Due to the University's decision to move to alternate modes of instruction please read this information regarding the OSSD .

As the health and safety of all West Chester University students, faculty, staff, and visitors is a critical priority, the University continues to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and has been actively engaged in reviewing the University’s emergency operations and its response strategies since the onset of the virus. Click here to read more.

Welcome to the OSSD at West Chester University

About the OSSD Office

How do I register with the OSSD to receive a Letter of Accommodation for the first time?  Follow the 3-Step Process:

Step 1:  COMPLETE THE OSSD ONLINE INTAKE FORM if you are a current WCU student (or have committed to attending WCU) and have a diagnosed disability.  If you have not been previously diagnosed with a disability, please refer to the OSSD Documentation Guidelines .  Once you submit the online Intake Form you will receive an email that includes information about the type of documentation required; all documentation must be submitted via email to ossd@wcupa.edu (scanned and submitted as a pdf or Word format; pictures of documentation cannot be accepted).

Step 2:  SUBMIT APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTATION VIA EMAIL (pdf or Word format; no pictures of documentation cannot be accepted) to OSSD@WCUPA.EDU.  Documentation will be reviewed by the OSSD to determine if it is appropriate; students will be notified if additional documentation is needed and/or if the documentation is approved. 

Step 3:  ATTEND AN INTAKE MEETING:  following approval of submitted documentation,  the OSSD will contact you to schedule a one-on-one intake meeting, currently being conducted via Zoom.


Disability-Specific Documentation Requirements :

How do I RENEW my Letter of Accommodation?



Letters of Accomodation


Students who are requesting a LoA for the first time at WCU will need to register with the OSSD (click on the "How do I register...follow the 3-Step Process" link above).


 Policies & Procedures

View ADA Policy and Accommodations Appeal Procedures

OSSD ADA Handbook...coming soon!

Location & Parking

Traffic and parking are unpredictable for students, staff, faculty and visitors.  Due to ongoing construction, it is advisable to allow extra time (up to 30 minutes) when you have a meeting scheduled in our office.  Do not park illegally; we cannot reimburse for parking violations.  For an overview of our location, view our campus map  . 

  •  Lawrence Center GPS address:  705 S. New Street, West Chester, PA  19383
  • New Street Parking Garage:  700 S. New Street, West Chester, PA  19383
    • Cross S. New Street and follow the sidewalk around the building to the main entrance (past the diner entrance)
  • Street parking (meters/kiosks) is available throughout campus


For Information about the WCU Animals on Campus Policy click here

Remote Access Available:

The OSSD Mindfulness Program was implemented in 2017. The mindfulness team works with students to incorporate healthy, mindful habits in their everyday lives through contemplative practice. The Mindfulness Program is free of charge and is open for all OSSD-registered students. There is no prior knowledge of mindfulness needed in order to participate!  During remote learning, mindfulness sessions are available remotely via Zoom!

If you are a student who is registered with the OSSD and would like more information about the OSSD Mindfulness Program, you may contact ossd@wcupa.edu.  

Not sure how to find information?

Use the Ram Resource Navigator!







ACADEMIC/MINDFULNESS COACHING and SMARTPEN INFORMATION:  Students who are registered with the OSSD and want more information about meeting with an academic coach, a mindfulness coach and/or the Smartpen loaner program should complete the OSSD online Student Services Request form.  Incoming freshmen, transfer and at-risk students will be given priority and services are dependent on funding. 

PROCTORING CENTER:  When on-campus learning resumes, if your accommodations include using the OSSD Proctoring Center, please note that proctoring is by appointment only and you need to submit your online requests according to the guidelines posted on the Proctoring Center tab of our website.  For more information about the Proctoring Center, contact ossdpc@wcupa.edu.  

Spring 2020 Edition of The Advocate

HIGH SCHOOL AND TRANSFER STUDENTS:  If you are considering WCU, you may be interested in attending a 30-minute OSSD small group information session via Zoom.  Sessions are currently being scheduled at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on the last Thursday of each month during the Spring and Fall semesters (availability subject to change).  Student attendance is required, but parents and/or guardians are welcome.  Sessions are designed to include multiple families and will provide general information about the OSSD.  Scheduling in advance by email (ossd@wcupa.edu) is required; please provide the names and email addresses of all attendees and the date you prefer to attend.        

Exam Cram Prep

Coming SOON...Spring 2021 Exam Cram!  Need help with studying? Want help with writing papers? Stressed about exams?  Drop in sessions will be available for OSSD-registered students to meet with Academic and/or Mindfulness Coaches.   

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