Laws and Policies
UC Irvine Administrative Policies & ProceduresFor information on the University's policies regarding public access to records and privacy rights, please visit:
- Information Access and Disclosure (Section 720-10)
- Information Access and Disclosure (Section 720-11)
- University of California's Business and Finance Bulletins
California Public Records Act (CPRA)
The California Public Records Act (CPRA) is a state law found in California Government Code, Section 6250 et seq., concerning the disclosure of public records. The CPRA is based upon the principle that access to information concerning the public's business is a fundamental and necessary right for every person in the State. Under the CPRA, records maintained by the University are subject to inspection by the public upon request unless specifically exempted from disclosure under the law.
Information Practices Act of 1977 (IPA)
The Information Practices Act of 1977 (IPA) is a state law found in California Civil Code, Section 1798 et seq. The IPA protects an individual's privacy rights in personal information contained in University records. Under the IPA, any individual may, upon request and proper identification, access records containing his or her own information maintained by the University.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal law establishing the public's right to obtain information from federal government agencies (or agencies receiving federal funds). The CPRA is modeled after the FOIA. Since the FOIA does not generally apply to the University, all requests received under the FOIA will be processed as CPRA requests. For more information on the FOIA, please visit:
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that governs the privacy and security of "protected health information" (PHI). Under the HIPAA, the University is mandated to comply with legal requirements governing the provision of health benefits, the delivery and payment of healthcare services, and the security and confidentiality of individually identifiable PHI in written, electronic, or oral formats. For additional information on the HIPAA, please visit:
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. For more information please visit: