Welcome to the University of Western States student resource center! We are glad you stopped by to learn more about the doctor of chiropractic program, the admissions process and the university itself. We welcome you to our community and look forward to connecting with you. Use the resource buttons below to help answer any questions you may have during your journey with us.
PREPARE FOR WELCOME DAY
About Welcome Day
DC Welcome Day is a mandatory but fun event held at the UWS campus typically a week before classes start. It is designed for new students to learn more about the university and its many resources. You will meet your classmates and other members of the campus community, receive your student ID, schedule and parking pass, turn in required forms and prepare for the first day of class. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Look for an email invitation to this event about a month before classes begin.
New DC Student Required Forms Packet
All incoming DC students must complete the new DC student required forms packet using the SignNow electronic signature program. Follow the link (link coming soon) to the forms packet and fill out all forms. Please note that the form packet cannot be submitted until all of the required blue fields have been populated (completed fields turn green). A “DONE” button will appear in the top right-hand corner of the form when all fields are completed, which will allow you to submit.
SignNow works best on a computer. If you are using a mobile device, downloading the SignNow App is suggested but not required.
This packet must be completed before arriving on campus for Welcome Day.
Certificate of MMR Immunization
All incoming DC students must complete a certificate of MMR immunization form. Please download and complete the Certificate of Immunization form prior to Welcome Day. You may need to attach documentation. Please print and bring completed form (and any documentation needed) to Welcome Day.
Title IX Training
All UWS students are required to complete a mandatory Title IX – sexual discrimination and mutual respect training. You will receive an email from Safe Colleges with a link to the training called Campus SaVE Act for Students. Please complete the training as soon as possible and contact student services if you have any questions.
Background Check Requirement
A criminal background check is done after an applicant has been conditionally or fully accepted into any of our academic programs. Certiphi, our background check partner, will send an email with instructions when it is time to complete the check. University of Western States will pay for the background check. The check needs to be completed before the start of term. UWS wants to ensure the safety of our students, employees and patients. The university understands that clinical experiences are an essential element in a number of our programs. Students who cannot participate in clinical experiences due to criminal or other adverse activities revealed in a background check are unable to fulfill the requirements for graduation. If a student has a felony conviction, they may not be able to sit for the board certification exams for their specialty. They also may not be able to attain a state licensure. They may contact the licensing body of the jurisdiction they intend to practice in for further information. Because of these requirements for licensure, we also do not want students incurring debt and then be unable to practice. Visit our background check page for more information.
All UWS students are encouraged to have health insurance coverage, but the university does not require students to show proof of health insurance coverage.
Curriculum, Registration and Schedule
DC Program Curriculum and Registration
The chiropractic program is a 3-4 year, 12-quarter program. You will have the option of taking one or more summers off or complete all terms straight through. View the curriculum.
In our lock-step program, students are automatically registered for classes each term by the registrar’s office, so you don’t need to worry about which courses to take or registering yourself online. You will be assigned a cohort and receive a copy of your schedule at Welcome Day. Your cohort will dictate when your classes will be held.
At Welcome Day, you will be taught how to decipher your schedule but you can always reference this quick tutorial if you need a refresher.
- The academic calendar shows import deadlines, holidays and future term start dates.
DC Program Milestones
Curious about what happens each quarter in the DC program? Check out the timeline by quarter.
Your Student ID
Finding Your Student ID Number
You can find your student ID number in myUWS or webCampus. Do not share this ID number with your fellow students or anyone outside of UWS. This also means NEVER include it in your signature line of your email or other places where it could be accessed by unauthorized viewers.
Here are detailed instructions on how to find your ID number.
You can find a list of required and recommended textbooks for your courses here.
