The Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support Services advances Western’s commitment to engaged excellence by providing effective student-centered programs and services that build a foundation for maximizing students’ academic and personal success. Programs and services offered by the Division include admissions, registration, residence hall life, academic and career development services, tutoring, financial aid, disability resources, student activities, dining services, new student and parent programs, counseling, health and wellness services, recreation programs, student outreach services, and athletics.
The Division’s mission, goals, and priorities align closely with Western’s mission and goals, as set forth in the WWU Strategic Action Plan. 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.
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Academic Support Services
Old Main 445, 360-650-3839
The Vice President’s Office is the central administrative office for the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support 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.
Campus Community Coalition
Old Main 555, 360-650-6863
The mission of the Campus Community Coalition 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 Liquor Control Board, rental property owners, City of Bellingham officials, local bar owners, and students, faculty, and staff from Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Technical College, and Northwest Indian College. Some of the Coalition’s projects include:
- Let’s Talk “Living Together in Bellingham” forums, which bring students and community members together to discuss the issues facing students and long-term residents living together in Bellingham’s neighborhoods
- Think Locally-Act Neighborly educational door hangers distributed in neighborhoods near campus
- Off-Campus WWU: A Student Roadmap to Neighborhood Living, a website (www.offcampuswwu.com) full of resources for students considering moving off-campus or already living in the community; and
- The Hospitality Resource Alliance, a group of local bar owners and staff, law enforcement, and others working together to address downtown public safety issues.
Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act
The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, also known as the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act,” requires institutions of higher education to disclose information about campus safety to all current and prospective students and employees. Western distributes an annual security report – In Brief – that contains information regarding campus safety and security, including crime statistics for the most recent three-year period. In Brief is available online at www.wwu.edu/depts/vpsa/campus_safety.shtml. Printed copies are available upon request by contacting the Vice President’s Office, Old Main 445, at 360-650-3839.
In compliance with the Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 1999, Western has made Washington State Voter Registration Forms available at the following main campus locations: the Associated Students Board Office (VU 504), disAbility Resources for Students (Old Main 110), New Student Services/Family Outreach (Old Main 330F), the Viking Union Administration Office (VU 547), and the Viking Union Information Desk (VU 6th floor lobby). Residents of Washington may also register to vote online, via the Secretary of State’s website, at www.secstate.wa.gov/elections. If you are not a resident of Washington and would like to register to vote, call your local County Auditor’s office or visit the federal Election Assistance Commission’s voter registration page at www.eac.gov/voter to obtain a copy of the National Mail Voter Registration Form.
“Western Alert” Emergency Notification System
Western Alert is an emergency notification system designed to share critical health and safety information with members of the campus community quickly – by e-mail and cell phone text messaging. Students, faculty, and staff receive e-mail alerts automatically via their official university e-mail account, but must “opt in” to receive Western Alert text messages.
To “opt in,” students, faculty, and staff must log in to their Web4U account at www.wwu.edu/web4u and update their personal information to include a cell phone. Phone numbers will be kept confidential, and will only be used in two circumstances: during an emergency and during occasional tests of the Western Alert system.
The university will test the Western Alert emergency notification system two to three times a year to ensure that it is working properly; these tests will be carefully identified and widely publicized. Individuals should be advised that their cell phone service may apply a small standard text messaging fee when they receive an emergency alert.
Academic and Career Development Services
WWU is committed to helping students succeed in their academic pursuits at Western, and 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 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 focuses on supporting first year freshman and transfer students, students who are undecided about their academic goals, and students experiencing academic difficulties. The center helps students:
- Set academic goals and make academic plans
- Understand academic policies, graduation requirements, and General University Requirements (GUR), and graduation requirements
- Explore Western’s curriculum
- Choose majors consistent with interests and abilities
- Select and schedule courses to make effective progress in meeting GUR’s and gaining access to desired majors
- Address challenges impeding academic progress
Career Services Center
Old Main 280, 360-650-3240
The Career Services Center provides a full range of services to assist students at 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. The center maintains an open-door recruitment policy and upholds federal and state nondiscrimination statutes.
Career Planning Services
Career planning services focus on helping students select academic majors consistent with their interests, abilities, and personal goals. Individual counseling, career assessment, workshops, and resource materials are provided to assist students in:
- Assessing interests, temperaments, 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 tentative 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 on résumé writing, job search correspondence, and interview techniques
- 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 Graduate and Professional 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 Communication Sciences and Disorders Special and Rehabilitation Services Career Fair, the Huxley Environmental Career and Internship Fair, Educator Job Search Seminars, and the Etiquette Dinner.
