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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, master’s, or doctoral level of study. Doctoral degrees are offered in educational leadership and physical therapy. 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 development 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 675 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.
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, Qualla Boundary (Cherokee), 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
ABET, Engineering Accreditation Commission
ABET, Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission
American Chemical Society
American Council for Construction Education
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.
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 seven 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, English, German, history, international studies, philosophy, political science, 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, 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, management, and marketing, and bachelor of science in sport management, hospitality tourism, management and entrepreneurship.
The College of Education and Allied Professions. Bachelor of science in education with majors in elementary education, inclusive education, middle grades education, and health 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, 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, theatre, and motion picture and television production and a concentration in art education. Bachelor of music with music education, music performance and commercial and electronic music as concentration areas. Bachelor of science 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, and bachelor of science in nursing, and bachelor of 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 residences (Balsam and Blue Ridge Halls.) Completion of honors work leads to a special diploma from The Honors College. Additional information is available at http://www.wcu.edu/learn/academic-enrichment/the-honors-college/.
Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology. Bachelor of science with majors in construction management, electrical and computer engineering technology, and engineering technology. Bachelor of science in electrical engineering with a major in electrical engineering. The electrical engineering program is a joint program with UNC-Charlotte. Various minors and certificate programs are also offered in construction management and in engineering & technology.
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.
The Hunter Library provides high-quality information support services to students, staff and faculty as its primary mission. Librarians provide both individualized research assistance and classroom instruction. The library is open more than 96 hours per week during the regular Fall and Spring semesters. The library’s vast digital resources are available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The collections and services that support student and faculty research include:
- Main book collection consisting of over 700,000 books and bound periodicals. This collection is augmented by a 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 or less. The combined collection is over 2 million volumes.
- 200+ electronic databases and 45,000+ 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
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 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 in collaboration with the SBTDC and Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation serves as the US Economic Development Administration University Center for North Carolina. Faculty/student projects, particularly the two semester senior capstone projects, are one of the principal avenues for interacting with the WNC community. 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 devices to help men and women of U.S. Army Special Forces. 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 http://rapid.wcu.edu.
Center for Service Learning. The Center for Service Learning helps WCU students, faculty, and staff find service opportunities in the region. The office plans and promotes volunteer opportunities, facilitates course-based service learning projects, and helps arrange mandated community service for students who violate the University’s code of conduct. Service opportunities are available at over 120 community agencies, and include many types of projects. Through service learning, students can improve their understanding of course content, meet community needs, develop career-related skills, and become responsible citizens. Each year, there are more than 100 courses with service learning components, spread across every college and school of the University.
Center for the Support of Beginning Teachers (CSBT). Housed in the College of Education and Allied Professions, 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. CSBT builds upon established partnerships, programs, and past grant-funded initiatives by consolidating and formalizing new teacher support. For more information, please visit: http://www.wcu.edu/learn/departments-schools-colleges/CEAP/welcome-to-tracs/csbt/forbegteach/.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits. Western Carolina University is approved under the provisions of Title 38 United States Code, Chapter 36, to receive and process VA education benefits. Persons eligible and entitled under provisions of Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35 and Sections 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 educational benefits should be addressed to the VA Certifying Official, Military Student Services, 138 Camp Building, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723, telephone 828-227-3022/2135.
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 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. Self advocacy training, career advisement, awareness activities, and accessibility monitoring are also features of the office. Dr. Wesley J. Satterwhite, Director, 828-227-2716. http://disability.wcu.edu.
Highlands Biological Station. The Highlands Biological Station (HBS) is a field station for biological research and education focused on southern Appalachian ecosystems and organisms. Founded in 1927, HBS has been an Inter-institutional Center of the University of North Carolina since 1976. Western Carolina University has provided UNC administrative services for the Station since 1981. Thirty regional colleges and universities also participate in the Station’s programs as member institutions.
HBS 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 combine to yield extremely rich biotic and environmental diversity, making the Station an ideal locale for field studies in environmental biology, conservation, aquatic ecology, population biology, community and ecosystem ecology, and systematics. 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 (38 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 K-12 and public programs, and the Highlands Botanical Garden, which features hundreds of native plant species in a variety of southern Appalachian habitats.