Students are encouraged to check the library catalog for electronic versions of required and recommended textbooks before purchasing. The library carries a few copies all of the required and recommended textbooks in print and has been able to obtain electronic versions of many textbooks for all programs at UWS, saving students hundreds of dollars per term.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition and Fee Statements
Your total balance due is available on the first day of the term. However, the itemized tuition and fee statement will be available to you on the myUWS student access portal beginning on the 1st and 16th of each month. The login for the myUWS site is the first part of your email address (if your email is [email protected], your login username is just “jsmith”), and the password is the same as your email password. At myUWS, there are links to view Balance, view your Financial Statement, and your Financial Aid information. The tuition and fee costs can be found here on the UWS website.
Payment Due Dates
While payment is due on or before the first day of the term, students have a grace period until the last business day of the first month of that quarter to pay tuition and fees without any penalties. Interest of 18 percent per annum will be assessed on the entire account balance on the last business day of each month. If you have any questions about tuition, fees or payment arrangements, please contact the business office at [email protected] or 503-847-2553. More information may also be found in the university catalog.
You can choose to receive residual funds (financial aid after being applied to term charges) through direct deposit to your bank account. Please fill out the UWS Direct Deposit form to set up direct deposit.
Financial aid and other payments received by the university are applied to student accounts within three business days of receipt. If payments are received in excess of tuition, fees and other student account charges, a residual check will be issued to the student to assist with the cost of books, supplies and other living expenses for the term. Students will receive an email from the financial aid department when financial aid funds are applied to their student account. Students will then receive a second email from the financial services department when a check is ready for pickup for on-campus students, or that a check is being mailed out for online students.
Statement of Financial Responsibility
It is mandatory for you to review and sign the Statement of Financial Responsibility prior to starting classes. A hold will be placed on your account and access to classes will be suspended unless this form is submitted to the business office prior to the first day of class.
You will receive a link to sign the form electronically at the email address we have on file in the business office. It may be your personal email or your UWS email, so please check both. If it does not show up in your inbox, please be sure to check your spam/junk mail folder for the message. The subject line reads: “[email protected] Needs Your Signature.” If you have any questions about the Statement of Financial Responsibility, please email [email protected]
A payment plan offers enrolled students the option of paying for their quarterly education costs in up to three equal installments over the course of the term. A one-time fee of $30 is due at the time of application to use this payment method. Each payment is due to the business office by the last business day of the month or last day of the term, depending upon the terms of payment. When making regularly scheduled payments, interest is not charged to the student’s account. In the event of a late or missed payment, interest will be charged on the past due balance. All balances must be paid by the last day of the term otherwise a hold will be placed on the student’s account which prevents the student from accessing grades, receiving transcripts/diploma/certificate and registering for future terms. Please keep in mind that credit card information is not saved for future credit card payments and the student must initiate the payment every month by the due date.
Financial Aid Basics
- The primary source of federal funding for graduate education is through student loans.
- Students are free to pursue non-federal loans (through a bank or other lending agency). If you have questions about a particular loan product, please contact the financial aid office directly.
- You must file a FAFSA for each academic year you will attend and plan to receive financial aid. UWS awards on a summer through spring cycle. The FAFSA is available online at FAFSA.gov.
- Federal loans will require completion of a “Master Promissory Note” and “Entrance Counseling” before those funds can be disbursed.
- Federal loans are paid on a quarterly basis, and if you have completed all the required paperwork and eligibility requirements on time, will typically be paid to your student account during week two of each term.
- Half-time enrollment (5+ graduate credits) is required each term both for eligibility for new loans for that quarter, and to maintain the in-school deferment status on your existing loans. We recommend talking to your advisor or program director about your course plan for your degree.
- More information, including aid for international students, veteran benefits, financial aid forms, and cost of attendance can be found on the UWS website. You can also contact the financial aid office by phone at 503-847-2563 or by email at [email protected].
Financial Aid and Third Party Sponsorship
Financial aid and other payments received by the university are applied to student accounts within three business days of receipt. If payments are received in excess of tuition, fees, and other student account charges, a residual check will be issued to the student to assist with the cost of books, supplies, and other living expenses for the term. Students will receive an email from the financial aid department when financial aid funds are applied to their student account. Students will then receive a second email from the business office when a check is ready for pickup for on-campus students, or that a check is being mailed out for online students.
