countries around the world continue to maintain an array of travel restrictions, stay-in-place orders, and other measures to stem continued transmission. These include cessation of non-emergency passport processing, cessation of visa processing, and continued denial of entry. Therefore, CWU has canceled all education abroad programs and university-related international student travel until Winter Quarter 2021, at the earliest.
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.
What if I wish to travel internationally 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 U.S. 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 during the coming weeks.
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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information on COVID-19 to learn more.