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HIPAA and FERPA

HIPAA and FERPA are two of the primary information security laws which influence how data is managed and stored on the university network. Read more about these laws below and click through to jump to the laws' respective websites.

HIPAA Security Rule

The HIPAA Security Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ electronic personal health information that is created, received, used, or maintained by a covered entity. The Security Rule requires appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of electronic protected health information. 

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FERPA Standards

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. 

See the University Registrar's page for more detailed information about FERPA as it pertains to Texas State University.