Proof of Enrollment for Bank or Financial Aid Application
If you are a current student you can submit an enrollment verification form to the registrar’s office. The registrar’s office will then create a letter for you to submit by fax or mail. If you have been accepted but are not yet a student, you must to request a letter from your admissions advisor.
Student Success Coordinator
The student success coordinator will pick up where your admissions advisor leaves off after you are accepted into the university. They are your resource of any questions you may encounter while you are a student and can’t find an answer to here in the Student Resource Center.
The registrar’s office handles scheduling, grades and enrollment verification.
The business office is the place that handles your financial portion of being a student, specifically where you pay your tuition.
Need to contact someone else? Find them here.
When is new student orientation?
Students should visit this student resource center anytime they have questions, during any point of their student journey. There is no set new student orientation. UWS will send new students emails to assist with preparations prior to the first day of class and our student success coordinator is always available to help out with anything that a student can’t find here.
How do I register for classes?
In our lock-step program, students are automatically registered for classes each term. DC students will be assigned a cohort on Welcome Day and that cohort will let you know which labs you are assigned to and when to attend that lab.
When will I receive my class schedule?
You will receive your class schedule at Welcome Day along with your cohort assignment.
When and how do I pay my tuition?
Tuition and fees can be found here. While payment is due on or before the first day of the term, students have a grace period until the last business day of the first month of that quarter to pay tuition and fees without any penalties. Once you’re a student, you can make a payment online through MyUWS, by mailing a check or by calling 503-847-2553. If a parent or spouse would like to make a payment, you will have to complete a FERPA release to allow others access to your account.
What do I need to bring the first day of class?
Bring your iPad and memorized log-in credentials for accessing webCampus. Instructional materials created by your faculty are accessible in their respective webCampus courses. You may access these materials in real-time during lectures or you may download them to your iPad in advance. Paper versions of the course note packets may be ordered via the webCampus courses and then purchased at minimal cost at the time of pickup in the UWS campus store. Bring paper and a pen or pencil if your preference is to take handwritten notes.
Is there a dress code?
Casual and athletic clothing are acceptable in classroom and lab settings. In the clinic setting, there is a more strict dress code that requires students to present themselves as professional health care providers.
Will I need specific clothes in the anatomy lab?
It is best to dedicate specific clothing to be worn in the anatomy lab and presume those clothes will be disposed at the end of the anatomy course series because clothes that are worn in the lab will get soiled as a result of dissection activities. Many students choose to wear hospital scrubs, but doing so is not required. Your lower extremities should be covered with long pants and closed-toe shoes. Long sleeves or short sleeves are personal preference. The temperature in the dissection suite is maintained in the mid to high 60s, so plan accordingly.
- MyUWS is where you will find final grades, tuition statements, unofficial transcripts and class schedules.
- Online orientation provides essential information about online learning and UWS departments and services, and includes forms and questionnaires that must be completed before you start class. It starts one month prior to the beginning of class.
- webCampus is the online classroom space. Students will find course material, assignments, some course grades and more. It is also where your online orientation course will be held. You cannot login to webCampus until you have your UWS email address and password. Once you do, learn how to access your webCampus account here. You may also like to review the webCampus system requirements here.
- Webmail is the UWS internal email system. Important information will be sent to your UWS email address, not your personal email address.
- Specific devices are required to access course materials and benefit your learning experience. Learn more about device requirements at UWS.
- Need more details on educational software for UWS students? Here’s a software guide that may help.
You should have received a welcome letter from the UWS technical services department containing your email address and temporary password. If you encounter any issues or cannot locate this information, please contact IT support at [email protected].
Accessing UWS Email
Please check your UWS email address regularly. All communications from UWS will go to your UWS email, not your personal email address. This includes communication from financial services, financial aid, the registrar’s office, student services, UWS administration, technology services and your instructors.
- Open https://mail.uws.edu in any browser.
- Enter the full email address as the user name (i.e. [email protected]) and your password.
- Click OK.
