Crisis & Emergency Response
WWU Counseling Center
(For after-hours: Follow the automated directions to speak with a counselor)
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
The Trevor Project
(national 24-hour free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth)
Community Crisis Line
(Volunteers of America 24-hour crisis line)
Sexual assault/misconduct resources and options:
We can assist students with…
- hardship withdrawals
- leaves-of-absence for non-medical emergencies
- advice on university policies, procedures, and grievances
- support while experiencing a crisis
- information on university resources
Staff are available to meet with students from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are not necessary, but calling ahead is recommended.
Common situations the Office of Student Life can help with include: academic grievances, frustrations with the administrative workings of the institution, emergency leaves-of-absence, and hardship withdrawals due to personal illness, injury, or the death or illness of a family member.
Hardship Withdrawals (full or partial)
A student who is unable to complete a course due to hardship may petition for a late course withdrawal after the stated deadline. Hardship is considered to be an incapacitating injury or illness requiring extensive recuperation or a significant personal emergency such as the death of an immediate family member. Verification of the hardship is required. Petitions for a late course withdrawal due to hardship are available below or from the Office of Student Life – petitions for partial hardship withdrawals must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Friday of the eighth week of classes; petitions for a full hardship withdrawal must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to finals week. Petitions will not be granted if all of the work has been completed for the course(s), or if a grade has already been assigned for the course(s). A grade of ‘W’ is awarded to the class(es) in which the student received a hardship withdrawal; a ‘W’ is not included in GPA calculations.
Click here to download the hardship-withdrawal-petition (PDF)
Click here for general Withdrawal Procedures in the WWU General Catalog.
Leaves of Absence
As a matter of university policy, students are expected to attend classes as scheduled. However, subject to acceptable documentation, a Non-Medical Leave of Absence may be granted through the Office of Student Life.
A non-medical leave of absence may be granted for up to five days during an academic quarter or summer session. Typically, leave is not granted for one day, unless the absence would adversely impact the student’s grade (e.g., a missed test or quiz). Unless circumstances make prior request impossible, students are expected to request leave prior to an absence.
When it is impractical for a student to make-up missed work or assignments, they should discuss the matter with their instructor.
If a student is unable to attend classes because of an injury or illness, a Medical Leave of Absence may be requested through the Student Health Center. A medical leave of absence will not be granted without proper diagnosis and/or documentation. For further details, please contact the Student Health Center, Campus Services Building 202, at (360) 650-7352.
Students have protection, through orderly procedures, against arbitrary or capricious actions or decisions by their instructors; students also have protection against erroneous actions or decisions by academic units. At the same time, students are responsible for achieving and maintaining the standards of academic performance and excellence which are established by their instructors and for complying with all relevant policies, standards, rules and requirements which are formulated by the University and the University’s academic units. Office of Student Life staff can assist in explaining and answering questions about the academic grievance policy and process found in the University Catalog.
Reporting a Concern & Making a Complaint
Western Washington University students enjoy the same basic rights, privileges, and freedoms granted to all members of society. At the same time, acceptance of admission to the university carries with it an obligation to fulfill certain responsibilities and expectations as a member of the Western Washington University community.
As a condition of enrollment at Western, students must assume responsibility for their own actions and maintain an environment conducive to the academic success, safety, and well-being of others. In addition, they are expected to be truthful, respect the rights of others, and abide by all university policies and procedures, as well as all local, state, and federal laws and regulations. All students are responsible for understanding and complying with the responsibilities and expectations set forth in this code.
The student conduct process at Western is designed to be a learning process that promotes an understanding of students’ responsibilities as members of the university community. The objectives of the student conduct system, as set forth in this code, are twofold: to ensure that students act in a manner consistent with high standards of behavior, and to maintain the safety and well-being of all members of the university community.
On February 10, 2017, Western’s Board of Trustees voted to approve a new student conduct code after significant work by a committee composed of students, staff and faculty. This code replaced an emergency code that was in place since fall 2016.
The 2017 code is in use beginning spring quarter 2017.
The full Washington Administrative Code can be found here.
The emergency code in place from fall 2016 through winter 2017 can be found below.