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Monday, September 21, 2020

Secrecy in Higher Ed Hiring

Here's what's been happening at GW - and here's a taste of my interview in the Hatchet today:

"Orly Lobel, a distinguished professor of law at the University of San Diego, said while the president doesn’t have a legal obligation to speak about the hiring process, he isn’t legally barred from it either.
Lobel said a president’s only limitation to revealing information would be signing a non-disclosure agreement. She said depending on how the NDA was drafted and the scopes of the contract, LeBlanc may have limits in speaking out.
“It is good practice for a university to have relative transparency in hiring processes,” she said in an email. “Though the reality is that these organizations, especially private universities, have been increasingly conducting hiring processes with opacity and secrecy.
She said the president could supply some information about the hire rather than information that was disclosed during the vetting process, like reassuring the community that the people involved in the process were independently investigated.
Lobel added that universities have a high interest in doing “due diligence” with respect to candidates, like contacting previous employers and vetting the candidate so that there “aren’t any skeletons left uncovered.”
“This is especially true at universities where faculty governance is a fundamental principle,” she said. “Especially true these days when we know that systematic patterns of wrongdoing and hushing of unlawful and unethical activities have been exposed in a range of institutions.”"

Posted by Orly Lobel on September 21, 2020 at 11:55 PM | Permalink


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