What's New

Revisions to HIPAA Regulations

The deadline for compliance with the majority of new HIPAA privacy and security requirements is fast approaching.  By September 23, 2013, covered entities and their business associates must comply with these new requirements mandated by the HITECH Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).  Several of the changes are expected to affect the Yale community, including:  breach reporting requirements, HIPAA authorizations for research, Business Associate requirements, fundraising limitations, handling of health information for deceased persons, patient access to records, use of genetic information, and more.  Additional information about these changes can be found on Yale's HIPAA website.

Posted on June 11, 2013

Robert Bienstock Honored for Service to Higher Ed Community

Senior Associate General Counsel Robert Bienstock has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the National Association of College and University Attorneys' (NACUA's) Distinguished Service Award.  Over his career Robert has contributed as a speaker, writer, and in many other ways, not only to NACUA but to the law of higher education and the community of university law experts nationally.  The Office of General Counsel congratulates Robert on this achievement.

Posted on April 26, 2013

Guide to Rights Clearance

A new resource is now available that is designed to assist members of the Yale community in understanding legal issues that may arise in the context of producing and disseminating digital content.  This Guide to Rights Clearance is intended to cover use of third party materials in digital content created on behalf of the University.

Posted on April 3, 2013

Scientific Research and Insider Trading

A professor at the University of Michigan Medical School is at the center of the largest insider-trading case ever brought by federal prosecutors.  Dr. Sidney Gilman, a distinguished professor of neurology, recently resigned from the University of Michigan after admitting to federal prosecutors that he shared material nonpublic information with a former hedge fund portfolio manager about an Alzheimer’s disease drug trial.  The former hedge fund portfolio manager then allegedly used this information to engineer a record-setting insider-trading scheme.    As part of an agreement Dr. Gilman signed with federal authorities, he will not be prosecuted but must pay $234,000 in fines and continue to assist the prosecutors in the case.  More information on Scientific Research and Insider Trading is available at http://ogc.yale.edu/scientific-research-and-insider-trading.

Posted on December 20, 2012

PHS Conflict of Interest Requirements

New Public Health Service (PHS) conflict of interest requirements went into effect on August 24, 2012, for proposals submitted after that date and for Notices of Award issued on or after that date.  The new disclosure and training requirements will apply only to researchers seeking or receiving PHS / NIH funding.  Yale's Conflict of Interest Policy has been revised and reflects the new rules.  See the Conflict of Interest Office's resource page for help navigating.

Posted on October 2, 2012

Fisher v. University of Texas

The United States Supreme Court has before it the case of Fisher v. University of Texas brought by a rejected applicant to the University of Texas who claims she was denied admission because of the unlawful consideration of race in the admissions process.  The case presents a challenge to the application of the Supreme Court's 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, which ruled that the consideration of race in higher education admissions is constitutionally permissible under a properly framed admissions program.  Yale has joined with 13 other leading research universities in filing an amicus brief arguing in favor of reaffirmation of the Grutter decision.

Posted on September 19, 2012

America Invents Act

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, passed in 2011, is described as the most significant change to U.S. patent law in more than a century.  Read this NACUANOTE for information about how it works.

Posted on June 7, 2012