UK universities in ‘gagging order’ row


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Media captionAnahid Kassabian felt bullied out of her chore after she was diagnosed with cancer

UK universities are being accused of using “gagging orders” to stop bully, discrimination and sexual impropriety charges becoming public.

Dozens of professors have told BBC News they were “harassed” out of their jobs and made to sign non-disclosure agreements after building objections.

Figures obtained by the BBC depict UK universities spent about PS87m on pay-offs with NDAs since 2017.

Universities UK says applying NDAs to keep martyrs quiet shall not be required to be be tolerated.

Non-disclosure agreements were designed to stop faculty sharing trade secret if they changed positions, but now solicitors say they are being misused to protect serial perpetrators of misconduct, and ministers say they want to tighten the rules.

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