Each summer HBS offers up to a dozen one- to two-week courses and workshops, taught at the advanced undergraduate and introductory graduate levels. Academic credit through WCU or UNC-Chapel Hill is available for most courses and workshops. Limited financial aid is available for courses, and 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 environmental biology 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 the HBS website (http://www.wcu.edu/hbs) or write to Dr. James T. Costa, Executive Director, Highlands Biological Station, 265 N. Sixth Street, Highlands, NC 28741.
Information Technology. The Division of 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 70 staff and is comprised of the following units: The Office of the Chief Information Officer, IT Administration, Academic Engagement & IT Governance, Applications & Systems, Chief Technologist & IT Security Office, Coulter Faculty Commons, Networking & Communications, Project Management, and IT Finance, HR, & Procurement.
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. Blackboard 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 three general student computer-lab facilities which are open at least fifty hours per week. The Technology Commons located in Hunter Library is open the same hours as the library, including 24 hours a day during the fall and spring final exam weeks. Users may call the Information Technology Help Desk locally at 227-7487 or 866-928-7487, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the Online Help Desk/Self-Service Log-In: http://ithelp.wcu.edu for assistance with any Information Technology service or resource. Users may also visit the Technology Commons for in-person help. Visit the Help Desk web site online at https://help.wcu.edu/CherwellPortal/Login and the Technology Commons web site online at http://www.wcu.edu/learn/academic-services/it/get-help/technology-commons/index.asp to learn more about services available. Faculty routinely work with the Coulter Faculty Commons to integrate technology into their teaching activities. Visit their web site online at http://www.wcu.edu/learn/faculty/coulter-faculty-commons/about-the-coulter-faculty-commons/.
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 upgrades for the Windows operating system. Information Technology also provides computer virus protection software to all students, faculty, and staff and is committed to keeping computers safe, secure and current in a highly-networked campus computing environment. Many software packages are centrally licensed with a limited number of licenses available in labs and classrooms. Statistical packages include SPSS 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.
The campus network interconnects with the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), which provides WCU 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 http://www.wcu.edu and provides the campus with web publishing assistance by providing departmental access to the Red Dot Content Management System. The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) web site at http://doit.wcu.edu provides a variety of useful technology information and self-help resources, as well as links for downloading software for personally-owned computers 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 Commons for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The Coulter Faculty Commons, founded in 1988, provides comprehensive support for all part and full-time faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants in teaching, learning, research, and engagement. Located in Hunter Library, the CFC’s mission includes the advancement of research and innovation, the enhancement of student learning, the facilitation of effectiveness in instructional technology, the planning and implementation of events/ professional development opportunities, and the implementation of Western’s Quality Enhancement Plan and UNC Tomorrow. Graduate students and faculty who participate in CFC activities receive a letter in the spring detailing their participation to show evidence of professional development in teaching, research, and/or engagement.. For more information, visit the CFC website at http://www.wcu.edu/learn/faculty/coulter-faculty-commons/about-the-coulter-faculty-commons/.
Activities and services most relevant for GTAs include:
- One-on-one consultation and workshop opportunities on course design, syllabi, learning objectives, active learning, and effective teaching and learning strategies
- One-on-one consultation and workshop opportunities for research design, methodology, and assessment.
- The Faculty Sandbox, a digital media computer lab, a place where faculty and GTAs can develop instructional media (sandbox.wcu.edu)
- GATE Program (Graduate Assistant Teaching Experience), a series of workshops and other activities designed to provide professional development in teaching and learning
- Weekly Newsletters with news, opportunities, and best practices in teaching and learning
- Training opportunities for using the LMS (Learning Management System) for instruction
- Support for the use of research software, including ArcGIS, Qualtrics (a survey tool), SPSS, SAS, and STATA.
- Support for research across the Boyer model, including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the Scholarship of Engagement
The Coulter Faculty Commons 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 828-227-7735.
