Luther College Disability Services provides student information about:
- Navigating the accommodations process
- Being a successful college student
- On- and off-campus resources
Confidentiality and Release of Information
Luther College Disability Services is committed to ensuring that all information regarding a student is maintained as confidential, as required or permitted by law. Any information collected is used for the benefit of the student, and will only be shared on a limited need-to-know basis.
No one has immediate access to student files except the Disability Services staff. If a student is requesting academic accommodations, the student must sign a release of information in order for Disability Services to notify faculty of a student’s academic accommodation.
Federal and state laws may permit or require release of information in the following circumstances, if a student:
- States they intend to harm themselves or another person(s);
- Reports or describes any physical abuse, neglect, or sexual abuse of children within the last three years (this includes the occurrence of abuse or neglect to the student if he or she was under age eighteen at the time of abuse);
- Reports or describes sexual exploitation by counseling or healthcare professionals.
A student’s file may be released pursuant to a court order or subpoena.
A student may give written authorization for the release of information when they wish to share it with others. Before giving such authorization, the student should understand what information is being released, the purpose of the release, and to whom the information is being released. In general, information will not be released except in the circumstances set forth above.
Disability Services Documentation Guidelines
Luther College students with disabilities are eligible for protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended). The ADA Amendments Act 2008 retains the definition of a “disability” as physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment.
Students must complete the disability determination process as a prerequisite to any decisions about accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services. Policies regarding disability documentation are consistent with the standards and guidelines of Luther College Disability Services and the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Best Practices Principles.
The diagnostician who evaluates the student, must be a licensed or otherwise properly credentialed professional who:
- Is qualified/certified to evaluate and diagnose the disability
- Is familiar with the challenges and functional requirements of a college environment
- Is an impartial evaluator or diagnostician who is not a family member nor in a dual relationship with the student
The documentation submitted for the purpose of seeking a determination of disability at the post-secondary level must be detailed, comprehensive, and include the following components as appropriate to the area of disability being disclosed:
- Narrative report format, on letterhead, signed by evaluator(s), and includes title and credentials
- Evaluations/documentation must be current – generally between six months and three years of starting college
- Description of the diagnostic methodology used, test data results including scores (when applicable), and appropriate analysis and discussion
- Clearly stated diagnosis (DSM-V as appropriate) identifying the condition
- History of disorder including age of onset, past treatment(s)
- A statement of the current, significant impact of the disorder on a major life activity, and the professional’s assessment if the condition rises to the level of a disability Description of the level of severity, expected progression or stability of the condition
(critical in the determination of chronic or progressive conditions)
- Description of current/past accommodations, services and/or medications (if prescribed) Diagnosticians recommendations for reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services for the post-secondary experience must be clearly linked to the testing and evaluation data.
- Each student’s request for a determination of disability and accommodations/ services is evaluated and considered individually.
- It is the responsibility of the individual seeking a determination of disability, (and who will be requesting accommodations), to provide appropriate documentation before a determination of disability can be made and accommodations can be discussed and implemented
- The documentation submitted must provide reasoning between the diagnosed condition and the accommodation and services being requested
- Prior use of accommodations and services is considered in the process of deliberating accommodations and services at the post-secondary level. It should be noted that some accommodations and services provided in high school may not be determined reasonable in the post-secondary environment
- A diagnostician’s diagnosis of condition that rises to the level of a disability does not automatically imply the need for accommodations.
- Documentation that is not current but otherwise meets college guidelines may be eligible for one semester of temporary accommodations as a student seeks reevaluation
- Intake Appointments for accommodations must be scheduled with the Disability Services staff
Disability Services at Luther College has adopted a policy that permits destruction of outdated disability-related records, including medical documentation provided by students to the college pursuant to a student’s request for accommodations. When it has been determined to have been seven or more years since a student either attended Luther College, or received accommodations as a student with a disability from Luther College, the college may destroy any disability-related documentation that it has in its possession without providing further notice to students whose records are subject to destruction. Luther College will not be responsible for the replacement cost of any medical or disability-related documentation destroyed pursuant to this policy, or for any new documentation that may be required in order for a student to re-apply for accommodations. For this reason, students are encouraged to retain copies of their own medical and disability-related records and may not depend on Luther College maintaining such records.
Luther College maintains that the only documents that are subject to destruction under this policy are disability-related records maintained by Disability Services. Other records associated with a student’s academic, discipline, and financial history at Luther College are not affected by this policy. Students who have any questions about this policy or their disability-related records should contact Disability Services.
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