Accessibility Services respect the confidential nature of disability-related information. Pikes Peak Community College and Accessibility Services have an obligation to maintain the confidentiality of such information.
Accessibility Services and Confidentiality
Student records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Access by PPCC personnel to disability-related information housed in Accessibility Services is on a need-to-know basis and only for the purpose of assuring appropriate accommodations. Instructors are regularly apprised of the confidential nature of disability-related information shared with them. Accommodation letters prepared by Accessibility Services for instructors do not provide specific diagnoses. Instead, the letters explain that the student has provided appropriate documentation of a disability and lists the approved academic accommodations for that student.
On a legitimate, educational need-to-know basis, Accessibility Services staff may discuss the impact or impairments caused by the disability and the corresponding accommodations approved with appropriate individuals on campus. Circumstances may include housing arrangements, academic accommodations, instructional strategies and resources or other circumstances specific to the individual.
Pikes Peak Community College and Accessibility Services are prohibited by law from releasing any disability-related records or personally identifying information to any entity outside PPCC including documentation provided to Accessibility Services by the student unless the student provides written permission or there is a court order.
Pikes Peak Community College and Accessibility Services have an obligation to maintain the confidentiality of disability-related information.
Entities outside PPCC include parents of students over the age of 18. A specific release of information must be signed and in the student’s file giving staff permission to discuss student-specific information with parents.
The student may request or approve the release of such information to persons or agencies outside PPCC by signing our Confidentiality Agreement.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. FERPA rights are afforded to the students at the time of admission. Visit the FERPA website for more information.