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West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-1000

Sykes Student Union

Location: Sykes Student Union
Phone: 610-436-2984, 610-436-3360
Monday-Friday: 7:30am-midnight
Saturday: 8am-1am
Sunday: 10am-Midnight

The Earl F. Sykes Union first opened in 1975 as the community center for West Chester University. A few years ago Sykes Union underwent a complete renovation and expansion to meet the current needs of students. The renovated facility of approximately 102,000 square feet opened in the summer of 1995.

The Student Union as a facility and an operation is designed to encourage all members of the campus community to participate in a wide variety of cultural, social, educational, and recreational programs. Building highlights include a 350-seat theatre, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and bookstore all on the ground floor. The first floor offers a dining area with seating for 300, Common Grounds coffee house, an outdoor dining terrace, and a large food service venue. Also included on the first floor is a 5,000-square-foot ballroom designed for dances, concerts, banquets, and lectures. The Union Information Desk and Central Building Administrations are also located on the first floor.

The second floor houses the Student Affairs Division offices of the Vice President, Assistant Vice President, Office of Student Conduct, Off Campus and Commuter Services Fraternity & Sorority Life, LGBTQA Services, and Student Leadership and Involvement. The Student Services, Inc. Business Office and the Student Activities, along with student clubs and organizations, are also located on this floor. The Frederick Douglass third floor features a 22-unit computer lab, a study lounge, and seminar space. Sykes Union also houses 20 meeting rooms accommodating groups from five to 500.

Information Desk

Location: First Floor
Monday-Friday: 7:30am-Midnight
Saturday: 8am-1am
Sunday: 10am-Midnight

The Information Center serves as a central information service for the University. Available at the center are schedules of campus programs and events, transportation schedules, campus maps, U.S. and a campus mail deposit box, the building lost and found, and other general campus and community information.

Copy Center

Location: 235 Sykes Union
Hours: Hours of operation will vary. Please check posted hours outside the Copy Center.

The Copy Center is available for color copying, basic copying, enlargements and reductions, large posters, brochures, transparencies, and faxing. The center offers a variety of colored paper and other items. This service is low cost and available to groups and individuals.

Computer Lab

Location: 302 Sykes Union

The computer lab offers 22 PC terminals and two Mac terminals with a printer available.

SSI Service Center

Location: 006 Sykes Union

The SSI Service Center, located on the ground level of Sykes Union, is another SSI highlight. Students with a valid ram e-card can cash personal checks, payroll checks, and money orders. A limit of $50 is placed on all personal checks and $250 on payroll checks. There is a 25-cent check-cashing fee charged for each check cashed. The Service Center also sells tickets to most on-campus events and can accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and the ram e-card for ticket purchases. Other services include postage stamps, SEPTA tokens, notarization, AMC and Regal movie tickets, and faxing. An Automatic Teller Machine, located next to the center, allows for expanded hours of service for the student's personal cash needs. There is no service fee for the use of this ATM. Students must refer to their own bank regarding their ATM fees. (Fees and hours subject to change without prior notice.)

Food Service

Location: 103 Sykes Union

The Ram's Head Food Court offers food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and an assortment of snack items. The Java City coffee cart is open weekdays and weekends for specialty coffees, fruit smoothies, and snacks.

Additional Information

Meeting and Programming Facilities: Throughout the building are meeting and programming spaces of various sizes and capabilities for groups from five to 500. These spaces may be reserved on 25Live by officially recognized student clubs and organizations, faculty, and staff. The Sykes Union administration office in Room 116 coordinates building room reservations.

Lockers: Lockers are available on the ground floor and can be rented by the semester or the academic year. Stop by the SSI Service Center for more information.

TV Viewing: The main lounge, located on the first floor, offers a 42-inch plasma flat screen for TV viewing.

Posting Space: Bulletin boards are located throughout the building for general informational posting, book sales, program advertisements, and other notices. Three postings may be dropped at the Information Desk and, upon approval, will be posted by the Sykes staff.

Lounges: Located throughout the building are lounges designed for comfort, relaxation, studying, and other informal gatherings.

Wireless Capabilities: Sykes Union has wireless capability for internet throughout the building.