Demilitarize McGill gets a furlough

By Peggy Curran, published 2010/02/09 in University City (Montreal Gazette)

The campaign to Demilitarize McGill will live to fight another day.

Or at least another month.

McGill is citing a procedural glitch for postponing a vote at Wednesday’s Senate meeting on a controversial rewrite of the university’s ethics guidelines for research.

While the plan to change wording Regulation on the Conduct of Research may come up for general discussion, officials say it won’t be put to a vote until at least the next meeting of the university’s governing body next month.

Nikki Bozinoff, a recent McGill graduate and spear-carrier for Demilitarize McGill , says her people won’t be taking any chances and will show up,  just in case senators opt to overlook the technicalities and go ahead with the vote.

On Tuesday, she sent an open letter to McGill’s senators which outlines the group’s perspective on what’s at stake.

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Research policy still in flux

New policy is too vague on ethics, according to student representatives

By Stephanie Law
Published: Feb 11 in The McGill Daily

The absence of restrictions on potentially harmful research in the new Regulations on Conduct of Research policy continued to raise concerns in Senate on Wednesday.

The new policy was originally up for approval at Wednesday’s Senate meeting, but due to an administrative oversight, the policy was only briefly discussed. McGill Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) Denis Thérien explained that the Academic Policy Committee must approve the policy before it is brought to Senate, which had not been done yet.

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Bombs on Campus

BY PATRICK LEJTENYI
Published February 11, 2010 in The Montreal Mirror
Campus peaceniks at McGill are preparing for war. The casus belli: weapons research done by the university’s scientists that will now be unrestricted by a 23-year regulation designed to make such research transparent and open to public scrutiny.

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McGill reconsiders restrictions on research tied to military

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Research policy still in flux

New policy is too vague on ethics, according to student representatives
By Stephanie Law

February 11, 2010, The McGill Daily

The absence of restrictions on potentially harmful research in the new Regulations on Conduct of Research policy continued to raise concerns in Senate on Wednesday.

The new policy was originally up for approval at Wednesday’s Senate meeting, but due to an administrative oversight, the policy was only briefly discussed. McGill Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) Denis Thérien explained that the Academic Policy Committee must approve the policy before it is brought to Senate, which had not been done yet.

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Demilitarize McGill urges Senators to vote NO for proposed research policy

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Students and community members are distressed by changes proposed in the Regulation on the Conduct of Research – a policy statement that governs the conduct of all research taking place at McGill. The policy up for approval has been the subject of extensive criticism and involves the complete removal of a section requiring transparent reporting on research receiving military funding. A votefor approval of the policy will take place in Senate at approximately 15h00 on Wednesday February 10th in Leacock Building Room 232. Concerned students and community members will be in attendance. Read more ›

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Don’t sell our integrity

By Nikki Bozinoff
Published: 11/30/09

In a November 23 interview with The Daily, Principal Heather Munroe-Blum shrugged off the fact that her administration is determined to remove sections of McGill’s research policy that require transparent reporting on all research receiving military funding.

“We have so many protocols that govern the ethics of the research that we do, that this would take the onus off of us to review our own research proposals,” she said.
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