The proposal, which would establish a nonprofit organization to fund and operate “a small portion” of the Kinsey Institute, was up for a vote at the IU Board of Trustees Friday meeting in Indianapolis.
It would also keep the Kinsey Institute at the university, and preserve its name, faculty, and collections. The only change would be a the source of percentage of funds for the institute.
Historically, the institute has been funded through the IU general fund. The proposal comes after a new Indiana law passed to prohibit IU from using taxpayer dollars to support the Kinsey Institute.
However, IU President Pamela Whitten voiced concerns over the debate.
“As I said when the legislation first passed, singling out and restricting funding for a specific research institute sets a troubling precedent,” Whitten said in a statement. “We have shared a commitment to create a solution that will ensure the Kinsey Institute and its collections remain at Indiana University.”
“The university is committed to the ongoing world-renowned research and robust scholarship conducted by IU faculty and the Kinsey Institute,” Whitten said. “I look forward to our collaboration as we ensure that the Kinsey Institute continues as a beacon of academic freedom at IU for decades to come.”
The proposal will get reconsidered at a future trustees meeting.