Many staff and faculty members handle a variety of proprietary and private information concerning colleagues, students, patients, alumni, donors, or others associated with the University, as well as confidential information regarding University business. This material may include payroll figures, personal data such as employee home addresses, donor files, or student records. It is the responsibility of all Tufts employees to respect the highest level of privacy for their colleagues and other members of the Tufts community. Disclosure and discussion of confidential information obtained from University, school, or department records, either during or after employment with Tufts, is impermissible unless such disclosure is a normal requirement of an employee’s position and has been so authorized. If an employee is confronted with a situation in which he or she is unsure about the appropriateness of disclosing certain information, he or she should consult with a supervisor, chair, dean, or the Human Resources department.
In the course of employment, certain employees will have access to confidential information related to research. This sometimes includes information related to University-owned intellectual property or information belonging to a research sponsor for which the University has agreed to maintain confidentiality. It may also include confidential information related to research subjects. Employees will be expected to respect the confidential nature of such information and not to disclose it in any manner unless specifically authorized by the principal investigator of the research project.