The Division of Enrollment and Student Services advances Western’s commitment to Active Minds Changing Lives by engaging and challenging prospective and current students in their pursuit of academic and personal excellence through outreach, support services, and co-curricular learning opportunities. Working collaboratively, departments in the division play a key role in bringing together an increasingly diverse and talented student body that involves its members in active learning and reflection. Division departments also create opportunities for students to display leadership, social responsibility, and effective citizenship through co-curricular programs, and are strongly committed to facilitating students’ development.
Programs and services offered by the division include admissions, registration, residence hall life, academic and career development services, tutoring, financial aid, disability resources, dean of students/student assistance services, student activities, dining services, new student and family programs, counseling, health and wellness services, recreation programs, student outreach services, the bookstore, and athletics.
Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services
Old Main 445, 360-650-3839
The Vice President’s Office is the central administrative office for the Division of Enrollment and Student Services. The vice president and staff provide leadership to ensure that the ongoing needs of students at Western are addressed. This is accomplished by maintaining effective student-centered programs and services, working closely with academic departments to create an integrated and comprehensive student experience, and assessing students’ needs and concerns. Students with general questions regarding university policies, procedures, and resources may contact the Vice President’s Office for assistance.
Your Right-to-Know: Disclosure of Consumer Information
Western Washington University is committed to providing full disclosure of all consumer information required by state and federal law to all students, their family members, and members of the campus community. For more information go to wwu.edu/your-right-know-disclosure-consumer-information.
A summary of required information is as follows:
Academics, Accreditation, and Transfer Policies
- Academic Programs
- Policy on Using Copyrighted Materials
- Study Abroad
- Transfer of Credit Policies
Campus Resources, Student Protection, and Student Services
- Campus Map
- Constitution Day
- Diversity at Western
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Privacy of Student Records
- Services for Students with Disabilities
- Student Conduct Code
- Title IX
- Voter Registration Information
- Withdrawal from the University
Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid
- Cost of Attendance
- FAFSA Tips
- Financial Aid Application Process
- Financial Aid Eligibility
- Financial Aid Services Center
- Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
- Financial Literacy
- Financial Aid Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Net Price Calculator
- Service and Activities Fee
- Student Loan Management Resources
- Textbook Information
- Tuition Waivers
- Understanding Different Types of Financial Aid
Health and Safety
- Annual Security and Fire Safety Report/Clery Act
- Measles Immunity Requirement
- Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Sexual Violence
- Alumni Employment Rates
- Athlete Completion Rates
- Graduation and Transfer Rates
Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
Western recognizes its responsibility to provide timely information to the campus community during emergencies. In the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, staff or faculty, the university will use every communication tool at its disposal to share information with the campus community as quickly as possible. These include, but are not limited to:
- The Western Washington University home page (wwu.edu),
- The Emergency/Storm Hotline (360-650-6500),
- The WWU Safety and Emergency Information website (emergency.wwu.edu); and/or
- The Western Alert emergency notification system.
Emergencies may be reported to University Police by dialing 3911 from a campus phone or 360-650-3911 from a non-campus phone or cell phone.
“Western Alert” Emergency Notification System
The Western Alert emergency notification system gives Western the ability to share health and safety-related emergency information with members of the campus community quickly — by desktop notification, text messages and e-mail alerts. Students, faculty and staff are automatically “opted in” to receive Western Alert text messages if cell numbers are provided. (E-mail alerts will be sent to your official university account automatically).
To update cell phone information, students, faculty, and staff can login to their myWestern account online at wwu.edu and click on “Web4U.” Select “Personal Information,” then “Cell Phone — View/Update.” Update your cell phone number, and finish by pressing the “Update” button. Text messaging will only be used to communicate with you in two circumstances: during an emergency and during occasional tests of the Western Alert system.
Academic and Career Development Services
WWU’s Academic and Career Development Services department is committed to helping students succeed in their academic pursuits at Western, and to achieve their personal and professional goals. Academic and Career Development Services is comprised of three units: the Academic Advising Center, the Career Services Center, and the Tutoring Center. The integrated services offered by these three units are focused on providing:
- Accurate and accessible advising to help students establish their academic goals and make effective plans to meet graduation requirements;
- Tutoring support to help students develop their critical thinking skills, work collaboratively to solve problems, and build confidence and self-efficacy in order to achieve their highest academic potential; and
- Career services to help students relate academic decisions to career goals, gain career-related experience, and transition successfully to graduate/professional education or career employment after completing their studies at Western.
Academic Advising Center
Old Main 380, 360-650-3850
The Academic Advising Center is the centralized advising resource for undergraduate students at Western. Advisors can assist with:
- Academic and course planning
- Setting academic goals and building plans
- Addressing challenges impeding academic progress
- Exploring and preparing for a major
- Identifying GUR progress and graduation requirements
- Understanding Western’s academic policies
Career Services Center
Old Main 280, 360-650-3240
The Career Services Center provides a full range of services to assist students in all stages of the career development process - from self-assessment and initial academic and career planning to the job search process.
All Western students, regardless of degree or college, are encouraged to seek and use the Career Services Center early in their university experience.
Career Planning Services
Career planning services focus on helping students select academic majors consistent with their interests, abilities, and personal goals. Individual counseling, career assessments, workshops, and resource materials are provided to assist students in:
- Assessing interests, personality characteristics, skills, and values as they relate to academic and career decision-making
- Exploring career and job market trends
- Relating career goals to educational options
Internships provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable career-related experience by expanding their education into the work world. Internships allow students to put classroom theory into practice, test preliminary career choices, and gain valuable experience and contacts to enhance their employment opportunities after graduation.
The Career Services Center provides online listings of internship openings and advises students seeking internship opportunities. The center’s fall internship fair, quarterly career fairs, and on-campus recruiting program provide opportunities for students to connect with employers recruiting for interns.
