All research conducted at the University by University faculty, staff, students, visiting researchers, and volunteers must conform to Board of Regents Policy: Openness in Research. Research agreements that do not conform to this policy will only be accepted if the principal investigator obtains an exemption.
The policy does not apply and an exemption is not needed for:
- Research by faculty members on leave from the University or serving as consultants; or
- Services performed as an external sale, provided that the results of such services may be published freely in the aggregate or may be used to guide the design of broader research activities.
- Non research projects.
Note: Clinical trials are subject to this policy.
Reason for Policy
To implement Board of Regents Policy: Openness in Research (PDF).
An open teaching and research environment is fundamental for the free exchange of ideas throughout the University community. Restrictions on who can work on a project and how the results can be disseminated violate this principle. They also may exclude the work from consideration as "fundamental research" in regard to export controls. However, there may be situations when the University must have flexibility to depart from this standard in order to serve a public interest. This policy clarifies the circumstances in which certain restrictions in a research agreement can be accepted by the University while still preserving the principle of open research. It also outlines the process for a researcher to use to request an exemption from this standard and provides guidance for University faculty and staff to use in evaluating these requests.