In a week of engagement with the student body, Principal and Vice Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum met with campus media to field questions on critical issues that impact the McGill community. The principal responded to questions on military research, tuition fees, and the future of McGill as a vehicle-free campus.
Early this month, the administration announced that it would lift regulations on military-related research. The Daily asked the principal to account for the change in policy, and to explain why regulations which were previously accepted would no longer be applied. Read more ›
La question sur la recherche militaire a encore une fois fait débat lors de la réunion du Sénat de l’Université mercredi dernier. Dans la nouvelle politique qu’elle a présenté à l’instance décisionnelle qui regroupe administrateurs, étudiants, professeurs et employés, l’administration souhaite voir la suppression de la réglementation existante sur la recherche militaire et l’insertion d’une clause sur l’anonymat de la source de financement.
Nikki Bozinoff from Demilitarize McGill, and SSMU VP University Affairs Rebecca Dooley interviewed on CKUT’s news show “The Friday Morning After” on November 6th, 2009. The interview starts at 12:45 in the audio file below.
The audio file below is a recording of the McGill Senate discussion of the new Conduct of Research policy. It begins with a presentation of the new policy by VP Research Denis Therien, followed by questions from different senators. Ed. Note: Due to an indirect request/threat from the McGill administration, this audio post has been removed.
The proposed addition of an anonymity clause and the removal of regulations on military-funded research in McGill’s new Regulations on Conduct of Research policy sparked debate at the Senate meeting on Wednesday.
In his introduction of the policy to Senate, Denis Thérien, McGill Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) repudiated recent concerns over the removal of two regulations on military-funded research from the draft of the new policy. Read more ›
The new research policy put forward at Senate yesterday not only fails to address the harmful intent and effects of military research taking place at the University, but also removes 20-year-old mechanisms that partially dealt with such problems. The new rules do not require transparent reporting of research and they also allow anonymous research sponsorship. It is unacceptable and disturbing that McGill’s policy allows research that both contributes to the development of weaponry and increases such weapons’ lethality. The administration’s dubious attempts to deflect student demands regarding transparent and ethical research are equally unsettling. Read more ›