The parent (or legal guardian) of a primary or secondary school pupil with a disability is an essential participant in school decisions about that child’s disability-related needs. When that child enters the university, however, the parent no longer participates directly in the institution’s decision-making process. The parent may continue to offer the student (or prospective student) advice and support, but the student becomes solely responsible for communicating with university personnel about disability-related matters.
The Student Access Office (SAO) staff is aware of the difficulty of this role change and welcome the opportunity to offer advice and general policy information to the parents of students with disabilities; however, the parent is not recognized by SAO as a substitute for the student in matters related to the student’s disability accommodations and services. In accordance with this perspective, SAO has established the following limits on parental involvement.
A student or prospective student who wishes to request accommodations based on a disability or a formal review of disability documentation must submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form to request such services. A request from a parent, a legal guardian, a clinician, a school official, or another third party will not be accepted in lieu of a direct request from the student.
SAO staff will not discuss the following with the parent or legal guardian of a student (term understood to include the prospective student).
When appropriate, the student receives detailed written communication from SAO concerning these matters. Parents and legal guardians are encouraged, therefore, to request information directly from the student.
Your right to privacy and confidentiality is a high priority at Adelphi’s Student Access Office. No information regarding a student’s disability or use of services will be released to parties outside of SAO without prior written consent:
SAO student files are maintained for six (6) years from the date of attendance. At the end of the six-year period, all records in the file will be destroyed.