Proprietary Research policy

Policy Proposal
Date of Notice:
Current Status:


Emily Tanner-Smith (Prevention Science)


Section I

1.1 WHEREAS a joint administrative and senate committee was charged by the Vice President for Research and Innovation and University Senate President with reviewing and revising the former “Proprietary Research” policy; and

1.2 WHEREAS University researchers must have autonomous freedom to conduct research and to publish and disseminate that research, limited only by the standards and methods of accountability established by their profession, their individual disciplines, and the principles of research integrity; and

1.3 WHEREAS it is expected that results from research conducted at the University will be published or otherwise disseminated on a nondiscriminatory basis and within a reasonable period of time; and

1.4 WHEREAS the current policy, first adopted in 2012, currently impinges on the academic freedom of University researchers to engage in proprietary research with clear public benefit; and

1.5 WHEREAS the joint administration-senate committee charged with this work sought to set forth exemption principles that will permit university researchers to engage in proprietary research with publication delays or other publication restrictions that would not interfere the University’s mission as a public university;

Section II

2.1 THEREFORE BE IT MOVED that the University Senate approves the revisions to the existing policy “Proprietary Research,” with this revised policy proposal entitled, “Proprietary Research” as outlined in the Related Documents.

Motion History

  • Notice Given

  • Approved