All members of the workforce in UF medical components and affiliated entities, including faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and third parties are required to sign UF’s Confidentiality Statement. All members of the workforce, whether full-time or part-time, temporary or permanent, paid or not paid, must sign the UF Confidentiality Statement within 5 days of joining the workforce or student body, and annually thereafter, agreeing to maintain the confidentiality of patient health information created, received, and maintained by the University of Florida.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a broad federal law that is in part designed to provide national standards for protection of certain health information. As required by HIPAA, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) promulgated complex regulations known as the Privacy Rule, which implement the federal law.
All faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and business associates who work in or for a University of Florida medical component or an affiliated entity are required to complete specialized training about privacy and security. The Staff Office of the Department of Occupational Therapy maintains records of training compliance for the RSD Students. Training certification is good for at least 12 months from the date on the certificate. Click here to complete UF’s HIPAA Training.
The 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, also known as the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law (20 U.S.C. 1232g) that protects the privacy of a student’s educational record. FERPA applies to all educational institutions receiving funds from the United States Department of Education, from kindergarten through university level. You can read about the University’s FERPA compliance here.
FERPA Training is required annually for university faculty, staff and student assistants. When working with student records, a student assistant should work cooperatively with their supervisor to ensure FERPA compliance.