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Disclosure and Confidentiality

If you declared a disability on your UCAS or other application form this information will be entered on the UCL central student record (Portico) This information is confidential personal information and covered by the Data Protection Act. You cannot rely on this first disclosure to alert your department to any adjustments you might need.

Disclosing a disability will act as a trigger for certain communications from Student Disability Services. If you need any specific adjustments either for examinations, or for assessments or in the provision of teaching and learning you will need to discuss this with a Disability Adviser. The first step is to register with Student Disability Services.

Whether or not you declared a disability on your application form you are encouraged to register with Student Disability Services as early as possible if you have any support needs related to a disability.

Who will be informed about my disability?


Any information disclosed to Student Disability Services staff is treated confidentially. When you register with SDS you will be asked whether the Disability Services staff can reveal limited information to other members of UCL staff, on a ‘need-to-know’ basis where this is necessary to facilitate our support for you.

What if I choose not to disclose?


If you do not disclose a disability you may not receive the practical support to which you are entitled. It may also be difficult to make the appropriate reasonable adjustments. Information about a mobility difficulty, for example, is needed well in advance so that accessible rooms can be booked for lectures and seminars. The Disability Advisers are happy to discuss any concerns you may have about disclosure.