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Social Equity

Americans with Disabilities Act Policy

Contact Social Equity  

Social Equity

Address:
13/15 University Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2433
Fax: 610-436-3164

Americans with Disabilities Act Policy

West Chester University is committed to equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination for all students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and all participants in public University sponsored activities. In keeping with this commitment, and in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the University will make every effort to provide equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination for all members of the University community and visitors to the University, regardless of any disability an individual may have. Accordingly, the University has taken positive steps to make University facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities and has established procedures to provide reasonable accommodations to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in University programs.

The director of the Office of Social Equity has been designated as the ADA coordinator for the University. In this capacity, the director of Social Equity works with the University ADA Committee to advance University policies and procedures that will provide equal educational and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Office of Social Equity has an established process to investigate and address any complaints of discrimination on the basis of a disability. Any individual who has a suggestion, question, or complaint regarding ADA issues is encouraged to contact the director of Social Equity, 13/15 University Avenue, 610-436-2433.

Students

West Chester University has also established the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD), which operates as a center for addressing the needs of students with disabilities and as a resource for students, faculty, and staff. A student who wants to request an accommodation and/or receive specialized services should contact the director of the OSSD. The policies and procedures used by the OSSD are contained in the West Chester University Handbook on Disabilities, which is available in the OSSD, 223 Lawrence Center, 610-436-2564. Students must register with the OSSD and provide appropriate medical documentation before an accommodation can be provided.

Various housing facilities and services are available for resident students with disabilities. For this and other information about on-campus housing and food service, please contact the Office of Residence Life and Housing Services, 202 Lawrence Center, 610-436-3307.

WCU provides an on-demand transportation service for students with disabilities that is consistent with transportation provided for nondisabled students. To make arrangements for accessible transportation, a student should contact the OSSD at 610-436-2564.

Campus Employees

The division of Human Resource has been designated as the contact persons for employees and applicants seeking to request an accommodation. The Office of Human Resources is located at 201 Carter Drive, 610-436-2800.

The Employee Accommodation Request Form with medical documentation must be completed before an accommodation can be provided.

Accessibility and Universal Design

West Chester University is involved in the ongoing process of renovating campus buildings to ensure accessibility for all individuals. Many of our buildings are currently accessible, but some are awaiting renovation.

To find out whether a particular location is accessible or how to access a location, please contact the space manager at 610-436-3348. To make arrangements for changes to a particular facility to ensure accessibility, please contact the director of facilities planning at 610-436-3466.


For more information, see our FAQs on Accommodating Persons with Disabilities .

Campus Contact Offices

  • Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD)
  • Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD)

    The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) collects disability documentation, determines accommodations related to academic course work and programs, and assists faculty, staff, and students with information and resources related to physical and psychiatric/psychological disabilities. The office also serves as the point of contact for requesting sign language interpreters. The OSSD policies and procedures are contained in the West Chester University Handbook on Disabilities, which is available at 223 Lawrence Center, 610-436-2564.

    OSSD Website

  • Office of Human Resources Services
  • Office of Human Resources Services

    The Office of Human Resources Services is the designated department that obtains and files disability-related and medical documentation, certifies eligibility for services, determines reasonable accommodations, and develops plans for provision of such accommodations for employees. To request accommodations, please contact your divisional representative at the Office of Human Resources Services at 201 Carter Drive, 610-436-2800.

    Human Resources Website

  • Residence Life and Housing Services
  • Residence Life and Housing Services

    Residence Life and Housing Services provides for resident students with disabilities various housing facilities and services. For this and other information about on-campus housing and food service, please contact 610-436-3307.

    Residence Life and Housing Website

  • Facilities Management
  • Facilities Management

    Facilities Management is involved in the ongoing process of renovating campus buildings to ensure accessibility for all individuals. Many of the buildings are currently accessible, but some are awaiting renovation.

    To find out whether a particular location is accessible or how to access a location, please contact the space manager at 610-436-3348. To make arrangements for changes to a particular facility to ensure accessibility, please contact the manger of campus projects at 610-436-3466.

    Facilities Website