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RESOLUTION NOT OPPOSED TO THE UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED RESEARCH CENTER, SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS

Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on November 16, 2005
unanimous

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RESOLUTION #2: Not opposed to UARC, subject to conditions
  1. WHEREAS, a sufficiently high level of future funding for basic research through traditional civilian agencies cannot be guaranteed; and
  2. WHEREAS, agencies related to the military are important to the funding of University research; and
  3. WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the University administration to facilitate the faculty's access to important sources of funding; and
  4. WHEREAS, a University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is an additional alternative funding vehicle that some faculty may find it desirable to use in obtaining research support; and
  5. WHEREAS, the administration has proposed a NAV/SEA UARC that may afford some University faculty funding opportunities and other resources and
  6. WHEREAS, faculty should in general be free to determine for themselves the funding sources and contract conditions they are willing to accept; and
  7. WHEREAS, the University presently already engages in research projects funded by the military at levels of tens of millions of dollars; and
  8. WHEREAS, the Senate has stated a position on publication-restricted research which would apply to the proposed UARC; and
  9. WHEREAS, the Senate requires mechanisms to ensure that research engaged by the UARC is consistent with University policies and Senate resolutions; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate sees no compelling reason to stand in the way of the UARC proposal and will not oppose it, provided ALL of the conditions below are fully satisfied:

  1. Research conducted under the UARC must comply with the resolution adopted by the Senate on March 16, 2005, in which the Senate affirms that the University of Hawaii at Manoa support only research for which there is a reasonable expectation that timely publication of the results of the research will not be restricted by its sponsor.
  2. Research conducted under the UARC must comply with any future University policy regarding weapons research generally, including any policy that might restrict or prohibit research involving weapons of mass destruction or weapons-related biological or chemical agents.
  3. The UARC contract must include language specifically recognizing that no task order may require the University to perform research prohibited by its policies.
  4. The administration plan for the UARC must include a faculty committee, selected by and responsible to the Senate, which will review task orders to ensure compliance with applicable University (including Faculty Senate) policies. No task order may be undertaken unless this review committee certifies that it is in compliance.
  5. The Vice Chancellor must report annually to the Senate making full disclosure of administrative expenses and making clear the financial status of the UARC during the duration of the contract, comparing actual performance to the projected performance as outlined in the Vice Chancellor's "Business/Management Plan" presented to the Senate on September 21, 2005.
  6. Concerns identified by the SEC outside counsel's report must be addressed to the satisfaction of the Committee on Research (COR) before forwarding to the Board of Regents and the COR must report to the Senate how they have been addressed.