ARCHIVED 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
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ARCHIVED 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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The University

A member of the University of North Carolina, Western Carolina University offers courses in the arts, sciences, technologies, humanities, and professions. Students can elect degree programs at the bachelor’s or master’s level or doctoral level study in educational leadership. As a regional institution, it serves the people of North Carolina from its residential campus at Cullowhee and through off-campus instruction in Asheville and other locations.


Western Carolina University creates engaged learning opportunities that incorporate teaching, research and service through residential, distance education and international experiences. The university focuses its academic programs, educational outreach, research and creative activities, and cultural activities to improve individual lives and enhance economic and community deveplopment in the region, state and nation.


Western Carolina University is located in the scenic Appalachian mountain ranges at Cullowhee, North Carolina. The university consists of the main campus in Cullowhee and resident credit centers in Asheville and Cherokee. A faculty of about 674 serves a student body of approximately 9,400 in resident-credit and extension classes.

The Cullowhee campus, is in a rural valley between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, fifty-two miles west of Asheville and seven miles south of Sylva on North Carolina Highway 107. The location at the southern end of Cullowhee Valley in the heart of the Tuckaseigee River basin, gives it an unusually attractive setting. The closest commercial airport to the university is located in Asheville, and there is airline service to Asheville. Private taxi service is available.

The central campus consists of about 233 acres, including beautifully wooded areas and modern academic, student residence, recreation, and athletic facilities. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Fontana Lake, and numerous resort areas offer golfing, skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking, water sports, and other recreational opportunities nearby.


Western Carolina University, a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina, functions under the jurisdiction of the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina and the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University. Policies of the Board of Governors are administered by the president and the General Administration of The University of North Carolina. The Board of Trustees receives its authority by delegation from the Board of Governors.

The chancellor is the chief administrative officer of the university. The Faculty Senate, the principal policy-recommending body of the faculty, operates under the provisions of a faculty constitution and bylaws.


Western Carolina University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; telephone number 404-679-4501) to award bachelor’s, master’s, education specialist’s, and doctor’s degrees. In addition to this institutional accreditation, other special accreditation by appropriate agencies includes these:

AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
American Chemical Society
American Council for Construction Education (candidacy status)
American Dietetic Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in cooperation with the Council on Accreditation of the American Health Information Management Association, and the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Professions
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Council on Accreditation of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology
Council on Social Work Education
Foundation on Interior Design Education Research (FIDER)
National Accreditation Council for Environmental Health Science and Protection
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of School Psychologists
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
National Council for Teachers of English
National Kitchen and Bath Association Endorsement
North American Society for Sport Management/National Association of Sport and Physical Education
North Carolina Board of Nursing
North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Project Management Institute, Inc.
Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – Telephone: (410)347-7700). (Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology and Engineering Technology-Applied Systems Technology Concentration)

The university is a member of appropriate state and national associations and organizations to which its professional programs are related. These include but are not limited to:

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Higher Education
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American College Dance Festival Association
American Council on Education
American Society of Allied Health Professions
Association for Continuing Higher Education
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
College Entrance Examination Board
Conference of Southern Graduate Schools
Cooperative Education Association
Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology
Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
Institute for International Education, Inc.
International Council for Small Business
Mathematics Association of America
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Business Education Association
National University Continuing Education Association
North American Association of Summer Sessions
North Carolina Academy of Science
North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities
North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina Political Science Association
Southeastern Theatre Conference
Southern Atlantic States Association for Asian and African Studies
Southern Regional Education Board
Southern States Communication Association
Speech Communication Association
United States Distance Learning Association
United States Institute for Theatre Technology

Undergraduate Academic Programs Offered at WCU


A varied academic program is offered by the university’s eight colleges. Through the Graduate School and the academic program colleges, the university offers graduate degree programs in numerous major areas leading to the master of accountancy, master of arts, master of arts in education, master of arts in teaching, master of business administration, master of entrepreneurship, master of health sciences, master of physical therapy,master of music, master of social work, master of project management, master of public affairs, master of school administration, master of science, master of science in nursing, the education specialist in educational leadership, the education specialist in school psychology, master of fine art and the doctor of education. Complete information about the degrees listed above is available in the Graduate Catalog of The Record.

The six academic program colleges of the university offer programs leading to the bachelor of art, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of music, bachelor of science, bachelor of business administration, bachelor of science in education, bachelor of science in nursing, bachelor of science in social work, and bachelor of science in electrical engineering.

The College of Arts and Sciences. Bachelor of arts with majors in anthropology, art, chemistry, English, German, history, philosophy, political science, social sciences, sociology, Spanish, and special studies.

Bachelor of science with majors in anthropology, biology, chemistry, communication, computer science, environmental science, forensic science, geology, history, mathematics, natural resources management, political science, social sciences, sociology, and special studies.

The College of Business. Bachelor of science in business administration with majors in accounting, business administration and law, computer information systems, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality and tourism, management, marketing, and bachelor of science with a major in sport management, hospitality tourism and management and entrepreneurship.

The College of Education and Allied Professions. Bachelor of science in education with majors in elementary education, general special education, middle grades education, and physical education.

In collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Fine and Performing Arts: Bachelor of science in education with majors in art, comprehensive science, English, German, mathematics, music, social sciences, and Spanish.

Bachelor of science with majors in birth-kindergarten, parks and recreation management, psychology and special studies.

The College of Fine and Performing Arts. Bachelor of arts with majors in art, music, stage and screen and special studies. Bachelor of fine arts with majors in art, in theatre, and in motion picture and television production. Bachelor of music is a professional degree that will focus on music performance and commercial and electronic music as concentration areas. Bachelor of science with majors in interior design.

The College of Health and Human Sciences. Bachelor of science with majors in athletic training, communication sciences & disorders, criminal justice, emergency and disaster management, emergency medical care, environmental health, health information administration, nutrition and dietetics, recreational therapy, special studies, and bachelor of science in nursing, and bachelor of science in social work.

The Honors College. Western Carolina University’s Honors College, founded in 1997, was the first in North Carolina. The Honors College is a community of high-achieving students who participate in honors courses, special research with faculty, and social activities (planned by a student board). Open to all majors at WCU, the college accepts qualified new students (freshmen or transfers) and students already enrolled at Western. Accepted students are invited to live in the Honors Hall. Completion of honors work leads to a special diploma from The Honors College.

Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology. Bachelor of science with majors in construction management, electrical and computer engineering technology, engineering technology and special studies. Bachelor of science in electrical engineering wiht a major in electrical engineering. The electrical engineering program is a joint program with UNC-Charlotte.

The Academic Calendar


Western Carolina University operates on an academic year of two semesters of fifteen weeks each. Additionally, a full array of programs and activities is offered during the summer term. Day classes are scheduled Monday through Friday. Night and Saturday classes, usually meeting once a week, are available in Cullowhee, Asheville, Cherokee, and various other locations. Commencement exercises are held at the end of the fall and spring semesters.


Undergraduate Study at Western Carolina University

Hunter Library


The Hunter Library considers providing high quality service to students and faculty as its primary mission. Librarians provide both individualized research assistance and classroom instruction. The library is open more than 110 hours per week during the semester. The collections and services that support student and faculty research include:

  • Main book collection consisting of over 679,000 books and bound periodicals. This is augmented by the cooperative agreement with UNC Asheville and Appalachian State University through the use of a shared online catalog and delivery service. Students can readily borrow items from these other libraries and generally receive them in 2 days of less. The combined collection is approximately 1 million volumes.
  • 95+ electronic databases and 8,000+ electronic journals that can be accessed remotely
  • Free document delivery service that provides access to articles from approximately 25,000 journal titles that can be accessed remotely.
  • Electronic reserves collection that can be accessed remotely
  • 1,200 print journal subscriptions
  • Free interlibrary loan service for all students and faculty
  • Microfiche collection of 1.5 million pieces
  • Government documents providing access to over 227,000 government documents representing both the Federal government and the North Carolina government
  • Special Collections containing manuscript collections, books, photographs and other resources documenting the history of Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia, the history of the Cherokee Indians, and literary works and papers of Western North Carolina authors
  • The Map Room collection contains more than 122,000 sheet maps and an extensive collection of digital mapping data with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to support it
  • Media Collection, an extensive collection of CDs, videotapes, DVDs and other media in its Curriculum Materials Center (CMC)
  • Curriculum Materials also maintains collections of state-adopted textbooks, curriculum guides, children’s literature and other classroom instructional materials in support of the university’s professional education programs

Service and Research Centers


Faculty members and students participate in a wide range of service and research activity. The university’s service centers add impetus to the programs of the colleges and departments and provide significant assistance to the region in which the university is located.

