Policy on Confidentiality of Disability Documentation and Status

 Date of original implementation: August 2012

Date of Last Revision: August 2012

The Office of Disability Support Services (ODS) is committed to ensuring that all information and communication pertaining to a student's disability is maintained as confidential as required or permitted by law. The following guidelines about the treatment of such information have been adopted by ODS. These guidelines incorporate relevant state and federal regulations.

  1. This information is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). All records received and kept by the ODS are considered educational records. All documentation is kept in secure files, with access limited to the Coordinator of Academic and Disability Support.
  2. No one will have immediate access to student Disability Support Services files except authorized staff. Any information regarding a disability is considered confidential and will be shared only with others within Cambridge College who have a legitimate educational interest.
  3. Sensitive information in student disability files will not be released except in accordance with federal and state laws.
  4. A student's file may be released pursuant to a court order or subpoena.
  5. The student’s disability file is separate from the student’s educational record. If a student wishes to have information about his/her disability shared with others outside the institution, the student must provide written authorization to ODS to release the information.
  6. The student should understand that there may be occasions when ODS will share information regarding a student's disability if circumstances necessitate the sharing of information and ODS has determined that there is an appropriate, legitimate, educational need to know.
  7. A student has the right to review his/her own ODS file with reasonable notification.

Upon agreement of disabilities with ODS, students who take classes at a Cambridge College regional center will be asked if they would like their accommodations disclosed to regional center directors or to student service coordinators. Based on the student’s response, staff at regional centers will be notified appropriately.

 

Individual Responsible for Revision and Implementation: Acting Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing, Coordinator of Academic and Disability Support, Dean of Student Affairs