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CONFIDENTIALITY

Disability status is confidential and information related to a person's disability should be handled under the same strict rules of confidentiality as is medical information. This includes the comprehensive documentation that persons with disabilities must provide to establish the existence of their disability and their need for accommodation or consideration.

Information should be shared only on a limited basis within the institutional community, primarily, only with those who have a right to know. It may be shared only when there is a legitimate educations interest, for provision of accommodations, provision of emergency services, or formal investigation of a complaint. This may mean sharing with faculty or staff only the information that a student has a documented disability and need for accommodations.

Specific statutory and regulatory language on confidentiality is most readily found in the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title I at 42 U.S.C. ss12112 (d)(3) & (4); 29 C.F.R. ss1630.14-1630.16, the EEOC's interpretive guidance and its Technical Assistance Manual.

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