Institutional Conflicts of Interest in Academia: Model Policies to Protect Against Donor Interference   

A free guide for faculty and campus advocates

With growing awareness of the ways in which the Charles Koch Foundation buys influence over hiring, research, and curriculum in higher education, a call to protect against donor interference in academia is brewing.

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The aim of this report is to provide models for ideal university policies that will protect against interference from all private donors. Here, you will find templates for:

  • Faculty Senate Motions

  • Improving Gift Acceptance Procedures

  • Approving Donor-Sponsored Centers and Institutes

  • Overseeing Donor-Sponsored Centers and Institutes

  • Disaffiliation from the Charles Koch Foundation

The report also includes background on Koch’s strategy for higher education, examples of donors violating academic freedom and faculty governance, and stories of faculty taking a stance against undue donor influence.