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The primary guidance for the privacy of the medical information obtained by the Health Center in the course of your care is protect by FERPA and CMIA. In some cases, California state laws regulating the use and disclosure of medical information provides more safeguards than the federal privacy rules. The University of California has been working to interpret these laws so that you are afforded the policies and procedures that protect your personal health information.

Our “Privacy Notice” describes the ways in which your personal health information is protected and when it can and cannot be released. When you visit a health care provider for the first time, you will be asked to sign a form that acknowledges that we have informed you about the Privacy Notice and how we might use your personal health information in our operation.

The full notice is available on the Student Health Center Web site below. You may also pick up a copy of the Notice at the Student Health Center or Counseling & Psychological Services, and it is posted at the Appointment Desk.

Each University campus has a Privacy Officer who is responsible for ensuring that all of the provisions of the Privacy Rule are implemented for each campus. For UC Merced, the Privacy Officer is Greg Spurgeon, Associate Director for Health Services. He can be reached at or (209) 228-2273.

Privacy Notice