School-University Teacher Education Partnership (SUTEP). SUTEP, housed in the College of Education and Allied Professions, partners with more than 100 schools in the 18 western North Carolina school systems. These partnerships are designed to enrich school-university relationships, strengthen teacher preparation, and provide professional development for teachers and school administrators.
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 (http://www.wcu.edu/learn/academic-services/student-support-services/index.asp) 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, and tutoring. Students may qualify for all free services if they meet one of the following criteria: they are first generation college students; OR they have a documented disability; OR meet U.S. Department of Education income guidelines.
The Small Business and Technology Development Center at Western Carolina University (SBTDC at WCU) The SBTDC center at WCU is staffed by eight dedicated business professionals who provide comprehensive business counseling for small to medium-sized companies. These counselors serve the 14 western counties of North Carolina through two convenient locations at Western Carolina University and downtown Asheville.
Most business owners or their executives come to the SBTDC initially for confidential counseling to assess their business and develop a plan to make their business better. Together, the counselor and company select tools to implement that plan – financial analysis, market studies, focus groups, strategic needs assessments, government procurement assistance, and/or strategic planning retreats to name a few. Should funding be needed, the SBTDC is an approved technical assistance provider for North Carolina and the SBA programs. For companies involved in scientific research & product development, we assist with federal SBIR and STTR grants.
As a program of the university system, the SBTDC strives to leverage the assets of WCU to benefit businesses in the region. Last year, over 100 students from WCU were placed into applied learning projects designed to assist companies improve and grow. These projects provide a hands-on learning experience for students and much needed resources for businesses.
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. As a unit within the Office for Undergraduate Studies, the Advising Center works closely with other units such as the Career Services/Cooperative Education Office to assist students with career planning, the Writing and Learning Commons and the Math Tutoring Center to assist with academic support, as well as the Academic Success Program, First Year Experience, and the Center for Service Learning
The academic success centers consist of the Mathematics Tutoring Center and the Writing and Learning Commons. 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/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 (http://www.wcu.edu/learn/academic-enrichment/career-services-and-cooperative-education/index.asp)
* JobCat and other assessible job listing 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
The Career Services Cooperative Education Office is located on the 2nd Floor Killian Annex. For more information (http://careers.wcu.edu).
International Programs and Services. The Office of IPS serves WCU students, faculty and staff with Study Abroad Programs, International Student Services, Faculty-led Travel Courses, International Faculty Visas, and the Intensive English Program. Advising and pre-departure orientations are available for the International Student (ISEP), the University of North Carolina (UNC-EP), and WCU bilateral exchange programs. For incoming international students, IPS provides an on-campus orientation, visa documents and counseling, student support services, and Host Family Association. Faculty-led travel courses are coordinated through IPS and international faculty and visiting scholar visas. The Intensive English Program (IEP) provides English competency training before starting an academic program in the U.S. IPS also coordinates the K-12 International Outreach Program; Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars; international university linkages; International Education Week; International Festival; and the Study Abroad Fair. Call (828) 227-7494.
Mathematics Tutoring Center. The Mathematics Tutoring Center provides tutoring in all lower-division mathematics courses and computer science classes. The center 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://www.wcu.edu/learn/departments-schools-colleges/cas/casdepts/mathcsdept/mathematics-tutoring-center.asp or call 828-227-2300 for information.
Testing Services. The Continuing Education Testing Center oversees administrations of a variety of tests. Testing includes TEAS, SAT, CLEP, DSST and MAT and other national exams. The Center also serves as a testing site for a variety of high-stakes/professional exams and is an approved site for proctored testing for distance learners. Each test will have specific requirements for registration. For a list of all testing and requirements, visit the website http://testing.wcu.edu.
