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STUDENT ADVOCATE

Student Advocate

 

Zane May
Student Advocate
Student Government Association
219 Rhatigan Student Center
316.978.3026

student.advocate@wichita.edu


The Student Advocate is an executive, non-partisan member of the Student Government Association at Wichita State University who is available to assist you with problems that haven’t been resolved by other offices on campus.

How the Student Advocate Can Help

• Explain University policies and procedures
• Analyze situations, assess possible courses of action, and offer guidance in pursuing solutions
• Direct you to the person most capable of addressing your concern
• Bring complaints to the attention of appropriate University officials
• Assist in finding other people who have similar interests and concerns
• Conduct research concerning campus issues
• Provide referrals to on-campus and off-campus resources, including professional counseling, legal services, alcohol and drug treatment programs, and community resources
• Assist with traffic appeals and academic appeals
• Recommend changes to policies to address issues and concerns
• Mediate situations between parties of a dispute to bring about a resolution

What is unique about the Student Advocate’s office?

ACCESSIBILITY
Any member of the WSU community (students, staff, or faculty) may consult with the Student Advocate.

CONFIDENTIALITY
The Student Advocate respects the privacy of individuals seeking assistance. With some exceptions, information you share with the Student Advocate will not be disclosed or discussed with anyone without express, written permission.
Exceptions:
• The Student Advocate believes your or someone else’s health or safety is being threatened.
• The Student Advocate becomes aware of alleged sexual misconduct, relationship violence, or stalking.
• The Student Advocate becomes aware of alleged abuse of a minor or elder.
• The Student Advocate receives a court order.

The Counseling and Testing Center (320 Grace Wilkie Hall, 316-978-3440) provides personal counseling in which all information shared between counselor and client remains confidential, except as required by law.

INDEPENDENCE
The Student Advocate takes the interests and concerns of all members of the WSU community involved in a dispute into consideration, and works toward resolutions based on principles of fairness and equity, without favoritism toward any group or individual. To ensure objectivity, the office is independent of all University structures.

Why does WSU have a Student Advocate Office?

The Office of Ombudsman was created in 1968 to provide the WSU community with informal assistance in resolving intra-campus conflicts, disputes, and grievances; in promoting fair and equitable treatment within the University; and in fostering the general well-being of the WSU community. The name was changed to Student Advocate during the Spring of 2001.