The University of Texas at Austin- What Starts Here Changes the World
Office of the Dean of Students
  UT Home -> Diversity Home -> Division of Diversity and Community Engagement -> Services for Students with Disabilities -> Record Keeping and Confidentiality -> Confidentiality
Prospective Students |  Current Students |  Faculty & Staff |  Parents |  Clinicians |  Advisors

SSD Home

Contact Us

About Disabilities

How to Register

Forms & Documents

Our Services

Assistive Technology


Policies & Procedures

Campus & Community Resources

Accommodation Letter Request

Accommodations and Services

Course Load Reduction and Medical Withdrawal

Documentation Guidelines




Student records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

SSD respects the confidential nature of disability-related information. The University of Texas and SSD have an obligation to maintain the confidentiality of such documentation.

Access by University personnel to disability-related information housed in SSD 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 SSD for instructors do not give 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, SSD 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.

The University of Texas and SSD are prohibited by law from releasing any disability-related records or personally identifying information to any entity outside The University including documentation provided to SSD by the student unless the student provides written permission or there is a court order. The University's policy regarding student records may be found on the Web at: Entities outside The University include parents of students over the age of 18. A specific release of information must be signed and in the 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 The University by signing a Release of Information Form.

Warning: include_once( [function.include-once]: failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found in /export/httpd/data/diversity/ddce2/includes/template.php on line 172

Warning: include_once() [function.include]: Failed opening '' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/teamweb/php/lib:/usr/local/php-5.2.17/lib/php') in /export/httpd/data/diversity/ddce2/includes/template.php on line 172