This page is about disclosing personal information about your disability. Disclosure to Disability Services will ensure that you can access support.
At the University disclosure may mean:
- educating someone about your disability or impairment
- telling someone about the impact of your disability or impairment on study and how you do things successfully
- telling someone about your learning style
- providing documentation about your disability or impairment
- talking to another student about your disability or impairment.
Please see below for more information on disclosure:
"Choosing your path. Disclosure: It's a personal decision"
"To tell or not to tell..."
Disclosing to Disability Services
You need to disclose to the University that you have a medical condition or impairment only if you require education-related adjustments (reasonable adjustments) or support.
We will ask you to provide up-to-date supporting documentation that discloses the nature of your disability or impairment and the impact it has upon your ability to participate at the University.
Once the adjustments are determined, we will write an Impact Statement that gives an overview of the specific impacts of your disability on your studies, your academic-related needs and any inclusive teaching practices that your teachers may need to implement. The Impact Statement does not disclose the diagnosis of your disability.
If you choose not to disclose a disability, Disability Services and teaching staff cannot provide education-related adjustments specific to that disability. Please note that the disclosure of your disability on a UAC questionnaire or during enrolment is not available to Disability Services.
When determining reasonable adjustments, we will also base our decisions on your ability to meet the core participation requirements of your course. Our aim is to provide adjustments that offer you the best opportunity to achieve your academic goals and maximise your independence.
How we use the information you disclose
Consent to disclose
When you register, you will be asked to sign a consent form allowing Disability Services to determine and organise reasonable adjustments.
Although have the right to disclose to Disability Services only the information you feel comfortable to release, bear in mind that by doing so you might might limit the amount or type of reasonable adjustments that can be made.
Disclosure of diagnosis
Disability Services never discloses your diagnosis to University staff, but instead uses your Impact Statement, which describes the impact of your disability on your studies. The Impact Statement often includes the inclusive teaching practices that you require.
Information is disclosed to faculties or academic staff so that they can organise reasonable adjustments for students. It is not a blanket disclosure.
If any adjustments are required to accommodate your disability, we will advise other members of University staff of your registration with Disability Services and the impact of your disability. If you are undertaking training or placement as part of your course, we may also disclose relevant information to staff so that they can cater to your disability.
The University will not disclose your personal and/or health information to any external organisation or person, unless:
- the disclosure is permitted or required by law, such as an Act of Parliament, subpoena, warrant, or other legal instrument;
- your express consent has been obtained for the disclosure; or
- the University reasonably believes that disclosure is necessary to lessen or prevent a serious and imminent threat to your life, health or safety or of another person, or a serious threat to health or public safety.