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Student FAQs

Updated October 22, 2021, at 1:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

  • Why is proof of a COVID-19 vaccination required at CWU?

    CWU has made obtaining a vaccination an urgent priority because the administration believes a fully vaccinated community is the best way to protect our individual and collective health and safety. Additionally, it is only through widespread vaccinations that Central can begin to loosen or remove restrictions that have impacted social and mental well-being, and increase access to a more complete in-person campus living and learning experience for more students.

    Read more about the vaccination requirement here.

  • What must students do to be in compliance with the vaccination requirement?

    Students who are enrolled in classes at CWU this fall — including at the centers and sites, and online-only courses — were required to provide documentation of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have an exemption on file by October 18, 2021. While the deadline has passed, students who still need to submit their vaccination records can visit our Vaccination Verification page for instructions.

    Read more about the vaccination requirement here.

  • What are the consequences for students who do not comply with the vaccination requirement?

    Students who did not comply with the vaccination requirement by October 18 have a hold placed on their CWU accounts, preventing them from registering for winter quarter classes. Registration for winter quarter begins November 8, and the hold will be in place until the proper vaccination documentation or approved exemption request have been processed.

  • What are the vaccination requirements for student employees?

    CWU student employees must submit proof of vaccination, or request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons, for COVID-19. If no action is taken by November 5, students will no longer be able to work at CWU beginning November 6.

    Governor Inslee's Proclamation 20-12.5 Higher Education requires that all employees, including student employees, be vaccinated. This can be done in two ways:

    • Upload your information at medproctor.com — as you’ve done with other vaccination records (MMR, smallpox, etc.), OR
    • Visit an on-campus ambassador with your vaccination card and picture ID (Connection Card or state ID): cwu.edu/vaccination-verification. The process takes less than five minutes.

    For more information, visit the Employee FAQ , Student FAQ , or Vaccination Requirement pages.

    Please note: If you are seeking a medical or religious exemption, a separate request from your student academic exemption must be submitted for your student job. You must submit the medical accommodation request form to ada@cwu.edu or the religious accommodation request form to vaccine@cwu.edu. In consideration of your request, Human Resources and your supervisor will evaluate your work environment, job duties, and requirements for workplace safety to determine the feasibility of an accommodation to continue your student job, which may or may not be available.

  • How should I submit my vaccination records if I haven't yet done so?

    Students who want to enroll in winter quarter classes can submit their vaccination records by following directions on the Student Health Services website.

    If you need step-by-step instructions, visit the Navigating Med+Proctor webpage.

  • What documents provide proof of vaccination?

    The following types of proof are permitted:

    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccination Record Care or photo of the card;
    • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider or electronic health record; or,
    • State immunization information system record.

    Students can visit the Student Health Services website and follow the instructions to upload their information through the Med+Proctor system. If you need step-by-step instructions, visit the Navigating Med+Proctor webpage.

    NOTE: Personal attestation is not an acceptable form of verification of COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Are students who are not vaccinated allowed to take online-only classes?

    No. Per President Wohlpart’s August 24 communication, vaccinations will be required of all members of the Central Washington University community — employees and students, including those who learn and work at our University Centers and Instructional Sites and those who learn in virtual environments, even if totally online. CWU is committed and obligated to provide safe and healthy university environments for all of its employees, students, and visitors.

    CWU has developed this policy based on the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington State Department of Health, and the Kittitas County Public Health Department, as well as the Governor’s Proclamation 20-12.4 for Institutions of Higher Education (July 12, 2021). Student safety and wellbeing are CWU’s primary concern no matter where or how they engage in their courses, so they have every opportunity for success.

    Only international students living outside the United States and high school students enrolled in CWU’s College in the High School program are exempt.

  • Why are online-only students required to be vaccinated?

    The primary goal of the vaccination requirement is to contribute to the safety of each of the communities CWU serves. Based on scientific evidence — and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Washington State Department of Health, and the Kittitas County Health Department — CWU believes the best way to accomplish this goal is to become a "fully vaccinated campus," per the governor's Proclamation 20-12.4 for Institutions of Higher Education.

    The university has data which shows that many students, even though registered only for online instruction, visit the Ellensburg campus and/or one of our eight sites and centers. We believe the best way to ensure everyone in our communities remains safe is to require a COVID-19 vaccination for all students, employees, and contractors.

  • Are those attending courses at university centers and sites required to be vaccinated?

    Yes. Per President Wohlpart’s August 24 communication, vaccinations will be required of all members of the Central Washington University community — employees and students, including those who learn and work at our University Centers and Instructional Sites and those who learn in virtual environments, even if totally online.

    Only international students living outside the United States and high school students enrolled in CWU’s College in the High School program are exempt.

  • Where can I get more information about exemptions and submitting records?

    Information about exemptions and an exemption request form can be found on the Student Health Services website.

    If you have questions about exemption requests or how to submit vaccination records, call Student Health Services at 509-963-1881. You may also download the free Wildcat Care 365 app and set up an account for 24/7 telehealth services.

Fall 2021

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Health & Safety

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

    The number-one safety measure recommended by CWU and state public health officials is to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

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

  • What should I do if I find out a fellow student or instructor is suspected of having, or is diagnosed with, COVID-19?

    All confirmed diagnosed cases of COVID-19 are reported to the patient and the patient’s county public health department. If the student, faculty, or staff member is currently employed at CWU or attending classes, Kittitas County Public Health will contact Central’s liaison to begin contact tracing. Any individuals believed to have been exposed to the patient will be contacted by the public health department and provided instructions.

    Speculation and suspected cases will not be addressed. COVID cases are only considered official once a confirmed diagnosis has been made and verified by Kittitas County Public Health.

  • 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.

Resources

  • 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.

  • What additional technology is available and what steps are needed to get access?

    About 200 laptops will be made available for loan to students, as needed. We encourage students to bring laptops with them to campus whenever possible. However, if you need a laptop for fall quarter, please complete the Equipment Checkout form. Supplies are limited, and devices are checked out on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • How can I get help from the Student Counseling and Medical Center?

    The following measures have been put in place to ensure, whenever possible, continuity of care and the protection of student and staff health:

    Student Counseling
    • 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.
    • 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. All students are required to call first to make an appointment and use the patient portal.
    • We no longer offer web booking for appointments. Please call Student Health Services at 509-963-1881 to make an appointment. Prior to your first visit at SHS, you must visit the patient portal to complete the required patient registration forms. Failure to do so may result in your appointment being rescheduled.

  • 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.

Travel

  • Is CWU restricting travel to other countries or locations?

    CWU has suspended all education abroad programs and university-related international travel by students through the end of calendar year 2021.

    The majority of the world remains under a Level 3: High Risk or Level 4: Very High Risk CDC COVID-19 Travel Health Notice, as well as a Level 3: Reconsider Travel or Level 4: Do Not Travel US Department of State Travel Advisory citing COVID-19 risk. Moreover, the CDC has maintained its specific recommendation for Higher Education Institutions to defer international travel programs.

    Additionally, there continues to exist a patchwork of entry restrictions, challenges in obtaining visas, quarantine requirements, restrictions on local mobility in host locations, dramatically reduced air traffic volume and the potential complications returning the U.S. Several countries have strict border closures that prevent students’ entry, and the timeline for reopening remains unknown.

    The university's administration and Office of International Studies and Programs expect 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.

    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.