Families enjoying Family Weekend
Whether your student is new to WCU or is a current student, we’re here to support
you when you need it. This page will provide you with explanations and short cuts
to everything you need to know about the university, our policies and procedures as
well as information on navigating our business processes. We hope this allows you
to support your student through the college experience and makes you feel a part of
the Catamount family.
The Student Experience
What can we tell you about the student experience at WCU? Well, it's as diverse as
the interests of our students. With over 170 student organizations, miles of hiking
and biking trails, a full complement of student activities including movies, speakers,
concerts and service opportunities there is always something happening on campus.
We encourage students to jump in with both feet and make the most of their time in
Catamount country! LEARN MORE
Parents of New Catamounts
Welcome new parents! We hope you find the information on this page helpful. Online
Orientation will be available to your student through August. If you would like to
sign up for Rave, our Mobile Safety App there is a button to do so on the top right
of this page (if you are on a laptop or desktop) or continuing scrolling and you will
see it below this text. In addition you will find a link to the Quick Start Guide
for incoming students under Resources.
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Campus Health Updates
Health Services closely monitors outbreaks of illness(es) that could potentially become
public health emergencies based on the criteria from the Centers for Diseases Control
and World Health Organization.
VIEW THE CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH ALERTS
Resources for Student Concerns
It's normal to experience periodic concerns about your student. Please know that we
take our responsibility for the care of our Catamount community very seriously. We
have a variety of ways for people to report concerns and we have formal methods in
place to respond to concerns.
Reporting a Complaint or Concern - Those who are concerned about a student or something that happened can alert campus
leaders during our formal complaints and concerns process.
Absence Notification Protocol - This protocol outlines the process the university uses to support students who
are missing classes due to crisis or unforeseen circumstances.
Student Concern Response Team - WCU uses a case management approach to actively support students experiencing difficulties
or demonstrating concerning behaviors.
Accessibility Resources - The Office of Accessibility Resources advocates for student with disabilities and
ensure they have the support they need for success.
Missing Person Notification Protocol - This describes the official notification procedures concerning missing students
who live in the residence halls.
Community Expectations and Student Conduct
Western Carolina's community expectations are outlined in the Code of Student Conduct and the Community Creed. All members of the WCU community are expected to abide by
these expectations and work to promote a safe, welcoming and civil campus environment.
Students who do not met community expectations may be charged with violations of the
Code of Student Conduct. In certain circumstances, parents may receive official notification
that their student has violated the Code of Student Conduct. The Department of Student Community Ethics manages alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct and works to ensure compliance
with Title IX, the Clery Act as well as local, state and federal laws.
Academic Integrity Policy - This explains academic integrity and how cases of cheating, plagiarism, fabrication
and facilitation are managed by the university.
Annual Safety and Clery Act Reporting - The university reports regularly on criminal activity on campus as well as safety,
fire and security.
Code of Conduct Violations: Sanctioning Guidelines including Parental Notifications - The Department of Student Community Ethics' sanctioning guidelines by Code violation.
University Policies - This details all approved university policies.
resources & services
important university phone numbers
This lists the contact information for commonly called offices. The full faculty and
staff directory is also available online. If you are experiencing an emergency, contact University Police at 828.227.8911
(828.227.7301 - non-emergency).
The Office of the Provost is responsible for all academic programs and academic support offices.
Academic Support Offices:
Academic Enrichment Offices:
Our IT division provides support for student technology needs on campus.
student activities & services
The Division of Student Affairs provides students with a variety of services and and activities that support a dynamic,
inclusive campus environment.