No-Direct-Solicitation Agreements Policy


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Policy on No-Direct-Solicitation Agreements

University Policy



This Policy governs No-Direct-Solicitation Agreements that involve the University as a party.

Scope of Applicability

This Policy applies to all University units, employees, and agents.


Policy Statement

The University will not attempt to enter into, enter into, maintain, or enforce any no-direct-solicitation agreement that does not comply with the August 21, 2017 Consent Decree entered in Seaman v. Duke University, et al., Case No. 1:15-cv-462 (M.D.N.C.).


Agent: A person authorized by the University to enter into, maintain, or enforce a University contract.

No-Direct-Solicitation Agreement: Any oral or written agreement that requires the University or any of its units, employees, or agents, (i) not to solicit, cold-call, recruit, hire, or otherwise compete for the employees of another or (ii) to request or pressure any person not to do the same.

Unit: Any school, department, center, institute, or other organizational entity of the University.

Related Requirements

External Regulations and Consequences

The Consent Decree in Seaman v. Duke University, et al. Case No. 1:15-cv-462 (M.D.N.C.) and related information, available to University employees at

Contact Information

Policy Contact

UNC-Chapel Hill Office of University Counsel, (919) 962-1219,

Approved by:

Mark W. Merritt

Vice Chancellor and General Counsel


Article ID: 132144
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Vice Chancellor and General Counsel
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12/07/2018 9:21 AM
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12/07/2019 12:00 AM
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Office of University Counsel