Following a long study and a subsequent report by a faculty committee in 1977-78, the Faculty adopted the following guidelines related to sponsored research at Amherst College:
The Administration of Amherst College
1. will accept and administer only grants or contracts, the sponsorship and purpose of which are openly disclosed. (Should a benefactor wish to remain anonymous, the purpose of the grant must be openly disclosed.) Grants and contracts for research administered by the College will be accepted only if the faculty member involved is free to publish the results of his or her research.
2. will not cooperate with security investigations pertaining to the recruitment of any present or former member of the Faculty, student body or staff without the consent of the individual to such action in advance (Voted by the Faculty, October 1978).