As the westernmost institution in the UNC system, Western Carolina University provides
educational opportunities to residents of the state’s western region and attracts
students from around the globe to explore the area’s vast resources.
At Western Carolina University, we view our admissions process as our opportunity
to build the community that defines our institution. We look for people eager to explore
and ready to redefine success.
Programs and courses at Western Carolina are designed to provide hands-on, applied
experience. Students engage with communities across the region as they practice their
profession in real-world environments.
Western Carolina’s unique mountain location helps fuel a vibrant campus community
with more than 170 student clubs and organizations as well as a busy performing arts
calendar and the campus’s own adventure guide service.
Western Carolina is home to 16 Southern Conference athletic teams with more than 375
student athlete competitors. WCU strives to inspire student-athletes to compete like
champions on the field and in the classroom.
Western Carolina was founded to serve the region it calls home, and that has not changed.
WCU continues to focus on regional development initiatives, engaged service and community
programs. It also partners with alumni and donors to ensure access to higher education
for deserving students in the region and beyond.
Committed to Equity: Guiding Principles of the Bias Reporting Process
As an institution of higher education, WCU has a long tradition of maintaining an
environment that respects the dignity, rights, and value of all people and protects
the tenets of freedom of expression. This includes free academic exploration of ideas,
voicing unpopular views, and expressing dissent. As members of the University community,
individuals have the right to express their own views but must also afford the same
right to others. As members of an institution dedicated to creating an environment
rich with learning opportunities that incorporates teaching, research, service, and
engagement through on-campus, off-campus, online, and international experiences, we
have a variety of rights and responsibilities. The University embraces and strives
to uphold the freedoms of expression and speech guaranteed by the First Amendment
of the U.S. Constitution and the North Carolina Constitution. At the same time, the
University has the right, under appropriate circumstances, to regulate the time, place,
and manner of exercising these and other constitutionally protected rights. (UNC Policy Manual 700.4.2)
Students with specific information related to an alleged incident involving discrimination,
harassment or intimidation of a person or group based on a protected class as defined
by the university (see policies 10 and 53) are encouraged to report it to University personnel. To assist with processing information,
individuals are asked to identify the "Nature of (the) report" as "Bias Report". Please
note, concerns about the safety of an individual should be reported to a University
administrator or the University Police immediately.
Bias Reporting Process
Once a bias report is submitted, the following occurs:
The report is reviewed by designated staff.
The reporting party is sent confirmation that the report has been received.
The reporting party is invited to meet to discuss the report.
The content of the report is investigated.
Upon investigation, the matter is referred to the appropriate resource.
The reporting party is sent a message regarding the completion of the investigation.
The report is discussed by the Bias Committee and the appropriate information is posted
A Bias report is a method by which as member of the WCU community can submit information
related to an incident that possibly involves discrimination, harassment or intimidation
of a person or group of people based upon a perceived protected class as deinded by
university policy 10 and university policy 53.
Bias reports are important to the WCU community. WCU has the ability, desire, obligation
and opportunity to provide students with educational dialogue as a direct result of
actions or behaviors that are contrary to university expectations. Filing a bias report
alerts university leadership to campus concerns and may result in the filing of criminal
charges, Code of Conduct violations and/or educational opportunities.
Those interested in filing a bias report can do so online or in person by contacting
the Student Affairs Office (114 Scott Hall East, 828.227.7147 or the Title IX Coordinator
(HFR 520, 828.227.7116).
Yes. No matter the level of information, all reports submitted are reviewed in a timely
manner and investigated to the fullest extent possible according to law and applicable
university policies. If the person about whom the report is filed does not wish to
participate in the investigation, WCU may be limited with regard to the investigation
and/or response to the reported concern(s).
Yes, individuals are encouraged to report any concerns they may have related to a
possible violation of university policy 10 oruniversity policy 53. All reports submitted are reviewed in a timely manner and investigated to the fullest
extent possible according to law and applicable university policies. If the person
about whom the report is filed does not wish to participate in the investigation,
WCU may be limited with regard to the investigation and/or response to the reported
When a bias report is submitted, the Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students and/or
the Title IX Coordinator will review the submitted materials on the same or next business
day. Upon review, the matter could be closed without further action, referred for
conduct-related proceedings, referred for educational dialogue and/or referred to
law enforcement officials. If a matter is referred, the entity receiving the referral
will handle the matter according to established relevant policies and procedures until
the matter has been resolved. Once proceedings regarding a matter are completed, the
matter is referred to the Student Affairs Office for closure.
Individuals may contact the Student Affairs Office (114 Scott Hall East, 828.227.7147
or the Title IX Coordinator (HFR 520, 828.227.7116) for assistance with a situation.
It is true that the First Amendment provides citizens with an important, significant
level of protections related to speech. This is true even for speech that some consider
hateful, hurtful, objectionable, offensive or rude. Within specific limitations, the
First Amendment does allow for time, manner, and place restrictions. However, WCU
students are likely to be exposed to speech that causes them concern on different
occasions during their time as students. WCU has the ability, desire, obligation and opportunity to provide students with educational
dialogue as a direct result of actions or behaviors that are contrary to university
expectations. Bias reporting is an important way to report concerns regarding speech
and behavior on our campus community.