Free and open inquiry and unhindered circulation of ideas are fundamental aspects of academic work. The University supports externally-sponsored research to expand and disseminate knowledge. Grants and contracts are formally awarded to the University with the investigators implementing the research program. The investigators are also responsible for the academic integrity of such projects and, in collaboration with the University, their management. Conflict may arise between the University (through its agents -- department chairs, deans, or other administrators) and the individual researcher and among individual researchers. These guidelines are designed to define rights and responsibilities of faculty investigators, to protect academic freedom, and to help resolve conflicts with colleagues and administrative supervisors.
For additional information, refer to University Policy 11-01-02, Rights, Roles, and Responsibilities of Sponsored Research Investigators.