Confidentiality

The Accessible Education Office (AEO) operates under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and all information and medical documentation submitted to the office is protected under the parameters of this law. College officials who have a legitimate educational interest in obtaining information about student accommodations and disability needs may request this from AEO on a need-to-know basis without further authorization from the student. AEO strives to respect student privacy, especially surrounding diagnostic information, and takes care in staying within legal compliance with this information.

Furthermore, in order to safeguard the confidentiality of individuals with disabilities, evaluators may withhold or redact any portion of the documentation that is not directly relevant to the University's criteria for establishing a rationale for the requested accommodations as long as the remaining information substantiates the presence of a disability and all documentation criteria are met.