Center for Mathematics and Science Education. The Center for Mathematics and Science Education in the College of Education and Allied Professions is one of eleven centers comprising the North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network. The purpose of the center and network is to improve mathematics and science instruction in public and private schools by providing instructional activities for teachers, and courses leading to certification in mathematics and/or science, and to conduct basic research.

Center for Rapid Product Realization. The mission of the Center for Rapid Product Realization is to match the Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology’s resources of laboratories, faculty and students with the needs of Western North Carolina. The goal of this engagement is to grow and transform the region’s economy, to enhance student learning through real project experience, and to improve the quality of life. The RAPID Center has special expertise in four areas: rapid prototyping, adaptive technology, intelligent sensors and optoelectronics. The Center also works through inter-institutional partnerships and this approach has lead to collaborative projects in photonics through Carolina’s Micro-Optics Triangle and the Carolinas Photonic Consortium. Faculty/student projects include improvements to wheelchairs, sensors to help persons with dementia, new products for the Christmas tree industry, rehabilitation devices for children and the elderly and sensors to study micro climate environments in the Smokey Mountains. Commercialization of technology is the central theme of these regional and statewide initiatives. To see more student/faculty projects and get more information on the Rapid Center’s laboratories, go to

Center for Service Learning. Service learning is a teaching/learning strategy that integrates community service with academic instruction and structured reflection in such a way that students gain further understanding of course content, meet needs identified by the community, develop career-related skills, and become responsible citizens. The award-winning Center for Service Learning engages students in many areas of the region to address social issues and meet local development needs. Each year, there are more than 100 courses with service-learning components, taught by approximately 75 faculty members, in every College/School of the University.

Center for the Support of Beginning Teachers (CSBT). The center addresses the need for an adequate supply of highly qualified teachers by supporting the professional development of beginning teachers and their transition to the classroom.

Department of Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits. Western is approved under the provisions of Title 38 United States Code, Chapter 36. Persons eligible and entitled under provisions of Chapters 30, 31, 32, 34, 35 and Section 901 and 903 and Title 10 United States Code, Chapters 1606 and 1607 may enroll in programs approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency. All inquiries concerning Veterans Affairs (V.A.) educational benefits should be addressed to the Veteran Affairs Certifying Officer, Military Education, 138 Camp Building, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723, telephone 828-227-7397.

Disability Services. The Office of Disability Services facilitates the determination of appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Accommodations are determined on an individual basis and may include but are not limited to housing accommodations, testing accommodations, sign-language interpreters, note takers, books in alternate formats, adaptive equipment and software, and priority registration. To receive services, students must submit current documentation of a disability. Disability counseling, career advisement, awareness activities, advocacy, and coaching are also available. Dr. Lance Alexis, Director, 828-227-2716. (

Highlands Biological Station. The Highlands Biological Station is a field station for biological research and education focused on southern Appalachian ecosystems and organisms. Since 1977 the Station has been an Inter-institutional Center of the University of North Carolina. Thirty-three regional colleges and universities participate in the Station’s programs as member institutions.

The station is located on the Blue Ridge Escarpment about 30 miles south of Cullowhee in the town of Highlands, North Carolina. The topography, latitude, and high rainfall of the area yields rich biotic and environmental diversity, making the Station an ideal locale for a variety of field studies. Its facilities are open to students and senior investigators engaged in research on the organisms and environments of the southern Appalachian region. Station facilities include housing (36 beds in several residences), a dining hall, well-equipped research space, and teaching classrooms and laboratories. The campus also includes the Highlands Nature Center, which offers educational exhibits and a diversity of public programs, and the Highlands Botanical Garden, which features a great many native plant species in a variety of southern Appalachian habitats.

The Station offers six courses each summer at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels. Limited financial aid is available for these courses. A grant-in-aid program also provides financial assistance to graduate students conducting thesis research on the biota of the region. Since 2001 the Station has hosted a fall semester-in-residence undergraduate program in cooperation with the Carolina Environmental Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. WCU students majoring in biology or environmental sciences are encouraged to apply to this unique program.

To learn more about the programs, courses, and research opportunities at the Highlands Biological Station, see our website ( or write to Dr. James T. Costa, Executive Director, Highlands Biological Station, 265 N. Sixth Street, Highlands, NC 28741.

Information Technology. Information Technology is responsible for providing technology assistance, information and services in support of Western’s mission and aspirations. These services include providing information resources to students, faculty, staff and administration to support teaching, learning, research, administrative and regional engagement efforts. Information Technology provides advice, planning and technical guidance for the appropriate use of technology in support of the university’s educational endeavor. Information Technology is located in various campus buildings with assistance available at many of Western’s facilities beyond the Cullowhee campus. The university is an active member of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

Information Technology has over 60 staff and is comprised of the following units: Applications Programming, Educational Technologies, Information Technology Services, Networking and Communications, Systems and Operations, Technology Service Center and Web Services. The University uses a state-of-the-art administrative system that allows students and faculty to do virtually all of their business with the university, such as register for courses or post grades, online. All students receive a WCU email account that allows them to communicate with their peers, faculty members, and university offices. The My Cat portal is the primary tool used by students to access email and other campus and course related information. WebCat, based upon the WebCT Vista software, is the primary instructional delivery system in support of traditional classroom and online courses.

There are over 3,000 microcomputers in offices, classrooms, and lab facilities all with connections to high speed broadband networks. Students enjoy high-speed network connectivity from their residence hall rooms, with two ports per room, or from the wireless network available throughout the Cullowhee campus. There are four general student computer lab facilities which are open at least eighty hours per week. The lab located in Hunter Library is open 24 hours from Sunday afternoon through Friday night during fall and spring semesters. Users may call the Information Technology Help Desk at 227-7ITS (227-7487) or 866-WCU-7ITS (866-928-7487) to request assistance with any Information Technology service or resource. Faculty routinely work with the Coulter Faculty Center to integrate technology into their teaching activities.

Information Technology supports both Windows and Macintosh operating systems along with various software applications including a focus on Microsoft Office products. Office products are provided for faculty, staff and students along with the Windows operating system. Many software packages are centrally licensed with a limited number of licenses available in labs and classrooms. Statistical packages include SPSS, Minitab for Windows and SAS which is provided by a grant by the SAS Institute. Other specialized software found in labs include digital media editing, geographical information system, and engineering design programs. Information Technology also provides computer virus protection software to all faculty, staff and students and is committed to keeping computers safe, secure and current in a highly networked campus computing environment.

The campus network interconnects with the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), which provides Western access to interactive videoconferencing as well as a very high speed network path to the Internet (655-megabit). IT’s Web Services unit supports the WCU Web site at and provides the campus with Web publishing assistance by providing departmental access to the Red Dot Content Management System. The Information Technology Web site at provides a variety of useful technology information and self-help resources as well as links for downloading software and accessing computer purchasing information.

Mountain Heritage Center. The center collects, interprets, and disseminates knowledge about the southern Appalachian region and its people. Its research and artifact collections promote public awareness of the region’s rich natural and cultural heritage using publications, exhibitions, and demonstrations presented both on campus and throughout western North Carolina. The center also collaborates with public schools in preparing programs for educational enrichment and provides a learning experience for university students through internships.

Myron L. Coulter Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The Coulter Faculty Center provides services designed to assist and support all part and full-time faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants in seeking, achieving and maintaining excellence in their teaching. Training and guidance is available for those who wish to use instructional technology in their teaching. The center also sponsors workshops, presentations, faculty teams, and other activities and events designed to encourage instructors to talk and reflect about effective teaching and exchange creative ideas for enriching student learning. The Center’s web site is located at and includes a GTA page. <>

Activities and services most relevant for GTAs include:

  • consultation on course syllabi, course development, teaching goals, active learning, and applications of instructional technology
  • Faculty Sandbox <>, a place where faculty and GTAs can develop instructional materials via computer
  • The GATE Program, (Graduate Assistant Teaching Experience), a program designed to enhance the graduate experience by providing a thoughtful and thorough preparation in the art of teaching.
  • computer classroom orientation and training
  • Schedule <> of semester presentations and workshops
  • Videotaping of classes upon request
  • Training in the use of WebCT to enhance classroom courses
  • Faculty Forum <>, a monthly publication featuring evocative opinion pieces of WCU faculty
  • MountainRise, an eJournal on the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Renaissance of Teaching and Learning Booklet Series published each semester
  • a lending library of professional literature on college teaching that is located in Hunter Library 240

The Coulter Faculty Center can be reached at 828-227-7196.

New Student Orientation. To make the transition to college life easier, Western offers orientation programs for new students and their families. Students attending orientation have a chance to meet other new students, talk to their professional academic adviser, and register for their classes. Orientation is the time for students and family members to become familiar with the academic demands of the university, to meet the faculty, and to learn more about the concerns that accompany campus life. For more information, call 828-227-7087.

School-University Teacher Education Partnership (SUTEP). SUTEP is actively engaged with more than 100 schools in 18 different school districts and has processes in place to identify and deal with the educational issues facing the southwestern part of our site.

Office of Special Programs/Teaching Fellows Program. The Office of Special Programs/Teaching Fellows Program in the College of Education and Allied Professions assists in organizing special events in the college (e.g., student recruitment activities, scholarship awards) and coordinates the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program for the university.

Southern Appalachian Biodiversity and Ecology Center (SABEC). Faculty and students in Biology and Natural Resources Conservation and Management collaborate with Highlands Biological Station, regional groups, and public schools in education, research, and outreach focused on ecology and biotic diversity in the mountain ecosystems of western North Carolina and surrounding areas.

Speech and Hearing Clinic. The Speech and Hearing Clinic’s (SHC) fundamental mission is to provide quality clinical education for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in the discipline of communication disorders. As a critical adjunct, the SHC provides diagnostic, treatment, and consultative services to citizens with known or suspected speech, language, and/or hearing disorders in its catchment area of western North Carolina. The SHC also strives to serve as a community resource for allied professionals and agencies requiring information about human communication and its disorders. The center derives its strength from a combined academic/clinical orientation that directly fosters the delivery of state-of- the-art services. The SHC’s services are available to persons of all ages. In addition to traditional speech/language/hearing services, the SHC offers the following:

  • hearing aid evaluation and dispensing
  • otoacoustic emission diagnostic testing
  • brain stem evoked response screening for newborns
  • augmentative communication evaluation
  • interdisciplinary evaluation
  • assistance with assistive technology
  • training on various topics related to communication disorders

Student Support Services (www.wcu/cap/sss/sss.html) is a comprehensive academic support program which assists eligible students in choosing and working toward their academic, career, and personal goals with programs tailored to meet individual needs. Services include academic advising, career and personal counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and services for students with disabilities. For those students who qualify, all services are free. To be eligible, participants must meet one of the following criteria: they are first generation college students; OR they meet U.S. Department of Education income guidelines; OR they have a documented disability.

Student Technology Assistance Center. The Student Technology Assistance Center offers assistance to students based on their individual needs. Students needing help with word processing, spread sheets, databases, electronic presentations, campus network tools (such as WIN, MyCat, VAX/VMS, etc.), or the Internet (such as web browsers, web page design assistance, newsgroups, e-mail, chat, etc.), can stop by or call for an appointment. Although appointments are not required, they can be beneficial for the student by ensuring one-on-one appointment time. Check the Web site at for more information and for dates and times of workshops.

Teacher Placement Service. Placement services are available to all teacher education graduates and alumni who seek employment in the field of education through Career Services, Killian Annex.

Western’s Regional Service Center of the SBTDC. The Center assists small businesses, both existing and start-ups, to become more effective and profitable. Its staff works with hundreds of businesses annually in the AdvantageWest Region. In addition to its primary service role, the SBTDC assists WCU’s faculty in finding sites and clients for engagement and service learning activities. For example, in 2006, the SBTDC helped place 94 students with 32 clients for 4,865 hours of service.

Academic Advising Center


The Advising Center works with all newly admitted students in academic advising, course scheduling, and selection of a major. Upon the declaration of a major, students are advised in their academic department; however, their academic advisor in the Advising Center will continue to work with them in areas of university policy and personal academic advising as well as offering programs for students in academic difficulty. Additionally, the Advising Center works closely with the Career Services/Cooperative Education Office to assist students with career planning.


Academic Success Centers


The academic success centers at the university consist of the Writing Center, the Mathematics Tutoring Center, and the Catamount Academic Tutoring (CAT) Center. Tutoring services are available during fall, spring, and summer terms and are offered to enrolled students without charge.

Career Services/Cooperative Education Office. The Career Services/Cooerative Education Office is multi-faceted and student service oriented. We are committed to providing up-to-date services which: assist in career/major decision-making; promote career experiences, and job search learning; and then facilitate contact with employers and graduate schools.

Activities/services include the following:

* On campus student employment (
* 4 on-line, web accessible job listings programs
* individual conferences with career counselors
* vocational and interest testing, both on-line and in person
* cooperative education and internship programs
* resume and cover letter critiquing service
* an on-line mock interview program
* a career library with a university-wide computer aided career guidance program
* career events (18)

The Career Services Cooperative Education Office is located on the 2nd Floor Killian Annex. For more information (

Catamount Academic Tutoring Center. The Catamount Academic Tutoring Center is designed to ensure the academic success of all Western Carolina University students by offering free peer tutoring, workshops, and other resources to improve learning in a variety of subjects. Trained peer tutors facilitate small-group sessions for most 100 and 200-level classes. Tutors offer strategies for effective study and efficient time management, and they facilitate collaborative groups in which each student is involved with actively exploring and learning the material. Visit the CAT Center website a ( or call 828-227-2274 to schedule a tutoring session or to learn more about workshop offerings in areas such as time management, note taking, goal setting, and exam preparation.

International Programs and Services. The Office of International Programs and Services (IPS) serves WCU students, faculty and staff in a variety of areas, such as: Study Abroad Programs, International Student Services, Faculty-led Travel Courses, International Faculty Visas, and the Intensive English Program.  WCU students and faculty can participate on exchanges through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), the University of North Carolina Exchange Program (UNC-EP), and WCU bilateral exchange program.  IPS provides on-campus orientation, visa documents and counseling, student support services, and Host Family Association for international degree-seeking and exchange students.  Faculty-led travel courses are coordinated through IPS, as well as all international faculty and visiting scholar visas, including the J-1, H-1B and PERM visas. The Intensive English Program (IEP) attracts students wishing to improve their English competencies before beginning college level courses. IPS also coordinates and supports many types of international programs and activities, such as, the K-12 International Outreach Program to the public schools; Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars; the Asian language program; international university linkages; International Education Week activities; International Festival; the Study Abroad Fair; Diversity Week; and International Women’s Day. More information is available at (828) 227-7494.

Mathematics Tutoring Center. The Mathematics Tutoring Center provides tutoring in all lower-division mathematics courses and computer science classes, and can assist with mathematical content in courses outside the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. Student peer tutors and graduate assistants are available on a drop-in basis to provide assistance with homework, review concepts, help with math study skills and exam preparation, and answer questions about math courses. Individual, regularly scheduled tutoring appointments can be arranged. The center offers workshops on strategies for success in the study of mathematics and the use of graphing calculators, and has a library of supplementary textbooks for student use. Visit the center’s web site at http:// or call 828-227-2300 for information.

