Throughout the many departments in the Division of Student Affairs you will find caring and experienced professional staff members who are dedicated to helping our students succeed at West Chester University. As a complement and support to the academic mission of the University, a wide array of co-curricular services, programs, and activities are offered. Student Affairs departments encourage students to become involved in campus life through educational and social programs, leadership and personal development offerings, student organization membership, athletic and recreational activities, community service, and on-campus employment opportunities. Engagement in “life outside the classroom” is an important part of the overall college experience, and we take great pride in serving students in a variety of ways, defined by our common goal of graduation and student success.
General questions regarding the Division of Student Affairs area can be directed to:
Located in the Student Recreation Center, the Department of Campus Recreation provides leisure activities for students with proper WCU ID. Recognizing that the needs of individuals differ, the office provides activities in a variety of program areas, including:
The Twardowski Career Development Center is a comprehensive career planning and employment resource center, conveniently located in 225 Lawrence Center. Students receive assistance with self-assessment, major/career exploration and planning, resume writing, interview techniques, and job-search strategies through the delivery of various programs, services, and individual appointments. A career resource library, career decision-making programs, job opportunities, and career fairs are open to alumni as well as currently enrolled students. Access to thousands of regional and national jobs and participation in an online resume database are available.
The Department of Counseling and Psychological Services (The Counseling Center) is located in Commonwealth Hall. Services are available to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. The Counseling Center includes licensed psychologists, consulting psychiatrists, graduate-level trainees and a drug/alcohol counselor. Confidential information shared in the Counseling Center is protected by both state law and professional ethics.
Since the Counseling Center provides services for a wide range of concerns, each student's experience will be tailored to his or her needs. Students may wish to improve their interpersonal skills, resolve personal conflicts, or clarify their educational or vocational choices. Any of the following approaches may be implemented to address a student's concerns:
Fraternity and Sorority Life coordinates the national/international fraternity and sorority community at West Chester University which includes the activities of the three governing councils and programming board. The Fraternity and Sorority Life office works with and mentors the members of West Chester's 30 fraternities and sororities on their service projects, community activities, recruitment and new member education programs, and educational programming.
As stated in the University Mission and Values Statements, West Chester University is committed to providing a sound education environment for intellectual pursuits. In addition, the University is concerned with developing socially responsible citizens, ensuring the welfare and freedom of all members of the University community, and protecting individual rights. The University is thus concerned with the quality of student conduct and has adopted rules and behavioral standards for its students. Disciplinary action may be imposed when a student engages in behavior, on or off campus, that is not consistent with University community standards as defined by the West Chester University Student Code of Conduct found in Section III of the Ram's Eye View.
The Office of Student Conduct also provides a service to students who may miss three consecutive class days due to illness or personal or family emergencies. Upon notification, the office will circulate a note to the student's professors regarding the student's absence. The student must notify the professor to obtain any missed work. The Office of Student Conduct is located in 238 Sykes Union.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is dedicated to the development of multicultural sensitivity, understanding, and appreciation of diversity among members of the University community. The office develops and implements comprehensive programs aimed at addressing the needs and concerns of multicultural students. It also serves as a consultant to other University offices and aids in projects focused on improving the general campus climate, as well as increasing the retention and graduation rates for multicultural students. The office is housed in the Multicultural Center in Room 003 Sykes Student Union. The center serves as a home base for multicultural students and their organizations, and is a gathering place and resource/programming center for all students and other members of the University community.
The Office of New Student Programs coordinates orientation and outreach programs for first-year, transfer, and nontraditional students. Orientation programs include summer, fall, and January sessions. West Chester's orientation programs are designed to introduce new students to the University and acquaint them with the academic, student services, and social aspects of college life. Outreach efforts include participating in Welcome Week, coordinating Family Weekend, organizing the New Student Success Series, and assisting with the New Student Leadership retreat.
Off-Campus and Commuter Services' mission is to meet the needs of the off-campus and commuter student population by providing a set of services and co-curricular programs. The approaches are appropriate for a diverse population that includes traditional and nontraditional students, including those who live at home or in close proximity to the University. The services provided for off-campus students include tenant rights information, campus event information, and a partnered company, Places4Students.com, that specializes in providing off-campus housing solutions. This service is free for all students to use as an effective method of finding roommates and a place to live off campus. The Off-Campus and Commuter Association (OCCA) is a student organization that is also dedicated to meeting the needs of those living off campus. Services provided by OCCA include free legal aid service for students, social activities, and representation on campus committees.
Providing services to more than 240 clubs and organizations, the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement serves as the main campus resource for student leaders and their groups. In conjunction with the Student Leadership Project Team, the office creates and implements multidimensional programs aimed at developing and fostering students' leadership abilities.
The Office of Student Activities is responsible for organizing and sponsoring a wide variety of concerts, lectures, films, trips, novelty acts, performances, and unique educational experiences tied to a variety of cultural, social, and intellectual events on and off campus. The Student Activities Council (SAC) as well as other organizations play an active leadership role in selecting and planning these events, some of which include Homecoming, Mr. WCU, the annual spring concert, Java Jam, and the Independent Film Series. Programming is subject to change on an annual basis reflecting the needs of our ever-changing student population through an assessment process.
The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs is the primary link between our campus and community in providing assistance to faculty who use service-learning as a teaching method and to students and organizations interested in meaningful volunteer experiences. The office works directly with more than 100 local agencies. Throughout the year special events are planned and the entire campus is invited to participate including the Annual Volunteer Fair that is held each September in the Sykes Union Ballrooms.
West Chester University is a member of the PA Campus Compact and is proud to be listed on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In addition, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has awarded WCU the prestigious Community Engagement Classification.