Furthermore, any Confidential Information shall remain at all times the exclusive property of VCC or VCCs' clients, and our employees shall have no right, title, or interest whatsoever in any such information.
EMPLOYEE USE AND DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
Although the use and disclosure of Confidential Information must be strictly regulated, employees of VCC must have access to this information in order to effectively perform their duties and responsibilities. To balance the interests, the employee's use of such Confidential Information then shall be limited to that which is necessary for the performance of program services relative to their employment position. Each employee shall use the same degree of care in safe-guarding this Confidential Information as they would if they owned proprietary information of like importance.
In addition, VCC employees are strictly prohibited from divulging, furnishing, trading, bartering, lending, selling, or in any other way making any Confidential Information available to anyone unauthorized to receive or view such information.
In the event that an employee leaves, or plans to leave their employment at VCC, all Confidential Information shall be immediately returned.
Employees who improperly use or disclose trade secrets or confidential business information will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment and possible legal action. Disciplinary action may be warranted even in those situations where the employee did not actually benefit from the disclosure of the Confidential Information.
All employees shall be informed of this policy on the first day of their Learning Center Orientation and they shall be required to sign a Confidentiality Acknowledgement as a condition of employment.