Testing Services. The Office of Professional Examinations (OPE) oversees administrations of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE subject tests only), the Praxis Series, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), ACT, Law School Admission Test, and the National Counselor Examination. Visit the Website at for registration and exam-preparation information.

For information about the Miller Analogies Test, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Institutional SAT, or the verbal portion of the SAT (for pre-nursing students), call 227-3264.

Writing Center. Graduate assistants collaborate with students of all class levels and majors on their writing assignments, including but not limited to annotated bibliographies, abstracts, essays, critiques, research papers, creative writing projects, political science portfolio writing samples, and business management portfolios.

Always beginning with writers’ ideas, graduate tutors help writers with brainstorming, prewriting, drafting, and revising. By offering writers workable strategies, tutors move clients toward increased competence and confidence. In addition to one-on-one collaborative help, the center offers numerous handouts tailored to specific academic writing needs. Visit the Web site at for hours, writing resources, distance education resources, staff information, and helpful links. To make an appointment, call 828-227-7197. Visit the center in Hunter 161.

Educational Outreach


Through the Division of Educational Outreach, the teaching resources of the university are made available to the residents of the region and the state. The division promotes and coordinates noncredit and off-site credit courses and programs and manages distance learning offerings. Many workshops, institutes, conferences, seminars, and short courses are available for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit.

Western Carolina University Programs in Asheville-Resident Campus. Western Carolina University offers a broad range of instruction at the graduate level and a limited number of advanced undergraduate degree programs in specialized areas in Asheville. The programs of instruction, intended primarily for the adult professional student, are taught late afternoons, evenings and weekends. Western Carolina utilizes the educational facilities and resources of the University of North Carolina at Asheville and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Western’s graduate programs are affiliated with the Asheville Graduate Center.

The graduate programs offered in Asheville include: accountancy (MAC); business administration (MBA); college student personnel (MEd); community college teaching (MAEd); comprehensive education with concentrations in birth-kindergarten education (MAEd, MAT), elementary education (MAEd), English education (MAEd, MAT), math education (MAEd, MAT), middle grades education (MAEd, MAT), , Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MA, MAEd, MAT), and special education (MAEd, MAT); community counseling (MS); educational leadership (EdS, EdD); English (MA); health sciences (MHS); mathematics (MS); nursing (MS-N); public affairs (MPA); school counseling (MAEd); and technology (MS); Students enrolled in the counseling and certain secondary education and community college teaching programs will enroll in some coursework offered only in Cullowhee.

Through inter-institutional agreements with the University of North Carolina at Asheville and North Carolina community colleges, a program is available to students in Asheville leading to the bachelor of science in nursing degree from Western Carolina University. Students enrolled in this program would complete the first two years of liberal studies and science prerequisites at a local institution, the junior year of study on the Cullowhee campus, and the senior year of study in Asheville. Registered nurses who are graduates of an associate degree or diploma program can complete all remaining requirements for the bachelor’s degree online. Also, through an inter-institutional partnership with Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, most of the course requirements for a bachelor of science degree in engineering technology is offered.

Western Carolina University administers its programs in Asheville through a staff whose offices are located in Room 120, Karpen Hall, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Additional information is available from WCU Programs in Asheville, 120 Karpen Hall, CPO #2160, UNCA, Asheville, North Carolina 28804-3299, telephone # 828-251-6642 or 828-227-7423,

Western Carolina University Department of Nursing is located on the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, 1459 Sand Hill Rd., Candler, NC 28715, telephone # 828-670-8810.

Western Carolina University Center in Cherokee. The Western Carolina University Center in Cherokee was established in 1975 in cooperation with the tribal government of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. The center offers pre-admissions counseling, academic advisement, financial aid, and study skills development services in addition to courses leading toward academic degrees and non-credit courses. The center serves Cherokee and the surrounding communities and is available to all of the people of the region. The office for the Cherokee Center is located on Acquoni Road, 828-497-7920, across from the Cherokee High School.

Distance Learning. Division of Educational Outreach collaborates with the academic colleges, Information Technology, university student service units, community colleges and businesses to provide programs to distance learners. Distance learning extends the boundaries of the university by using a variety of telecommunications technologies such as videoconferencing, computer conferencing, web-enhancement, and online delivery of courses. There are occasions when students may meet in a regular classroom setting or on Saturdays for clinical activities at distant sites. Distance learners may be required to attend an orientation on the campus of Western Carolina University or at an outreach site.

The University Experience Course. The University Experience course introduces students to the online learning environment using WebCAT. The course focuses on online student services, helps students develop specific skills necessary for success in an online course, and creates a community of learners. The course was developed to serve students enrolled in distance learning programs or students enrolled in special offerings delivered in partnership with the Division of Educational Outreach.

The Graduate Experience course (UE 501) introduces students to the online learning environment using WebCAT. The course focuses on online services, develops specific skills for success in Graduate School, and creates a community of learners. The course serves new graduate students. Contact your program advisor for information on scheduled offerings. Contact your program advisor for information on scheduled offerings.

Military Education. Western Carolina University’s Office of Military Education provides support and guidance to students who are serving, or have served, in the military at any capacity. This support and guidance is provided from the point of inquiry through graduation, and it is extended to the family members of these students. In order to ensure that military students and their family members are receiving prompt service and accurate information, the Office of Military Education coordinates regulary with the Advising Center, and with the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, the Registrar, Financial Aid, Residential Living, and the Graduate School. The Office of Military Education also works frequently with on and off campus government and private agencies, including Western Carolina’s Counseling Center, the Veterans Administration Hospital in Asheville, the American Council on Education, the Servicemembers Opportunity College, NC county Veterans Service’s Officers, and various volunteer and non-profit veteran support organizations. These working relationships allow the Office of Military Education to provide solid support to military students on a wide range of issues, including transfer credit, credit for training and experience, use of GI Bill and military tuition assistance benefits, residential living, acclimation to university living, and other issues that affect military students. Increasingly, Western Carolina University is earning the distinction of being “military friendly”.

Alpha Sigma Lambda and Malcolm J. Loughlin Scholarship. Alpha Sigma Lambda is the premier national honor society for adult learners. The Society was founded in 1946 as a way to recognize the academic success of adult students, many of whom achieved academic excellence while juggling the responsibilities of work, home and family. Western Carolina University became the 300 th chapter of the society in 2004.

The scholarship was established in recognition of the many contributions of Malcolm Loughlin, to the university, the division, and the community of students for whom he served as a teacher, mentor, and friend. The scholarship is presented to an adult student in his/her junior year that has demonstrated attributes consistent with those of Malcolm and has met the academic standards worthy of induction into Alpha Sigma Lambda. Special consideration is given to global perspective and community outreach activities of the scholarship candidates.

Summer Sessions. A full summer academic program at the graduate and undergraduate levels is offered in Cullowhee, Asheville and on-line. Special short courses, workshops, and institutes in a number of subjects are available at these locations and in Cherokee. Visit the website at for more information.

The Outreach Center. The division manages a conference and training center, which is equipped with classrooms, computer labs, and interactive video facilities. The center serves businesses, agencies, and schools in Western North Carolina with continuing professional education workshops and retreats. 

Conferences. The division provides support for educational conferences, camps and special events and is the facilitator of faculty led conferences on campus. Several annual conferences are held each year on campus with expert faculty from Western Carolina University and from throughout the U.S. Experienced staff can help develop budgets; assist in program planning; secure appropriate facilities; arrange for lodging, meals, banquets, and tours; provide brochure design, printing, and mailing service; handle registrations; and manage financial details. Conference participants may be housed in campus facilities or off-campus commercial settings depending on the university calendar and the preference of sponsors.

Continuing Professional Education. With the rapid explosion of new knowledge and technologies, up-to-date information is vital for today’s professional. A wide range of opportunities is available for continued learning in many fields. These include both online and face to face opportunities. There are non-credit opportunities for recertification or certification in a variety of fields including nursing, project management, and drug and alcohol. Programs can be tailored to meet specific organizational needs and to assist in corporate training efforts at any site.

Listener’s Program. The Listener’s Program provides persons who are not currently enrolled in a college or a university the opportunity to attend selected undergraduate-level classes on a noncredit basis. Information about specific eligibility, courses, conditions of class attendance, and permits is available from the Division of Educational Outreach.

Speaker’s Bureau. The Speaker’s Bureau represents administrators, faculty, and staff from all areas of the university who are prepared to share their knowledge and experience with organizations in the region. These individuals are available to provide stimulating programs to corporate or community groups. Arrangements to schedule a speaker should be made through the Division of Educational Outreach.

Other Offices and Services


Research Administration. Research and Graduate Studies/Research Administration serves as the official source of information about contract and grant possibilities and is the office through which all members of faculty and staff channel their proposals for university approval. The research administration staff assists faculty, staff, and students in the preparation of proposals.

Office of Institutional Research and Planning . The Office of Institutional Research and Planning is responsible for coordinating university strategic planning and assessment activities, conducting institutional research, assisting university departments with surveys, and providing university statistical information requested by other agencies. The office is responsible for the publication of the University’s Fact Book.

Division of Advancement and External Affairs


The Division of Advancement and External Affairs is responsible for the University’s comprehensive public relations, publications, and institutional marketing programs, including communications, promotions, imaging, and positioning; alumni affairs; and development of private financial resources beyond state appropriations. The division supports student recruitment and serves as liaison with regional, state, and national organizations and government agencies.

The division includes the offices of Public Relations, Development, Alumni Affairs, and Regional Affairs; and the Mountain Heritage Center. The division administratively houses the Western Carolina University Foundation, chartered in 1971 to promote University goals and private-sector fund-raising.

Foundation. The Western Carolina University Foundation is the primary volunteer organization engaged in cultivating and directing significant private resources to the University.

Office of Public Relations. The Office of Public Relations is responsible for the administration of U niversity programs in public information , promotions, marketing, publications, and web-based public information services. It is the liaison between University personnel and the news media, including newspapers, radio and television stations, and coordinates the planning, design, and production of all University publications, exhibits, and displays, including those in electronic formats. It is responsible for producing or arranging for production of all University film, video, electronic media, and slide-tape presentations intended for the public. Additional information concerning development of University publications may be found in Section 7.05.

Office of Development. University Policy #55 assigns the Office of Development responsibility for private-sector fund-raising on behalf of University units and programs. The Office of Development receives, records, receipts, and acknowledges all private gifts to the University; conducts annual fundraising activities for support of academic and other programs; and guides and coordinates the systematic pursuit of major and planned gifts. Any fundraising activities for voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, or philanthropic agencies conducted on behalf of the University or any unit therof must be coordinated through the Office of Development.

Office of Alumni Affairs. The Office of Alumni Affairs maintains all alumni records; organizes and coordinates meetings of alumni groups, alumni reunions, and alumni homecoming activities; works directly with the Board of Directors of the Western alumni associations and Western clubs (alumni chapters); assists with publications for alumni; and generally serves as a communications link and support structure for alumni.

Office of Regional Affairs. The Office of Regional Affairs serves as the University’s liaison with local, regional, state, and federal governments and agencies and with regional civic and economic development organizations. The office seeks to enhance relationships and partnerships with public and private entities, supports initiatives to secure public agency funding and legislative priorities, and focuses on local and regional economic development.

Mountain Heritage Center. The center collects, interprets, and disseminates knowledge about the southern Appalachian region and its people. The center’s research and artifact collections promote public awareness of the region’s rich natural and cultural heritage using publications, exhibitions, presentations, and demonstrations presented both on campus and throughout Western North Carolina. The center also collaborates with public schools in preparing programs for educational enrichment and provides a learning experience for university students through internships, work study, and co-op opportunities.

Office of Publications. The Office of Publications creates creative, concise communications tools for the purpose of increasing awareness of and appreciation for the University’s numerous programs and partnerships.

North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching


The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) was established by the General Assembly of North Carolina in 1985 as a statewide center to recognize and support outstanding North Carolina pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade public school teachers and to enhance teaching as an art and profession with the ultimate goal being the retention of high quality teachers in the classroom.  A center of The University of North Carolina, NCCAT is governed by a board of trustees, and its programs and activities are conducted by a professional staff of faculty and administrators.

Undergraduate Student Life and Services


Services are provided at Western Carolina University to further each student’s academic and social development. The Division of Student Affairs has general responsibility in this area, and its functions include providing comfortable housing, offering counseling services and health care, and enhancing the college environment with recreational and leadership activities. The Division’s website is available at

On-Line WCU Student Handbook

Available at, the WCU Student Handbook provides convenient links to Western Carolina University policies, procedures, and support for students, as well as general information about the University, and much more. The Student Handbook supplements the information found in this catalog.


Residential Living


The university’s residence halls are an integral part of campus life, offering a variety of experiences that contribute to intellectual, personal, and social development. The residence halls are staffed by Resident Directors and professionals responsible for both the residential community as well as each student’s personal growth and development.

The residence halls are open to all students, undergraduate and graduate, to the extent available. Freshmen and some transfer students are required to live on campus. This requirement may be waived if the student is married or lives with parents in a county contiguous to Jackson County. For full details regarding the residency requirement, please read University Policy #96 at

A variety of accommodations are available including, private and double rooms , suite style buildings, graduate housing, and married student housing. Each room is furnished with computer data ports, single beds, study desks, chairs, dressers, and closets. Students provide their own pillows, bed linens, towels, lamps, clocks, wastebaskets, and telephones. (A list of suggested items to bring can be found on the Residential Living website.) Cable television is provided in student rooms, as well as designated public areas. Other amenities include vending machines, washers, and dryers. Mail service is provided to all residential students at the Student Mail Center located in the University Center. Mailing addresses are assigned by the Department of Residential Living and will be provided when students receive housing assignments.

Please visit to learn much more about Residential Living and life in the residence halls at Western Carolina University.

Off-Campus Housing

Students that are eligible under University Policy #96 to live off-campus and choose to do so, are responsible for making those arrangements and the associated obligations. While the University does not endorse any off-campus housing, an on-line service is available to help University community members explore off-campus options:


Dining Services


Please review the Dining Services website at for comprehensive information about eating on-campus.

Food service may not be provided when dining locations are closed during holidays and other periods when the university is not in session.

Students living in university residence halls are required to purchase a campus meal plan each semester. Participation in a food service plan is optional for commuting students. Special dietary requirements are accommodated by contacting WCU Dining at 227-7396.


Student Activities and Services


A variety of programs, activities, and services identified with everyday living are available on campus. Students are encouraged to choose and participate in co-curricular activities wisely and balance them with their academic endeavors. The student activity fee helps to support many of these activities and services as well as a number of cultural programs. The fee also supports the campus media including the radio station, newspaper, literary magazine, and student television station.

Student organizations are recognized as an important part of the educational process. More than two hundred recognized campus organizations provide students opportunities to explore their religious, political, professional, social, or special interests and to be recognized for their academic and personal achievements. Learn more about the ways students can get involved on-line at

Student Government. The Student Government Association (SGA) is an active, vital part of the university community. Each student has the right to vote in all student elections and may participate in SGA by running for office or by applying for an appointed position. The SGA appoints voting members to various University committees, and the president of SGA is a member of the University’s Board of Trustees. Visit the SGA website at for more information.

A.K. Hinds University Center. The University Center (UC) is your gateway to involvement at WCU! From programs and student organizations to dining options and conference rooms, the UC is the central facility for student participation! The UC provides a wide range of services, programs, and organizations aimed to improve student involvement and to provide a well-rounded collegiate experience for students. The A.K. Hinds University Center provides an inclusive student-centered community that supports and encourages student learning, leadership opportunities, personal development, and active learning, in a caring atmosphere.

