Members of search committees must commit to maintaining confidentiality during and after the search process.
In accepting committee membership, each member agrees to preserve and protect the confidentiality of all applicant information. This responsibility includes non-disclosure of the names and/or status of any applicant participating in the search process and/or the deliberations of the search committee to anyone.
A breach of complete confidentiality may disqualify a member from service on the committee.
The integrity of a search depends on the strict adherence to the principle of complete confidentiality.
The chair of the search committee or hiring official should be the only public voice for the search committee; members must refrain from making any public comments about the search process.
“One of the biggest challenges of maintaining confidentiality within the search is avoiding off-the-cuff informal comments search committee members may make to colleagues.”