Changing your UWS Password
Your UWS password will be used for accessing UWS email, myUWS, WebCampus and the library database.
- Log in to your UWS email account at https://mail.uws.edu.
- Click the Options menu in the upper right corner of the webpage.
- Select Change Your Password.
- Fill out the Change Password Form and click Save. The system will require you to supply a new password with nine characters or more. A good password is one that is easy for you to remember but difficult for someone else to guess. Passwords should contain upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.
Password Reset Enrollment
The UWS technical services team has enabled a tool that allows students to reset their own password without needing to submit a ServiceHub ticket.
- To use the tool, you must enroll and answer security questions. Follow the instructions to enroll.
- You are strongly encouraged to sign up before the first day of class.
Which passwords does this reset?
- The same password is used for webCampus, myUWS, UWS email, and library resources. If you reset the password in one location, the new password will apply for all four places.
- If there are any issues using the password reset site, please submit a ServiceHub request.
Syncing UWS Email to Your Mobile Device
You should be able to add your UWS email to your phone or tablet though the steps may be slightly different depending on the device.
UWS uses Microsoft Exchange to manage email, so if there is an option for you to select “Exchange” or some variant of that, you should just need to put your full email address (including the @students.uws.edu part) and password in to get that account synced to your device.
If you require further information to sync your email to your device, please see below.
Username: Full UWS email address
Password: email address password
Server: mail.uws.edu (sometimes students.uws.edu or just uws.edu will be pulled into this box by default)
Domain: you should be able to leave this blank
If you need help setting this up, please submit a ServiceHub request.
Panopto is the UWS video server from where most recorded course content is streamed. Panopto recordings are accessible directly from your course site without separately logging in. There is also a Panopto mobile app that you can download. Each UWS instructor may or may not choose to utilize Panopto as a teaching tool in their class. Detailed information can be found in the Using webCampus guide.
Required Devices and Apps
UWS requires all doctor of chiropractic students to purchase an iPad. More detailed specifications and answers to frequently asked questions about devices can be found on the UWS website.
There are some apps that you will use throughout your time at UWS. Please download the apps listed below before Welcome Day.
- AllofE Browser: This is the app that you will use for electronic testing. When you open the app, enter the registration code EMED-OFFL. Do not try to log in to the app at this time, as you won’t have an account in the testing system until Welcome Day. At that time you will be walked through completing the setup for testing.
- iClicker Reef: This is a “clicker” app used for polling and less formal quizzing in the classroom. Create an account and download the app at the website above. When you set up your account, please use your UWS email address as your login name.
- Panopto Mobile: Panopto is the UWS streaming video server and lecture capture tool. Access course video content via browser or the Panopto Mobile app. View HD video presentations, lectures, instructional videos, and recorded events. Search inside videos by keyword or topic. UWS Panopto server name: uws.hosted.panopto.com. Log in using your webCampus credentials (your UWS email address and password).
- Leica AirLab: Leica AirLab recognizes the WiFi signal from select Leica microscopes and allows several users to simultaneously capture, annotate, measure, share, and organize the images from the scopes. Image adjustments, Customization of Annotation appearance, and Calibration for measurements can be done on both the live and captured images for professional results. You may be using this app in conjunction with special microscopes for some of your lab courses in first quarter.
Accessing Library Resources on the iPad
The library currently recommends that you access library e-resources on your iPad in the same way you access them on your laptop or desktop computer: from the library catalog or databases page via a web browser.
Some of the resources such as PubMed and the EBSCO databases offer mobile apps, but these apps are more suitable for phones than for tablets. Other resources like the Netter Presenter image database do offer an iPad app, but at a cost. Continuing to access these resources via the library webpages will ensure that you are not being charged unnecessarily for products the library already subscribes to, and that you are accessing the functional, full-featured versions of these resources. If you find that an e-resource offered by the library is not working well on your iPad, please let us know by emailing the librarian at [email protected].