Named for the late Anthony Keith Hinds, former dean and professor of mathematics at WCU, the University Center is the hub of student social life on campus. The UC features a two-story atrium, meeting rooms, a grand ballroom, a 170-seat movie theater, Club Illusions, Catamount Clothing, a food court, and the student mailroom. The additional space also includes the Intercultural Center, as well as the Center for Student Involvement with offices, workspace, and conference rooms for student clubs and organizations. Also a vital part of the UC is the Student Media Center, located in the historic Old Student Union, which houses student-run media groups that include radio, newspaper, television and literary magazines. The UC also works with the student leaders of Last Minute Productions (LMP) and Arts and Cultural Events (ACE) to provide student initiated programming for the entire campus. These groups work to bring concerts, speakers and a variety of performers to the campus community. The UC website is available at:

Base Camp Cullowhee. Although Base Camp Cullowhee (BCC) is not located in the University Center, BCC is a part of the UC and has a vital role in the UC’s mission. Located in Brown Hall, Base Camp Cullowhee provides great opportunities for outdoor fun and leadership as well. BCC also offers an excellent outdoor experience and has a great rental program that provides students with equipment for camping, rafting, climbing and other outdoor experiences. For more detailed information, visit the BCC website:

Center for Leadership. Located in the Center for Student Involvement on the third Floor of the A.K. Hinds University Center, the Center for Leadership is the home of the university’s “WE LEAD” program and The Leadership Institute and offers our students the greatest opportunity on campus to shape their college experience.

The Center for Leadership is committed to providing students with opportunities to continually enhance their leadership skills and interests. Through our curricular and co-curricular programs, WCU students will be exposed to a variety of leadership skills that will carry with them throughout their lives. To further develop their skills set, our student leaders will experience advanced leadership opportunities and be exposed to additional resources that can be used in their daily lives or within their personal/professional leadership positions.

In addition, the Center for Leadership is home to over 30 leadership development courses (LEAD) and the Leadership Minor. WCU is one of a select few colleges or universities that offer a Minor in Leadership. The Leadership Minor consists of a total of 18 credit hours (9 credit hour of elective courses and 9 required credit hours).

More information about the Center for Leadership and the Leadership Minor is available on-line:

Greek Life. Located in the UC’s Center for Student Involvement, Greek Life works with the national Greek letter student organizations at WCU. More information about Greek Life and joining a fraternity or sorority is available on-line:

Campus Recreation and Wellness. The mission of the Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness is to create a campus-wide culture of wellness by providing programs, services, and facilities for individuals to engage and sustain the active process of healthy living.

Located in the 73,000 square foot Campus Recreation Center (CRC), our goal is to offer a wide range of quality facilities and programs that will support the university community in achieving a balanced quality of life. The CRC is home to the campus intramurals program as well as club sports. Please visit our website for current information about Campus Recreation and Wellness:

Athletics. Western Carolina University is a NCAA Division I institution with membership in the Southern Conference. With over 300 student athletes competing in 16 sports, WCU students have many opportunities to support their Catamounts. The mandatory Athletic Fee provides support for WCU Athletics and so students have free tickets to all Athletic events. More information about Catamount Athletics is available on the official website:

University Health Services. The mission of Western Carolina University Health Services is to meet the healthcare needs of the academic community and to enhance the physical, psychological, environmental and health education needs of the WCU campus community. The staff includes physicians, physicians’ assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and a laboratory technician. Additionally, the Health Service administers a student-run ambulance service that allows for on-campus coverage for emergencies. Specialty services offered include a women’s health clinic, allergy and immunization clinic, and some limited pharmacy services.

The mandatory Student Health Fee supports University Health Services, however some procedures require additional charges. WCU is part of the University of North Carolina System which requires all students to provide proof of immunizations and health insurance coverage. A student’s registration status may be held until these requirements are met. Students that do not have health insurance coverage are required to participate in the UNC System-sponsored health insurance plan.

More information about Health Services and the health insurance requirements are available on-line at

Counseling and Psychological Services. Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) offers many services to assist students, staff and faculty. CPS staff are available to help when problems arise or provide assistance in a crisis, but also work to promote healthy life styles and prevention through programs, training, and consultation. We work with many healthy, smart, and resilient students who chose to use our professional services to gain new insights, solve problems, and tap into personal resources for continued health and well-being. Please review the CPS website at for more information about our services.

Career Services/Cooperative Education Office. The Career Services/Cooperative Education Office is multi-faceted and student service oriented. We are committed to providing up-to-date services which: assist in career/major decision-making; promote career experiences, and job search learning; and then facilitate contact with employers and graduate schools.

Activities/services include the following:

On campus student employment (
4 on-line, web accessible job listings programs
individual conferences with career counselors
vocational and interest testing, both on-line and in person
cooperative education and internship programs
resume and cover letter critiquing service
an on-line mock interview program
a career library with a university-wide computer aided career guidance program
career events (18)
The Career Services Cooperative Education Office is located on the 2nd Floor Killian Annex. For more information (

Intercultural Affairs. The departments of Multicultural Affairs and the Women’s Center have merged to become the Department of Intercultural Affairs (ICA). This reorganization provides students with more opportunities to connect, and ensures an ongoing collaboration of programs and services to better meet the needs of our students, campus and surrounding communities. Intercultural Affairs sponsors programs during nationally recognized celebratory months to highlight some of the many cultures represented in the campus community. ICA staff serves as a resource, advocate and foundation of support for the Western Carolina community on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and tolerance for differences. Located in the University Center, Intercultural Affairs is a resource for all WCU students. WCU’s Diversity Initiatives website is at and highlights many of Intercultural Affairs programs and services.

Ramsey Regional Activity Center. Western North Carolina’s most versatile entertainment complex, the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center provides quality programming for the entire community. The 8,000 seat arena hosts major concerts, national touring acts, commencement and Catamount basketball and volleyball. Student tickets to major events are often available at a discount.

The arena, concourse, meeting rooms, outdoor patios, and other reservable spaces are available to the public for banquets, trade shows, conferences and meetings. Students may utilize the Ramsey Center’s full line of event services including event planning, equipment reservations, and room set-ups.

The Ramsey Center offers opportunities to enjoy regular fitness activity. Students have free access to five racquetball courts, two basketball courts, walking or jogging around the concourse, and a lighted outdoor rollerblade and skateboard area.

Students play a major role in the operation of the Ramsey Center. Student managers keep the Ramsey Center open for activity during evenings and weekends. Stage crew, lighting operators, and promotion and event staff help with concerts and other major productions. Utility crew and office assistants work closely with staff to handle day-do-day operations. Ramsey Center team members work flexible hours; gain leadership experience; and develop communication, teamwork, and time management skills.

For more information about the Ramsey Center and its programs and services, go online to

Center for Service Learning. The mission of the Center for Service Learning at Western Carolina University is to promote service learning as a special form of experiential education whereby students engage in organized activities designed to enhance their understanding of course content, meet community needs, develop career-related skills, and become responsible citizens. The Center will organize and manage a comprehensive program in collaboration with faculty, administrators, staff, students, and community partners to encourage academic excellence, promote student and faculty engagement, and foster civic responsibility. The Center for Service Learning is a clearinghouse of opportunities for service to the community. More than 90 community agencies provide service sites for students. For more information contact Dr. Glenn Bowen, Director, at (828) 227-3059 or visit our website at


WCU Community Creed and the Code of Student Conduct


The Department of Student Community Ethics (DSCE) works with the University community to educate students about their rights and responsibilities as stated in the Western Carolina Creed, the Student Handbook and the Code of Student Conduct. DSCE works to help students and organizations who violate University living and learning expectations become more responsible members of the Western Carolina University Community. DSCE also collaborates with academic leaders and public safety officials to help keep our campus community safe and welcoming to everyone in this community. The DSCE facilitates education about the Western Carolina University Community Creed:

Western Carolina University Community Creed

Creed: a system of beliefs, principles, and aspirations

• I will practice personal and academic integrity.
• I will respect the dignity and rights of all persons.
• I will demonstrate concern for others and live up to my community responsibilities.
• I will engage myself in the arts, culture and intellectual life of my University.
• I will celebrate and take pride in Western Carolina University.

