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Office of Services for Students with Disabilities


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Office of Services for Students with Disabilities

Lawrence Center 223
West Chester, PA 19383

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Phone: 610-436-2564
Fax: 610-436-2600

Mission Statement

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) offers services for students with physical, psychological, and learning disabilities. The OSSD is designed to assist students in making a successful transition to college life. We take a proactive stance that encourages students to understand their needs and strengths in order to best advocate for them.

At West Chester University, we recognize that some students with disabilities want minimal assistance while others require the full range of support and services. To facilitate successful transition, we recommend a comprehensive assessment of needs through this office. The office provides advocacy with faculty for classroom accommodations and substitution of courses for foreign language.

The OSSD is a part of the Academic Affairs Division of West Chester University and services the entire institution in matters regarding students with disabilities at WCU. OSSD provided services and programs that ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990). All programs and services are in keeping with the University's mission to provide equal education for all qualified students. It is the goal of the OSSD to maximize student success, self-advocacy, and independence in an accessible academic environment.


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Information for 2015/16 First Year Students

New Student Orientation Days: Please refer to the New Student Orientation page of the Division of Student Affairs for information about this program. During "break-out" sessions, OSSD staff will be available in our office to conduct information sessions. Intake meetings MAY be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis and ONLY if the student is present and has provided appropriate documentation in advance. Please note that we are not able to make photocopies of student paperwork.

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Scheduling Intake Meetings: If you are a student interested in receiving classroom accommodations, you must first submit appropriate documentation to our office; we will then contact you via your WCU email address to schedule your intake meeting. Documentation may be sent to us via fax/regular mail (not email) or you may bring a hard copy to our office (we are not able to print/make copies). Please refer to our Documentation Guidelines to learn about acceptable forms of documentation. Intake meetings are one-on-one sessions: the student will meet for about 30 minutes with either the department director or assistant director.

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