WMU Board of Trustees


Western Michigan University President John Dunn says different religious beliefs should be respected. Dunn sent a campus-wide e-mail this week to respond to what he called the “current political climate in our nation.” He says Western has a long history of welcoming students from all over the world. 

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At their last meeting of the year, Western Michigan University’s trustees pledged their support to students of Miller College, approved a rate increase for university apartments and appointed a new secretary. Longtime Board secretary Betty Kocher is retiring after 42 years with the university.

The Board recognized Kocher’s service in a proclamation Tuesday.

Highlights from the Board Meeting:

Miller College

Western Michigan University’s trustees have approved a plan to buy an off-campus building so the university can expand its autism center, among other business at a special meeting Friday.


Western Michigan University President John Dunn says the university’s new policy on reporting sexual assault on campus is one that other schools should emulate. 

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Western Michigan University has approved a new policy to address sexual violence within the school’s community. That’s in response to recent changes to federal guidelines. Western’s Deputy General Counsel, Carrick Craig, says the Department of Education was concerned that many schools’ policies were discouraging people from reporting sexual violence.