Uk Universities Issue 11K Non-Disclosure Agreements In Five Years
While the data does not show that universities are silencing victims of harassment or moral harassment, The Guardian found last year that at least 14 universities have used NDAs to resolve cases of moral harassment and that at least 27 employees have signed confidentiality clauses in exchange for financial payments. Confidentiality agreements designed to protect trade secrets are legal contracts that prevent individuals from disclosing private information. “These agreements contain provisions for the protection of information on university business, future activities, technical processes, training materials and/or teaching materials, software, intellectual property rights and finance,” added London Met. The news is amid criticism of how universities respond to sexual assault and harassment on their campuses. The Solicitors Regulators Authority (SRA) issued an alert in March: “We recognize that the NDA can be used legally to protect commercial interests and confidentiality and, in certain circumstances, to protect reputation.” Up to 4,000 comparisons, some related to allegations of moral harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct, have been concluded since 2017 with confidentiality agreements (NDA). London Met stated that the university “does not ask staff to sign certain NMAs, and we take steps to protect their rights, to express themselves, by providing specific safeguards for disclosures prescribed by law or made in our comparison agreements, in accordance with the university`s whistleblowing policy.” London Metropolitan University relied most on the NDAs. In the past five years, it had concluded 473 agreements. Last month, I unveiled a devastating picture of irrelevant policies, patchy training and “terrifying” media coverage of mores about how universities deal with online harassment and hate crime. British universities are increasingly in need of confidentiality agreements in negotiations with staff and have spent nearly 11,000 people over the past five years, according to data from the Times Higher Education. It receives more than 1,500 complaints a year and said it was important that complaints be dealt with in a “fair and transparent” manner so that universities could learn from them.
Since 2016, nearly a third of universities have used NDAs to complain to students, as BBC News data show. According to THE data, the 98 institutions entered into 10,918 confidentiality agreements between 2014-15 and 2018-19. The information provided by the universities did not contain details as to why the agreements were used and some are taken into account in the termination of the standard working relationship of staff, which means that there is no evidence that any of the aforementioned universities are silencing victims of harassment or moral harassment.