The WCU Community Creed also serves as the basis for the Code of Student Conduct. All students are held accountable to the principles expressed in the Community Creed and the standards for behavior found in the Code.

The DSCE website is found at and includes important information about the Community Creed, alcohol and drug education, as well as student rights and responsibilities under the WCU Code of Student Conduct.

 Campus Safety Report and Emergency Preparedness


Western Carolina University Police work to keep the campus community safe and help prepare the campus for emergencies. An annual safety report is posted on-line at and in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (formerly the Campus Security Act). A link to an Emergency Information website is included at the bottom of all WCU web pages or can be opened at for details on campus preparedness and emergency notification systems. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to carefully review this information.

 WCU Campus Police and Law Enforcement


The University Police department is responsible for providing law enforcement, criminal investigation, and protective services on campus. University Police officers are certified by the N.C. Attorney General’s Office and meet all standards set by the Attorney General for law enforcement officers in this state.

All crimes that occur on the campus of WCU should be reported to the University Police Department. Emergencies should be reported by dialing 911 from a University telephone or by dialing 828-227-7301 from your cellular telephone; non-emergencies may also be reported by dialing 828-227-7301. Reports for crimes may be filed by visiting the University Police Department, located in the Camp Building Annex, or by contacting an officer on patrol. Officers may also be summoned for emergencies by activating any of the emergency blue-light callboxes which are placed at various locations throughout campus. Information regarding crime reports, statistics and prevention programs is available at the University Police department and website.

Traffic and Parking. The University Police department is responsible for the administration of Western’s parking system, vehicle registration, and traffic and parking regulations enforcement. State statutes provide that campus traffic and parking regulations have the full-authority of law, and violators may be subject to the penalties such law prescribes.

Everyone parking a vehicle on campus must register that vehicle with the Parking Services Office and display a current decal on that vehicle. Visitors who park a vehicle on campus less than three days per semester do not need to register their vehicle. Parking and traffic regulations literature is made available in the Parking Services Office, located in the Outreach Center Annex. These same regulations are made available on-line at

The Parking, Traffic, and Safety Committee, composed of students, faculty, and staff, functions as an appellate board for faculty and staff members wishing to contest parking citations that they have received. Appeals concerning student violations are heard by a similar SGA appellate committee. The faculty and staff parking citation appeal form is available in the Parking Services Office. The student parking citation appeal form is available online at For more information, contact the University Parking Services Office at 828-227-7275 (PARK).

Shuttle Bus System (CAT-TRAN). The shuttle bus system, or Cat-Tran, is operated through the University Police Department. Cat-Tran provides shuttle service according to prescribed routes throughout the semester during day class hours. Reduced shuttle service is available during evening, weekend, and summer hours. The Cat-Tran does not operate during holidays, spring or fall breaks, or semester breaks. The Cat-Tran buses are used for the daily shuttle routes and are not available for special event or group use. For information regarding routes, hours of operation, or other issues, please visit the Cat-Tran web site at or call the Cat-Tran office at 828-227-8726 (TRAN).



 Other Services and Facilites


Teacher Placement Service. Placement services are available to all teacher education graduates and alumni who seek employment in the field of education through Career Services, Killian Annex.

Department of Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits. Western Carolina University is approved under the provisions of Title 38 United States Code, Chapter 36. Persons eligible and entitled under provisions of Chapters 30, 31, 32, 34, 35 and Section 901 and 903 and Title 10 United States Code, Chapters 1606 and 1607 may enroll in programs approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency. All inquiries concerning Veterans Affairs (V.A.) educational benefits should be addressed to the Veteran Affairs Certifying Officer, Office of the Registrar, Killian Annex, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723, telephone 828-227-7216.

International Student Services. The International Student Advisor assists international students with their transition to a U.S. university culture in a western North Carolina community by providing and sponsoring orientation programming, visa issuance and counseling, international activities, and community outreach activities. For more information, contact (828) 227-7494.

Student Support Services (www.wcu/cap/sss/sss.html) is a comprehensive academic support program which assists eligible students in choosing and working toward their academic, career, and personal goals with programs tailored to meet individual needs. Services include academic advising, career and personal counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and services for students with disabilities. For those students who qualify, all services are free. To be eligible, participants must meet one of the following criteria: they are first generation college students; OR they meet U.S. Department of Education income guidelines; OR they have a documented disability.

Books and Supplies. The Catamount Bookstore offers students a variety of educational materials and supplies. An extensive selection of paperback books is offered for class use and extracurricular reading. All books for graduate students, distance learning and supplemental text and course-related materials for undergraduates are sold by the store. The book rental plan, operated through the book rental department of the bookstore, is explained on page 38 of this catalog. Caps and gowns, graduation invitations, and class rings also may be purchased at the store. For more information, call 828-227-7346 or visit our Web site at

Clothing and Gifts. The Catamount Clothing and Gifts store offers students a variety of clothing, gifts, greeting cards and miscellaneous items. The store is located on the second floor of the UC and for more information, call 828-227-7626 or visit our Web site at

Mail Service. Students residing on-campus are assigned a mailbox with their room assignments. All other students may rent a box in the Cullowhee Post Office. U.S. postal regulations do not permit receipt of mail through general delivery after an initial thirty-day period. A postal commodity machine offering stamps, envelopes, postcards, aerograms, overseas services, and other features is located in the University Center.

Bank Services. A Wachovia ATM is located on campus. State Employees Credit Union and BB&T ATM’s are located in the Hinds University Center. Additionally, branch offices of Wachovia Bank, BB&T, State Employees Credit Union, Sun Trust Bank, Macon Savings Bank, Carolina First Bank, Mountain Credit Union, United Community Bank, First Citizen’s Bank, Jackson Savings Bank are located in or near Sylva.

Disability Services. The Office of Disability Services facilitates the determination of appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Accommodations are determined on an individual basis and may include but are not limited to housing accommodations, testing accommodations, sign-language interpreters, note takers, books in alternate formats, adaptive equipment and software, and priority registration. To receive services, students must submit current documentation of a disability. Disability counseling, career advisement, awareness activities, advocacy, and coaching are also available. Dr. Lance Alexis, Director, 828-227-2716. (

Educational Talent Search. Talent Search is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education hosted here at Western Carolina University. Our mission is to assist first generation college bound students with enrollment in post secondary schools. Talent Search provides a wide range of support services to 900 area middle and high school students. Academic, career, and financial aid counseling as well as a variety of summer and adventure educational experiences are also provided. Talent Search can be reached at (828) 227-7137.

The Kneedler Child Development Center provides affordable, accessible childcare for approximately 60 children of students, faculty, staff, and community members. The center operates four classrooms (ages 1-5) staffed by wonderful teachers who are committed to early childhood education. Each classroom offers developmentally appropriate activities designed to stimulate social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. The facility is located in the remodeled west wing area of the Cordelia Camp Building. If you would like further information please visit our website ( or contact the center at (828) 293-1530.

Policy on Computer Abuse


The University provides computer access through the information technology division, college, and department computer systems. It is essential that computer systems be protected from misuse and unauthorized access subject to university policy and applicable state and federal laws. Computer abuse defined as, but not limited to, privacy issues, theft, vandalism, copyright issues, and harassment will be referred to the Office of the Chief Information Officer and/or college or department computer network and laboratory managers. Abuse involving theft or vandalism will also be reported to the director of the University Police Department. Penalties include, but are not necessarily limited to, suspension or revocation of computing privileges, reimbursement to the university for resources consumed, other legal action including action to recover damages, referral to law-enforcement authorities, and referral to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for disciplinary action. In connection with inquiries into possible abuses, the University reserves the right to examine files, programs, passwords, accounting information, printouts, or other computing material without notice authorized only by the Chief Information Officer. See University Policy #52, Use of Computers and Data Communications online at

Electronic Mail Policy. University electronic mail accounts are provided and supported by the State of North Carolina to support the missions of the University.

