Wow. We live in a new era indeed. The University of Minnesota, currently in the process of rewriting its ethics policy, has put a draft online for all to see and comment on. Really? Why does this surprise me so? It’s consistent with how things are done these days, but… a university? New days indeed.

Now, I wonder if they’ll truly consider public commentary.

The ethics policy is being rewritten to address concerns that outside income could influence decisions by university researchers and professors.

The policy forces most university employees to report outside income over $10,000. Rules for employees at the medical school are stricter, requiring them to report all outside income.

U of M counsel Mark Rotenberg says the university administration hopes to have the final policy in place by the end of the year.