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/profession 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 their website at www.wwu.edu/depts/gradschool.
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 who register with the center are eligible to receive individual counseling and use the reference file service. Additional information is available online at www.careers.wwu.edu/alumni.shtml.
Old Main 387, 360-650-3855
The Tutoring Center helps WWU undergraduates achieve their highest academic potential by providing tutoring support for General University Requirement (GUR) courses, primarily in math and science.
The center also helps students develop academic skills such as time management, test taking, note taking, and textbook comprehension. Workshops and individual sessions provide instruction and support to students seeking to improve their intellectual abilities and achieve academic goals.
Old Main 200, 360-650-3440
See the Undergraduate Admission section of this Catalog.
Associated Student Bookstore
501 High St. 360-650-3655
Western’s Associated Students Bookstore is the official bookstore for Western Washington University. It operates much like a student cooperative, keeping prices lower than the industry average and partnering with student groups to support campus programs and activities. The AS Bookstore provides value by offering discount prices on course materials; a wide selection of used textbooks; academically priced computer software; general books, school, office, and art supplies; a variety of “Western Gear” sportswear; and more. Shopping the AS Bookstore keeps dollars on campus and this money helps support student activities at Western.
Carver Gym 100, 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 the Blue Crew website at wwuvikings.cstv.com/genrel/wwubluecrew.html.
Campus Recreation Services
Wade King Student Recreation Center 138, 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, open recreation, 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, 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, cycling, men’s crew, equestrian, fencing, ice hockey, judo, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, swimming, tennis, ultimate disc, water polo, and water skiing. Additional information is available online at www.wwu.edu/campusrec/sportclubs.shtml.
Counseling, Health and Wellness Services
Being a healthy college student means having the confidence and energy to live each day to its fullest. Health is achievable when people care about themselves, make decisions and practice skills to enhance their well-being, and respect one another as unique, worthwhile individuals.
The Counseling Center, Prevention and Wellness Services, and the Student Health Center are dedicated to the provision of quality physical and emotional care for Western students. Through utilization of 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
Personal problems can interfere with school and life. The Counseling Center provides professional counseling for a wide variety of concerns students may have while at Western. Students sometimes get depressed or lonely or anxious. Relationship problems may occur: couples break up, roommates argue, friends leave, parents divorce. Problems can develop with procrastination, low motivation, and/or lack of direction. Anxiety may interfere with academic success. Eating disorders may develop or worsen. Self-esteem can slip. Stress may erode performance. The Counseling Center’s staff of professionally trained and experienced psychologists, counselors, and graduate trainees is here to help students work through these problems in a caring and confidential environment. All counseling services are voluntary, free, and confidential.
In addition to individual counseling, the Counseling Center also provides workshops each quarter aimed at meeting the special needs of college students, such as dealing with stress, math anxiety, and enhancing interpersonal skills. There also are many self-help books, CDs, and other materials available in the Counseling Center.
The Counseling Center provides brief and focused individual counseling. The staff is also knowledgeable about community referrals when campus resources cannot provide the longer-term or specialized services a student desires or needs. 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 on-call counselor is available when the Counseling Center is closed. To access the on-call counselor, call the University Police dispatcher at 360-650-3555.
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
- CPR/First Aid training classes (Red Cross certification)
- HIV testing and prevention
- Lifestyle Advisor Program
- Quitting Tobacco Program
- Stress reduction
Additional student service programs offered through PWS include Alcohol & Drug Consultation and Assessment Services (ADCAS), Crime and Sexual Assault Services (CASAS), the Men’s Violence Prevention Project, Sexual Health Consultation Services, and the Wellness Outreach Center.
Alcohol and Drug Consultation and Assessment Services (ADCAS)
Old Main 560, 360-650-3642
ADCAS offers confidential assessment of personal substance use patterns; referral to appropriate support, counseling or treatment resources; and one to one discussion of personal use issues or concerns about friends, family members, partners, or roommates. Services are designed to assist students in identifying and reducing unwanted and unintended risks associated with alcohol and drug use.
The use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco can have both immediate and long-term consequences including increased health risks, increased risk for accidents, forced and/or regretted sex, poorer academic performance, unacceptable social behavior, and possible legal sanctions. Individual ADCAS services are provided by professional staff specializing in alcohol and drug concerns. Group format services are provided by skilled peer educators and professional staff.