Job Search Services
The Career Services Center offers a variety of services to assist students in identifying job opportunities and developing the skills necessary to conduct an effective job search, including:
- Individual job search counseling
- Workshops and online resources on résumé writing, job search correspondence, and interview techniques
- On-line job listings
- On-campus interviews
- Job market and salary information
- Mock interviews
The Career Services Center offers three career fairs each year during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Other special programs offered annually include: the Health Professional and Graduate School Information Fair, the Community Internship and Volunteer Fair, the Law School Information Fair, the International Opportunities Fair, the Majors Fair (co-sponsored with the Academic Advising Center), the Education and Health Career Fair, the Huxley Environmental Career and Internship Fair, Educator Job Search Seminars, and the Etiquette Dinner.
Advising for Pre-Healthcare Professions
Pre-healthcare Advisors are available as early as freshman year to support students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and other healthcare professions with:
- Individualized advising
- Curriculum planning and registration assistance
- Shadowing and volunteering connections
- Student club advising
- Listserv correspondence
- Professional school application support
- Mock interview service
A fall Health Professional and Graduate School Fair provides students direct interaction with admission representatives of professional programs of study.
Advising for Students Considering Post-Graduate Study
The Career Services Center provides advising for students planning to pursue graduate or professional studies. Students are assisted in weighing the value of further study, exploring options, and preparing graduate/professional school applications through individual counseling, workshops, resource materials and information fairs.
Students interested in learning more about graduate programs at Western are encouraged to contact the Graduate School, Old Main 530, at 360-650-3170, or visit its website at gradschool.wwu.edu/.
Career Services for Western Alumni
The Career Services Center provides services to alumni seeking to change jobs or careers. Alumni can receive automatic e-mails of job openings and participate in on-campus interviewing and workshops. Alumni are eligible to receive individual counseling and use the reference file service. Additional information is available online at www.wwu.edu/careers/.
Learning Commons: Wilson Library 2 North, 360-650-3855
The Tutoring Center helps WWU undergraduates achieve their highest academic potential by providing a range of academic support services including drop-in tutoring, study skills appointments and presentations, and tutor-facilitated study groups.
Peer-to-peer tutoring support is offered 60 hours per week at the Tutoring Center in WL 280. Courses supported include, but are not limited to, most math and science General University Requirement (GUR) courses. Tutors help students to identify and articulate gaps in understanding, use quantitative and scientific reasoning to frame and solve problems, and make problems relevant to the course and to students’ lives.
Many high-demand courses are also supported by tutor-facilitated study groups. Study-group facilitators are tutors who did well in the course, and who usually have at least two quarters of drop-in tutoring experience as well as extensive training. Students participating in study groups are encouraged to work collaboratively and engage with the material.
Study Skills Assistance
The Tutoring Center also helps students develop academic skills essential to a successful college career. Peer advisors offer one-on-one appointments as well as group presentations and workshops for skills such as time management, test taking, note taking, and textbook comprehension. Study skills appointment give students the opportunity to reflect on their individual learning preferences and to develop learning strategies that build on their personal strengths and goals.
The Tutoring Center has numerous resources available to students. These include textbooks for many math and science GURs, answer keys, chemistry molecular model kids, scientific calculators, and other resources. Detailed quarterly calendars and weekly schedules are available in the Tutoring Center and on the Tutoring Center website.
Old Main 200, 360-650-3440
See the Undergraduate Admission section of this Catalog.
Associated Students Bookstore
501 High St. 360-650-3655
Western’s Associated Students Bookstore, the official Western Washington University bookstore, operates much like a student cooperative. It keeps prices lower than the industry average and partners with student groups to support campus programs and activities. The AS Bookstore provides value by offering a number of services: discount prices on course materials; a wide selection of used textbooks; a textbook rental program; digital options and eBooks; a price comparison tool; general books; school, office, and art supplies; a variety of “Western Gear” sportswear and emblematic gifts; and more. Every quarter, the bookstore’s website, bookstore.wwu.edu, publishes the list of textbooks required for each class. You can use Bookit to place your order online, to rent your textbooks, or use Verba to compare the bookstore’s new, used, eBook and rental prices with other online marketplace options. At the beginning of each quarter, our Charge-it purchasing program allows students to charge in-store and online purchases to their student account.
Shopping at your local independent Western AS Bookstore keeps dollars on campus supporting student activities at Western.
The Western AS Bookstore operates in partnership with the Associated Students of Western Washington University for the benefit of all students. It keeps prices below the industry average and teams up with student groups to support campus programs. The bookstore offers a range of valuable products and services, including:
- discount prices on course materials
- an extensive selection of used textbooks
- a textbook rental program
- eBooks and other digital options
- a convenient price comparison tool
- an excellent collection of regional, faculty, and other general books
- beautiful school, office and art supplies
- a huge variety of stylish and spirited “Western Gear” sportswear and emblematic gifts
- and much more
Every quarter at bookstore.wwu.edu, students can find a list of all required and optional textbooks and other course materials, use the Bookit tool to place an order online, or use the Verba tool to compare the AS Bookstore’s prices for new, used, eBook, and rentals textbooks to those of other online options. At the beginning of each quarter, the Charge-it purchasing program allows students to charge in-store and online purchases to their student accounts to ensure that all have timely access to the materials they need for academic success.
High Street Hall 25, 360-650-3109
Intercollegiate athletics involves many students as participants and spectators. Men’s sports include basketball, soccer, cross country, golf, and indoor and outdoor track and field. Women’s sports include volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, indoor and outdoor track and field, golf, rowing, and softball. Western’s athletic program is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II, and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. For ticket information, call 650-BLUE (2583).
Students are encouraged to join The Blue Crew, Western’s student sports fan organization. There is no cost to join and free Blue Crew prizes are awarded to all Western students attending Viking athletic events. For further information, contact the Department of Athletics, Carver Gymnasium, at 360-650-3109, or visit Blue Crew on the Athletics Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wwuathletics or at wwuvikings.com.
