Documentation of disabilities, as well as records regarding individual student’s participation with the Tutoring Center, are kept on file in the office of the Director of Special Populations.
Specific information on a student's disability and academic progress will only be shared with the student's written permission and/or on a need-to-know basis. This information does not become part of a student's transcript or permanent record.
Confidentiality and FERPA
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) greatly limits the amount of information the Tutoring Center and Disability Access Services (DAS) may share with parents. Students who wish the Director of Special Populations to share information with their parents, or a service provider from the community, must sign a written Release of Information form. This form must be completed by the student in the presence of the Director of Special Populations and must be signed by the student, the Director of Special Populations, and a witness. This confidentiality waiver is valid for one year from the date that the student signs it.
Students have the right to nullify this form at any point simply by providing such a request in writing. Even with this signed form on file, DAS encourages students to be their own advocate and therefore discourages parents from taking on responsibilities that should be the student’s. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, obtaining services and problem solving.
It is the policy of the college that no persons shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, or marital status or be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination in any program or activity for which the college is responsible or which it receives federal financial assistance. This policy of non-discrimination also applies to otherwise qualified handicapped individuals.