Crime and Sexual Assault Support Services (CASAS)
Old Main 585B, 360-650-7982
24-Hour Helpline 360-650-3700
CASAS is Western’s caring and compassionate 24-hour resource to assist students who have in childhood, adolescence, or adult life, experienced any of the following: relationship or dating violence, unwanted touching, attempted assault or rape, sexual assault, stalking, obscene phone calls or text messages, harassing e-mail or calls, indecent exposure, incest, molestation, hate crimes, or threatened or actual physical violence.
CASAS staff works with survivors to access all available resources in an effort to ensure that student continue to be academically successful and have the support necessary to heal from the incident(s). Resources and support are also available to assist students whose partner, friend or family member has experienced an act of violence.
CASAS provides a 24-hour help line and professional staff assistance to guide students through the details of available services, including:
- Medical/legal referral assistance
- Professional advocacy
- Academic support services
- Accompaniment to the hospital or police station
- Support group
- Information and referral
Anyone who has ever experienced any form of violence is strongly encouraged to utilize this service. To reach CASAS, call the 24-hour help line at 360-650-3700, or send questions by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Violence Prevention Project
Old Main 565, 360-650-3290
The Men’s Violence Prevention Project is dedicated to creating a campus and community free of violence, promoting healthy relationships based on equality and respect, encouraging positive healthy expressions of masculinity, and being visible outspoken allies for all who experience prejudice and discrimination. The project includes a group of trained peer educators who facilitate workshops, discussions and events on campus to address issues of sexual violence, masculinity, feminism, and relationship abuse, and work to leave every person with new tools on how to be an active member of our community.
Sexual Health Consultation Services
Campus Services Building 2nd floor, 2001 Bill McDonald Parkway, 360-650-2961
Sexual Health Consultation Services are provided by a group of well trained and supervised Peer Sexual Health Educators. Their services include confidential HIV testing; consultations on sexual health, sexually transmitted infections, and birth control; and, tips on how to communicate with a partner regarding sexual decisions. Appointments are in an individualized setting and are free, with the exception of HIV testing which costs $16.00. To schedule an appointment, contact the Student Health Center at 360-650-3400. This service is located on the second floor of the Campus Services Building adjoining the Student Health Center lobby.
Wellness Outreach Center
Viking Union 432, 360-650-4321
The Wellness Outreach Center is a welcoming space dedicated to helping Western students improve their quality of life. The center specializes in helping students find the tools to optimize their health and well being. Many students come to the center for a stress-break – a cup of hot tea and a comfortable couch. The center also offers stress-reduction tools, a Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) light, a lending library and information on homesickness, nutrition, body image, sexual health, alcohol and other drugs, mental health, and social justice, and free cold-care kits that include cold/flu risk reduction tips. The Wellness Outreach Center is open from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday during the academic year.
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 common illnesses, 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 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, a nutritionist, 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 when classes are in session. Summer quarter hours are 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday when summer classes are in session. 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.
A comprehensive medical insurance policy is available for eligible students. Brochures with enrollment cards are available at the Student Health Center, the Cashier’s Office (Old Main 245), and online at www.wwu.edu/chw/student_health/billing.shtml. Students who enroll in the plan for spring quarter have the option to purchase coverage for summer quarter even if they do not enroll in summer courses. 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 January 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 verification of a physician documented case of measles (rubeloa) disease; 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 www.wwu.edu/chw/student_health/measles.shtml. 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 Student Affairs & Academic Support Services.
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 the University’s Policy and Procedures website at: http://www.wwu.edu/policies/docs/1000%20University%20Administration/POL-U1000.12-Reporting-Communicable-Diseases.pdf
disAbility Resources for Students
Old Main 110, 360-650-3083 (voice), 360-350-3725 (TTY)
disAbility Resources for Students provides disability management counseling, enabling resources and referral information to enrolled students who possess a temporary or permanent disabling condition.
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.
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.acadweb.wwu.edu/hr/disability/EvacGuideForPWD.pdf.
Old Main 265, 360-650-3470
See the Financial Aid section of this catalog.
New Student Services/Family Outreach
Old Main 330F, 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, Fall Orientation, quarterly orientation, weekly e-mails, 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, Western Showtime Family Weekend, and the Parent Connection.
- Online and in-person referral to campus and community resources.
- Leadership opportunities for current students (orientation student advisors and student coordinators).
Office of the Dean of Students
Viking Union 547, 360-650-3775
The Office of the Dean of Students Unit supports Western Washington University’s role and mission and contributes to intentional student development by providing programs, services and facilities; within an environment that supports the practice of community, including student leadership, civic engagement, citizenship, programming, creative expression, student well being, growth, personal safety, realization of personal success and engagement of communities. The Office of the Dean of Students oversees the Western Leadership Advantage program, the Student Life Office, Student Outreach Services, Viking Union Facilities, and Viking Union Student Activities.
