Good to Know

Useful tips for new students.

The Dockside Café in the Syre Student Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. New features include bi-weekly rotating themed salad bar with menus from all four seasons as well as from cuisines from around the world. The Kulshan Coffee cart is permanently closed.

The Orca Food Pantry upstairs at Syre Student Center is available to anyone experiencing food insecurity. Donation boxes are located in each building.

Late Nite ID at the Office of Student Life & Development is Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for those students who can’t make it to campus during the day. Get your Orca Card to take advantage of free WTA bus service, the Pavilion Student Rec Center, and a host of other perks.

The Bookstore has extended hours at the beginning of fall quarter on Friday, Sept. 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 30 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Book buyback is scheduled for Oct. 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Learning Center in Cascade Hall is home to the Math Center (Room 113) and the Writing Center (112) for homework help and tutoring. The Math Center offers free drop-in and reservation-based tutoring for all currently enrolled Whatcom students. The Writing Center tutors are available to work with students online or face-to-face in Cascade 112: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 10-3. Evening and Saturday help may also be available.

Mental health counseling appointments for a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, crisis intervention, relationship issues, and academic success strategies, are available at Entry & Advising or by calling (360) 383-3080.

Gender neutral restrooms are located in the following buildings: Auxiliary Service Buildings Room 104; Cascade Hall Room 144; Foundation Building Room 205; Health Professions Education Center Rooms 120 and 220; Laidlaw Center Rooms 108, 109, 136, and 137; Pavilion Room 119. Students, staff, faculty and visitors are welcome to use these or any restroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

Student Tech Help Desk is located on the ground floor of Heiner Center in Rooms 104 and 105. Need help? Reach them by emailing or by calling (360) 383-3410. Be sure to take advantage of free Microsoft Office 365 for use on your personal computer and set up remote access using VMWare. Go to the Whatcom website for more information under Student Services, Computer Access and Tech Help.

In summer 2018, the Library rolled out an institution-wide subscription to the New York Times Online (with unlimited access back to 1851). Use of the NYT online requires institutional users (employees and students) to register each year to access the newspaper. You must log in and initially register from a campus computer and use your email address. Go to the Library website under Articles and Databases, New York Times in Education link. Once you establish your account, you can sign in from any device or any computer anywhere using your student access.

Smoking is generally permitted in exterior locations on college grounds; however, there are several areas on the campus of Whatcom Community College designated for smoking or designated as smoke-free zones. A smoke-free designation prohibits the use of tobacco, electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, and related products, as defined in the WCC Student Code of Conduct. Smoking or vaping is not permitted inside any building, including bathrooms.

Whatcom’s pet policy is limited to service animals only. The definition of service animals includes “dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.” See About the College, Policies and Procedures on Whatcom’s website for more detailed information.

Park between the lines or you will be ticketed.

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