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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that all protected health information be kept private and secure by all persons that handle, or have access to, that information (see HIPPA Compliance Manual at http://sites.austincc.edu/hipaa/
Since the Human Services students use protected health information as part of the educational process, all Human Services Intern students must annually complete an online training module to remain in compliance with HIPAA regulations. Students are not allowed to enter the Internship until this training has been completed. Any violations of HIPAA regulations will result in disciplinary actions up to and including withdrawal from the program depending on the severity of the violation.