Western’s Leadership Advantage
Viking Union 506, 360-4187
Western’s Leadership Advantage program involves campus-wide programming, including co-curricular leadership development activities through student government, residence life, and other campus units; leadership lectures and retreats featuring national speakers, alumni, and parent leaders; and the development of an electronic leadership portfolio process. The Western Leadership Advantage Program is open to all students. The Leadership Intensive Program, a four-year institute for select students, provides the opportunity to attend weekly meetings, participate in experiential learning, and engage in self-reflection.
Student Life Office
Viking Union 506, 360-650-3706
The Student Life office is comprised of Student Assistance Services and University Judicial Affairs and is dedicated to the promotion of student development, academic integrity and success, and creating an environment that fosters student success and graduation.
Student Assistance Services
Staff in the Student Life Office are available to provide advice to students about academic and administrative policies, procedures and grievances (i.e., the academic grievance procedure) as well as information about campus and community resources. In addition, the Student Life Office assists students with hardship withdrawals and approves emergency leaves of absence for non-medical emergencies and personal crises. Additional information about hardship withdrawals and non-medical emergency leaves of absence is available in the University Academic Policies section of this catalog.
University Judicial Affairs
University Judicial Affairs is responsible for the review and adjudication of alleged violations of the Student Rights and Responsibilities Code. Students, faculty and staff can report alleged violations to the University Conduct Officer at 360-650-7957 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Western Washington University affirms student standards of behavior to ensure respectful and lawful behavior, to enhance personal safety on campus, and to maintain the institution’s educational mission. The conduct system works with students to address behaviors which violate the rules and norms of the University and provides educational sanctions with the goal of helping students become more effective members of the campus community. Copies of the Student Rights and Responsibility Code can be found in Appendix C in the Appendices section of this catalog, in the Student Life Office, or online at www.wwu.edu/depts/dos/jud_affairs/the_code.shtml
Student Outreach Services
Old Main 110, 360-650-3843
Student Outreach Services supports the educational needs of all students, particularly first generation, non-traditional and multicultural students. Student Outreach Services works with freshmen and transfer students to help ensure their successful transition to and graduation from Western, as well as with former students interested in returning to Western. Advisors provide students with personalized academic advising, assistance in developing educational plans, and positive intervention for those in academic risk. 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.
Viking Union Facilities
Viking Union 547, 360-650-3450
“The Viking Union welcomes and engages students, faculty, staff, and guests in building a diverse community. We continually strive to enhance the Western Experience through supporting student leadership, campus involvement and creative expression, and by providing services and events in our venues.”
— Viking Union Mission Statement
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/sundry sales shop, two cash machines, an art gallery, KVIK-TV, Vendors’ Row, KUGS-FM, a publicity center/print shop, 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 Student Activities
Viking Union 547, 360-650-3450
Student activities at Western are designed to provide maximum opportunities for student engagement in a wide range of co-curricular experiences. Student activities are an integral and important part of the total range of 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 administered by students through the Associated Students. Students who participate in the governing bodies of student-administered services, activities, and facilities not only determine the quality of co-curricular life, but also gain valuable leadership experience. Students may also participate in the University governance system as elected or appointed members of its various councils and committees.
Associated Students Productions
From socializing to civil dialogue, Associated Students Productions (ASP) is a student-run programming office that brings major events to campus. There are six divisions of ASP: Pop Music, Films, Special Events, Underground Coffee House, Viking Union Gallery, and Civil Controversy. 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.
Associated Students Representation and Engagement Programs
The AS Representation and Engagement Programs provide 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. For more information, contact the Information Coordinator at 360-650-3450.
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 and staff, ranging in ages from 2-5. The center is open from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on the days Western is in session, as well as during winter and spring breaks. Tuition is based on a sliding-scale fee for students.
Clubs and Organizations
More than 200 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 you don’t find the right club for you, it is easy to start a new one of your own. 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.
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.
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 cultural clubs include: the African-Caribbean Club, Black Student Union, Brown Pride, Chinese Student Association, Filipino American Student Association, Hui `O Hawai’i, Latino Student Union, MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil de Aztlan), Mixed Identity Student Organization, Native American Student Union, Queer People of Color, South Asian Student Association, and the Vietnamese Student Association.
Viking Union 7th Floor, 360-650-KUGS (5847)
Operated by the Associated Students, KUGS broadcasts in stereo at 89.3 on the FM dial 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.
