Undergraduate Catalog

Student Services

Beu Health Center

Corner of Western Avenue and Murray Street; (309) 298-1888

Beu Health Center, located on the Macomb campus, provides outpatient primary care services for students and their spouses or domestic partners. The Center is equipped with its own pharmacy, laboratory, and x-ray facilities, and the Center’s physicians and mid-level practitioners provide diagnosis, treatment, and prescriptive services for individuals. There are fees associated with services such as x-ray examinations, pharmacy products, injection services, laboratory services, equipment, and office visits. Information about Beu Health Center services can be found at wiu.edu/beu, and appointments may be scheduled online at http://beuonline.wiu.edu.

Campus Recreation

Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center; (309) 298-1228

Campus Recreation provides students the opportunity to pursue a healthy lifestyle and explore recreational interests through a variety of programs, facilities, and services. The Spencer Student Recreation Center features five multipurpose gym courts, two group fitness studios, a one-eighth mile elevated track, three weight rooms, three cardio areas, a boxing room, a core room, four racquetball courts, and an aquatics center with a pool, aqua climb, and hot tub. Intramural Sports offer over 30 events annually with leagues, tournaments, and events in men’s, women’s, co-recreational, and Greek divisions at competitive, intermediate, and recreational levels of play. Sport Clubs provide recreational opportunities, as well as regional and national competition. A variety of group fitness classes are offered daily. Informational programs and personal trainers are available to assist students with fitness equipment and goals. Please visit wiu.edu/campusrec for on-campus recreational facilities and activities. Add wiurec on Snapchat, and follow wiucampusrec on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Some spaces/programs may be altered or offline due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Casa Latina Cultural Center

Multicultural Center, Suite 202; (309) 298-3379

At Casa Latina Cultural Center, we are passionate about social justice, intersectionality, and developing students through education, engagement, and leadership. Casa provides a safe, unique, and empowering space for students to experience college life. Casa is a home away from home that offers a variety of events and programming during the academic year ranging from music performances, cultural celebrations, and our annual legacy programs BYOT (Bring Your Own Tortilla), Día de los Muertos, and Calle Murray. In addition, we house five student organizations: LASO (Latin American Student Organization), Tradición Latin Dance Team, Amplify, Mariachi de Oro, and the Latin American Literary Society. We look forward to having you visit our beautiful space at the Multicultural Center, featuring lounges, a computer lab, a dance studio, a kitchen, and a conference room. Please visit wiu.edu/casa for more information, follow casa_latina_wiu on Instagram, and like our Facebook page Casa Latina Cultural Center at WIU.

Counseling Center

Memorial Hall 102; (309) 298-2453

The University Counseling Center (UCC) provides free and confidential counseling to enrolled students. We are committed to providing comprehensive mental health services that promote the overall wellness and personal growth of our students. We offer a wide range of services to the WIU community that address students’ psychological, developmental, interpersonal, and academic concerns. The Center is staffed by licensed mental health professionals who provide ethical, inclusive, culturally sensitive, and progressive treatment options to students working on self-identified goals. We believe in affirming the dignity, worth, and value of all students in our diverse population and strive to create an environment of openness, safety, and respect. More information about the Counseling Center is available online at wiu.edu/ucc.

Financial Aid

Sherman Hall 127; (309) 298-2446

The Office of Financial Aid administers a variety of student assistance programs, including grants, scholarships, federal work study, tuition grants and waivers, and low interest loan funds. More than 76 percent of WIU students receive financial aid from private, federal, state, or University sources. Additional information about financial assistance and applications are available at wiu.edu/fa.

Go West Transit

Macomb Transit Center; (309) 575-3333

Go West Transit provides students with safe, convenient transportation from and around campus and with service to the entire Macomb community. Carrying more than 1 million riders per year, Go West provides students with a reliable, low-cost public transportation system. Maps and schedules are available online at wiu.edu/gowest.

Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center

Multicultural Center; (309) 298-2220

The Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center is named after the first African-American Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Poet Laureate of Illinois, Gwendolyn Brooks. Founded in 1970, the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center supports all students and promotes student success through cultural awareness, academic achievement, and social advocacy. Join one of our many student organizations: African Student Association, Black Male Achievement Network, Black Student Association, Black Student Summit, Cultural Expressions, Christian Faith Campus Ministry, GBCC Dance Troupe, and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Celebrate a wide variety of cultural events like Taste of Africa, Black History Month, and Feel Good Fridays! Visit our space and meet our wonderful team that is committed to your success. Please visit wiu.edu/gbcc for more information, and follow us on social media!

LGBT*QA Resource Center

Multicultural Center; (309) 298-4004

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer/Questioning, Asexual/Ally (LGBT*QA) Resource Center offers a welcoming and inclusive environment for people of all sexualities and gender identities/expressions. The LGBT*QA Resource Center also serves as connection for LGBT*QA individuals to resources, support, education, programming, and advocacy. Everyone is welcome to join our student organization Unity and our Queer book club. A gender affirming closet (The Qloset) is also available free of charge. The Big Picture Picnic, Camp OUT, Trans* Day of Remembrance, Drag Shows, and Pride Week are a few of the great events you can be part of each year. Please visit wiu.edu/lgbtqa for more information, and follow us on social media!

Student Development and Success Center

Memorial Hall 125; (309) 298-1884 (voice), (309) 298-1856 (TTY)

The Student Development and Success Center is located in Memorial Hall and combines Disability Resources, Health Education and Wellness, Student Development, and Student Rights and Responsibilities into one office that is focused on providing students with the resources to overcome educational challenges.

Western Illinois University is committed to equity, social justice, and diversity. To that end, the Disability Resource office collaborates with faculty and staff to facilitate inclusion and ensure accessibility to University programs for students with disabilities. Students experiencing barriers in the academic or physical environment or who are interested in accommodations such as alternative testing arrangements, sign language interpreters, text conversion (i.e., Braille, electronic, enlarged) services, and note-taking assistance should contact Disability Resources at (309) 298-1884 or disability@wiu.edu.

The Health Education and Wellness office contributes to the overall responsibility of Western Illinois University for the education of students in the area of lifestyle and behavior that promotes individual as well as community health. Professional staff, graduate assistants, and student health peer mentors provide a wide variety of wellness outreach programs and services. Outreach programs, as well as individual consultations regarding specific health issues are available to WIU students at no fee.

Student Development provides programs, services, and support to enhance student success, learning, and personal development focusing specifically on college transition. Staff also interact with family members, University faculty and personnel, and community agencies in assisting students with crisis situations. Student Development is the liaison that assists students who experience any trauma due to emergency health or personal problems. In addition, Student Development conducts interviews for students contemplating a University withdrawal and hears late total University withdrawal appeals for the current term.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) strives to support safe, inclusive, and educational learning environments aiding in student success. SRR informs students and organizations of their rights and responsibilities through publication of the Code of Student Conduct and numerous program presentations. Through coordination and management of the conduct review process, Student Rights and Responsibilities endeavors to support Western Illinois University’s core values by reinforcing standards of academic excellence, promoting educational opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, enhancing personal growth of community members, and highlighting the importance of social responsibility while protecting student rights and addressing behavioral problems.

Student Engagement

University Union; (309) 298-3232

The Office of Student Engagement, located on the first floor of the University Union, is the primary resource for student organizations and programs. Student life at WIU is enriched by involvement in any of the hundreds of campus organizations that meet the diverse, cultural, intellectual, and social interests of students. Opportunities for student involvement include leadership development, volunteer services, student programming, Student Government Association, fraternities and sororities, and 250+ student organizations. Co-curricular activities provide opportunities to develop leadership, organizational, and communication skills, and to meet new people and have some fun. The Office of Student Engagement provides students with developmental learning experiences while ensuring that a spectrum of programs is provided to enhance the campus community.

Student Publications: The Western Courier

Heating Plant Annex; (309) 298-1876

The Western Courier is a student-run newspaper and news website (westerncourier.com). The paper is published three days per week during the regular academic year. Advertising revenue and a student publication fee provide funding for the newspaper and website. Students who work at The Western Courier are paid for their efforts.

Transitional Programs

Orientation/Camp Leatherneck: Memorial Hall 08; (309) 298-1131
Career Development: Memorial Hall 014; (309) 298-1838

Transitional Programs, located on the lower level of Memorial Hall, provides various services and areas of support that assist students toward a successful transition into the Western Illinois University community. These services include fall, spring and summer Orientation programs, which are designed to introduce new students and their families to Western Illinois University, provide them with resources and various involvement opportunities, and officially welcome them to “Leatherneck Country”; Camp Leatherneck, which is an interactive, two-day retreat prior to the start of the academic year, focuses on community building, leadership skills, and service to others in an effort to help incoming students prepare for many aspects of collegiate life; and Career Development, which offers career guidance and support to all students including career exploration, resume and cover letter building, mock and/or Skype interview preparation and facilitation, creation of LinkedIn accounts, and offers advice on how to transition into the workforce. Current students and alumni also have access to Handshake, an on-line platform that can match students with internships, career fairs, and job opportunities based upon their majors and interests. Additional services provided by Career Development include a career exploration course for credit and a FREE clothing closet for students who need professional attire.

University Housing and Dining Services

Seal Hall; (309) 298-3000; wiu.edu/uhds

The mission of University Housing and Dining Services is to provide safe, clean, comfortable residence halls and apartment facilities; a nutritious, well-balanced food service program; and programs that support students’ academic goals. The University Housing and Dining Services staff provide a wide range of services and programs for students living on campus. A wide variety of options are available to make life in WIU’s residence halls a unique educational experience. Living Learning Community floor options include Agriculture, Broadcasting and Journalism, Business Studies, CLASS (Community of Liberal Arts and Sciences Students), Fine Arts, Honors, ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and Transfer Year Experience. All residence hall rooms have access to the internet through either wireless or LAN connections. WIU offers one-bedroom apartments for graduate and non-traditional students and for students who are married, are in a documented domestic partnership, or have a child. Learn more at wiu.edu/uhds.

University Union

(309) 298-1986

The University Union is the community center of the University. It provides a variety of meeting and dining facilities for students, faculty, staff, and friends of the University. Union services include a food court, meeting and banquet rooms, ballrooms, a bookstore, hotel rooms, computer stations, a small theatre, check cashing, ATM machines, fax service, cashier services, and a convenience store.

Veterans Resource Center

Wright Residence; (309) 298-3505

The Veterans Resource Center is committed to assisting those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military and their family members. The Center, in collaboration with University departments and community organizations, provides coordinated services and resources in one centralized location to ensure that all veterans and service members are afforded the greatest opportunities for success. Students receive assistance with obtaining educational and military transcripts; completing applications for the GI Bill®, Illinois Veterans Grant, Illinois National Guard Grant, Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship, Federal Tuition Assistance, and federal student aid programs; identifying policies regarding military activation and deployment; securing appropriate housing accommodations; requesting military records; and acquiring community living information, outreach services, and health benefits. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

WIU Harry Mussatto Golf Course

1215 Tower Road, Macomb, IL; (309) 298-3676

The Harry Mussatto Golf Course is a scenic and challenging 18-hole championship venue featuring beautiful vistas, spectacular elevation changes, four sets of tees, undulating greens, and bentgrass tees and greens. The newly-opened Arthur D. & Roselyn Chown Golf Learning Center offers the latest in golf equipment, apparel, and accessories. The facility also includes a full-service driving range with multiple short game areas and a large putting green. University golf classes, clinics, and individual instruction are also offered to help the golfer get started. More information about the course and daily fee rates can be found at wiu.edu/golf.

Women’s Center

Multicultural Center, Suite 209; (309) 298-2242

The mission of the Women’s Center is to support a welcoming and gender-inclusive campus community. Student development is at the core of our work. We advocate for gender equity through examinations of feminisms, sexism, patriarchy, and misogyny. We lead the campus community in explorations of how gender is a social construction that influences power dynamics and intersects with all other identities, such as, but not limited to: ability, age, citizenship status, ethnicity, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class. We promote opportunities to celebrate women, collaborate in programming and outreach, and seek unity and understanding. Students are encouraged to stop by the Center to hang out between classes and/or to get involved. The Women’s Center team advises several student organizations and implements various educational opportunities throughout the year. Our programs, events, and resources are available to all, regardless of gender identity or expression. For additional information, please check out our website at wiu.edu/wc and “like” us on Facebook!