Disability Services will maintain the confidentiality of all student records as required or permitted by law. Any information collected is used for the benefit of the student. This information may include test data, transcripts, grades, biographical history, disability information, performance reviews, case notes and correspondence.

No one has immediate access to files containing student documentation except Disability Services staff. Information regarding the disability obtained from medical examinations or appropriate post-admissions inquiries will be considered confidential and will be shared with others within JWCC on a need-to-know basis only. A student has the right to review his/her own file.

Disability-related information is to be treated as medical information. College faculty and staff do not have a right or a need to access diagnostic or other information regarding a student’s disability. Faculty and staff may be informed as to the functionally inhibitive manifestations of the student’s disability and the accommodations necessary or appropriate to meet the student’s needs and compensate for the aforementioned deficiencies. When a student requests an accommodation, the student will be informed as to what information will be provided to the faculty or staff regarding the request.

A student’s file may be released pursuant to a court order or subpoena. In addition, a student may give written authorization for the release of information when she or he wishes to share it with others. Before giving such authorization, the student would understand the information being released, the purpose of the release, and to whom the information is being released. Information will not be released without consent unless it is required by federal or state law.