‘What Is Said or Done at the Center’

Marybeth Gasman required students at her Penn research center to sign blanket nondisclosure agreements. Experts say that’s unheard-of in academe and leaves students vulnerable to abuse. With a “what happens in Vegas”-style agreement, Lewis said, “One has to wonder why? If you went into an office and they told you, ‘Anything anyone says in here is protected,’ you have to wonder what is being said. What don’t you want anyone to know?”