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Parent Rights

You and your student will encounter many differences between K-12 and post-secondary educational settings. For instance, when your student was in elementary and high school you were provided with information on their performance and behavior. Once your student reaches college, regardless of their age, you will no longer be provided with this type of information unless your student shares it with you. The law that we are required to follow in these situations is called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

For help in understanding this Law, go to section below on FERPA.

If your student wishes for you to speak with their DAS advisor about their accommodations they may complete a form in the DAS office to make this designation. Once in place, their DAS advisor may speak with you specifically about your student. If your student has not provided you with access, you may still contact DAS for assistance. A DAS advisor is available to speak with you about situations your student may be experiencing in general terms, but will not be able to share any information they may have about your student.


Statement of Confidentiality

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the University is responsible for maintaining confidentiality of your disability-related information. This means that DAS cannot share your disability or diagnostic information, or confirm or deny whether you are eligible to receive accommodations, with other students, faculty, staff, University officials, parents, or family members without your written consent.

Legally, faculty do not have the right to ask you to disclose your diagnosis or the nature of your disability. In some cases, students may have a reason for choosing to share this information, but students are never obligated to do so. You get to determine who knows you are registered with DAS and this information will not appear on your transcript or diploma.

Questions or concerns regarding confidentiality should be addressed with DAS as soon as possible. You may provide written consent for DAS to communicate with others on your behalf by completing a release of information through the DAS Office. 


Please visit FERPA for a better understanding of the law.


For information on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act click on HIPAA