About

Mission Statement:  student transitions

 All students beginning their academic journey at WMU are important to the Office of Student Transitions (OST). Attending college is a major life event filled with expectations and questions. The OST staff looks forward to meeting you and supporting you during your time at WMU!

 Mission

The Office of Student Transitions is committed to supporting all undergraduate students, including first-years, transfers, and contemporary adult learners. We assist and support students in developing social networks, understanding the expectations of academic rigor, learning about the vast opportunities and resources at Western Michigan University, and preparing for life beyond WMU.

Vision

The Office of Student Transitions will acclimate incoming undergraduate students to Western Michigan University’s collegiate culture and provide them the support and assistance to help them become involved and engaged Broncos.

Program aspirations

Becoming immersed in the collegiate experience has the potential to change one’s personal and career trajectories for life. Through engagement with OST students will:

  • Develop a strong academic foundation that culminates with graduation from WMU
  • Gain social connections and relationships with peers, faculty, and staff
  • Find balance between academic and personal lives
  • Participate in a diverse and inclusive community that celebrates the uniqueness of all students
  • Learn the value and importance of service learning, respect, and civility

University Sexual Assault and Misconduct Policy

Western Michigan University encourages all members of our community to participate in the process of creating a safe, welcoming and respectful environment on campus. With the Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking Policy and Procedures, we affirm the commitment of the university and our community to the values of transparency and timely communication, and accountable and responsible behavior within an ethical, compassionate, diverse and respectful environment.

The Faculty Senate Executive Board approved the suggested syllabus statement regarding Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking Policy and Procedures. November 2015

"Students and instructors are responsible for making themselves aware of and abiding by the “Western Michigan University Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking Policy and Procedures” related to prohibited sexual misconduct under Title IX, the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Under this Policy, Responsible Employees, (including instructors) are required to report claims of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator or designee (located in the Office of Institutional Equity). For more information, see www.wmich.edu/sexualmisconduct."