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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Authority for Appeal

University policies laid out in this document reflect consensus judgments on the best approaches to carrying out academia-industry research. Clarity, fairness and consistency over time are important both to industry sponsors and to the institution. These policies, covering the entire university research enterprise, are appropriate for an overwhelming number of contingencies that may be encountered. However, sound administrative process also recognizes that there may be rare circumstances where deviation from established university positions may be appropriate.

The Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education (VCRGE) has the authority to accept, review, and make final decisions on all requests for deviations from these policies and procedures. Because of the potential for unforeseen impacts on the broader university research enterprise arising from a partially informed analysis, other individuals are not authorized to make decisions that deviate from these policies.