Your privacy is important to us.
The Office of Disability Services for Students (DSS) is committed to protecting your privacy. We comply with the standards set forth in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for safeguarding student information.
At your first meeting with a DSS Access Coordinator, you will be informed about your privacy rights under FERPA and HIPAA. You also will be asked to sign a form allowing limited release of your information, which will be kept on file for the duration of your time at IU Bloomington.
The information you provide to DSS about your disability is used only by DSS staff as it relates to providing accommodations for you. Faculty and staff do not have access to information about your disability; they know only what accommodations they are required to provide for you.
DSS will retain all disability documentation for 3 years after students leave the university.
There are certain circumstances under which DSS is required to release your information to a third party—for example, in response to a subpoena issued by a court of law. Outside of those limited circumstances, DSS must get your written authorization to release your information to a third party.