Student Affairs

Welcome and Philosophy

The Office of Student Affairs supports the academic mission of Western Colorado University. In providing such support, we offer opportunities for students to “apply the curriculum”: to question thoughtfully; to reason clearly; to either compete vigorously or to cooperate sensitively, depending on the challenge; and to fully embrace the human condition along with the responsibilities and opportunities it affords.

The Office of Student Affairs is committed to working with students, faculty and staff from all areas of the university to build an open, inclusive, intellectual and multicultural community. While our primary commitment is to students, we also develop and maintain partnerships with external constituents, such as the Gunnison Valley community, employers, alumni, parents and others. We contact students before they enter the university, stay in touch throughout their matriculation and continue beyond graduation.

The Student Affairs staff is friendly and helpful. You'll find support and assistance with your academic work and as you seek co-curricular activities. We urge you to further enrich your classroom experience by joining in one of the clubs or activities offered through the Student Government Association, Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Wilderness Pursuits, the Fitness Center or any of our other activities that interest you.

Programs and Services

The Office of Student Affairs exists to support to students, as well as their friends and family, in times of crisis. This may include referral for academic and personal problems, crisis outreach, response in case of student death or helping a student feel supported in the university environment. Our goal is to provide caring services to students in to assist them during times of need.

Academic Resource CenterDining ServicesHealth CenterLEAD (Leadership, Engagement, & Development)
Aspinall-Wilson ​CenterDisabilities ServicesLeslie J. Savage LibraryStudent ID
Campus SecurityExchange ProgramsMulticultural CenterTesting Services
Career ServicesFinancial Aid & ScholarshipsSafe RideThe Sweet Life

Campus Life

The programs offered through Campus Life give students the chance to join activities involving their academic, emotional, physical, spiritual or career-related development. Student Affairs' departments assist students both in making their way through college and transitioning to their post-graduate lives.

Clubs & Organizations

Fitness Center

Student Government Association

University Center

Housing/Residence Life

Wilderness Pursuits

Campus Ombudsperson

  • Can offer assistance or referrals regarding university policies, procedures, and regulations, assists in resolving student-based problems and conflicts.
  • Readily accessible to students as a neutral and impartial listener. The emphasis is on resolving issues informally or through mediation.
  • Helps to promote fair and equitable treatment within the Western system.