Governors State University Policy
Declining Tobacco Industry
Funding for Research
The mission of Governors State University (GSU) states its dedication "to creating an intellectually stimulating public square, serving as an economic catalyst for the region, and being a model of diversity and responsible citizenship," of which our core values state our commitment "to contribute to the ongoing stewardship of the environment."
Effective November 5, 2009, it is the policy of GSU to neither solicit nor accept any new funding from the tobacco industry, whether in the form of grants, contracts, or gifts.
Nothing in this policy shall be construed as limiting in any way the academic freedom of faculty, students, and staff to express their views on issues related to tobacco and the tobacco industry as specified under current University policy.
The definition of "tobacco industry," for purposes of implementing this policy, includes the list of tobacco companies and affiliates as they appear in the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI) “Tobacco Disclosure Statement."
The following list is indicative, but not inclusive, of all tobacco companies and affiliates prohibited from funding research at GSU:
- American Tobacco
- Altria (Philip Morris USA and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco)
- British American Tobacco Company, Ltd. and its affiliates around the world
- Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp.
- Institute for Science and Health
- Life Science Research Office
- Liggett Group
- Lorillard Tobacco Co., Inc.
- Philip Morris
- RJ Reynolds
- Reynolds American International
- Smokeless Tobacco Council
- The Philip Morris Foundation
- The Philip Morris External Research Program
- Universal Leaf Tobacco Company
- Vector Group