One library resource-related app you may wish to install is DynaMed Plus. The benefit of using the app, rather than just accessing DynaMed Plus from the library databases page via a browser, is that it allows you to access DynaMed Plus information offline. The initial install (a somewhat lengthy process) and all updates require a WiFi connection. Directions for authenticating and installing the DynaMed Plus app can be found here.
Many courses at UWS include electronic tests administered through the AllofE browser. We will talk more about this at Welcome Day, but you can use the step-by-step instructions below to set up guided access and the AllofE browser.
Setting up Guided Access
The AllofE Browser app requires the use of Guided Access on your iPad. Guided Access locks down your iPad to the open app. You cannot send or receive texts, take screenshots, or access anything outside of the AllofE Browser.
To Enable Guided Access
- In Settings on your iPad, tap General.
- Tap Accessibility.
- Scroll down to Learning and tap Guided Access.
- Turn it on and set a Passcode. This passcode is for Guided Access only.
- You have now enabled Guided Access.
Setting Up the AllofE Browser
- Download the AllofE Browser from the App Store.
- Once it has been installed, open the app.
- When you first set up the app, it will ask for a Registration Code. This code will only have to be entered once. The Registration Code is EMED-OFFL
- Tap Next.
- You will now see an Error message telling you to turn on Guided Access. You do this by triple-clicking your Home button.
- Enter your full UWS email as your Username.
- NOTE – You may not be able to log in right away. Your account will be created in the system before Welcome Day.
- If this is your first time login in, you will need to click the Forgot Password?
- Enter your UWS email address and tap OK.
- Follow the instructions in the email to reset your password.
- When you have entered your username and password, tap Submit.
- You will now see a list of Available Tests.
- NOTE – You don’t have to have any tests assigned to log into the app. In the future, it is good practice to log into the app prior to the time you will take a test to make sure there are no issues with your app or login.
- Select the test you want to take to highlight it and tap Download Test.
- Once the test is downloaded, tap Take Test to begin the test.
- Refresh will reload the testing list.
To Adjust Settings for Guided Access in the AllofE Browser App
- To leave a testing session, click the Home button three times.
- Enter the passcode you set for Guided Access.
- You will see the Guided Access settings options screen.
- In the center bottom, make sure that Touch is enabled.
- Tap Hardware Buttons in the bottom left. It will display some functionality options. Make sure both Motion and Keyboard are enabled.
- To resume your testing session, tap Resume in the top right.
- To exit the Guided Access session, tap End in the top left.
Accessing Grades, Tuition Statement, Transcripts and Schedules
While at UWS, myUWS is where you will find final grades, tuition statements, unofficial transcripts and class schedules.
NOTE – Please do not use Internet Explorer to access myUWS, as there is a known compatibility issue.
- Go to myUWS
- Enter your username and password
The username is the part of your UWS email address before “@” sign. (i.e. jdoe from [email protected]). Your password should be the password sent to you in your welcome letter or the new password you set if you have changed it.
- Click Log In
Viewing your Grades
- Navigate to the Grades Tab.
- Click on the Grade Report link.
- Select the term for which you want to view grades.
You can use either the dropdown menu on the left, or the Quick Links on the right.
Understanding the Grade Report
This student has taken four courses this term. The course number, course name, credits, quality points, and course grade are all listed on this grade report. You can see that there is no grade for General Chemistry I. This is because the faculty for that course has not yet submitted course grades.
If you have problems logging in to myUWS, or have an issue retrieving your grades, please visit the UWS ServiceHub. Log in here using your full email address and password.
The UWS campus store is the campus resource for books, medical supplies, nutritional supplements, food and UWS logoed gifts and clothing.
- Medical supplies
- Nutritional supplements
- Books, gifts and school supplies
- Food (deli items, energy bars and quick meals) and cold beverages
We work with many small, local vendors and now you can access us online at www.uwsbookstore.com. Orders placed are filled within one business day.
Campus Store Services
- Doc Bag handout. The UWS campus store handles doc bag handouts during the second week of Q3. Quality medical tools needed for class and clinic practice will be provided at the distribution. Information will be provided to you during your first quarter through your student email account. This information will provide details regarding the doc bag, upgrade options, and opt-out directions.
