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Student Affairs

Supporting our student community.

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The Office of Student Affairs helps you thrive at Western. Have fun and get involved with the numerous clubs, activities and resources to make the most out of your time on campus. We’re here to provide support and guidance in the academic, social and emotional development of students. Student Affairs sets you up for success at Western.


Student Affairs

Discover more resources to succeed.

Get involved and discover your strengths through the programs, services and opportunities offered on campus and in the community. Receive assistance with academics, join clubs and organizations and learn more about the many opportunities Western has to offer through the Office of Student Affairs.

Find your strengths

Students can meet friends, learn and become better leaders through Western clubs and organizations.

Find your community

Campus Life programs help students connect and promote academic, social, and emotional development.

Get Involved

We are committed to building an open, inclusive, intellectual and multicultural community.

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.

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 the clubs and organizations offered through the Student Government Association, Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Wilderness Pursuits, the Fitness Center or any of our other activities that interest you.

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 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.

Registration & Advising Services Dining Services Health Center LEAD (Leadership, Engagement & Development)
Aspinall-Wilson ​Center Center for Dis/Ability and Accommodations Leslie J. Savage Library Student ID
Campus Security Study Abroad & Exchange Programs Multicultural Center Testing Services
Career Services Financial Aid & Scholarships Safe Ride The Sweet Life

The programs offered through Campus Life give students the chance to join activities involving their academic, emotional, physical, spiritual or career-related development.

Clubs & Organizations Fitness Center Student Government Association
University Center Housing/Residence Life Wilderness Pursuits

  • Can offer assistance or referrals regarding university policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Assists in resolving student-based problems and conflicts.
  • Neutral and impartial listener—emphasis is on resolving issues informally or through mediation.
  • Helps promote fair and equitable treatment within the Western.

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Additional Resources

Community Standards

Community Standards provide proactive programming and educational interventions in an effort to foster the development of personal and community responsibility.

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Handbook & Policies

See various resources for Western policies and the student handbook.

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Critical Aid Relief Emergency Support (CARES)

The Critical Aid Relief Emergency Support fund (CARES) assists Western students by providing financial support when they need assistance with unexpected emergency expenses surrounding…

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Student Health Insurance

Western does not offer a Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). The following health insurance companies offer SHIPs.

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Academic Probation

Students are placed on academic probation status as a warning that their academic progress is not satisfactory and that they should take steps to improve their academic performance to avoid dismissal from the University.

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Testing Services

Testing Services, located in the office of Student Affairs and the Registration & Advising Services, is responsible for the coordination and administration of testing programs available to Western students and community members.

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After the official Add/Drop period for courses, but before the withdrawal deadline, a student wishing to withdraw entirely from the University will be given a grade of “W” for all courses except variable-credit courses.

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Western will not “excuse” a student from classes. However, the Office of Student Affairs will send out memos to a student’s faculty if they have missed class or plan on missing classes.

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State and Federal laws require that Western students receive immunization records for all full-time students. In addition, certification of registration with Selective Service is required for all males over the age of 18.

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Immunization FAQ

See various resources and frequently asked questions for student immunization.

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Geiman Fellows

The mission of the Geiman Fellows program is to develop leaders capable of excelling in today’s marketplace and being productive members of our global society.

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Title IX/Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Policies

Title IX/Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Policies serve all members of the university community, including students, faculty and other academic personnel…

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Department Information

Student Affairs

Dean of Students

Gary C. Pierson, M.A.

Dean of Students

Executive Assistant to the VP for Student Affairs

Sukhi Bains

Executive Assistant for Administration

Contact Information



Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Taylor Hall 301
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231