Writing and Learning Commons (WaLC). The Writing and Learning Commons seeks to enhance the academic environment and raise the level of academic discourse at WCU by providing tutoring, academic skills consultations, workshops, online learning resources, and faculty consultations. Writing Assistants collaborate with students from all classes and majors at every stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and prewriting to drafting and revising. Course tutors facilitate collaborative group sessions and offer strategies for effective study. Academic Skills Consultants conduct in-class workshops and one-on-one consultations focused on improving students’ reading, note taking, time management, test preparation, and test taking skills. Call 828-227-7197 for writing appointments and 828-227-2274 for course tutoring and academic skills consultations. Visit the website, http://walc.wcu.edu, for additional learning and writing resources, hours of operation, and appointment information. All consultations and tutoring sessions take place in the WaLC or in designated classrooms on campus. Distance students and students taking classes in Asheville are encouraged to use Smarthinking, an online tutoring service available via Blackboard, and WaLC’s online resources.
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.
WCU Programs at Biltmore Park and the WCU Cherokee Center provide resources and support to students and community members.
Western Carolina University Programs at Biltmore Park 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 graduate programs of instruction intended primarily for the adult professional student, are taught late afternoons, evenings and weekends. The nursing programs are primarily taught during the day. The WCU Programs at Biltmore Park office is located in Suite 355 and the Nursing office in Suite 309 at 28 Schenck Parkway in Biltmore Park, Asheville, NC, 28803, 828-654-6498 (administrative office) and 828-654-6499 (nursing). Websites: biltmorepark.wcu.edu and nursing.wcu.edu.
Western offers the accelerated BSN option (ABSN) designed specifically for bachelor’s-prepared or post-baccalaureate individuals; and the RN to BSN and RN to MS (N) options designed for graduates of an associate degree in nursing. The RN to BSN, RN to MS (N) are offered online.
The BS in engineering technology is offered on a part-time basis for individuals who hold an associate of applied science degree in a technology-related field and are employed in business or industry. Instructional delivery is a combination of live classes supplemented by an online component. Live classes meet on the main campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.
For a complete list of undergraduate degree programs, graduate degree programs, and certificate and licensure programs offered in Asheville, please visit the WCU Programs at Biltmore Park website, http://biltmorepark.wcu.edu. Students enrolled in some graduate programs will need to enroll in some coursework offered in Cullowhee.
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 and serves anyone interested in attending any college or post-secondary institution. The office for the Cherokee Center is located on 1594 Acquoni Road, 828-497-7920, next to the Cherokee Youth Center.
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 in the online and off-campus delivery of UNC approved distance programs. There are occasions when students may meet in a regular classroom setting or on Saturdays for clinical activities at distant instructional 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 WCU Blackboard. 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.
Military Education. Western Carolina University’s Office of Military Student Services provides support and guidance to students who are serving, or have served, in the military in any capacity, and the family members of these students. This support and guidance is provided from the point of inquiry through graduation. To ensure that military students are receiving prompt service and accurate information, the Office of Military Student Services coordinates regularly with the Advising Center, and with the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, the Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Residential Living, and with the Graduate School. The Office of Military Student Services also works frequently with on and off campus government and private agencies, including Western Carolina University’s Counseling Center, the Veterans Administration Hospital in Asheville, the American Council on Education, the Service members Opportunity College, NC county-based Veterans Service Officers, and various volunteer and non-profit veteran support organizations. Our office provides comprehensive support to military students on a wide range of issues, including transfer credit, credit for training and experience, residential living, acclimation to university life, and other issues that affect military students. Additionally, we process all student requests to use Military Tuition Assistance and VA/GI Bill Education Benefits.
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 300th 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 http://summer.wcu.edu 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.
Research Administration. The Office of Research Administration (ORA) provides comprehensive support services for faculty and students seeking external funding for research from public and private sources. These support services include assistance with project planning, funding searches, proposal development, internal and external electronic submission processes, budgeting, human and animal subject research, project administration and compliance.
Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness. The Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness (OIPE) is responsible for coordinating the university’s institutional research, strategic planning, accreditation, and assessment activities. OIPE is responsible for the university’s state and federal reporting obligations, assists university departments with surveys, and provides university statistical information requested by other agencies. Visit the OIPE website at http://www.wcu.edu/learn/office-of-the-provost/oipe/.
