Whistleblower Protection

WHAT IS WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION?

Whistleblower protection is legislation or policy that allows someone to inform the public or someone in authority that there are alleged misconducts such as dishonest or illegal activities occurring in public and/or public departments, companies and organizations without legal repercussions.

In the context of post-secondary education, whistleblower protection is the need for researchers to have the protection to research freely, provide truthful findings and make ethical decisions without restraints from corporate or institutional litigation or reprise.

 

THE ISSUE

Corporate Influence & Funding

As the post-secondary sector continues to grow, protections and funding for accessible, affordable and high-quality education dwindles. Research institutions continue to see a higher rate of public-private partnerships which limit research opportunities and focuses research on corporate interests.

Furthermore, the federal government has contributed to the rise of private funding by introducing programs that focus on the commercialization of research. This has been done by creating policies that require private dollars to access public dollars. As such, private dollars are typically invested as there is an interest in the research findings and outcomes. This is a dangerous relation that does not guarantee the ethical conduct of research for the public good, but rather for the private gain. Without adequate protections, research funding is placed at the whims of private industries that often have a financial outcome of said research.

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