Business Services

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Business Services supports the Western Michigan University community through effective risk and contract management. The office offers traditional risk management assistance as well as expanded services such as:

  • Programs to empower staff, faculty and students to actively practice risk management and loss avoidance.
  • Identification and mitigation of emerging risks.
  • Proactive staff and revenue stream development to ensure business continuity.
  • Effective contract management for University non-grant and sponsored contracts.


WMU’s contract submission and legal review process is changing.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, all contracts, i.e., anything with Terms and Conditions (except Independent Contractor Agreements) between WMU and vendors should be submitted via COLT (Contract Organization and Lifecycle Tool). The WMU CMS ( submission link process will be permanently deleted on Dec. 31, 2022.

A dedicated team has been fine-tuning COLT for several years, however, its rollout was interrupted by the pandemic. It will now become the University’s source for reviewing, retaining, and reporting contracts. More information will be available as the deadline approaches. Contact your COLT contact person with questions or to gain access.

The Link below will guide you to the Information Technology page that will have an embedded link for you to find your COLT contact person (if needed).