All information related to a student’s disability is confidential. Disability documentation is kept in a secure file in the ADA Coordinator’s office. The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) regulates disclosure of disability documentation and records maintained by the ADA Coordinator.
Under FERPA, disability-related information may be shared on a limited basis with any College official that has a “legitimate educational interest”. The ADA Coordinator will only share information with school officials when appropriate and will carefully balance the request for information with student confidentiality.
The nature of the student’s disability is not contained within the Faculty Accommodation Letters prepared for students, unless a student requests to disclose specific information, such as emergency medical information. Generally, faculty only have access to information regarding accommodations that are appropriate and necessary to meet the student’s needs.
Parents do not have access to any disability information, nor to information regarding grades, attendance, use of accommodations, etc., without specific written release from the student. A student may request a release form from the ADA Coordinator.
A student may request a copy of their records at any time by signing a Consent to Release Form available from the ADA Coordinator.
Learn more about FERPA.