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Privacy Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

All materials pertaining to a student’s disability status are treated with great care and held privately. The University respects the sensitive nature of these files. This policy is based upon government mandates regarding the treatment of disability-related information.

  • Any written material obtained is used to verify the disability and plan for appropriate services.
  • Disability-related information for students at University of the Sciences is maintained by the Associate Director of Student Accommodations or the Associate Dean of Students. Students’ files are housed in a secure location. The exception to this is communication with a student’s Academic Dean or designee and faculty.
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) do not automatically give faculty access to specific disability-related information; however, they will be informed of approved accommodations in order to implement them.
  • A student’s disability or other pertinent information may be disclosed to those individuals with a need to know. In general, a student’s disability and accommodations may be disclosed, without the student’s express permission, to University employees with a need to know. This need to know must be balanced against the student’s interest in keeping his/her medical records private.
  • An individual may request to review the contents of his/her own file. This review must be coordinated by making an appointment with the Office of Student Accommodations and will be done in the presence of the Associate Director of Student Accommodations or the Associate Dean of Students. All information in the file is the property of University of the Sciences. A fee may be applied if copies of content are given to the individual.
  • Records are retained throughout the student’s tenure with the University, and for 7 years following graduation or exit from the University (as of 2005).
  • Students must sign a release of information form in order for specific information to be shared with other offices or people, including their parents, unless otherwise noted in this overview.


Kaitlyn Martin
Program Coordinator for Student Accommodations
504 Coordinator


University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495