Skip to Top Navigation Skip to Utility Navigation Skip to Search Skip to Left Navigation Skip to Content

Letter of Disclosure

What is a Letter of Disclosure?

A Letter of Disclosure is a University of Hartford document issued by the department of Learning Plus to a student who has filed appropriate documentation verifying the presence of a Learning Disability and/or Attention Deficit Disorder and is eligible to receive specific services and accommodations.

What is the procedure for obtaining a Letter of Disclosure?

First-Semester, First Year Students and Transfer Students: Make an appointment at Learning Plus, A 209, to meet with the Director to draft the Letter of Disclosure.  The original will remain in the student's confidential file at Learning Plus.  Copies of the Letter of Disclosure will be issued the day following the initial meeting.  The student must then submit the copies of the Letter of Disclosure to professors.
Returning Students:  Sign up for the desired number of copies of the Letter of Disclosure at the reception desk at Learning Plus, A 209, within the first 3 weeks of the semester.  Documents will be available to be picked up by the student after NOON the day following the written request.  Students then submit the Letters of Disclosure to each of their professors.

Who is responsible for obtaining the Letter of Disclosure?

It is the student's responsibility to contact the department of Learning Plus within the first 3 weeks of the semester to obtain a Letter of Disclosure.  This procedure must be repeated each semester.

Why is a Letter of Disclosure necessary?

The student is required to provide a professor with a Letter of Disclosure in order to receive any accommodations.  At the postsecondary level, accommodations are not automatically provided for students who have special needs as they are in schools, grades K-12.  Letters of Disclosure must be provided each semester to each professor in whose class the student wishes to receive accommodations.


 

OFFICE OF THE PROVOST                            OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS

A209 860.768.4312                                          GSU307       860.768.4260

E. Lynne Golden, Director                              Suzanne Anderson McNeil, Asst VP

Learning Plus                                                 Student Affairs

 

LETTER OF DISCLOSURE SAMPLE

  Semester

Dear Professor: 

Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the University is required to make reasonable classroom accommodations available to students with disabilities who are qualified, with or without such accommodations, for the programs and courses in which they are enrolled.  Reasonable classroom accommodations are intended to give qualified students with disabilities equal or equivalent access to educational programs.  

The student identified below has a well-documented, diagnosed disability that substantially impairs her/his ability to engage in one or more major life activities, examples of which include, without limitation, learning, writing, remembering, reading, calculating, walking, seeing and hearing.   By law, the nature of the student’s disability is confidential.   

It has been determined that he/she qualifies for the disability accommodations and/or services listed below.  Please call the designated administrator, who has signed the document, if you have questions or concerns about this student’s approved accommodations and services.  Please note: the student maintains the right to access or to waive accommodations on a semester-by-semester, course-by-course, or task-by-task basis.

Student’s Name:        

  • Student’s ID#:   
  • This student is eligible for the following accommodations:

 

 Thank you, in advance, for supporting this student’s right to access or waive approved disability accommodations.

Administrator’s Signature:______________________________ Date:______________ 

Student’s Signature:___________________________________


 

 

This Letter of Disclosure is not valid without University Seal and signature of Directors of Learning Plus or Student Affairs.

Disability Disclosure, Accommodations and Services: 

Differences Between Education Settings, K-12 v. Postsecondary

K-12:

Postsecondary:

Legal Foundation

  • IDEA, Individuals with Disabilities Act: education based
  • automatic access to education

Legal Foundation

  • ADA and 504
  • Americans with Disabilities Act & Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act: civil rights based
  • nondiscrimination re: access

Responsibility for Identification & Disclosure

  • Parent & School
  • ADVOCACY by others

Responsibility for Identification & Disclosure

  • Individual who has disability
  • SELF-ADVOCACY

Provision of services

  • Responsibility of school
  • Extensive educational services and
  • accommodations required: MANDATED COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS

Provision of services

  • Responsibility of individual
  • Educational services vary
  • 3 LEVELS:
  • minimal
  • moderate*
  • comprehensive

Accommodations

  • Adjusted/modified curriculum
  • Required courses changed/eliminated

Accommodations*

  • Same curriculum as nondisabled students
  • Required courses are REQUIRED
  • NO WAIVERS for essential reqs.
  • Some substitutions possible