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West Chester, PA 19382


Phone: (610) 436-3305
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Nondiscrimination/Affirmative Action Policy

West Chester University is committed to providing leadership in extending equal opportunities to all individuals. Accordingly, the University will continue to make every effort to provide these rights to all persons regardless of sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. This policy applies to all members of the University community including students, faculty, staff and administrators. It also applies to all applicants for admission or employment and all participants in University-sponsored activities.

This policy is in compliance with federal and state laws, including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Executive Order of the Governor of Pennsylvania.

Any individual having suggestions, problems, complaints, or grievances with regard to equal opportunity or affirmative action, or wishing to request a translation of this publication into a language other than English, is encouraged to contact the director, Office of Social Equity, at 13/15 University Ave., 610-436-2433.

University Information Publications

Following is a list of forms, pamphlets, and other publications that provide more detailed information on specific topics. Requests for these publications should be addressed to the office indicated; to complete the address, include “West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383.”

  • SSI E-Z Pay (Pre-Paid Bookstore Account)
    S.S.I. Business Office, Sykes Union Room 259
    610-436-2955
  • Health Insurance Information
    Student Health Center, Commonwealth Hall
    610-436-2509
  • Your Safety Is Our Concern
    Department of Public Safety, Peoples Building
    610-436-3311

West Chester University Magazine

The magazine is published three times a year for the alumni, friends, and family of West Chester University by the Office of Public Relations and Marketing, 13/15 University Avenue.

Office Hours

All offices are open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday during September through May and close at 4 p.m. in June, July, and August. Some offices have some variation. General University information may be obtained by calling the Information Switchboard at 610-436-1000.

Weather Alert Notification

When adverse weather conditions affect the routine operation of the University, information regarding class cancellations, delayed openings, and/or University closings will be publicized several ways:

  1. Text messages to WCU Alert subscribers through the e2campus service which sends text messages with WCU announcements, including class cancellations, delayed openings or closings, or on-campus emergencies;
  2. Mass e-mails to students, faculty, and staff;
  3. Postings on WCU’s homepage;
  4. Recorded message on WCU’s Information Line, 610-436-1000, and
  5. Broadcasts on many radio and TV stations. Some radio and TV stations use a system of code numbers rather than school names for cancellations and announcements. West Chester University's code numbers are 853 for cancellation of day classes and 2853 for evening classes. Information on WCU Weather Emergency is also available.