The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to providing equitable access to our programs for students with disabilities (e.g., psychological, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, and physical).
To engage in a confidential conversation about the process for requesting reasonable accommodations in the classroom and clinical settings please contact The Office of Disability, Access, and Inclusion at: firstname.lastname@example.org or begin the process via the website Accommodations are not provided retroactively, therefore, students are encouraged to begin this process early.
All disability-related information including documentation, accommodation letters,
correspondence, and consultations are considered confidential and will be managed in
accordance with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations.
Please read this carefully, as there are instances that may necessitate student documentation being
released without consent. This includes electronic, paper, verbal, and any other types of
communication. In addition to fulfilling legal obligations, maintaining a high standard of
confidentiality also serves to maintain an environment in which students with disabilities feel
respected, safe, supported, and protected.
Breaches of confidentiality are taken very seriously by The University of Colorado Anschutz
Medical Campus. Unauthorized disclosures of student information must be documented and can
result in the institution being in non-compliance with federal regulations. Additionally, such
disclosures may violate state privacy laws and may subject the university and the individual to
liability. Please contact The Office of Disability, Access, and Inclusion if there are any questions, issues, or concerns regarding
maintaining the confidentiality of information.
The Office of Disability, Access, and Inclusion offers the following guidelines for faculty, staff, and administrators to ensure
that confidential student information is kept secure:
All information that a student shares with a faculty member is to be used specifically for
arranging reasonable accommodations for the course of study.
Do not leave student disability information visible on your computer or in any printed format
that others can see, and dispose of it securely at the end of the quarter.
Refrain from discussing a student’s disability status and necessary accommodations within the hearing range of fellow students, faculty, staff, or others who do not have an “educational need
Do not assume that students registered with The Office of Disability, Access, and Inclusion are aware of other students’
disability status. Blind copy (BCC) students so they are not privy to other student’s information,
or better yet, send separate emails to each student.
At no time should the class be informed that a student has a disability.
Discuss Accommodation Letters and logistics of implementing accommodations with
students in private. Make yourself available by email, during office hours, or by appointment to
Requesting specific information about a student’s disability is inappropriate. Requesting a
letter from the student’s physician is inappropriate. The Accommodation Letter is all that is
needed to justify the accommodation.
If a student voluntarily discloses the nature of their disability to you, even if it is obvious, do
not disclose it to others.
If a student tries to provide you with their primary disability documentation, refuse to read or
accept it and refer the student to The Office of Disability, Access, and Inclusion.
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has designated The Office of Disability, Access, and InclusionDisability as the repository of all disability documentation for
students with disabilities.
Faculty can feel free to visit these suggested sites for information, ideas and strategies for Universal Design in instruction and assessments.