Student Assistance Information
The Assistant Vice President for Identity, Health & Wellness provides assistance and
support for students who are away from the campus for a minimum of three class days due to illness, personal or family emergencies. A note will be circulated to the
student's professors advising the professor of the absence. The student is also encouraged
to contact his/her professors to make arrangements on any missed work.
To utilize this service, the student or family member completes the Request Instructor
Notification for Absences Form, and also submits additional documentation relating
to the reason for absence. In some cases, if a student is unable to return to one
or more of their classes, the Student Assistance Team can be helpful in determining
the best course of action. Students or family members should contact the office at
610-436-0165 to discuss their options.
For other incidents or behaviors of concerns, the Assistant Vice President works in conjunction with the CARE Team to provide outreach to students when concerns
for their health, welfare and safety are identified. Please complete the Concerning Incident or Behavior Form to provide notification to the Assistant Vice President.
If you have any questions, please call Dr. Kimberly Chestnut, Assistant Vice President at 610-436-3086, or Christy Lanshe at 610-436-0165.
If the situation is an emergency, please call Public Safety at 610-436-3311.
Dr. Kimberly Chestnut
Dr. Chestnut is pleased to serve as the Assistant Vice President for Identity, Health & Wellness, providing direct student assistance on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs
and overseeing Student Health Services, Center for Women and Gender Equity, Wellness
Promotion, Campus Recreation, LGBTQA Services, and Counseling & Psychological Services.
Kimberly has a background in health education, human sexuality, psychology, and diversity
leadership. She is excited to work with West Chester students and is committed to
helping them succeed. West Chester University is well resourced to support student
health, safety, and success. You are encouraged to call on any department for support
information and contact Kimberly if she can be of help.
Christy Lanshe, Business Outreach Manager, is a proud advocate for student success.
Working in the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, she is
a point of contact for individuals who are in need of support when they are absent
from class three or more consecutive days, due to a reason or concern of an appropriate
matter. Christy works closely with the Assistant Vice President to ensure the proper
channels are selected to notify professors when necessary. She is approachable, friendly,
and a trusting source. She stays connected with the students during their time of
need, enjoys seeing them thrive throughout their years at WCU, and wants them to have
a great college experience.