Campus Community Coalition
Old Main 240D, 360-650-6863
The mission of the Campus Community Coalition (CCC) is to promote working relationships and communication between the campus and community, and to enhance shared responsibility through collaborative education and problem solving. The Coalition’s philosophy is that shared problems require shared solutions. Coalition partners include neighborhood associations, the Bellingham Police Department, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, rental property owners, City of Bellingham officials, Whatcom County Health Department, Whatcom Prevention Coalition, local bar owners, and students, faculty, and staff from Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Technical College and Northwest Indian College. The Coalition has three main areas of focus:
- We work to engage and support students living off campus. The purpose of this work is to address quality-of-life issues affecting students and local residents in the neighborhoods.
- We work to promote a positive environment downtown where people are free to make safe and healthy choices. The Hospitality Resource Alliance is a partnership of community interests who meet to promote a safe and healthy nightlife in Bellingham.
- We work to increase networking opportunities and strengthen relationships among the varied partners and stakeholders of the CCC, to share relevant information and to achieve mutual goals. This includes promoting active partnerships among the four area colleges in Whatcom County.
Campus Recreation Services
Wade King Student Recreation Center SV138, 360-650-3766
Campus Recreation Services provides each student, faculty, and staff member the opportunity to become actively involved in organized sports and recreation programs. Services provided by Campus Recreation include intramural sports, noncredit fitness classes, faculty/staff wellness, open recreation, nutritionist, athletic trainer, and sport clubs.
Wade King Student Recreation Center
Offering a wide variety of fitness and leisure activities, the Wade King Student Recreation Center (SRC) is designed to meet the recreation needs of the campus community. The SRC offers students, alumni, faculty, and staff a dynamic and inviting place to stay fit. All undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in six or more credits automatically become SRC members by paying the mandatory student recreation center fee. Paid memberships are available for faculty/staff, spouses/dependents/partners, and alumni and affiliates. The center features a climbing wall; a three-court gym; three weight and cardio areas; an indoor jogging track; a multi-activity court for basketball, floor hockey, tennis, volleyball, and soccer; a six-lane lap/leisure pool and 32-person whirlpool; two group exercise rooms; an equipment checkout counter; and the Rock’s Edge Café.
Intramural sports are competitive and recreational activities designed to encourage participation by all members of the campus community. Leagues and tournaments are offered in a wide variety of sports and are generally played on campus or at nearby facilities. Various local, regional and national organizations co-sponsor events and provide opportunities for promotional materials, special prizes, and invitational playoff berths. Intramural sports are structured for different skill levels and conducted in a safe, supervised environment.
Noncredit Fitness Classes
Noncredit fitness classes provide participants an opportunity to develop, grow, and maintain a healthy lifestyle in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Instructional classes include aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, cardio kickboxing, yoga, hip-hop dance, step aerobics, water aerobics, and more. Classes are taught by qualified student and non-student instructors, and are designed with the individual differences of the student population in mind.
WWU sport clubs are student organizations formed to promote non-varsity team sports and recreational activities. Sport clubs participate in intercollegiate and extramural competition at the local, regional, and national level while offering opportunities for instruction, skill development, and practice. Some of the sport club programs are co-recreational and allow members to be involved in scheduling and hosting events, arranging transportation and lodging, purchasing equipment and uniforms, and serving on the Sport Club Council. All WWU students, faculty, staff and alumni are eligible to become sport club members. Current WWU sport clubs include baseball, climbing, cycling, men’s crew, equestrian, fencing, figure skating, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, tennis, ultimate disc, volleyball, water polo, wakeboarding, water skiing and wrestling. Additional information is available online at wp.wwu.edu/campusrec/sportclubs/.
Counseling, Health and Wellness Services
Given what it takes to be successful in higher education - and later, in life and work - students have to be ready to learn in a state of physical, psychological, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual well-being. Mind, brain, and body must be in shape for and open to learning experiences. How prepared students are for learning determines how much and how well they learn, and influences persistence, retention, and graduation. We want every student who starts college to graduate, and every graduate to experience all that higher education can offer - so we must pay attention to students’ well-being.
The Counseling Center, Prevention and Wellness Services, and the Student Health Center are dedicated to every student experiencing all that Western has to offer care for Western. Through utilization of quality services, students can learn ways to care about their own health and to improve and maintain their overall well-being so that personal, academic, and career goals may be achieved.
Old Main 540, 360-650-3164
Western Washington University’s Counseling Center staff is available to assist you with the life problems and emotional concerns that may arise while you are a student here at Western. We are fully experienced with common psychological concerns such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorder, and eating or body image issues.
Students also use the services of the Counseling Center to help improve their lives through healthier relationships, better communication, greater understanding of self, strategies for self-care, and in making choices that are more consistent with their educational and personal goals.
We offer group counseling, short-term individual or couples’ counseling, and psycho-educational workshops and classes to help students address their concerns and gain the skills to be successful at WWU. We also assist students by referring them to other services on campus and to community resources that can offer more specialized or longer-term help with problems and concerns. The center is open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, when classes are in session and provides same-day appointments for students whose concerns are urgent. An after-hours counselor may be accessed by calling 360-650-3164 and selecting Option 1.
Our counseling staff includes psychologists, mental health counselors, and doctoral level trainees who work under the supervision of our professional staff. We work closely with the Student Health Center when psychotropic medication or medical attention is needed. Western’s Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.
Prevention and Wellness Services
Old Main 560, 360-650-2993
Prevention and Wellness Services (PWS) offers Western students opportunities to get involved in improving their own health and the health of their community. PWS offers numerous professional and peer-led health promotion programs that can help students achieve optimal well-being and specific services to those who may face challenges to their well-being, such as alcohol and drug concerns or sexual assault.
