[Resources marked with a (+) are confidential]
If you have any questions about sexual misconduct or need help following being notified that you are accused of an act of sexual misconduct, the following University offices and staff members can offer information and support. Choose any office or person with whom you feel most comfortable.
The Counseling Center (+) (610-436-2301, Lawrence Center, Second Floor) offers confidential counseling to students who have been accused or found guilty of sexual misconduct. All counseling is confidential. This means that the counselor cannot speak with others about the student’s situation without the student’s written permission.
The Counseling Center is staffed by male and female psychologists and trainees. Once the student has met with a counselor, together they decide a plan for treatment. Subsequent counseling sessions typically focus on providing emotional support and understanding the impact of the sex offense in the student’s life now. Since there is no “one way” to process an event, the Counseling Center seeks to support the student through their individual process.
There are no fees for currently enrolled students to receive counseling. Visit the Counseling Center during triage hours to schedule an appointment. During this time you will complete an online assessment and meet with a psychologist for a short period of time to determine your level of care. Call the Counseling Center or visit their website to see the triage hour’s schedule.
If a situation occurs after normal business hours, the on-call psychologist may be accessed by contacting Public Safety (610-436-3311).
LARC (Learning Assistance and Resource Center) (610-436-2535, Lawrence 224) is a resource to provide quality academic support services which help students become independent, active learners who achieve academic success. The LARC can assist in tutoring and other supports to continue to be successful academically.
Office for Student Conduct (610-436-3511, Ruby Jones 200) is responsible for enforcing violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The Director of Student Conduct offers assistance and guidance to students, staff, and faculty, including complainants and the accused, in matters regarding sexual misconduct.
The Director of Student Conduct can:
Public Safety (610-436-3311, 690 South Church Street) Public Safety is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are responsible for investigating crimes on-campus and are available to take reports related to sexual misconduct at any time of day.
Public Safety can:
Student Health Services (+) (610-436-2509, Commonwealth Hall, Ground Floor) offers confidential medical care and assistance. Student Health Services is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Scheduling an appointment is recommended but not required. For urgent medical care when Health Services is not open, please dial 911, go directly to the nearest emergency room, or call the Department of Public Safety (610-436-3311).
Nurse practitioners and physicians receive training to provide appropriate medical treatment and care. Student Health Services offers gynecological exams, pregnancy tests, emergency contraception, HIV tests, and sexually transmitted infection tests.
Post-assault forensic evidence collection (commonly referred to as a “rape kit”) is not available at Student Health Services. However, nurse practitioners and physicians can help locate a medical provider who offers this service.
Title IX Coordinator/Director for Equity and Compliance (610-436-2433, 13/15 University Avenue) offers assistance to students, faculty, or staff in matters regarding sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.
The Office of Social Equity can:
In addition, the Title IX Coordinator/Social Equity Director monitors and oversees complaints of discrimination and harassment in compliance with federal regulations.
Center for International Programs (610-436-3515, Mitchell Hall 320). The Center for International Programs is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. The Center for International Programs can help students related to VISA issues or other immigration problems that parties involved with a case of sexual misconduct need further immigration support on.
Department of Athletics (610-436-3573, Sturzebecker HSC 220) The assistant director of Athletics has been selected by the Department of Athletics as the contact person to assist in situations that involve sexual misconduct. Students may choose to contact them for help with filing a report and/or locating appropriate resources such as medical care and counseling.
Financial Aid (610-436-2627, 25 University Avenue, Suite 030). The Financial Aid Office can assist you with questions pertaining to your circumstances if your financial aid is affected by a case of sexual misconduct.
Lawrence A Dowdy Multicultural Center (610-436-3273, Sykes 003) offers a supportive environment for multicultural students at West Chester University. The Dowdy Center coordinates services, programs, and referrals that enhance the academic and personal development of students of color. In matters of sexual misconduct, the Dowdy Center provides support, information, and referral assistance to students.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Ally Services (610-436-3147, Sykes 238) offers support services for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and their allies.
On-Campus Legal Advice is available by appointment during the fall and spring semesters. A student may make an appointment by logging onto their myWCU account and clicking the link at the bottom right side of the screen that says “Legal Advice.” During summer sessions, students in need of legal advice should contact Christina Brenner, Director of Student Conduct (610-436-3511, Sykes Student Union, Room 238).
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (610-436-2117, Sykes 238) Students may choose to contact the Director, to help file a report and/or locate appropriate resources.
Office of Residence Life (610-436-3307, Lawrence 202) The Department of Residence Life and Housing Services has live-in staff available to students who have experienced sexual misconduct. The live-in staff includes Resident Directors (RD), Graduate Hall Directors (GHD), Graduate Assistants (GA), and Resident Assistants (RA). Staff members assist with room changes and other housing needs in collaboration with the Title IX Coordinator/Social Equity Director.
Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) (610-436-2564, Lawrence 223) Students may choose to contact the Director, to help file a report and/or locate appropriate resources.
In addition to the numerous services on campus, there are many additional services available for those accused of sexual misconduct.
Chester County Bar Association: Access to Justice Program This program provides access to free legal services for those who do not qualify for legal aid. They can be contacted at: www.chescobar.org, 15 W. Gay Street, West Chester, PA. Or call 610-692-1889.
College Judicial Consultants provides unwavering, judgment-free support throughout the judicial process and beyond. The professionals at College Judicial Consultants are former chief judicial officers and other student services professionals who are experts in the college judicial process. They are committed to providing top-quality service and minimizing the cost to the client through nationwide, online services and other savings options. Reach them online at www.collegejudicialconsultants.com.
Family Service of Chester County provides low cost or free professional counseling. Health insurance is not required and the organization is committed to eliminating financial barriers to professional care. They can be contacted at: www.familyservice.us, 310 N. Matlack Street, West Chester, PA. Or call 610-696-4900
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA offers legal aid and is located at 222 N. Walnut Street, 2nd floor, West Chester, PA. Or call 610-436-4510.