Confidentiality is of utmost importance in handling disability-related information and in discussing access to accommodations. Disability documentation is kept secure within DASS and separate from other records, including a student’s general academic file. DASS records and information (including eligibility for accommodations, diagnosis, etc.) are confidential and fall under the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Once an individual is determined eligible for reasonable accommodations, an Accommodation Letter is created which outlines approved reasonable accommodations. An Accommodation Letter does not identify the person’s disability. Some individuals choose to disclose their disabilities to instructors; however, they are not required to do so. Any disability information which is disclosed must be treated confidentially. Conversations should be held in private. At no time should the class be informed that a student has a disability except at the student’s request. 

DASS can communicate with university officials on a need-to-know basis only concerning relevant information, accommodations and/or services. Every student who completes registration with DASS is asked to complete a release so that relevant information can be easily shared with third parties when the need arises. This authorization is done on the accommodation request form.

Conversations about a disability, eligibility and/or specifics of access to accommodations should be in private, rather than in the presence of peers and/or within the regular classroom. This includes situations where the individual’s disability is obvious.