Policies and Laws

Internal Affairs Log 2022

Click HERE for the EWU Police Department's 2022 Internal Affairs Log.

Use of Force Policy - FAQs

Does your Use of Force Policy allow for chokeholds and strangleholds?


“Chokeholds” and “strangleholds” are, by their very definition, designed to restrict airflow.  Because of the obvious danger, these types of holds were eliminated from our use of force policy years ago.

Additionally, we have recently updated our Use of Force policy prohibiting applications of force that restrict oxygen or blood flow to the head or neck.  Policy now specifically prohibits "chokeholds", "strangleholds", Lateral Vascular Neck Restraints® , and the carotid control hold, unless, in those rare circumstances deadly force is justified.

Does your Use of Force Policy require de-escalation?
Does your Use of Force Policy require a warning before shooting?
Does your Use of Force Policy require officers to exhaust all alternatives before shooting?
Does your Use of Force Policy prohibit shooting at moving vehicles?
Does your Use of Force Policy include a duty to intervene provision?
Does your Use of Force Policy require a "use of force continuum?"
Does your policy require comprehensive reporting?
Do your officers wear body cameras?
Is the EWU Police Department a Nationally Accredited Agency?

Drug and Alcohol Laws/Policies

Student Conduct Code

For the most up to date information regarding the EWU Student Conduct Code please see the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities site at http://inside.ewu.edu/srr/.

Alcohol Policies
Washington State Drug Laws

Weapons on Campus

WAC 172-122-120


Violations of this section are subject to appropriate disciplinary or legal action.
(1) Possession, carrying, discharge or other use of any weapon is prohibited on property owned or controlled by Eastern Washington University, except as permitted in subsections (2) through (5) of this section. Examples of weapons under this section include, but are not limited to: Explosives, chemical weapons, shotguns, rifles, pistols, air guns, BB guns, pellet guns, longbows, hunting bows, throwing weapons, stun guns, electroshock weapons, and any item that can be used as an object of intimidation and/or threat, such as replica or look-a-like weapons.
(2) Commissioned law enforcement officers may carry weapons, which have been issued by their respective law enforcement agencies, while on campus or other university controlled property, including residence halls. Law enforcement officers must notify the university police of their presence on campus upon arrival.
(3) A person may possess a personal protection spray device, as authorized by RCW 9.91.160, while on property owned or controlled by Eastern Washington University.
(4) A person may bring a weapon onto campus for display or demonstration purposes directly related to a class or other educational activity, provided that they obtain prior authorization from the university police department. The university police department shall review any such request and may establish conditions to the authorization.
(5) Weapons that are owned by the institution for use in organized recreational activities or by special groups, such as EWU ROTC or university-sponsored clubs or teams, must be stored in a location approved by the university police department. These weapons must be checked out by the advisor or coach and are to be used only in organized recreational activities or by legitimate members of the club or team in the normal course of the club or team's related activity.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.35.120(12). WSR 14-24-040, § 172-122-120, filed 11/24/14, effective 12/25/14; WSR 92-22-001, § 172-122-120, filed 10/21/92, effective 11/21/92.]

Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)/Drones on Campus

Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)/Drones on Campus. Prior to any UAS operations on university property, the UAS Request Form must be completed and submitted to police@ewu.edu for review by the Director of Public Safety. The requestor must also read WAC 172-110, Drones and Model Aircraft.

EWU Policy: WAC 172-110
Drone (UAS) Request Form