The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) offers services for students with physical and learning disabilities. The OSSD is designed to assist students in making a successful transition to college life. We take a proactive stance that encourages students to understand their needs and strengths in order to best advocate for them.
At West Chester University, we recognize that some students with disabilities want minimal assistance while others require the full range of support and services. To facilitate successful transition, we recommend a comprehensive assessment of needs through this office. The office provides advocacy with faculty for classroom accommodations and substitution of courses for foreign language.
The OSSD is a part of the Academic Affairs Division of West Chester University and services the entire institution in matters regarding students with disabilities at WCU. OSSD provided services and programs that ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990). All programs and services are in keeping with the University's mission to provide equal education for all qualified students. It is the goal of the OSSD to maximize student success, self-advocacy, and independence in an accessible academic environment
High school students with physical and/or learning disabilities are invited to attend a Prospective Student Mini Question & Answer Session. Please contact our office to learn what session dates are available. Please note that prospective students must be present at the session. Appointments can be arranged by calling 610.436.2517.
The Proctoring Center uses an online form to request and schedule all exams.
Interactive - Accommodation requests usually require a face to face meeting with OSSD staff, where student makes a request for specific modifications to classroom procedure. Students should have already submitted documentation of their disability.
Relevant and Timely - Requests should precede the need for an accommodation so there is sufficient time to make arrangements. Accommodations will not be granted retroactively. Some requests such as those for captioners, ASL, etext and alternate formats need to be made up to 4 weeks in advance of the semester (see technology link).
Supported and Reasonable Requests - Accommodation requests must be related to the initial presentation of the limitation and when the situation warrants a change. Requests to alter accommodations to improve a grade are not appropriate.
Effective Responses - OSSD will provide Letters of Accommodation each semester upon written request. Letters of Accommodation will be sent via secure e-mail to students. Faculty who receive Letters of Accommodation should be provided an opportunity to discuss provisions; for example, extended time on tests prior to implementation. The OSSD recommends that students present Letters of Accommodation in the initial week or two of class and at least a week prior to the first test.
If the accommodation is not met in class or you need additional assistance, return to the OSSD. We provide proctoring for tests, if you need a reader or scribe and a distraction reduced environment.
Note: The University reserves the right to deny services or accommodations pending the receipt of appropriate documentation.
Spring 2015 Edition of The Advocate, the OSSD newsletter