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Restrictions on Research Funding Sources


Resolution of the Academic Council

Adopted by the Academic Council, March 31, 2005

To be submitted to the Assembly of the Academic Senate for approval, May 2005

Preamble: This resolution states that no unit of the University, whether by faculty vote or administrative decision, has the authority to prevent a faculty member from accepting external research funding based solely on the source of the research funds. The authority to set such research policy rests with the UC Board of Regents. Nothing in this resolution would prevent individual faculty members from voluntarily eschewing a particular source of research funding. Agencies of the Academic Senate may, through their divisions, propose that the statewide Academic Senate request, through the President, that the Board of Regents adopt a policy to refuse funding from a particular source.

WHEREAS, Only the UC Board of Regents has the plenary authority to establish policies on the acceptance of research funding; and

WHEREAS, Agencies of the Academic Senate may, through their divisions, propose that the statewide Academic Senate request, through the President, that the Board of Regents adopt a policy to refuse funding from a particular source, and

WHEREAS, No Committee, Faculty, or Division of the Academic Senate of the University of California has the plenary authority either to set aside the principles of academic freedom or to establish policies on the acceptance of research funding, and

WHEREAS, Freedom of inquiry is a fundamental principle of the University of California; and Whereas, The University of California faculty code of conduct requires that [Professors] respect and defend the free inquiry of associates ; and

WHEREAS, The University of California policy on academic freedom requires that scholarship be judged solely by reference to professional standards, and that researchers must form their point of view by applying professional standards of inquiry rather than by succumbing to external and illegitimate incentives such as monetary gain or political coercion ; and

WHEREAS, The University of California has existing policies that encourage the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research, require disclosure of conflicts of interest, guarantee the freedom of publication, and prevent misuse of the University's name; and

WHEREAS, Restrictions on accepting research funding from particular sources on the basis of moral or political judgments about the fund source or the propriety of the research, or because of speculations about how the research results might be used, interfere with an individual faculty member's freedom to define and carry out a research program; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the University of California Academic Council, That the principles of academic freedom and the policies of the University of California require that individual faculty members be free to accept or refuse research support from any source consistent with their individual judgment and conscience and with University policy. Therefore, a unit of the University may not refuse to process, accept, or administer a research award based on the source of the funds; nor may such a unit encumber a faculty member s ability to solicit or accept awards based on the source of the funds, except as directed by the UC Board of Regents.

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