Some of the services available to students include:
- Alcohol and drug-risk reduction consultation (ADCAS)
- Consultation and Sexual Assault Support (CASAS) and violence prevention services
- PWS Peer Health Educator program (volunteer involvement in health promotion and risk reduction with the Western community)
- Individual Sexual Health Information sessions
Alcohol and Drug Consultation and Assessment Services (ADCAS)
Old Main 560, 360-650-6865
ADCAS is a confidential, professional service for Western Students who want assistance or information regarding their own use or someone else’s use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. ADCAS services are designed to assist students in making their own informed choices about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and related risks (personal, physical, social, academic and legal) so they can enjoy their college experience, maximize academic success, and minimize unwanted and unintended consequences. Specific individual services available to students include: one to one discussion of personal use issues, concerns about friends, family members, partners, or roommates, and referral to appropriate campus and community support, counseling or treatment resources.
Individual ADCAS services are provided by professional staff specializing in alcohol and drug concerns. Skilled Peer Health Educators and professional staff provide group-format services.
The use of alcohol and other drugs can have both immediate and long-term impact including increased health risks, increased risk for accidents, forced and/or regretted sex, poorer academic performance, regretted actions or social behavior, and possible legal sanctions. ADCAS services are designed to assist students in making accurately informed and thoughtful choices.
Consultation and Sexual Assault Support (CASAS) & Violence Prevention Services
Old Main 585B, - Violence Prevention Coordinator 360-650-7982
Consultation and Sexual Assault Support Services (CASAS) 360-650-3700
CASAS is a confidential resource for students who have been affected by sexual violence. CASAS professional and peer advocates work with survivors to access all available resources in an effort to ensure that students continue to be academically successful, and have the support necessary to heal from their experiences.
CASAS also provides support to partners, friends, or family members of those who have experienced sexual violence. Anyone who has experienced any kind of sexual violence is encouraged to utilize this resource, whether it occurred days or years ago.
CASAS provides support, advocacy, and information to help identify and access available campus and community resources around:
- Emotional support and counseling
- All levels of reporting options
- Medical/legal referral assistance
- Additional academic support options and resources
Anyone who has ever experienced any form of violence is strongly encouraged to utilize this service. To reach CASAS, call 360-650-3700, or send questions by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western is fully dedicated to not only supporting survivors of many forms of violence, but also to creating and sustaining a safe environment where violence does not occur. We recognize that discussing the root causes of violence is a key component in prevention. You will find resources of support for those who have been touched by violence, as well as resources for how to become part of the solution on our website.
Sexual Health Information Service
Viking Union 432, 360-650-7557
Sexual Health Information Services provide one-on-one confidential information sessions available to all students. These sessions cover sexually transmitted infections and prevention, and tips on how to talk with your partner, information on breast and testicular self-exams, birth control, and women’s annual exams, and more. These sessions are judgment free, tailored to fit specific student needs and free for WWU students.
To schedule an individual appointment, call 360-650-7557.
Wellness Outreach Center
Viking Union 432, 360-650-4321
The Wellness Outreach Center is the Prevention & Wellness Services (PWS) auxiliary location for a variety of outreach programs. Please see the PWS website for the calendar of outreach programs and current hours.
Student Health Center
Campus Services Building 2nd floor, 2001 Bill McDonald Parkway, 360-650-3400
The Student Health Center provides students with a broad range of primary medical care services including, but not limited to: evaluation and treatment of illness, contraceptive services, immunizations, mental health, sports medicine, evaluation/referral for specialized conditions, men’s and women’s health care, monitoring and treatment of chronic illnesses, rapid lab tests (such as strep, influenza, mono and pregnancy tests), preventive medicine, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, travel consultation, and well-physical exams. The center is staffed by a team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and support staff.
The Student Health Center is open from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Thursday during the academic year when classes are in session. Please see the website for Summer Quarter hours. When the Student Health Center is closed, a telephone consulting nurse is available at no cost and students are advised to seek clinical services from available after-hour medical facilities in the Bellingham area. NOTE: The University assumes no financial responsibility for care dispensed at other health care facilities. Students who seek treatment at off-campus health facilities must use private funds or their health insurance policy to cover resulting charges.
Please see the website studenthealth.wwu.edu/ for medical insurance plan information. The medical director strongly recommends that all students have some form of health insurance to defray the substantial costs associated with serious accidents and illness.
Measles Immunity Requirement
Western requires all students born after Jan. 1, 1957 to provide medical documentation of immunity to rubeola measles to the Student Health Center before they will be allowed to register for classes or live in on-campus housing. Acceptable options for documentation include:
- Provide the dates for two individual doses of measles vaccine (usually referred to as “MMR vaccine”). The doses must have been given: (1) after January 1, 1968, (2) at least 30 days apart, and (3) on or after 12 months of age; or
- Provide a copy of evidence of measles immunity by demonstrating high positive antibody levels from a blood test (rubeola titer). A copy of the actual test results is required.
- Request a waiver from the immunity requirement for legitimate religious, personal, or medical reasons. To request a waiver, call 360-650-4839 or visit the Health Center website at studenthealth.wwu.edu/measles-requirement. The form requires verification from your current health care provider for medical requests. Please note: in the event of a measles outbreak, students with an approved waiver may be excluded from attending classes and living on campus.
Questions about the measles (rubeola) immunity requirement may be directed to the Student Health Center.
Reporting Communicable Diseases
Western is committed to the ongoing health and safety of our campus community. Individuals who know or have reason to believe that they are infected with a communicable disease have an ethical and legal obligation to conduct themselves in ways that minimize exposure in order to protect themselves and others and to inform the appropriate university administrator. Students should contact the Student Health Center or the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services if they have been diagnosed with a communicable disease.
Communicable disease shall include, but not be limited to:
- Chickenpox (varicella)
- Norovirus (viral gastroenteritis)
- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
- Ebola infection
Any employee, student, prospective student, volunteer or visitor who knowingly arrives from a country outside the United States that has been issued a Travel Health Warning by the Centers of Disease Control must contact the Student Health Center’s Medical Director for medical clearance before being allowed on campus to attend classes, work or other activities.