The Division of Advancement and External Affairs is responsible for the University’s comprehensive public relations, communications and marketing programs, creative services and photographic services. Public relations, publications, and media services, including electronic and print communications, promotions, imaging, and positioning; alumni affairs; and development of private financial resources beyond state appropriations. The division supports student recruitment and serves as the university’s liaison with alumni; regional, state, and national organizations; and government agencies.
The division includes the offices of Communications and Public Relations, Creative Services, 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.
Office of Communications and Public Relations. The Office of Communications and Public Relations is responsible for the administration of University programs in public information, media services, 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, including the Western Carolina University magazine, 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.
Social Media and Events Calendar. The Office of Communications and Public Relations works with units across campus to integrate social media into the university’s communications and marketing strategies. Faculty and staff receive help with university-related social media activities including blogging, friending, tweeting, flickering, podcasting, ninging and youtubing; developing a strategy for using these relationship-building tools; collaborating with colleagues; and exploring ideas.
Office of Creative Services. The Office of Creative Services designs and produces distinctive communications tools for the purpose of promoting awareness of and appreciation for the University’s numerous programs and partnerships.
Marketing, Event Planning and Management. The Office of Marketing, Event Planning and Management coordinates promotional efforts for public events that enhance the University as a cultural destination through a full range of event planning and marketing services.
Foundation. The Western Carolina University Foundation is the primary volunteer organization engaged in cultivating and directing significant private resources to the University.
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 thereof 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 Carolina alumni associations and Western Carolina clubs (alumni chapters); assists with publications and all electronic communications with alumni; and in general serves as a communications link and support structure for alumni.
Office of Partnership Development. The Office of Partnership Development for the WCU Millennial Initiative is responsible for exploring and developing outside/ external partner proposals and opportunities for the Millennial Initiative. The Office works closely with the Millennial Initiative Policy Group (MIPG) in developing and coordinating policy interpretations and business practices relating to the Millennial Initiatives and external partners.
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, electronic media, exhibitions, presentations, and demonstrations 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.
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.
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 http://www.wcu.edu/experience/dean-of-students/About.asp.
On-Line WCU Student Handbook Available at http://studenthandbook.wcu.edu, 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.
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 http://www.wcu.edu/about-wcu/leadership/office-of-the-chancellor/university-policies/numerical-index/university-policy-96.asp.
A variety of accommodations are available including private and double rooms, suite-style buildings, and graduate 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 in 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 http://housing.wcu.edu to learn much more about Residential Living and life in the residence halls at Western Carolina University.
Off-Campus Housing Students who 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: http://offcampushousing.wcu.edu/.
Please review the Dining Services website at http://wcudining.wcu.edu 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.
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 http://westerncarolinauniversity.orgsync.com/SO_home.
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 http://sga.wcu.edu 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: http://www.wcu.edu/about-wcu/visit-wcu/wcu-virtual-tour/hinds-university-center.asp.
Base Camp Cullowhee. Located in Brown Hall, Base Camp Cullowhee (BCC) is the outdoor program of WCU. BCC provides outdoor trips and skills clinics to help students experience adventure in the great outdoors, learn new outdoor activities, challenge themselves to do more than they ever thought was possible, grow as a person and a leader, connect with other people and friends, and explore their surroundings in wild Western North Carolina. BCC also manages the Base Camp Climbing wall, a 50ft tall indoor climbing wall located in the Campus Recreation Center, and offers the campus community a rental program for outdoor equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, whitewater gear and more. Many classes, clubs, and organizations take advantage of BCC’s teambuilding services to provide their group with unique training to reach their goals. For more detailed information, visit the BCC website: http://basecamp.wcu.edu.
Center for Leadership. Located on the third Floor of the A.K. Hinds University Center, the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement 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. Students 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.
Through such student clubs and organizations as the Leadership Institute, Greek Life, and the Student Government Association, or through programs such as the Freshman Leadership Institute, the Whee LEAD Conference, CatCamp, CATalyst, or any one of the LEAD Living-Learning Communities (LLC’s), students will learn how to make a positive impact on campus and in the greater community.
In addition, the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement 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 Office of Leadership and Student Involvement and the Leadership Minor is available on-line: http://leadershipcenter.wcu.edu.