- Invoicing for Veterans. If you are a Veterans Affairs (VA) student, we offer one-stop shopping and direct invoicing to the VA to cover your textbook and other school supplies. Please stop by to review VA policies regarding which items are covered.
- Intern business cards. The campus store orders all required business cards for clinical interns which are purchased when they are picked up.
- Daily parking passes and TriMet bus tickets for UWS-related travel. Daily parking passes and TriMet bus tickets are available in the campus store.
- Student discounts. The campus store offers some items at special prices, such as group discounts on chiropractic tables; textbook bundles; and special student prices for specialty tools. Periodically, the campus store has items on sale.
- Special orders. Is there something you’d like to order that we don’t commonly carry? Just ask and we’ll see if we can get it for you.
Questions? Contact the campus store at 503-251-5763.
Spinal Tap Coffee Kiosk
The Spinal Tap coffee kiosk located inside the UWS campus store serves Stumptown Coffee and offers a variety of muffins, bagels and pastries. The Spinal Tap offers “buy 12, get one free” loyalty cards and weekly drink specials.
Housing, Parking and Transportation
UWS does not offer on-campus housing, however, the office of student services helps provide students with housing resources in surrounding areas.
Parking and Transportation
Students must submit a commute declaration form by the end of the first week of each quarter. The form allows students to choose a variety of transportation options and ensures receipt of information about UWS parking and transportation options, rules and policies. We set up times during orientation and the first week of school to allow students time to ask questions and fill out the form. If you complete this form at least one day before Welcome Day, your permit will be available for pickup at Welcome Day, otherwise permits are available the following business day after 11 a.m. at the campus store. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
Read more about parking and transportation options around campus.
Services at the Library
- 24/7 access to extensive library electronic resources: research databases, e-journals, e-books, streaming videos and research guides
- Research guides on over 20 subjects
- Reference and assignment help via email, chat, phone, and in person
- Computers, printers and copiers available for use
- Fax and notary services
- Borrowing of library materials via USPS mail for off-campus students
- Library guide
- Off-campus access
- Library catalog
- Library databases
- Tutorials: Watch videos on how to search databases like Medline, CINAHL and DynaMed, as well as how to use the RefWorks citation management tool. Learn how to use the UWS library catalog to find books, e-books and videos.
- Research guides
- Contact a librarian
Optional Library and Information Literacy Skills Course
Library DIY: Using the UWS Library is an optional course available to you in order to brush up on accessing and using library information resources, basic search skills, choosing the right resource for your information need, avoiding plagiarism and more. It may take about two hours to complete all sections of this course or you can view individual sections independently.
UWS has established a number of safety measures including our campus alert system, campus security program, TIPS, an online reporting portal for safety concerns as well as suggestions to benefit UWS, and counseling support. Learn more about campus safety here.
- Call 911 in an emergency
- Reaching UWS campus public safety:
- Call 503-206-3206 from any phone – please program this number into your phone
- Call 211 from a campus phone
- Wear your UWS ID at all times while on campus
- Students can contact public safety if they have car problems, such as a dead battery or need access to buildings to retrieve belongings during normal business hours
When to Call
In any emergency, call 911. Campus public safety may be called for a variety of safety issues and concerns.
Types of issues to report to campus public safety at 503-206-3206 or 211 from campus phones:
- To report an urgent accident or injury.
- Suspicious individuals seen on campus, anyone lingering or lurking.
- Unsafe behavior of any kind, whether from the public, fellow students, etc.
- Suspected theft, or witnessing theft or vandalism.
- Lights burned out that cause unsafe conditions.
- Evening safety concerns, including requests to be walked to your car.
- Anyone who makes you feel afraid or threatened.
- Unsafe campus conditions, such as icy sidewalks or trip hazards.
- Calls to campus public safety 503-206-3206 or 211 (from campus phones) go directly to the public safety officer on duty, to a facilities team member or to an after hours monitor 24/7.
- The Public Safety phone number should only be used for UWS safety-related business, and only for on-campus safety issues. Calling public safety for other business could jeopardize the safety of callers with urgent safety needs.
- In an emergency, when there is a threat of violence or danger, or when you see criminal activity occurring, call 911, then call public safety to assist.
- Leaving a message:
- Leave a message with your phone number.
- Describe your location.
- State the issue you need help with.
Campus Notification System
The UWS campus notification system, powered by Omnilert, enables the university to alert you in the event of a weather-related campus closing, emergency situation or other important event. This system broadcasts a text message to your cell phone, or to an email address. The system is optional and you must sign up in order to receive these important messages. Sign up for the UWS campus notification system.
TIPS Reporting Tool
UWS has an incident reporting tool that can be accessed 24/7 via the website. The TIPS tool can be used to report any non-emergency incident and/or provide feedback to the university. Please report any emergencies by phone to 503-206-3206.
University of Western States campus safety is committed to providing a safe campus in cases of emergency. More information and detailed instructions for a variety of emergency situations can be found here.
Part of crime prevention is individual safety consciousness and awareness of personal environment. You can help to prevent crime by being cautious and alert, and by reporting suspicious activities. Prompt reporting enhances safety for all.
Suggested crime prevention measures:
- Do not park in isolated areas – move your car during the daylight to a close location if you expect to depart after dark.
- At night, walk in well-lighted areas in groups, avoid short cuts.
- If you ride a bike, please make sure you lock it.
- Never leave your bike overnight.
- Lock your car immediately upon entrance or exit of the vehicle.
- Keep your car keys and all identifying information with you at all times.
- Do not leave valuable items in your car – leave valuables at home.
- Do not leave personal property unattended on campus, keep your locker locked, and do not store valuables or ID in your locker.
- Do not bring any kind of weapon onto UWS property. The carrying of weapons on campus is prohibited and subject to disciplinary action.
Title IX – Sexual Discrimination and Mutual Respect
University of Western States is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination on the basis of sex. The university provides resources and trainings to the campus to address concerns related to discrimination based on such factors as race, religion, color, sex, age, citizenship status, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, disability, veteran status, marital status, legal source of income, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or any other status protected by law.
All members of the university community are responsible for creating educational and work environments that do not discriminate and that emphasize mutual respect. All members of the university community will cooperate with university officials charged with investigating allegations of policy violations.
The Title IX coordinator can answer questions regarding the process of reporting, resources, investigation of complaints of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking or other potential Title IX violations. The Title IX coordinator at University of Western States is Rosalia Messina.
UWS Annual Security Report
UWS publishes an annual security report and may update the report periodically during the year. An Annual Security Report is required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 UWS § 1092(f)). This report is available on the campus safety page. The intent of the report is to provide crime and public safety information, policies, and resources to the UWS campus community.
The university provides free tutoring services and open labs for all students interested in additional assistance with any course or lab work. We encourage you to sign up early for this service. Don’t wait until you fall behind!
Group and Individual Tutoring
Students can sign up for group and individual tutoring for a variety of courses throughout the program. Appointments can be scheduled online at uws.mywconline.com. There is no limit to the number of tutoring appointments you make or courses in which you can make them, so take advantage of this free resource as early as possible.
Open Lab Tutoring
Throughout the DC program there are courses that have open lab tutoring time. Labs are set up as drop-in tutoring sessions that are held at least once per week during the quarter. Open lab times are announced by course faculty. More information about tutoring, including instructions on how to make an appointment can be found on the tutoring webpage. Any questions about tutoring can be sent to [email protected].
Writing tutoring is a collaborative process where tutors work alongside students as they grow as writers. Tutors provide support in writing skills, but are not editors or content creators.
The writing tutoring service can be accessed:
- via emailed submissions of drafts
- by online writing support via web chat (Zoom, Skype, etc.)