Individuals with communicable diseases shall be excluded from enrollment or employment or restricted in their access to university facilities, programs or services if a medically based judgment, in an individual case, establishes that exclusion or restriction is necessary to ensure the health and safety of the infected individual and/or other members of the university community.
For a complete review of this policy, visit policy.wwu.edu/POL-U1000.12-Reporting-Communicable-Diseases.pdf.
Disability Access Center
Wilson Library 170, 360-650-3083 (voice), 360-255-7175 (VP)
The primary mission of the Disability Access Center is to ensure equal access for students with disabilities to all curricular and co-curricular opportunities offered by Western Washington University. Disability Access Center provides disability management counseling, enabling resources and referral information to enrolled students who possess a temporary or permanent disabling condition. Disability Access Center is committed to providing services and programs that foster student development at all levels: intellectual, emotional, physical, and social. Full participation in all aspects of university life is not only necessary to achieve this holistic development, but encouraged and supported by the DAC team.
- DAC provides reasonable accommodations in compliance with State and Federal laws.
- Students’ records are treated with confidentiality.
- Students must complete a Needs Assessment with DAC in order to receive services.
For service eligibility, a complete diagnostic description from a qualified professional is required. Specific academic accommodations and services are determined on an individual basis and are modified to meet the unique needs of students and their academic experience. Once a student becomes eligible for accommodations through DAC, they are able to request accommodations each term through a secure web-based portal.
Services and programs offered through Disability Access Center include, but are not limited to:
- disability management counseling
- Exam accommodations
- Interpreter services
- Alternative text
- Print enlargement
- Academic advisement
- Academic adjustments in the classroom
- Mobility assistance
- Transcription services (Typewell, real-time captioning)
- Assistive listening devices
- Resource referral services
Western’s Emergency Evacuation Guidelines for Persons with Disabilities is now available. Students are encouraged to obtain this publication and learn about preparing for an emergency on campus and establishing an individual written evacuation plan. The guide is available online at www.wwu.edu/ehs/emergency_preparedness/emergencypreparedness.shtml.
Veteran Services Office
Wilson Library 165, 360-650-3324
The mission of the Veteran Services Office (VSO) is to provide student centered programs and services for our military connected students while they pursue their academic goals at Western. The VSO also offers education and information on being a military connected student to the greater Western Community as part of the continuing effort to cultivate an equitable and inclusive environment. Western’s military connected students offer perspectives and experiences from diverse backgrounds and bring a skill set and knowledge which enhances Western’s learning communities.
The VSO also offers a space for students to engage and interact with their peers, as well as a point of reference to have their questions around military service, VA educational benefits, and the Western veteran’s community answered.
Services and programs offered through the Veteran Services Office include, but are not limited to:
Old Main 265, 360-650-3470
See the Financial Aid section of this catalog.
New Student Services/Family Outreach
Old Main 300, 360-650-3846
New Student Services/Family Outreach fosters student learning and development by supporting new students and family members in their transition to the academic, personal, and social experience of Western, as well as the greater Bellingham community. Programs and services provided include:
- Coordination of new student programs, services, and orientation, including Summerstart, Transitions, Western Welcome Week, Fall Orientation, quarterly orientation, and ongoing programs. Orientation provides students an opportunity to receive academic advising and course registration assistance, become familiar with services, meet faculty, staff and current students, and complete placement tests.
- Coordination of family orientation and outreach, including summer orientation programs, Fall Family Open House, Back2Bellingham, and the Family Connection.
- Online and in-person referral to campus and community resources.
- Leadership opportunities for current students (orientation student advisors and student coordinators).
Dean of Students Unit
Viking Union 547, 360-650-3450
The Dean of Students Unit, led by the Dean of Students, supports Western Washington University’s role and mission as follows:
Mission Statement: The Dean of Students Unit contributes to intentional student development by providing programs, services, and facilities that promote leadership, community engagement, citizenship, creative expression, student well-being, and the realization of personal and academic success.
The Dean of Students oversees the Office of Student Life, Student Outreach Services, L.E.A.D.S., Ethnic Student Center and the Viking Union Organization (Student Activities/Associated Student Governance, Viking Outdoor Recreation, and Facilities & Services).
Office of Student Life
Viking Union 506, 360-650-3706
The Office of Student Life is dedicated to supporting the learning and development of students, and creating an environment that fosters students success and graduation. Our primary purpose is to ensure the well-being and success of Western students. We work closely with students (and their family members), faculty, and staff, in support of this purpose. We also collaborate with a number of campus departments, including the Counseling Center, Registrar’s Office, Student Health Center, University Police, and University Residences.
Staff members in the office are available to provide general assistance with problem solving and referrals; to support students in crisis; to advise students on university policies and procedures, including the Student Conduct Code; and to process dean’s letters and letters of recommendation.
We can assist students with:
- hardship withdrawals
- leaves of absence for non-medical emergencies
- advice on university policies, procedures, and grievances
- support while experiencing a crisis
- information on university resources
Common situations the Office of Student Life can help with include: academic grievances, frustrations with the administrative workings of the institution, and emergency leaves of absence or hardship withdrawals due to illness, injury, or the death or illness of a family member.
As a condition of enrollment at Western, students assume responsibility for their own actions and maintain an environment conducive to the academic success, safety, and well-being of others. In addition, they are expected to be truthful, respect the rights of others, and abide by all university policies and procedures, as well as local, state, and federal laws and regulations. All students are responsible for understanding and complying with the responsibilities and expectations set forth in this code.
The student conduct process at Western is designed to be a learning process that promotes an understanding of students’ responsibilities as members of the university community. The objectives of the student conduct system, as set forth in this code, are twofold: to ensure that students act in a manner consistent with high standards of behavior, and to maintain the safety and well-being of all members of the university community.
Alleged violations of the Code may be reported to the Assistant Dean of Students at 360-650-3706 or email@example.com. Copies of the Student Conduct Code can be found in Appendix C of this catalog, in the Dean of Students Office, or online at wp.wwu.edu/officeofstudentlife/.
Student Outreach Services
Old Main 387, 360-650-7443
Student Outreach Services supports the educational needs of all students, particularly first-generation, non-traditional and multicultural students. Professional academic advisors engage students in personalized academic coaching, peer mentoring and specialized programs using a global and multicultural focus to support student persistence and academic achievement. Advisors help develop educational plans and provide positive intervention for those in academic risk, including former students interested in returning to Western. Student Outreach Services also serves as a resource to the campus community on issues of diversity and student success. The office is committed to the academic success, retention, and graduation of all students.
Ethnic Student Center
Viking Union 420, 360-650-7271
The Ethnic Student Center serves as a cultural community hub for gathering and programming. Some of the 17 cultural clubs are: the African-Caribbean Club, Black Student Union, Blue Club, Chinese Student Association, Filipino American Student Association, Oceanic Student Association (Formerly Hui `O Hawai’i), Japanese Student Association, Khmer Student Association, Korean Student Association, Latino Student Union, MEChA (El Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan), Mixed Identity Student Organization, Native American Student Union, Queer and Trans People of Color, South Asian Student Association, and the Vietnamese Student Association.
L.E.A.D.S. (Leaders Engage in Action, Discernment, & Skills-building)
Viking Union 506, 360-4187
The mission of the program is to provide a campus environment where student leaders engage in action, discernment, and skills-building. Self-reflection, assessment, and the development of leadership skills are central. The L.E.A.D.S. program, open to all students, provides campus-wide programming:
- co-curricular leadership development support through open sessions, student government, residence life, and other campus units;
- leadership lectures, panels and events featuring alumni, parents and national/regional leaders;
- training of a cadre of peer leadership educators, LeaderCorps, who learn to teach leading to other students while deepening their own leadership knowledge and skills; and an electronic leadership portfolio process to enhance leadership of self-awareness, self-efficacy, and opportunities during college or transitioning to careers.
Additionally, the L.E.A.D.S. Program, in partnership with the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership, provides leadership education to a select group of incoming student leader-scholars, incorporating self-reflection, character strengths assessment, interaction with alumni, faculty, staff and administrators, leadership learning, and team-building.
Viking Union 547, 360-650-3450
Mission Statement: The Viking Union connects a dynamic and diverse campus community, providing welcoming and supportive spaces and activities that advance engagement in leadership, service, adventure, and celebration.
As the community center of the campus, the Viking Union plays an integral role in students’ out-of-class experience. The Union houses offices for the Associated Students’ government, services and activities, and the Viking Union/Student Activities administrative office. Also located in the Viking Union are the Dean of Students and Student Life offices, meeting rooms, lounges, an outdoor equipment rental shop, a bicycle repair facility, several food service areas, a post office, an information center/Lost and Found, two cash machines, an art gallery, Vendors’ Row, KUGS-FM, a Publicity Center, and program areas. Viking Union food service locations include the Viking Union Market, the VU Café, the Underground Coffeehouse, and Vendor’s Row.
Viking Union Event Services
Viking Union Event Services is the contact point for reserving space in the Viking Union, Lakewood’s Bill MacDonald Lounge, and other outdoor spaces on campus. Event Services provides Associated Student-led events with support for reservations, planning, and event management throughout campus. Services include the setup, takedown, security, audio and visual event support provided by our student crews.
Student Activities/Associated Student (AS) Governance
Viking Union 547, 360-650-3460
Student activities at Western are designed to provide maximum opportunities for student engagement in a wide range of co-curricular experiences. As an important part of the educational experiences offered by the University, students are encouraged to become involved in some aspect of the activity program since these activities provide leadership and social experiences that build on classroom learning.
Many student activities are initiated and coordinated by students through the Associated Students. Students who participate in the governing bodies of student-administered services, activities, and facilities gain valuable leadership experience while supporting the quality of co-curricular life. Students may also participate in the University governance system as elected officers on the AS Board of Directors or appointed members of its various councils and committees.
AS Personnel Office
Viking Union 505, 360-650-6113
The AS employs over 200 students in a variety of diverse and exciting jobs in all the AS offices listed below. The Personnel Office coordinates the hiring of AS employees and open positions are listed on the website. The bulk of hiring takes place at the very beginning of each spring quarter for the following academic year, and some positions are also open at the beginning of fall quarter or as there are vacancies throughout the year.
Viking Union 422
Associated Students Productions (ASP) provides a comprehensive program of student activities and events for all Western students and their community. There are six divisions of ASP: Pop Music, Films, Special Events, Underground Coffee House, Viking Union Gallery, and Marketing. The students that staff these offices work hard to bring top-quality events to campus, including local, regional and national music performances, films, comedians, authors, lecturers, art exhibits, and all kinds of other fun and intellectually stimulating engagements.
AS Representation and Engagement Programs (REP)
Viking Union 520, 360-650-4267
The AS Representation and Engagement Programs provide the resources, services, and support necessary to ensure student representation in decisions that impact students at the university, local, state, and federal levels. The programs also promote effective citizenship and civic engagement through services, programs, and collaboration. The REP includes a student REP Director, the AS Elections Coordinator, Legislative Liaison, Local Liason, Organizing & Outreach Coordinator, Western Votes, and a Committee Coordinator who coordinates the appointment of students to nearly 150 spots on AS and University Committees.
Viking Union 411, 360-650-6126
The AS Review is an alternative weekly that provides coverage of student interests such has the AS government, activities, and student life. The Review seeks to enhance the student experience by shedding light on underrepresented issues, inclusive coverage, informing readers, and promoting dialogue. The AS Review welcomes reader submissions.
