Privacy and Confidentiality

It is important that the University actively promote an environment that ensures students feel safe disclosing a disability. Maintaining confidentiality for students with disabilities is an important procedural component of the duty to accommodate. The University requires sufficient information to reasonably evaluate and respond to a student’s request for accommodations. For this reason, students requesting academic accommodations are required to provide information pertaining to their disability and its impact to the CSD. Personal information that identifies that a student has a disability will remain exclusively with the CSD away from the student’s academic record, to protect the student’s privacy.

At times, the accommodation process may require that the student disclose information regarding the impact of their disability to other staff and instructors on a need‐to‐know basis such that specific responsibilities can be met under the terms of the Policy on Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.

All personal information disclosed to the CSD is governed by:

  • OCAD University’s Privacy and Personal Information Collection Procedures
  • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA)
  • Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA).

The Centre for Students with Disabilities requires consent from the student in order to communicate with Course Instructors, TAs, on‐campus departments, parents, and external organizations.