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Confidentiality

The Disability Center views all materials pertaining to a student's disability as confidential. We recognize that discrimination often occurs as a result of misconceptions regarding the potential of persons with disabilities.

Governmental mandates including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) all support this policy in their encouragement of the protection of privacy.

Written materials

All written materials obtained by the Disability Center are:

  • Used to verify the disability and plan for appropriate accommodations.
  • Maintained in individual files and kept in a secure location available only to staff working at the Disability Center.

Accommodation Notification Letters

Accommodation Notification Letters prepared by the Disability Center for instructors do not give specific information regarding a disability. The letters explain that the student has a disability and that the Disability Center has documentation to support the student's need for reasonable accommodations.

Release of information

Disability-related information may be released on a legitimate need-to-know basis within the university community only when there is a compelling reason for disclosure regarding some specific aspect of the confidential information, such as providing an appropriate accommodation. This determination is made by the director of the Disability Center.

Release of records

The Disability Center does not release disability-related documentation or records. Students are advised to keep copies of any documentation provided to the Disability Center for their own records or obtain copies of documentation from the original sources.