- The goal of confidentiality procedures is to ensure that a student with a disability will not be discriminated against based on his/her disability. As an adult participant in the accommodation process, students can disclose what they want to or not to others.
- Once a student becomes 18, the FERPA (Federal Educational Right to Privacy Act) and ADAAA comes into effect. This means that information regarding student’s academic history and other protected information cannot be released to anyone, including parents, without the express consent of the student, and only in a limited fashion (this is called proxy access). FERPA also prohibits students from sharing CSP passwords with others. This includes access to CSP email, WebX or blackboard as this may disclose information about other registered students on campus.
- Parents or outside parties cannot advocate for, or negotiate on behalf of, the student even if proxy access and SAS releases are signed.
- Students need not disclose their specific disability to faculty or staff. The accommodation form (VISA) will provide information that faculty or staff need to know in order to implement accommodations for a course or program, which does not indicate disability.
- As some of the information provided may be medical in nature and covered under HIPPA, no one within the university community has access to a student’s medical disability-related information except in very specific and/or emergency situations.
To protect confidentiality, all disability-related diagnostic documentation will be kept in a file separate from a student’s academic record. This information will be shredded seven years after a student has graduated or withdrawn from CSP.
- Releases for Financial Aid or other agencies on the CSP campus do not apply to Student Accessibility Services. Students must sign an addition release that will indicate who is authorized to discuss information with SAS staff including care providers, parents, other educational institutions. A release must also be signed to share information with other internal agencies (such as counseling).
Last modified: January 25, 2018