During the past several years, some problems have arisen in the international activities of universities. These problems have been occasioned by staffing criteria not in keeping with university standards being imposed by foreign governments. Although the University of Illinois has not experienced such problems directly, it seems appropriate to forestall their occurrence by adopting a policy position which makes the University’s standards and obligations clear. Accordingly, on March 17, 1976, the Board of Trustees approved the adoption of the following policy concerning the participation of the University of Illinois in international activities:
A key element in the process of enabling the University of Illinois to make its contribution to our international needs is to recognize and develop ways of meeting the special responsibilities required for cooperation with scholars and institutions throughout the world. One responsibility is our obligation not to impose our political, social, or other values on others abroad. At the same time we expect others not to impose their values on us. Accordingly, a second responsibility is to reject requests or agreements which commit the University of Illinois to actions that conflict with our fundamental values. A third responsibility is to take adequate steps to insure the high academic quality of specific activities and to avoid non-academic tests for programs and participating program personnel.
To satisfy these responsibilities, in the operation of agreed upon joint programs, the University of Illinois will propose for participation in such programs only those individuals who possess special competence and qualifications for the tasks. Likewise, it expects that the criteria of competence and qualifications will be employed by other groups when evaluating University of Illinois personnel for participation in a project. Adherence to these criteria implies that neither the University of Illinois nor any cooperating institution will discriminate against University of Illinois project personnel because of race, color, religion, sex, or ethnic origin, nor will political tests be applied.
Nothing in the contract, letter of agreement, or other document, or in understandings not committed to print, may be (a) in violation of the pertinent state or federal laws regarding discrimination, use of human subjects, or other relevant issues, or (b) contrary to the generally prevailing ethics of the disciplines or professions involved, or those principles of conduct generally shared by members of academic institutions.