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Adult Student Resources & Policies

  • Academic Support

    • Contact the professor of the class in which you are struggling. Your professor may have ideas for improvement, or may know of campus resources that can be helpful. The sooner you contact your professor, the better!
    • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your options. Call 509.777.3222 to schedule an appointment or email your advisor directly with questions and concerns.
    • Take advantage of campus academic supports, including the Composition Commons, math labs, and world language tutoring (see Academic Tutoring & Resources).
    • Contact educational support services, on the second floor of the HUB. This is particularly important if you have a documented learning disability. Information is available at
    • Utilize the Whitworth Center for Career & Professional Development to discover your unique talents and abilities and effectively initiate and implement career plans. Learn more about your skills and values by taking self-assessments via the Center for Career & Professional Development. Contact or 509.777.3272.
    • Find technology resources on our Computer User Guide - Continuing Studies.
  • Academic Tutoring & Resources

    General Study Skills


    Librarians are available to assist students with any and all research – visit the Ask A Librarian page to chat, email, call or make an appointment with a librarian. Also, check out the library's research guides for research help by subject.


    Tutoring is available for a wide range of classes, both in-person and online for your busy schedule. Supplemental Instruction (S.I.) is also an option for students looking to collaborate with their peers or engage in group study sessions. To access any of these tutoring options, check the schedule here

    Writing Assistance: Whitworth Composition Commons

    The Whitworth Composition Commons (WCC) offers individual and small-group writing consultations to any person affiliated with Whitworth. You can visit the WCC for feedback on any aspect of writing, including getting started on an assignment, developing an argument, or final revising and editing. PowerPoint presentations and other multimodal compositions are also welcomed! Sessions are 30-60 minutes, so come with specific questions about your project.

    The WCC will offer a limited number of in-person (offline) writing consultations this semester. Consultants available for offline services will have NO designated label below their name in the WCOnline scheduler and will meet clients for writing consultations in Whitworth Library Room 242. Consultants available for online consultations will have the label “ONLINE ONLY” below their name and will meet clients through the WCOnline scheduler.

    To make an appointment for a consultation, navigate to, select the "Make an Appointment" button, and follow the instructions provided.

  • Mental, Physical & Emotional Health Resources

    In the case of an on-campus medical emergency, call 911.

    In the case of a non-emergency situation, contact campus security at 509.777.4444.

    Spiritual Direction Coaching

    Do you have questions about the purpose and shape of your life? Do you feel spiritually lost, depleted, or curious? Are you looking for ways to invigorate and renew your faith? 

    The School of Continuing Studies is pleased to offer spiritual direction coaching, free for Continuing Studies students. Set up a 60-minute, one-on-one conversation with Alyssa Bell, D.Min., a local Spokane pastor, adjunct instructor at Whitworth University, and spiritual director who loves walking alongside people as they encounter the radical grace of God’s love. She is eager to support you in your educational and spiritual journey, and to give you tools to keep grounded as you juggle the many tasks and responsibilities in your world.
    Note: All areas of spirituality are welcome. There are no denominational requirements, we want to support any and all spiritual development.

    Click here to set up a zoom meeting with Alyssa. If you don't find a time that fits your schedule, reach out directly to Alyssa ( to find a time that works for you.

    Marriage & Family Therapy Center

    Adult students have access to free counseling at the Marriage & Family Therapy Center. Therapy services are provided by advanced graduate students in Whitworth University's Marriage & Family Therapy Program, under the supervision of experienced faculty practitioners.

    Call 509.777.3411 to schedule an appointment.

    Monday -Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

    Mental Health Apps

    There are many apps for Androids and iPhones that can help with sleep, stress, safety planning, relaxation, anxiety, mindfulness, PTSD and other mental health topics. These are some of the most highly recommended apps across college campuses, and while this list is by no means exhaustive, we hope it gets you on the path to finding an app that is a great fit for you.

    Title IX Resources

    If you believe you have been subjected to (1) sexual harassment by university faculty or staff; or (2) any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX, you may report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX coordinator, Rhosetta Rhodes. 509.777.4536; The entire complaint procedure can be found in the Student Handbook.

    If you are a student who believes you have been or are the victim of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct, by another university student, you may report such conduct or file a complaint under Title IX with the associate dean for student life, Timothy Caldwell, at 509.777.3749 or Complaints of student sexual misconduct are also addressed in the Student Handbook.

    For confidential reporting options, see the sexual harassment info and resources page. For absolute confidentiality, you should speak with an on-campus or off-campus mental health counselor or call off-campus rape crisis resources – the Lutheran Social Services 24-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line (509.624.7273); or the 24-Hour Crime Victim Crisis Line (866.751.7119) – for assistance. In addition, you may speak with chaplain services or health center staff, who will also keep your report confidential upon request.

    Chaplain Services: 509.777.4345

    Forrest Buckner
    Dean of Spiritual Life

    Lauren Taylor
    Campus Pastor

    Health Center: 509.777.3259

    8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Closed noon-1 p.m. Monday-Friday
    Closed 10:55-11:35 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday for chapel

  • In Case of Financial Difficulty

    For financial aid questions, concerns or information about satisfactory progress (for receiving financial aid), including the number of credits you must take and the grade-point average you must maintain for aid, please direct your questions to the financial aid representative for continuing studies students:

    David Barnes
    Senior Associate Director

    For questions or concerns regarding your student account balances or payment plan options, please contact a student accounts specialist:

  • Military & Veteran-Affiliated Student Resources

    For questions about VA benefits, resources and programs, please visit Military & Veterans or reach out to our university contacts.

    Phil Labrie, Veterans Outreach
    Assistant Director

  • In Case of Technical Difficulties

    Contact Whitworth's Computer Help Desk for installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and problem resolution for all Whitworth hardware and software systems.

    Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

    Visit the help desk's resources for students page to locate user guides for campus network issues; Office 365; and wireless network instructions. 

  • Adult Student Policies

    Continuing Studies Student Handbook

    Student Bill of Rights

    This section includes a declaration of nondiscrimination, confidentiality policies, the freedoms afforded to students and standards for disciplinary procedures.

    University Academic Policies

    This section explains policies related to academics, attendance and classroom behavior.

    University Policies

    This section contains general university policies regarding student activities, the business office, internet and email usage, emergency response plan, solicitation and fundraising, vehicle operations, and on-campus weapon possession.

    Behavioral Expectations

    This section provides expectations for personal conduct, enforcement of student conduct, and sexual/gender harassment and non-discrimination policies and reporting procedures.

    Adult Student Academic Policies