AS Clubs and Organizations & The Club Hub
Viking Union 425, 360-650-6121
More than 230 clubs and organizations exist within the Associated Students, providing a wide range of involvement opportunities for all students. AS clubs come in all varieties, including service, environmental, recreational, academic/departmental, social issues, religious, cultural and ethnic, arts, music and dance, political, gaming, pre-professional and honorary, and special interest areas. Some clubs have long histories at Western; others are brand new. If a student doesn’t find the right club, it is easy to start a new one. Students at Western enjoy being involved in clubs for the opportunities to meet new people, develop new skills, make positive changes in the world, and just have fun. The Club Hub serves as a resource for club leadership and organizational development, as well as event planning and programming. The Club Hub is committed to ensuring that all students can become involved and engaged in their Western Community.
Environmental & Sustainability Programs (ESP)
Viking Union 424, 360-650-6129
The purpose of the AS Environmental & Sustainability Programs (ESP) is to inform, educate, and provide resources regarding a variety of issues surrounding environmentalism and sustainable practices. The following offices comprise the ESP:
Viking Commons 25, 360-650-7960
Western Student Transportation provides services funded by the Student Alternative Transportation Fee. These include a WTA Viking Xpress Bus Pass good for all WTA bus routes, a daily late night and Sunday daytime Student Shuttle, and assistance for any questions students may have concerning transportation at Western.
Viking Commons 424, 360-650-6129
The Environmental Center presents lectures, seminars, music events and other programs to educate the campus community about environmental topics and to illustrate the interconnections between environmentalism and other social concerns. The Center maintains a library of current books, newspapers, brochures, videos and magazines and acts as a networking center for campus and community activists.
Outback Outdoor Experiential Learning Program
Viking Union 424, 360-650-2433
The Outback, a joint program of the Associated Students and Fairhaven College, is a 5 acre farm and wetland restoration site. The purpose of the Outback OELP is to coordinate a wide range of opportunities for students to learn about, develop, and implement sustainable land use practices. These opportunities include personal and collaborative events and projects involving habitat restoration, organic gardening, green building, academic partnerships, independent study projects (ISPs), workshops, lectures and classes. The OELP also provides job-related skill building and community networking opportunities for students. These include serving on the Outback Governing Council, volunteering, and participating in work-study, AmeriCorps Students in Service, and salaried employment.
Sustainable Action Fund Fee Grant Program
Viking Commons 25, 360-650-2491
The Sustainable Action Fund (SAF) is a student-initiated, quarterly fee paid by all Western Washington University students to reduce the campus’ environmental impact and engage the campus community in environmental awareness.
The SAF Grant Program provides funding to innovative, student-driven projects focused on promoting experiential learning opportunities and sustainable practices at Western Washington University. The SAF Grant Program is managed by the Office of Sustainability and supported by the AS Environmental and Sustainability Programs. Students, staff and faculty are all eligible to apply for grant funding. Projects funded through the SAF Grant Program aim to:
- Increase Student Involvement and Education
- Reduce the University’s Environmental Impact
- Create an Aware & Engaged Campus Community
Viking Union 7th Floor, 360-650-KUGS (5847)
Operated by the Associated Students, KUGS broadcasts in stereo at 89.3 on the FM dial, online at as.wwu.edu/kugs/, and on Comcast Cable channel 980 on campus and throughout Western Washington. A general manager and student staff coordinate the efforts of 100 volunteers in all facets of station operation. With a complete range of music, news, and educational programming, KUGS offers students opportunities for participation as disc jockeys, newsreaders, producers, and managers.
Resource and Outreach Programs
Viking Union, 5th Floor
The Resource and Outreach Program’s five offices – including the Disability Outreach Center, Legal Information Center, Womxn’s Identity Resource, Social Issues Resource Center, and Queer Resource Center – provide information, advocacy, activities, and peer education to Western students. The ROP strives to empower and support all members of WWU’s diverse community. They also present a range of events, workshops, and activities each year that provide students with engaging and empowering opportunities to build community and learn about themselves as well as our local and global community. Students can gain valuable work and life experiences through salaried student employment, work-study, and volunteer positions. The AS also has a Veteran Community Coordinator that works out of the Veteran Services Office in Old Main and is responsible for coordinating events and fostering community among student Veterans.
Viking Outdoor Recreation
Lakewood Watersports Facility
2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd, 360-650-2900
The Lakewood Watersports Facility – located approximately 7 miles from Western’s campus at 2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd. – offers sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, and rowing, as well as a sand volleyball court, picnic tables and BBQ’s, and hiking trails. For-credit Outreach and Continuing Education classes and private instruction in sailing are available during the academic year and summer quarter. An informal lounge with a kitchenette and fireplace is also available.
Viking Union 150 (access available from North Garden Street adjacent to VU entrance), 360-650-3112
The Outdoor Center provides a variety of outdoor-related engagement opportunities and activities for all students, faculty, staff, and alumni such as: rafting, biking, hikes, camping, and climbing. Emphasis focuses on developing and refining outdoor skills and responsible environmental practices, fostering diversity, enriching the academic experience, and promoting life-long learning. Resources include a knowledgeable staff, equipment rentals, a bike shop, excursions, educational resources, and instructional clinics. Custom crafted experiences are available for your group or office. Experienced trip consultants will prepare and deliver your experience. We offer co-curricular opportunities for learning outdoor skills and leadership, youth and family programming, employment and instructional opportunities for students.
Outdoor Center Challenge Program
2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd, 360-650-3731
Located at the Lakewood Watersports Facility, the Challenge Program offers teams, clubs, and groups of students, as well as faculty and staff groups, a facilitated opportunity to work on goal setting, leadership, effective communication, problem solving, trust-building, consensus-building, synergy, group roles, confidence and other valuable group and individual skills on our high and low experience ropes course. The program offers a sequence of “Challenge by Choice” activities specifically designed to increase social and individual awareness and appreciation through safe physical and mental challenges, discussion and reflection. We strive to be inclusive of all groups and abilities.
