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Briar Cliff University granted temporary injunction against former school president

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Briar Cliff University has been granted a temporary injunction against its former school president after he proposed filing a lawsuit against the school that included confidential information.

According to court documents filed on July 19 in Woodbury County District Court, Briar Cliff filed for the temporary injunction with expedited relief after Dr. Hamid Shirvani threatened to file a lawsuit against the university on May 24. The documents filed by Briar Cliff’s attorneys claim the draft petition Dr. Shirvani filed is “riddled with BCU’s confidential information that Dr. Shirvani has an obligation to protect.”

According to the petition, Dr. Shirvani received confidential information throughout his 14-month employment with the school.

“This confidential information would include, but is not limited to, financial and donor information, circumstances surrounding contracts and agreements with BCU and other, information pertaining to management, marketing, development, academic programs, notes, and other propriety information,” the university’s attorneys wrote in the petition.

The petition claims Dr. Shirvani agreed he had a current and continuing obligation to maintain the confidentiality and security of the university’s confidential information, and that this duty survived his separation of employment.

The petition claims Dr. Shrivani can still continue to file his lawsuit against the university if he so desires, but without revealing the university’s confidential information. Dr. Shirvani can also file to have the injunction dissolved, this according to an order by District Court Judge Jeffrey Neary.

Dr. Shirvani announced his resignation as president on July 27, 2017, following what he called at the time family, personal, and professional considerations.

Blake Branch

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