Prohibition of Destruction of Human Life Research and Classified Research

Reference Number: F73-011
Senate Approval Date: Saturday, September 01, 1973








PROHIBITION OF DESTRUCTION OF HUMAN LIFE RESEARCH

AND CLASSIFIED RESEARCH


ACADEMIC SENATE POLICY F73-R-11



1. BASIC
PRINCIPLES


San Francisco State University is dedicated to the
following primary and essential objectives:


1. The
maintenance of a free and open academy.

2. The
education of undergraduate and graduate students.

3. The
advancement of knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative endeavors.

4. The
preservation and dissemination of knowledge.

5. The
improvement of community and society.


All research contracts or
grants accepted by this University shall fit within the framework of these
primary and essential objectives.


2. POLICY
STATEMENT: PROHIBITION OF
DESTRUCTION OF HUMAN LIFE RESEARCH


Whereas, the University is
dedicated to the preservation and enrichment of human life - not its
destruction - the University will not accept any contract or grant for research
which has as its purpose the discovery and refinement of means to destroy human
life or incapacitate human beings.


3. POLICY
STATEMENT: PROHIBITION OF
CLASSIFIED RESEARCH


The University will not
accept classified research of any kind which would limit its freedom to
disclose the purpose and scope of the proposed activity or the publication and
dissemination of the knowledge gained.


Students may not undertake a
thesis if it is probable that secrecy of project description, and/or limitation
of the publication of results will result.


(The term
"classified" refers to research whose sponsor requires secrecy of
project description, and/or limitation of the publication of results.)


4. ENFORCEMENT
AND REVIEW PROCEDURES


Responsibility for enforcing
the above policies will rest with the Director of the Office of Research and
Project Development, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Faculty
Research Committee.


The primary responsibility
for determining whether a research proposal conforms with the University's
policy rests with the individual faculty member. When a student thesis or project is involved the responsibility
rests with the student's faculty thesis advisor or project advisor. Formal and/or informal consultation
with the FRC or individual members must be readily available. Should any doubt exist as to conformity
with University regulations, the individual faculty members shall consult with
the FRC or its authorized representative(s).


Should the review of a
proposal require technical experts outside of the fields of the members of the
committee, other faculty, staff, and/or outside experts shall be consulted.


Should the Committee find
the proposed research does not conform with the University's policy, the
Committee shall forward it to the Director of Research and Project Development,
together with a statement setting forth in detail the reasons for non-conformity
and recommendations of the Committee for modification so that the research
proposal will conform with the University's policy. Final approval of the revised project rests with the FRC.


The Director of the Office
of Research and Project Development will return the proposal to the initiator
for revision if the applicant believes that his proposal has been incorrectly
evaluated by the Committee. He may
appeal to the Director of OR & PD who shall hold a hearing on request of
the investigator. Appeal from the
decision of the Director of OR & PD shall be to the Vice President of
Academic Affairs.


Appeal process for student
thesis and/or project: the same
enforcement and review procedures shall be utilized where a student thesis
and/or project may be in conflict with University policy.


5. DISTINCTION
FROM HUMAN SUBJECTS RESEARCH POLICY


The policies on Prohibition
of Destruction of Human Life Research and Classified Research are separate and
distinct from the University Policy on Human Subjects Research (see University
Policy on Human Subjects Research, as revised, April 15, 1972).



**APPROVED BY PRESIDENT
ROMBERG, FEBRUARY 26, 1974**