The Disability Resource Center will maintain the confidentiality of all student records as required or permitted by law. Any information collected is used by The Disability Resource Center 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 student files at the Disability Resource Center except authorized staff. A student has the right to review his/her own file. Otherwise, information regarding disability obtained from medical examinations or appropriate post-admissions inquiries will be considered confidential and will be shared with others within UIC on a need-to-know basis only, and only with a signed consent from the student.

Disability-related information is to be treated as medical information. In general, UIC 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 will be informed of 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. Please refer to the Registration Agreement form for more information.

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 educational information when he or she wishes to share it with others. Before giving such authorization, the student should 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. Individual treatment records will not be released directly to a student, but will be released to an appropriate professional of the student's choice.

When it is necessary to copy a file, The Disability Resource Center may charge a reasonable fee for the costs incurred in connection with the copying of information. The Disability Resource Center will retain a copy of all information provided. If a student wishes to have a record expunged, he or she must make a written request to the Director who will decide whether it is necessary for the office to retain the record.

In an effort to support disability-related research, including projects designed to assess the efficacy and needs of the Disability Resource Center may collaborate on a wide range of research initiatives with investigators within and outside UIC. In such instances, students registered with the Disability Resource Center will be contacted by staff to ascertain their willingness to participate. Students may refuse participation or withdraw from such studies at any time and for any reason without penalty.

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