The University acknowledges the highly confidential nature of students' disability-related information and records and ascribes to the federal guidelines (Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act) that mandate control of and restrict access to such information.
Note: Unless specifically contraindicated by another title, the confidentiality requirements of Title I of the ADA apply to all titles.
Disability-related information and records are assigned to the Disability Support Services (DSS) office. Information is maintained in a separate file that is not for inclusion with students' University records.
The DSS provider, when indicated, will collaborate with faculty and staff of other departments to identify resources, examine and clarify academic issues and strategize approaches that deliver optimum student service. In such cases, the DSS provider will obtain a release from the student so that communication may occur on a limited/need-to-know basis.
Examples of issues that may require collaborative efforts include:
- Accommodative housing
- Environmental modifications
- Academic content/integrity concerns
- Health Services
Legal requirements or issues or medical emergencies could present an exception to this policy.