Accessibility Services: Student Confidentiality

Documentation is kept confident by Accessibility Services (AS)

Student confidentiality, image is of confidential documentsAS has the responsibility to maintain the Confidentiality of the student’s documentation and may not release any part of the documentation without the student’s informed and written consent.

AS staff adheres to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Here is a link that explains FERPA http://familypolicy.ed.gov/?src=ferpa

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children’s education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records. When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a post-secondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student (“eligible student”). The FERPA statute is found at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and the FERPA regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

A client’s trust through confidentiality is taken very seriously by Accessibility Services staff.  Generally, confidential information may be disclosed only upon consent of the client, if the client is 18 years or over. This philosophy is applied to all clients of AS.

Parents or guardians of minors hold privilege, and are entitled to information communicated by their children. If the client is a minor, parents or legal guardians may provide consent for disclosure of minor client’s records or communication.

Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance.