Disability Access Services (DAS) views all information pertaining to a student's disability as confidential. This is based upon government mandates regarding the confidential treatment of disability-related information. Any information obtained by DAS is used to verify the disability, plan for appropriate services, and document service and communication with this office.

Maintaining student disability information as confidential does not guarantee a student’s anonymity. Please contact DAS for further information.

The following are the guidelines used by DAS regarding disability-related information:

  • All disability-related information for students at Oregon State University is managed by DAS.
  • Only authorized personnel working at DAS have access to these files.
  • Disability information may be released only when a student has signed a Release of Confidential Information form (contact DAS for electronic or hard-copy form).
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) do not allow faculty access to information pertaining to students’ medical conditions, such as medical or psychiatric records.
  • Submitting an online request for services gives DAS permission to contact faculty to notify them of the services a particular student is eligible to receive. The functional impact of a student’s disability may be disclosed to faculty on an educational need to know basis. Direct ongoing involvement of the DAS staff and/or brief consultations with the staff may be required.
  • Students may request to review the contents of their own file. This must be done with DAS staff present.
  • Students may request a copy of the documentation of their disability. Student records are kept for five years after departure from Oregon State University.

Page Updated 10/2014