Service Description 

CTools is the University of Michigan's advanced web-based collaboration and learning management system. CTools provides tools to supplement and enhance teaching and learning and can be used to help organize and manage projects both on campus and around the world.


CTools provides a secure environment in which to maintain or share many types of the university’s sensitive institutional data.

CTools may be used to share or maintain Export Controlled research, because ITS has worked with the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) to develop and implement an internal Export Control compliance program. Units using ITS Export Control compliant services must still maintain their own Export Control compliant practices and protocols.

CTools includes the safeguards required by HIPAA, accordingly, you may use it to maintain Protected Health Information (PHI).  To satisfy internal HIPAA requirements, you must use the CTools HIPAA-aligned site template so ITS can track Protected Health Information (PHI).  Complying with HIPAA's requirements is a shared responsibility. Users sharing and storing PHI in CTools are responsible for complying with HIPAA safeguards, including:

  • Using and disclosing only the minimum necessary PHI for the intended purpose.
  • Obtaining all required authorizations for using and disclosing PHI.
  • Ensuring that PHI is seen only by those who are authorized to see it.
  • Following any additional steps required by your unit to comply with HIPAA.

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