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Handbook - Confidentiality of Documentation

MSU is committed to protecting the privacy of students with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This commitment includes the following safeguards:

  1. Disability-related information is considered highly confidential and will be shared only when necessary and then only on a limited or "need-to-know" basis. This is being done out of respect for individual privacy and in order to protect students from the potential of future discrimination.
    1. Disability-related information will be provided to campus staff or faculty, if the information is necessary for them to fulfill their professional responsibilities, with the studentís written authorization.
    2. If sharing the disability-related information could lead to benefit for the student it will be provided with the studentís written authorization.
  2. The DSS Office has the responsibility of collecting and maintaining disability-related documentation on students. This information is kept in a secure file in the DSS Office. Access to this information is limited to DSS Office staff and the Director of Student Life.
  3. Any disability-related information in other campus offices (e.g., Admissions, Financial Aid) is also held in a secure location. Only appropriate staff in each office has access to the information.


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