Greek Life. Located in the University Center’s Office of Leadership and Student Involvement, the Office of Greek Life works with the 23 national Greek-letter organizations at WCU. Joining a fraternity or sorority offers students an opportunity to build leadership skills, an opportunity to be involved in service and philanthropy projects, networking opportunities, and a social outlet during their collegiate years. More information about Greek Life and joining a fraternity or sorority is available on-line: http://gogreek.wcu.edu.
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: http://reccenter.wcu.edu.
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 so students have free tickets to all Athletic events. More information about Catamount Athletics is available on the official website: http://www.catamountsports.com/.
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 restricted 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 http://studenthealth.wcu.edu.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) provides free and confidential short-term counseling and emergency services for students. Other services include support groups, consultations, psychiatric medication assessments, referrals, and outreach presentations and programs. Please refer to our website at http://www.wcu.edu/student-life/division-of-student-affairs/departments/counseling-psychological-services-cps/ for further information on our services, staff, and mental health resources. Initial appointments can be made in person (Bird Bldg. 2nd floor) or by phone (227-7469). Please refer to our website for a list of our weekly groups, outreach presentation topics, and biofeedback 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 (http://careers.wcu.edu/nws-jobs.asp), 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 services, an on-line mock interview program, a career library with a university-wide computer-aided career guidance programs and multiple career events.
The Career Services Cooperative Education Office is located on the 2nd Floor Killian Annex. For more information (http://careers.wcu.edu).
Intercultural Affairs. 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 http://diversity.wcu.edu/ 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 http://www.ramseycenter.wcu.edu.
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 http://dsce.wcu.edu 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 http://police.wcu.edu/ and http://dsa.wcu.edu/ 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 http://emergency.wcu.edu/ for details on campus preparedness and emergency notification systems. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to carefully review this information.
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 http://police.wcu.edu 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. Parking and traffic regulations literature is made available in the Parking Services Office, located in the Cordelia Camp Building. These same regulations are made available on-line at http://www.wcu.edu/about-wcu/campus-services-and-operations/university-police/parking-services/parking-traffic-regulations/.
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 at http://www.wcu.edu/WebFiles/PDFs/police_appeal_form_faculty_staff.pdf , or in the Parking Services Office. The student parking citation appeal form is available online at https://www.wcu.edu/student-life/student-government-association/student-parking-ticket-appeals.asp. 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 website at http://www.wcu.edu/about-wcu/campus-services-and-operations/university-police/cat-tran/index.asp or call the Cat-Tran office at 828-227-8726 (TRAN).
Other Services and Facilities
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 http://books.wcu.edu/home.aspx.
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 http://merch.wcu.edu/home.aspx.
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 Wells FargoATM is located on campus. State Employees Credit Union and BB&T ATM’s are located in the Hinds University Center. Additionally, branch offices of Wells Fargo, 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.
Project Discovery-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 or visit us at http://www.wcu.edu/about-wcu/centers-institutes-affiliates/project-discovery/index.asp.
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 qualified 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 (http://www.wcu.edu/student-life/division-of-student-affairs/departments/kneedler-child-development-center/) or contact the center at (828) 293-1530.
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 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 http://www.wcu.edu/about-wcu/leadership/office-of-the-chancellor/university-policies/numerical-index/university-policy-52.asp.
Electronic Mail Policy. University electronic mail accounts are provided and supported by the State of North Carolina to support the mission of the university. The electronic mail system is provided by the university as one of its primary means of official communication. An electronic mail message regarding university matters sent from an administrative office, faculty, or staff member is considered to be an official notice. Students, faculty, and staff are required to read their university electronic mail system messages on a regular basis to receive these official notices.
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 the university’s Electronic Mail Policy. Violations of this policy may result in restriction of access to the university email system and/or other appropriate disciplinary action. University Policy #93, Electronic Mail Policy online at http://www.wcu.edu/about-wcu/leadership/office-of-the-chancellor/university-policies/numerical-index/university-policy-93.asp, ensures the appropriate use of the university’s electronic mail system by its students, faculty and staff.