George Washington U. Will Revisit Ban on Classified Research

The university’s 2003 policy states that classified research is “not compatible with open communication of knowledge within the academic community because it places restrictions on which faculty and students can access research data, the facilities required to carry out research, and/or research results.” But the university will rethink that policy, with a goal of building a center for classified research, according to campus officials and a draft of its 10-year strategic plan.

“Allowing classified research will help ensure that GW researchers interested in doing research of importance to our national defense and homeland security are able to address some of the nation’s most important needs,” Lerman and Maltzman said.

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