- in person meetings (on campus only)
Health and Counseling
Counseling and Health Services
The Campus Health Center provides a variety of services for students and their families, from free chiropractic care to discounted health services. Counseling services are provided free on campus to UWS students. Each student is eligible for up to eleven free appointments. The on-site counselors are advanced doctoral psychology student supervised by an experienced licensed psychologist. UWS on-site services will include consultations for individuals or couples, and may include groups depending on the needs of UWS students. Some common concerns that can be addressed by the UWS counselor include:
- Anxiety and worry
- School difficulties
- Relationship problems
Setting up an appointment is easy and confidential. Simply email [email protected]. Counselors are only on campus a few days each week, but will respond to your request in a timely manner in order to schedule an appointment or answer questions you may have about the service. General questions about counseling services can also be answered by the student services staff. Learn more about the health services offered to students.
Students with Disabilities
University of Western States provides equal access to opportunity for persons with learning and other disabilities under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended (2008). Members of the university community work together to ensure equal access for students with disabilities so that they may participate fully in the educational experience at UWS.
The office of student services works to create equitable opportunities for full participation of individuals with barriers to learning such as physical or psychological disabilities. Students with documented disabilities or general learning concerns are encouraged to contact student services to determine what services are available.
Please meet with student services staff as soon as possible if you are interested in requesting accommodations. Student services will then determine eligibility and authorize accommodations. Information about the accommodation process and accessibility resources available on campus can be found here. You may also view the testing center, disability accommodations procedural manual for more information about the accommodations process. For more information or to request accommodations, please contact the office of student services by phone at 503-251-2802 or by email at [email protected].
Accommodated testing and approved make-up testing are offered through the campus testing center located at the east end of the gymnasium.
If you are a veteran, member of the Reserves, or member of the National Guard, you may be eligible for educational benefits through the Veterans Administration. Learn more about services offered to veteran’s at UWS.
The university is committed to providing tools and resources for students to succeed during their program and as they take their education into professional practice. The alumni team offers professional development support to help students and alumni build successful careers and pursue lifelong learning. Alumni services also manages UWS Switchboard and the UWS Mentor Network. Learn more about alumni services.
UWS provides employment opportunities for students to gain work experience and skills while enrolled at the university. A list of open positions, as well as eligibility requirements and application instructions can be found here.
Specializations and Concurrent Degrees
Student clubs are a great way to get to know your classmates, get involved on campus and above all else, have fun!
- Associated Student Body (ASB) is the UWS student government organization that ensures the professional, academic and personal needs and interests of the students are cooperatively represented and met. The ASB is open to all students to participate.
Diversity and Inclusion
UWS Social Media
Connect with us on social media! These are our channels:
Need some guiance when it comes to UWS policies and practices around social media? These resources can help:
UWS uses the following hashtags:
#UWSLife – general posts
#UWSGives – when talking about donor and community relations initiatives
DC Facebook Groups
UWS has created a private Facebook groups for incoming DC students to connect with each other. Introduce yourself to your future classmates/colleagues, find housemates, study buddies, or adventurous pals to explore the city and beyond. Once you are accepted, you should receive an invite to your Facebook cohort group. If you have been accepted but haven’t received an invitation to join the group, please contact [email protected].
UWS Switchboard is a digital space to connect with the UWS community by asking for what you need and offering what you want to share. Switchboard is designed to showcase the things you care about most, like jobs, shadowing, patient referrals, practice management and advice. Sign up for Switchboard and start connecting!
The Fine Print
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. Read more about FERPA.
At its discretion, UWS may provide directory information in accordance with the provisions of FERPA, including:
- Student name
- UWS email
- Program of study
- Degrees received
- Dates of attendance
- Date of graduation
- Enrollment status (full-time, part-time or not enrolled)
Simply put: If you want to block all of your student information (including what’s listed above) from being accessed by anyone other than yourself, you will need to complete a non-disclosure of directory information form. If you need a family member or someone other than yourself to pay tuition on your behalf or access any part of your financial records, student records, or transcripts, you will need to submit a FERPA release form.