Office of Services
for Students with Disabilities
West Chester University
Lawrence Center 223
West Chester, PA 19383
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
What is my legal responsibility to students with disabilities in my class?
Requests for accommodations are approved by and originate from the OSSD. Students must have a Letter of Accommodation that validates their claim and specifies all accommodations. Students without proper authorization should be referred to the OSSD. Any questions about the accommodation letter should be addressed to the OSSD.
How can I help students who I think have learning problems get help?
Faculty can be of great assistance in helping students with disabilities to self-identify. The vast majority of students with disabilities resist disclosure due to fear of discrimination. The University and the OSSD make every effort to inform students of all available resources in advance of their arrival at WCU. Nevertheless, the first personal contact many students have upon entering the University is with a faculty member in class. Thus, the role of the faculty member is crucial in maximizing the success of students with disabilities.
Should I put anything on my syllabus for students with disabilities?
West Chester University strongly encourages the inclusion of a syllabus statement that invites students with disabilities to come forward early in the semester with requests for accommodations and services. Such a statement is one of the most basic ways faculty members can demonstrate that they are making a good faith effort to teach in compliance with the law. The following syllabus statement may be used as is by faculty or varied to suit individual style:
"If you have a disability that requires accommodations under the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA), please present your letter of accommodations and meet with me as soon as possible so that I can support your success in an informed manner. If you would like to know more about West Chester University's services for students with disabilities, please contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at ext. 3217."
Where can I find more information about the ADA requirements?