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CAUT Guiding Principles for University Collaborations (April 2012)

As collaborations between universities and external individuals and organizations (donors, corporations, governmental agencies and bodies, NGOs, and foundations) proliferate, it is vital to have a clear set of principles to protect academic integrity and the public interest. The following principles cover various major donor-institutional and inter-institutional collaborative agreements, ranging from individual donors providing funding for a university institute or centre to broad strategic alliances such as the University of Alberta’s $10-million collaboration with Imperial Oil. After each principle, some specification is offered to clarify the context and provide some parameters to guide policy development and practice in universities.