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The Office of Research Support (ORS) does not administer or oversee HOP policy 5-2011 or training related to the policy. ORS administers HOP policy 7-1210, “Promoting Objectivity in Research by Managing, Reducing or Eliminating Financial Conflicts of Interest” so if you conduct research and have:

  1. Not submitted a Financial Interest Disclosure (FID), you will need to complete mandatory training and file a FID. Instructions for completing these requirements are located at
  2. Previously submitted a FID, you are not required to complete additional training nor re-disclose the same information to comply with the UTS 180/HOP 5-2011 policy requirements.   However, you may have other responsibilities under that policy.

HOP policy 5-2011 QUESTIONS? Contact the Provost’s Office or call Mike Kerker, Associate Vice Provost at (512) 471-2694.


HIPAA (Privacy Rule) regulates the use and transmission of personal health information (PHI).Students on steps

HIPAA aims to maintain greater privacy of medical records. PHI is health information transmitted or maintained in any form or medium that:

  • identifies or could be used to identify an individual; and
  • is created or received by a healthcare provider, health plan, employer or healthcare clearinghouse; and
  • relates to the past, present or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual; the provision of health care to an individual; or the past, present or future payment for the provision of healthcare to an individual.

Since UT Austin does not have a medical school (thus, usually not generating PHI) the majority of UT Austin research intersecting with HIPAA involves the transmission of protected medical data. Medical data obtained directly from the research subject does not fall under HIPAA's purview.

PDF FileHIPAA Privacy Rule Booklet