The primary mission of any major research university is to disseminate information and advance knowledge in all academic fields. University researchers should be as free as possible to seek new knowledge without constraints, and to share their findings with other scholars. However, the University recognizes that in some cases, permitting faculty the opportunity to engage in classified research is acceptable.
Before routing a proposal to a sponsor to conduct classified research, the researcher must submit the proposal for review to the Vice President for Research. The Vice President will review the proposed research activity to determine if it is acceptable as appropriate academic research. Consideration will be given to the restrictions on publications, use of graduate students, the humanitarian nature of the research and the appropriateness of the scientific inquiry within a university environment.
The Vice President will make a recommendation to the President of the University, and the final decision of acceptance or rejection of the proposed research will be made by the President.