Center for Students with Disabilities
Center for Students with Disabilities

Disability Records

The university has an obligation to confirm that students receiving services have verified disabilities. For this reason, it is important for students to understand the confidentiality of their disability documentation.

  1. Disability documentation is not a part of academic or health records at UWW.
  2. Disability documentation is utilized to determine eligibility for services and appropriate academic and access accommodations.
  3. CSD strives to maintain students' confidentiality by adhering to Family Education Rights and Privacy ACT (FERPA).
  4. Students have the right to confidentiality. However, the students' rights to privacy are balanced against the University's need to know the information in order to provide requested and recommended services and accommodations.
  5. When a student signs a Verified Individual Services and Accommodations (VISA) form it is implying that CSD may communicate as needed with other University professionals as needed to facilitate services and accommodations.

Disability documentation refer to any of the following: all records related to health, intellectual, emotional or physical well-being of an individual prepared by a health care provider, including but not limited to physicians, nurses, therapist, psychologist, social works and counselors.