The Institutional Review Board of the University of New Mexico has met and concluded that the tweeting activities of Associate Professor Geoffrey Miller did not rise to the level of research. There will be no further IRB-related investigation or review of his actions.

The board concluded that Miller’s tweets were self-promotional in nature and did not follow research criteria which require specific research questions or hypotheses, systematic methods for collection quantitative and/or qualitative data and criteria for selecting respondents - (IRB Memo).

The Department of Psychology and the UNM College of Arts and Sciences will now review Miller’s actions. A disciplinary process inquiry has been started, but will likely take a couple of weeks to complete. Whether Miller will continue at NYU or return to UNM is under discussion, but has not been determined.

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