The purpose of this Policy is to ensure the appropriate use of the University’s Electronic Mail System by its students, faculty and staff. The Electronic Mail System is provided by the University as one of its primary means of official communication. Users have the responsibility to use these resources in an efficient, effective, ethical and lawful manner. Use of the University’s electronic mail system evidences the user’s agreement to be bound by this Policy. Violations of this Policy may result in restriction of access to the University email system and/or other appropriate disciplinary action.

User Responsibilities. The Information Technology Division maintains the University’s official Electronic Mail System. Faculty, staff, and students are required to read their Electronic Mail System messages on a regular basis. Faculty, staff or students who choose to use another email system are responsible for receiving University-wide broadcast messages, notices and personal mail by checking the University’s official electronic mail system and the University’s World Wide Web homepage. An alternate method of receiving University electronic mail is to utilize the Forward Feature, which can be set to forward mail to an individual’s personal email account. An Electronic Mail System message regarding University matters sent from an administrative office, faculty, or staff member is considered to be an official notice. Supervisors must ensure that their University staff and faculty have access to the necessary or appropriate messages distributed via the University’s Electronic Mail System.

Personal Use of Electronic Mail System. The University’s Electronic Mail System may, subject to the foregoing, be used for incidental personal purposes provided such use does not violate either this policy or University Policy #52. In addition, personal use must not interfere with University operation of information technologies, including electronic mail services, generate a direct cost for the University or interfere with the user’s employment or other obligations to the University.

Privacy of personal electronic mail content residing on or transmitted through University equipment should not be expected. No University faculty member, staff member, or student should use a University Electronic Mail System account with the expectation that any particular Electronic Mail System content, whether personal or business-related, will be private.

Privacy of Email Files. The University does not inspect or monitor electronic mail routinely. To the extent permitted by law, however, the University reserves the right to access and disclose the contents of faculty, staff, students’ and other users’ electronic mail without the consent of the user. Access to electronic mail on the University’s computers that involves reading or disclosing electronic mail may occur only where authorized by the University and only for the following purposes:

troubleshooting hardware and software problems, such as rerouting or disposing of undeliverable mail;
preventing or investigating unauthorized access and system misuse;
retrieving or reviewing for University purposes University-related information;
investigating reports of violation of University policy or local, state, or federal law;
investigating reports of employee, student or user misconduct;
complying with legal requests for information (such as subpoenas and public records, requests); and
retrieving information in emergency circumstances where there is a threat to health, safety, or University property involved.

Users of the Electronic Mail System also should be aware that, in addition to being subject to authorized access as detailed herein, electronic mail in it present form cannot be completely secured and is, therefore, vulnerable to unauthorized access and modification by third parties. Receivers of electronic mail documents should check with the purported sender if there is any doubt about the identity of the sender or the authenticity of the contents, as they would with print documents.

Users of the Electronic Mail System also should be aware that even though the sender and recipient have discarded their copies of an electronic mail record, there may be back-up copies of such electronic mail that can be retrieved on University systems or any other electronic systems through which the mail has traveled.

Access by authorized University employees to electronic mail stored on the University’s network of computers may be necessary to ensure the orderly administration and functioning of University computing systems. Such access, gained for purposes such as to back up or move data, ordinarily should not require the employee gaining access to the electronic mail to read messages. The University requires employees, such as system administrators, who as a function of their jobs routinely have access to electronic mail and other electronically stored data to maintain the confidentiality of such information.

Limitations on the Use of Electronic Mail System. The legal and regulatory environment surrounding the University’s Electronic Mail System creates a number of other limitations on the use of the University’s Electronic Mail System accounts. Most apply uniformly to the use of all State-provided resources. They may be briefly summarized:

Electronic Mail System accounts are for the exclusive use of the individual to whom they are assigned
No use is permitted that conflicts with the requirements of civil or criminal law, including but not limited to laws relating to the privacy of student and employee records, pornography, defamation, intellectual property infringement, and illegal discrimination, or conflicts with any applicable policy of the UNC Board of Governors or Western Carolina University (including University policy #52), such as use in support of partisan political activities.
No use if permitted that constitutes the unauthorized exchange of proprietary information or any other privileged, confidential, or sensitive information.
The knowing transmission of a message containing a computer virus or that misrepresents the identity of the sender is prohibited.
The use of or attempt to use the accounts of other without their permission is prohibited.
Personal use cannot interfere with a University employee’s obligation to carry out University duties in a timely and effective manner.
The personal use cannot involve sending or soliciting chain letters or sending unsolicited bulk mail messages (e.g., “junk mail,” “spam,” or “MLM”), or otherwise overloading the University’s electronic mail system or negatively interfering with ht system performance.
Uses that result in commercial gain or personal profit are not permitted, except as allowed under University intellectual property policies and external activities for pay policy; however, in no case may the University’s Electronic Mail System be used for solicitation of an unrelated, external activity for pay. See University Policy 54 for EPA employees and University Policy 87 for SPA employees.
No personal use may state or imply University sponsorship or endorsement of its message.
Electronic mail created for business purposes by University employees is a public record and, as such, may not be disposed of , erased or destroyed unless permitted by law. Just as in the case of hard copies, individual employees are responsible for saving or archiving their Electronic Mail System messages. Electronic Mail System messages that have reference or administrative value but are of a temporary, ephemeral, or transient nature may be deleted when the user has determined that their reference value has ended.

Just as in the case of hard copies, the retention period for electronic mail that must be retained is determined by the type of document being retained. The North Carolina University Records Retention and Disposition Schedule followed by the University, contains required retention periods by category of record. If you have questions bout retention periods, please contact the Head of Special Collections in Hunter Library.

Electronic mail may be retained electronically or it may be printed and retained as a hard copy. Due to limited resources, the Information Technology Division has the right to restrict the amount of user space on the primary message server or archive older messages on other servers as necessary.

Electronic Mail System accounts of students who have not registered for a semester will be purged after 30 days. Accounts for faculty/staff who have left the University will be frozen within two working days after the person’s last day and will be deleted after 30 days. This period can be extended for up to three months for faculty and staff if requested by their supervisor before the employee’s last day.

Official University Electronic mails. Not all written communication is appropriate for the Electronic Mail System. In fact, in certain limited situations, the law may require the use of paper originals delivered via regular mail. In other situations, good business practice may call for not only a paper original, but, for example, one that is sent by certified mail, receipt requested.

When using the Electronic Mail System as an official means of communication, students, faculty, and staff should apply the same professionalism, discretion, and standards that they would use in written business communication. Furthermore, students, faculty and staff must remember that matters communicated via the Electronic Mail System may become a public record, may become evidence in a law suit or may otherwise be shared with a broader audience than intended.

Students, faculty and staff may not inappropriately disclose University information in Electronic Mail System messages that they are privileged to access because of their position at the University.

Those wishing to transmit broadcast electronic messages, either to an on or off campus audience, containing essential University announcements to alumni, students, faculty, and/or staff must obtain approval from the appropriate administrative authority. Within the scope of their authority, only the Offices of an Associate Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Provost, or the Chancellor may authorized the transmission of broadcast messages to a wide audience of students, faculty and staff. Appropriate broadcast of electronic messages may include, but is not limited to, the following types of announcements:

Emergency or unforeseen campus-wide events notification (e.g., cancellation of classes or closing of the University due to inclement weather or emergency);
Important campus deadline notification (e.g., last day of drop/add for students);
Improved services to students, faculty, or staff that directly impact all members of the affected group.
By contrast, broadcast electronic messages should not be used for non-essential matters such as publicizing campus events. Broadcast email messages should be sent only to the affected group (students, faculty, or staff, or a subgroup of one of those groups) and should be of critical importance to that group.