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University of Utah Speech Policy
"The primary function of a University is to discover and disseminate knowledge by means of research and teaching. To fulfill these functions a free interchange of ideas is necessary. It follows that the University must insure within it the fullest degree of intellectual freedom and protect the opportunity of all members of the University community and their guests to exercise their intellectual freedom and protect their right to communicate with others in the University community."
Read the full University of Utah Speech Policy (Policy 1-007)
University Resources for Inclusion and Education (URISE)
Academic freedom in the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge through all media shall be maintained at the University of Utah. Academic freedom shall be recognized as a right of all members of the faculty, whether with or without tenure or continuing appointment, of all administrative officers, and of all students. The University of Utah endorses and hereby incorporates in these regulations the following statements of the American Association of University Professors related to defining academic freedom: "The 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure" and the "1970 Interpretive Comments" thereon; the "1970 Statement on Professors and Political Activity"; the "1970 Statement of the Association's Council: Freedom and Responsibility"; and, the "1967 Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students".
Senate Committee on Academic Freedom & Faculty Rights (SCAFFR)
Data Ownership, Publishing, and Student Rights
Freedom to publish research results gets informed by the U of U Research Handbook, the Faculty Code, and the Student Code
- Research Handbook Section 9.9.1: Records of research are owned by the University https://osp.utah.edu/policies/handbook/award-management/records-retention.php
- The Principal Investigator typically manages the data as well as the decisions regarding its readiness for publication, but student-employees can challenge this decision-making in light of duties to students mentioned in both the Research Handbook and the Faculty Code.
- The University has a duty to “[Protect] the rights of students, postdoctoral scholars, and staff, including, but not limited to, their rights to access data from research in which they participated and their rights to publish the results of such research.” https://osp.utah.edu/policies/handbook/award-management/records-retention.php
- Faculty Code Policy 6-316, Section 4.B.7: “Faculty members may not limit or curtail the right of a student to publish or otherwise communicate the result of the student's own scholarly activities.” https://regulations.utah.edu/academics/6-316.php
- Consider any disagreement thoughtfully. Be respectful. Know what is expected from the outset by reading lab agreements, policies, or procedures. Read the Student Code https://regulations.utah.edu/academics/6-400.php
- Submit complaints to the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Faculty Rights, described in the box above.