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Student FAQs

Summer 2021

COVID-19 Vaccinations

  • Will the COVID-19 vaccine be required for students and employees for fall 2021?

    Yes. 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 Fall 2021 vaccination requirement here.

  • When will COVID-19 vaccinations be required on campus?

    Proof of vaccination will be required of all CWU faculty, staff, and students prior to the start of fall quarter. This decision is dependent on the vaccine receiving approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. There will be exemptions for medical or religious/philosophical reasons, which will also require documentation. Information about the specific documentation needed for vaccinations, exemptions, and processes will follow in the coming weeks.

  • Will students and employees need to provide proof of vaccination before fall quarter?

    The vaccination requirement applies to all CWU students and employees who will be on the Ellensburg campus, and includes employees with telework agreements. The policies of the university sites and centers will depend on the host institutions’ policies. Students will provide their proof of vaccination using the Med+Proctor system, which is currently used to verify their other vaccinations (such as measles, mumps, and rubella).

  • What is the student deadline to submit proof of vaccination?

    Information about how to submit proof of vaccination will be provided in the coming weeks.

    Read more about the Fall 2021 vaccination requirement here.

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

    Yes. The vaccination requirement applies only to CWU students and employees who will be on the Ellensburg campus. The policies of the university sites and centers will depend on the host institutions’ policies.

  • Is CWU offering COVID-19 vaccinations on campus this summer?

    Possibly. Opportunities for pop-up clinics this summer are currently being discussed.

    Anyone eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19 also can make an appointment at a number of locations. Find one near you at vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov.

  • Are there advantages to any of the three vaccines?

    The primary difference is that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses one month apart, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is administered in a single dose. But, according to the Kittitas County Public Health Department, all three vaccines currently approved by the FDA have been proven highly effective in fighting the virus that causes COVID-19.

  • Can people choose which COVID-19 vaccine they want to receive?

    Yes. Kittitas County Public Health identifies which vaccine is available at which clinic. This allows people signing up for vaccination appointments online to choose the vaccine they receive: Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson.

Fall 2021

Schedule/Academics

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 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.

Resources

  • 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.

  • 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 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 at 509-963-2001 or servicedesk@cwu.edu.

  • 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 509-963-188 to make an appointment. Prior to your first visit at SHS, you must visit the patient portal (link is external) to complete the required patient registration forms. Failure to do so may result in your appointment being rescheduled.

  • 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.


    APOYO
    • Contact information available at apoyofoodbank.org.

    Basic Food benefits
    • Students can apply online or by phone at (877) 501-2233. A decision tree is located here to help determine eligibility.


    2-1-1
    • 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.

  • 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.