Register for Disability Services

To be eligible for services through the Disability Services Office, students must provide appropriate documentation of their disability. Disabilities can be physical, psychological, or learning related. A disability is defined as significantly limiting one or more major life activities.

Step 1: Complete a registration packet from the Disability Services Office

Step 2: Bring documentation of your disability

Step 3: Contact the Disability Services Office and schedule a time to meet with the Disability Services Coordinator

Confidentiality and Release of Information

The Disability Services Office is committed to ensuring that all information regarding a student is kept confidential as required or permitted by law.  Any information obtained by Disability Services is used to verify the disability and plan for appropriate services. This information may include test data, grades, biographical history, disability information, performance review, and case notes.

Disability related information is treated the same as medical information.  For example, University faculty and staff do not have a right or a need to access diagnostic or other information regarding a student’s diagnosis; they need to only know what accommodations are necessary or appropriate to meet the student’s disability-related needs.  No one has access to the student files at the Disability Services Office except the Disability Services Coordinator and the Director of the Academic Success Center.  Information regarding a student’s disability may be shared with a limited group of University officials on a “need to know” basis, such as when a student is appealing a disability-related decision or citing the disability as a mitigating circumstance in a course or program related issue.

Files maintained by the University will only be released in accordance with federal and state laws, which require release in the following circumstances:

  • A student indicates or reports that he/she intends to harm himself/herself or another person(s).
  • A student reports physical abuse, neglect, or sexual abuse of children or vulnerable adults within the last three years (this includes the occurrence of abuse or neglect to the student if he/she was under the age of 18 at the time of the abuse).
  • Files can be released legally pursuant to a court order or subpoena.
  • A student may give written authorization for the release of information when he/she wishes to share it with others.  Before giving such authorization, the student should understand the information is being released.  Information will not be released without consent unless it is required by federal or state law.
  • Documentation will be kept on file for five years after the student is no longer enrolled at the University. After that time, documents will be appropriately disposed of.