DRC AND UNIVERSITY STATEMENTS
- The Disability Resource Center (DRC) ensures that all information obtained from students or other sources is considered confidential and secured in locked cabinets. Neither disability nor the use of accommodations is noted on a student’s transcripts.
- Student files can be accessed only by DRC staff members who have signed the Employee Confidentiality Agreement. One exception is disclosure to other university officials who have been determined to have a legitimate interest in the information.
- Disability related documents created by the DRC will not be released to an outside third party without the written consent of the student (FERPA).
- Disability related documents obtained from a third party (i.e. medical records, diagnostic reports) will only be released to the student with the appropriate written authorization.
- The DRC may charge a fee for copying records.
- Students have the right to review the contents of their files with a DRC staff member.
- The DRC will retain a copy of all disability records for seven years. After seven years the records are expunged.
- The confidentiality policy remains in effect after graduation.
To foster independence in the students it serves, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) seeks to:
- Provide individual services to students with disabilities after students identify and register with the DRC.
- Publicize DRC services and availability.
- Empower students with information about their rights and responsibilities.
- Teach students how to advocate appropriately for their rights within the University system. Facilitate discussions to determine any reasonable accommodations with University units outside the classroom, including housing, campus transit, and parking services.
- Provide students with letters for their professors outlining approved academic accommodations and encourage students to discuss these accommodations with faculty.
- Encourage faculty and staff to interact directly with students regarding accommodations approved by the DRC.
- Educate the University community to help create an attitudinal milieu that is more conducive to student inclusion.
- Gather student input regarding improved access on campus.
- Involve students and relevant health care providers in a collaborative, cooperative process to assist in the DRC’s determination of reasonable accommodations in the campus environment.
Revised September 10, 2010