14.2.1 Confidentiality Obligations
Nondisclosure and Confidentiality Agreements raise significant concerns. The terms of such an agreement may conflict with the University’s Openness in Research Policy. A contractual commitment to keep information secret can severely restrict the ability of University faculty to pursue research in the manner they choose and can make it impossible for the University to protect ideas and inventions deriving from the work of its faculty and researchers. Once signed, any violation of a nondisclosure or confidentiality agreement can result in an injunction or monetary damages being assessed against the discloser. It is imperative that the General Counsel be consulted whenever it appears that the University may be the recipient of information or items that are proprietary, confidential, or otherwise subject to a promise not to disclose. It is forbidden to sign or otherwise bind the University to a confidentiality obligation without first having obtained written approval from the General Counsel.