(Click below to access your RAMS - Accommodate Portal)RAMS - Accommodate
All your accommodations documents, faculty notifications, test requests, appointment
requests, and a variety of other functions in one convenient place.
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If you make any changes to your schedule, there may be a delay in the changes being
reflected in your portal.
(click below to begin the Accommodations Disclosure Process)
The OEA is always hiring for a variety of support service positions including exam proctors, notetakers, readers and scribes. If you have regular availability between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday during Fall and/or Spring semesters, can commit to a regular schedule, and would like to work up to 20 hours per week (compensation varies by position) please see the job posting(s) and apply via Handshake.
We proudly embrace the values of West Chester University and remain committed to treating all members of our community with respect and dignity. Read the full WCU Values Statement.
In the Office of Educational Accessibility, that respect includes the following:
- We recognize and affirm a student’s right to personal autonomy. This includes their right to choose when, how, and to whom they disclose their disability. The Letter of Accommodation is a tool to communicate a student's accommodations to their faculty and contains no information other than what accommodations the professor is required to make available. The choice to share anything further is entirely up to the student.
- We respect that the student has the right to tell their own story in their own way. OEA will not share anything related to a diagnosis, treatment, or anything else related to a student’s status with OEA without their express permission.
- We recognize that along with the right to self-determination, there comes the responsibility of self-advocacy. OEA will only advocate on a student's behalf at their request and will keep them abreast of any action being taken on their behalf.
- We respect a person’s right to their own language of reference including their language of disability, gender, race, sexuality, etc. OEA recognizes that language has power, and we will honor your language of reference in interactions with you and concerning you.
NEW OEA Students: Complete the Student Disability Disclosure Form including any supporting documentation. Once the OEA staff have had a chance to review the disclosure form, students will be contacted via their WCU email with information about how to schedule an appointment through the RAMS - Accommodate system.
CURRENT OEA Students: Students who currently have accommodations with the OEA and want to meet with the Director or Senior Accommodations Specials should login to their portal to request an appointment, or you can call our office at 610.436.2564 to schedule a meeting. Appointments are available during office hours either on campus or remotely via Zoom or phone. If you require accommodations to access any part of the disclosure process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (RAMS - Accommodate accounts that are optimized for use with screenreaders and other assistive technology may be requested by emailing email@example.com).
OEA Information Sessions, offered via Zoom, are open to students as well as any other interested parties. These one-hour sessions are hosted by either the OEA Director or the OEA Senior Accommodations Specialist and are designed to include multiple students/family members. Please note that because these sessions are open to the public, we are unable to discuss any personal information.
Registration is required on the day of the session to join the webinar:
- Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 3:00 pm
- Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 3:00 pm
- Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 3:00 pm
- Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 3:00 pm
- Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 3:00 pm
- Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 3:00 pm
- Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 3:00 pm
- Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 3:00 pm
- Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 3:00 pm
- Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 3:00 pm
- Thursday, July 25, 2024 at 3:00 pm
If you require additional assistive technology, an ASL interpreter, or CART captioner to participate in the meeting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 1: Complete the OEA Student Disability Disclosure Form. You will be required to submit any supporting documentation you may have either from a previous educational institution (e.g., IEP, 504, etc.) or a medical or psychiatric provider. Please refer to the Documentation Guidelines for OEA Disclosure for more information. Generally, documentation must include at least a description of the impact of your disability on you specifically as well as a description of any recommendations for specific accommodations.
Please note that documentation is only accepted through the RAMS - Accommodate portal and never directly from third parties.
Step 2: Once the OEA staff have had a chance to review the disclosure form, students will be contacted via their WCU email with information about how to schedule an appointment through the RAMS - Accommodate system to establish accommodations for the first time.
Step 3: Attend a one-on-one initial meeting, which will last for approximately 20-30 minutes and can be scheduled via Zoom or in-person (subject to availability).
Log in to your portal and complete a semester request:
Accommodation > Semester Request > Add New > Select Semester > Submit for all OR Review (to select which courses you want to utilize which accommodations)
The OEA is committed to ensuring that all students and visitors are provided accessibility to our office. If, due to a disability, you require accommodation to access our office, please contact us at email@example.com or by phone at 610-436-2564, and let us know how we may be of assistance.
- Accessible Shuttle Bus Transportation Services - specific accommodation required
- Alternate Text Request - available through RAMS - Accommodate
- ADA Furniture Request Form
- CART/ASL/Closed Captioning Requests - available through RAMS - Accommodate (for specific student/course needs) or the Deaf Hearing Communication Centre (DHCC) (for all other needs including providing general access)
- For information about other accessible software available through Information Services & Technology (IS&T), please refer to the Accessible Software Applications dropdown link on the Information Technology Accessibility webpage.
We are currently in the process of updating our policies and procedures documents to reflect changes in our name and procedures. Please check back for soon for more information
Traffic and parking are unpredictable for students, staff, faculty and visitors. It is advisable to allow extra time (up to 30 minutes) when you have a meeting scheduled in our offices. Do not park illegally; we cannot reimburse for parking violations.
There are accessible entrances to Lawrence Center facing the interior of campus which can be accessed from S. New Street either via the sidewalk next to the building closest to Student Health Services or via the ramp located at the top of the hill (there is also handicap parking available) or by taking the far sidewalk next to the Student Recreation Center. Once inside the building, the elevator is located in the lobby behind Einstein Brother's Bagels (behind the blue doors near the former dining hall).
Our offices are located on the second floor. When coming off of the elevator proceed straight ahead to the far hallway and turn right then take the second left -- we're about half way down on the left hand side. If you're taking the stairs, when you get to the lobby take the hallway on the left hand side then take the second left -- we're about half way down on the left hand side.
For an overview of our location, view our campus map .
Please refer to the WCU Parking Services webpage for up to date information.
The OEA 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 OEA-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 would like more information about the OEA Mindfulness Program, you may contact OEAGA@wcupa.edu.
For information about WCU's Animals on Campus Policy .
new OEA students REQUESTing aCCOMMODATIONS for the first time AT WCU....click herE
RENEW YOUR PREVIOUSLY-ISSUED LETTER OF ACCOMMODATION through Your Accommodate PORTAL
COMPLETE A STUDENT PROCTORING REQUEST through YOUR accommodate PORTAL
OEA General Information Sessions for New Students
OEA Information Sessions, offered via Zoom, are open to students and their families. The one-hour sessions are hosted by either the OEA Director or the OEA Senior Accommodations Specialist and are designed to include multiple students/family members. Please note that because these sessions are open to the public, we are unable to discuss any personal information.
2023-2024 Academic Year Dates
Please note that registration is required to join the webinar on the day of.
Thursday August, 31, 2023 at 3:00 pm
Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 3:00 pm
Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 3:00 pm
Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 3:00 pm
Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 3:00 pm
Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 3:00 pm
Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 3:00 pm
Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 3:00 pm
Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 3:00 pm
Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 3:00 pm
Thursday, July 25, 2024 at 3:00 pm