Health and Wellness

Thrive at Western

At Western, we believe students who are actively encouraged and supported in their efforts to be well are better able to achieve their personal and academic goals.

There are multiple dimensions of wellness, multiple pathways to wellness, and multiple ways our wellness is impacted by—and contributes to—the wellness of our larger community.

The Student Health Center at Western is a primary care medical clinic specializing in college health.  The Student Health Center is staffed by a team of board-certified family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and support staff.  They provide an extensive array of services including preventive health care and management of health concerns, illnesses and injuries. The mandatory, quarterly counseling, health and wellness fee provides eligible students (students enrolled in six or more credits on Western's campus) with unlimited access to the Student Health Center, without charge for office visits. 

Second Floor, Campus Services, 2001 Bill McDonald Parkway,


The Counseling and Wellness Center offers multiple pathways for students to thrive at Western and beyond, from therapy groups and individual counseling services to drop-in wellness outreach programs to self-care resources available on our website. We offer a unique volunteer opportunity through our Wellness Advocates program for students interested in contributing to a safe and healthy campus community, and we also contribute to the mental health professions by serving as a training site for graduate students in psychology and counseling. Students enrolled in 6 or more credits are automatically eligible for services, and students registered for fewer credits may access services by paying the Health Service Fee. 

Some of our specific offerings include:

Substance Abuse Prevention: Confidential, nonjudgmental support and referral for Western students who want assistance or information regarding their own use or someone else’s use of alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, or other drugs.

Community Check-ins: Weekly informal support and consultation spaces to promote emotional and mental well-being and connect students to campus resources, when needed. 

Survivor Advocacy Services: Confidential survivor advocacy, support and referral services for students who have experienced any form of violence during childhood, adolescence, or adulthood.

Wellness Workshops: Interactive workshops, including Wellness Wednesdays, Mindful Self-Compassion, Yoga and Meditation, and Outdoor Wellness Breaks, that center holistic health and well-being.

Old Main 540/560, 360-650-3164,

For the latest information about Western's health and safety protocols in response to the Coronavirus, visit WWU's Covid-19 website to find:

  • Weekly Covid updates, recovery status, and health dashboard
  • Information communicated from the WWU Covid Support Team
  • Covid safety practices at WWU, vaccine requirements, safety tips
  • WWU Coronavirus information line & contact form
  • Regional Covid resources, and more


Violence Prevention & Education Training

Western is deeply committed to creating a campus community that supports healthy relationships and fosters a safe environment for everyone. Our prevention and education programming is designed to help you build stronger skills to identify and intervene in situations where others’ well-being or safety may be in jeopardy.

Western requires all matriculated undergraduates and graduate students to complete mandatory Sexual Assault Prevention online trainings. Western has partnered with EverFi to provide this important training, which reflects Western’s culture and values and is part of a national effort across college campuses aimed at decreasing sexual violence and increasing safety for all students.

Visit for available training information.

The Counseling and Wellness Center provides sexual violence prevention training for all student athletes in order to promote a healthy and safe culture at Western; fulfill the vision, mission, and goals of the University; and support the University’s compliance with NCAA policy and Title IX requirements. 

Our interactive training workshops are coordinated by Western's Sexual Violence Prevention and Outreach Specialist, Liz Stuart. For more information, contact Liz Stuart at 360-650-7982 or


WWU is committed to maintaining an environment that is free of alcohol and other drug abuse for students, faculty and staff. We maintain this commitment in support of academic excellence, work performance, quality of life, and the well-being of all community members.

WWU will uphold state and federal laws pertaining to alcohol and other drug use. It is required that all students and employees comply with these laws. Action may be taken on any violation of State and Federal law or university regulations.

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Please note: It is a violation of university policy to possess, use, manufacture, cultivate, distribute, sell or provide marijuana on WWU property (grounds, buildings, parking lots), or at an official WWU function at any location. Violations may result in disciplinary action and/or legal citation. For complete penalty text, visit:

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. All students are responsible for understanding and complying with the responsibilities and expectations set forth in this code.

For a directory of university policies by subject, visit: