Confidentiality

Loginlocked

 

Confidentiality

The Resources for Disabilities Center, is committed to ensuring that all information and communication regarding students and their disabilities are maintained as confidential except when disclosure is authorized by the student, or required or permitted by law. The goal of confidentiality procedures is to ensure that a student with disabilities will not be discriminated against based on her or his disability.

No one within a college community has access to a student's disability-related information, except for appropriate personnel. Students need not disclose their specific disability to faculty or staff. Faculty and staff have limited access to disability-related information on a need-to-know basis. As a rule, faculty and staff need to know what accommodations are appropriate and necessary to meet the student's disability related needs. However, in some instances, a faculty or staff person may request a more in-depth discussion to better facilitate the student's learning and performance in the class. In that case, the faculty or staff member should contact our office. To protect confidentiality, all disability-related diagnostic documentation must be filed only with Resources for Disabilities.

Information in student files will not be released except in compliance with federal and state laws. The law requires release of information in the following circumstances:

    if the student indicates an intention to harm self or others;
    if the student reports or describes any physical abuse, neglect, or sexual abuse of children or vulnerable adults within the last three years. (This includes the occurrence of abuse or neglect to the student if he/she was under the age of eighteen at the time of the abuse.)
    if the student reports the use of an illegal drug for non-medical purposes during pregnancy;
    if the student reports or describes sexual exploitation by counseling or health care professionals.