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ERIC Number: ED263798
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Confidentiality of College and University Faculty Personnel Files: Its Appropriate Role in Institutional Affairs [and] Statement on Access to and Disclosures from Employee Records. Self-Regulation Initiatives: Guidelines for Colleges and Universities, Nos. 7 and 8.
American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Guidelines for colleges concerning the privacy of employee records are presented in two policy statements. Institutional policy should minimize intrusiveness, maximize fairness, and create legitimate expectations of confidentiality. In addition to strengthening professional equity of treatment, confidentiality permits consideration of both adverse criticism and positive advocacy. Principles that should be followed in formulating an employee privacy policy are identified, with attention to: external investigations, criminal records, consent to disclosure, designation of available records, review and correction of records, internal use, and external disclosure of information. Prior to gathering information about an individual from sources outside the institution, the college should notify the individual. An institution should not solicit or consider information regarding an employee's arrest record except as consistent with statute, government regulation, or court decision. The college should not disclose from official records personally identifiable information about an individual without explicit authorization of such individual, except in certain circumstances, which are identified. (SW)
Office of Self-Regulation Initiatives, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. 20036 (free with self-addressed, stamped envelope).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.