Board of Governors rules apply to University contracts with private firms for individual research projects, as well as to arrangements for research consortia or research partnerships. Research conducted under such arrangements must be consistent with the University's basic missions, and must preserve integrity, impartiality, and objectivity in research. The University may agree to protect sponsors' proprietary information only upon a decision by the Chancellor followed by a report to the President. No such agreement may interfere with publication or defense of students' research thesis or dissertations. Secret or classified research must be avoided except in rare instances and must be approved by the Chancellor and reported to the President.