Brandman University is committed to making its educational opportunities accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990/Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment of 2008 (ADAA). By providing full access to qualified students with disabilities, the university demonstrates its belief that the community will benefit from the skills and talents of these individuals.
These policies apply to every facet of the University's operations, including but not limited to admissions, academic requirements, financial aid, or any other school-administered program or service.
Brandman University has developed and maintains programs and resources to monitor and to assure compliance with these policies. These include The Office of Disability Services, a Director of Disability Services, and an ADA/Section 504 Committee. These resources are designed to offer individualized assessment and to provide accommodations in the most integrated setting appropriate.
The Director of ADA Services, who is a standing member of the University's ADA Advising Board, administers these policies. Information concerning these policies is maintained in the Office of Disability Services. Summaries and references to these policies are provided in the University's application and admissions materials, and its Student Handbook, as well as its Faculty manual and Staff and Administrative Handbook. Individuals can also obtain information about these policies through the University's Director of Disability Services, Dr. Loren O’Connor.
Confidential information in student files will not be released except in the following circumstances:
- A student's file may be released pursuant to a court order or subpoena.
- The student states the intent to harm himself or herself.
- The student stated the intent to harm others.
- A student may give written authorization for the release of information when he or she wishes to share it with another party or professional. Prior to giving such authorization, the student should fully understand the information being released, the purpose of the release, and to whom the confidential information is being released.
- Confidential information will not be released without consent unless required by state or federal law.
- The Office of Disability Services will retain a copy of all information provided for a minimum of seven years. If a student wishes to have a record expunged, then he or she must make a written request to the director of The Office of Disability Services who will decide whether it is necessary for The Office to retain the student's records.
- The student has the right to review his or her file.
- For more information, please refer to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).