Should universities protect sources like journalists?

Federal prosecutors, at the request of the British government, have told Boston College to hand over records relating to interviews with former members of Protestant and Roman Catholic paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland — part of the college’s Belfast Project.

Researchers had assured the interview subjects that the their identities would remain confidential, but, unfortunately — depending on your perspective — oral historians have no special right to keep information relating to possible crimes secret, observes the Chronicle of Higher Education.

…Boston College, and other institutions in similar predicaments, could potentially shape First Amendment law by pushing back hard against the government’s subpoenas. “Journalists are willing to go to jail to protect sources,” he tells the Chronicle. “What will Boston College do?”

Via Ideas Market.

If you run surveys dealing with war, violence and crime, this should be alarming to you and your human subjects committee.