WMU’s Public Safety department is active an active partner with Residence Life and the campus community. In addition to a police force, Public Safety includes Parking Services, Environmental Safety and Emergency Management, and the BroncoCard Center.
A few key things to know:
A sick tray option exists for students who are seriously ill and cannot leave their room. To get a sick tray, a student gives his/her WMU Bronco ID card to his/her RA, roommate or suitemate to pick up the tray. At the checker stand, the sick student’s friend will fill out and sign a sick tray slip and have the sick student’s WMU Bronco ID card scanned. Dining staff will help the friend fill a tray using the available menu offerings in the dining hall at the time of the request. No special diet requests are possible.
Drive Safe Kalamazoo provides free, nonjudgmental safe-rides home for WMU students by WMU students. DSK takes calls every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night during the school year from 11 p.m. – 3 a.m. Volunteers dispatch the location and destination of patrons to driver/passenger teams who then take students home. DSK does not promote the use of alcohol, but it acknowledges its existence in the community. By providing a safe ride for community members, DSK hopes to eliminate the negative consequences alcohol may generate.
Residence Life contracts with a licensed exterminator service for all pest control issues. Students can report pest concerns to their hall office or call the Residence Life office at (269) 387-4735. All residence halls are checked for bed bugs during the summer.
Questions about bed bugs?
Residence hall staff is a great resource for students. A full-time professional hall director runs each building with the support of a graduate assistant. Both live and work in the hall, so they are accessible 24/7 to assist with problems or emergencies. On each floor is a resident assistant, who is an upperlevel student there to assist and guide your student during the year. They are trained to help with or make referrals for any type of situation. In addition to being a physical presence in the hall, our staff is on call nightly, facilitates activities for students to meet each other, serves as a general university resource, and is invested in helping your student have a positive WMU experience.
Working with almost 5,000 students annually, Residence Life staff has become great problem solvers. The key, though, is to know there is a problem. If your student is struggling, encourage him/her speak with a staff member. We can help if we know what is happening.
Sindecuse Health Center is a full-function facility with a clinic, counseling services, pharmacy, lab, occupational therapy/sports medicine clinic and medical social work services. Students can schedule appointments with a variety of health care professionals online or come by for walk-in-appointments. Sindecuse accepts a variety of health insurance plans as well as offers a student medical plan.