Sinclair Island, 360-650-6131 (VU Reservations Office) 360-650-3731 (Management)
Viqueen Lodge, located on 13 acres on Sinclair Island and provided by the Associated Students, offers a unique rustic lodge that can accommodate up to 15 people in the middle of paradise. Whales, seals, and eagles are your neighbors when lodging here. The island has a wonderful feel for relaxing groups and plenty of short walks to try while you are here. The property has no traditional bathroom facilities, but has running water and a full kitchen. There is wood always available to burn in the cooking pit if you desire. Call us today to book a group lodging experience with our talented staff. Opportunities include supervised kayaking, hiking, bird watching, camping, or marine science activities. .
Viking Union 150 (access available from North Garden Street adjacent to VU entrance), 360-650-3112
WOOT aims to ease, support and enhance the transition into Western for first-year students through outdoor adventure and experiential education. Through establishing a small community of new students in the outdoors, connecting them to Western and their new environment, students will feel more at ease with entering the university setting and will better understand their new role as a college student. Week-long outdoor experiences happen prior to the start of fall quarter.
Facilities and Services
AS Child Development Center
Fairhaven College Stack 11/12, 360-650-3021
The Child Development Center is provided by the Associated Students of Western Washington University and serves the children of students, faculty/staff, and alumni ranging in ages from 2-5. The center operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. following Western’s calendar days in session. Tuition for student families is based on a sliding scale to assist parents in furthering their education at WWU.
AS Publicity Center
Viking Union 411
The Publicity Center provides high quality and personalized promotional services, products, and support to the Associated Students organization and students at Western Washington University. They offer excellence in graphic design, print and electronic media, and distribution services while providing unique educational opportunities and leadership experience to student employees.
AS Recycle Center
The mission of the Associated Students Recycle Center is to provide the opportunity for faculty, staff and students to recycle on campus, to educate the University community on the recycling process at Western, and to continually increase collection efforts in order to reduce Western’s waste stream. The center also provides student employment opportunities and work experience, specifically in recycling and waste management.
Old Main 230, 360-650-3430
See the Registration section of this catalog for information.
Edens Hall 100, 360-650-6565
See the University Residences section of this catalog.
The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio
Haggard Hall second floor, 360-650-3219
Are you looking for a vibrant and collaborative place to research, read, and write? Drop in at the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio at any time of the day to grab a table and work at your own pace—no appointments necessary! Staff are on-hand to check in and give support on everything from research papers and lab write-ups to resumes and digital media projects. You’ll receive feedback and step-by-step strategies to help you overcome writer’s block and develop your skills as a scholar. Uninspired? Practice creative ways to brainstorm and organize ideas.
- Lost in the Googleverse? Learn to navigate the research landscape.
- Zoned out? Discover how you can read faster and with deeper understanding.
- Wearing pajamas? You can also chat with the Studio or send in a draft online.
- Need accommodation? The Studio offers specialized assistance to match your learning needs.
Hours of operation: Mon.-Thurs. 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Fri. 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sun. 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM.. Always open for online draft submissions during the quarter. See website for more information.
Department-related activities provide opportunities for students to participate in a wide range of programs. Although faculty from related departments work closely with these activities, students do not need to be affiliated with the departments in order to participate. In many cases, students may receive academic credit for their involvement. The individual programs are outlined below.
Communication Facility 295, 360-650-4879
The forensics program provides opportunities for participation in local, regional, national, and international competitions, in National Parliamentary Debate Association-style debate. The program encourages achievement in tournament participation at all levels of competition, ranging from novice to championship. Western’s program enjoys a strong national reputation including numerous top-20 rankings and consistent participation in the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence field of participants. Annual activities also include sponsoring several local events, including campus presentations, hosting tournaments, and an annual advocacy on-campus conference (CASCAID). All students are welcome to participate regardless of major or experience level.
Performing Arts 273, 360-650-3130
A wide range of vocal and instrumental groups on campus provides musical activity for students at acceptable levels of ability, and musical entertainment to satisfy listeners of all tastes. Some of the opportunities available to students include the Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, University Choir, Concert Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Viking Pep Band, jazz ensembles, opera, Collegium Musicum, and numerous smaller ensembles. Membership in all of these ensembles is attained through either a performance audition or consent of the instructor. For more information see the Department of Music section of this catalog or contact the Department of Music, Performing Arts Center 273, at 360-650-3130.
Communications Facility 230, 360-650-3171
Student publications include The Western Front, a weekly newspaper; Klipsun, a quarterly magazine; Jeopardy, the annual literary magazine; Occam’s Razor, an annual cross-disciplinary showcase for exceptional academic writing and The Planet, a quarterly environmental journalism magazine. Student contributions of time and talent are essential to these publications, and new students at all academic levels are encouraged to join their staffs each quarter. Students may receive credit for working on these publications through the Journalism and English Departments, as well as the Huxley College of the Environment.
Theatre and Dance
Performing Arts 395, 360-650-3876
The Theatre and Dance Department offers students a rich variety of opportunities in faculty- and student-directed productions – both on stage and off – to write, act, dance, stage manage, design, teach, produce, and choreograph. The broad range of productions during the academic year includes musicals, dramas, and comedies from a variety of periods as well as faculty- and student-choreographed events, traditional dance concert events, and collaborations between the departments within the College of Fine and Performing Arts. The Theatre and Dance Department provides ongoing concentrated applied theatre and dance experiences for both the beginner and the advanced student. Previous theatre experience is not required for participation and all auditions are open. Previous dance experience is not a requirement for placement in a technique class. The Theatre and Dance Department participates regularly in the American Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC), The American College Dance Festival (ACDF), The Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).
Western View (Video)
Communication Facility 295, 360-650-3870
Western View offers students the opportunity to gain digital video production and editing experience. Informational and educational video instruction includes hands-on course work. Students produce videos shown in class. Advanced students working with Western Window will have their work air on WWU TV channel for off-campus audiences. Credit is available through the Department of Communication Studies.
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