KVIK Western Television Production Organization
Viking Union 423, 360-650-2343
Operated by the Associated Students, KVIK Television creates and maintains broadcast programs to highlight the work of Western students. KVIK provides firsthand experience for those interested in the fields of television broadcasting and video production. KVIK productions represent students’ original work and serve the campus community by providing interesting, informative, and entertaining media.
Lakewood Watersports Facility
2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd
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 PE classes and private instruction in sailing are available during the academic year. An informal lounge with a kitchenette and fireplace is also available.
2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd, 360-650-3731
Co-located at Lakewood, the E.D.G.E. (Encouraging the Development of Groups through Experience) 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, group roles, confidence and other valuable group and individual skills. The E.D.G.E. program offers a sequence of activities specifically designed to increase social and individual awareness and appreciation through safe physical and mental challenges, discussion and reflection.
Viking Union 150 (outdoor access available from North Garden Street), 360-650-3112
The Outdoor Center provides a variety of outdoor-related opportunities and activities for all students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Emphasis is placed on developing and refining 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.
Viking Union 411
The Publicity Center is a full-service advertising facility provided by the Associated Students for use by all students, as well as Associated Students programs and clubs; The center also publishes the AS Review.
Resource and Outreach Programs
Viking Union, 5th Floor
Resource and Outreach Program’s eight offices – including the Drug Information Center, Legal Information Center, Environmental Center, Veteran’s Outreach Center, Women’s Center, Social Issues Resource Center, Sexual Awareness Center, and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance – provide unbiased and confidential information and referrals to students in a safe, peer-to-peer environment. They also present a range of events, workshops, and activities each year that provide students with engaging and empowering opportunities to 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 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.
Sinclair Island, 360-650-613 (VU Reservations Office)
Viqueen Lodge, located on 13 acres at Sinclair Island and provided by the Associated Students, offers overnight accommodations in a unique location for students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Old Main 230, 360-650-3430
See the Registration section of this catalog for information.
Edens Hall 100, 360-650-2950
See the University Residences section of this catalog.
The Writing Center
Wilson Library (adjacent to Media Desk), 360-650-3219
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Evenings: Open Sun - Thurs evenings; call for hours. Always open for online draft submissions at www.acadweb.wwu.edu/writingcenter
“I know what it feels like to write — the feelings of isolation, fatigue, helplessness. I know what it feels like to be stuck, and I know what happens when I can talk about my writing to an interested person.”
— A Writing-Center Writer
A free resource for students, the Writing Center provides academic support to writers of all disciplines and abilities. The Center welcomes writers engaged in the writing process in various stages – from brainstorming topics to polishing final drafts. Writers may conference with our qualified writing assistants first to clarify ideas (thesis and organization) and then to identify patterns of error (grammar and punctuation). Services include:
- Face-to-face response on course papers, essay exams, and applications/résumés
- Oral or written response to drafts submitted online
- Resources for writers, including books, handouts, and software
- Group conferences for writers with collaborative writing assignments
- Specialized assistance for writers with English as an additional language, learning differences, or accommodation requests
Department - Related Activities
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 and national competitions, including Cross-Examination Debate Association/National Debate Tournament policy debate and National Parliamentary Debate Association parliamentary 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. Annual activities also include sponsoring several local events, including campus programs and high school and college tournaments. All students are welcome to participate.
Performing Arts 273, 360-650-4091
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 for participation 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, 360-650-6763
Student publications include The Western Front, a twice-weekly newspaper; Klipsun, a twice-quarterly magazine; Jeopardy, the annual literary magazine; 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 or 360-650-7310
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, stage manage, and design. The broad range of productions during the academic year includes musicals, dramas, and comedies from a variety of periods. The Theatre and Dance Department provides ongoing concentrated applied theatre experiences for both the beginner and the advanced student. Previous theatre experience is not required for participation and all auditions are open. The theatre arts program is affiliated with the American Association of Theatre in Higher Education and participates in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival.
Carver 60, 360-650-7293
The dance program offers a wide variety of experiences for students interested in performing, directing, teaching, producing and choreographing. These experiences come in a number of forms, including faculty- and student-choreographed events, traditional dance concert events, and collaborations between the art, music, and dance departments. Students also have an opportunity to perform for the dance outreach program that visits public schools in Whatcom County. The dance program frequently attends the American College Dance Festival with works performed by students and choreographed by faculty, guests, or students. Previous experience is not a requirement for placement in a technique class. Auditions are announced regularly on the Dance Program website at www.wwu.edu/depts/dance.
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 on the campus and for special off-campus audiences. Credit is available through the Department of Communication.
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