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What is an Export?

  • Physical Export is sending any material to foreign locations and includes both hand carry and electronic exports.
  • Deemed Export is disclosing controlled technology and/or technical data whether written, oral, or visually to a foreign person in the United States (may also include access to visual inspection of ITAR equipment).

Export Control

Tarleton State University believes that teaching, research and service shall be conducted openly and without prohibitions or restrictions to the publication and dissemination of the results of academic and research activities. However, several federal laws require Tarleton to obtain federal authorization before foreign nationals are allowed to participate in research involving specific technologies or before the sharing of research information with persons who are not citizens of the United States or permanent resident aliens. View the Export Control Issues Checklist for hiring foreign nationals.

Traveling to foreign countries or working with foreign national collaborators, institutions or students may fall under the purview of such federal export control laws and regulations. These regulations may involve:

  • Military technology (including nearly all space-based research),
  • “Dual-use” technologies (including a wide range of equipment from distillers to lasers) or
  • Nearly any kind of financial transactions with certain embargoed countries or individuals.

These impacts are not limited to the physical export of equipment or software; “deemed exports”, it includes the dissemination of technical information to foreign persons, whether it occurs within or outside the US.

This may occur in the context of:

  • Presentations,
  • Emails,
  • Personal conversations,
  • Site tours or
  • In training of foreign national research personnel.

In many cases, basic and applied research may be included under one or more of the exemptions or exclusions provided in the regulations. In some cases, it may be necessary to apply for an export license or Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA). TAAs can take considerable time to develop, so PIs should contact the Office of Research and Innovation as early as possible if you think these may be required.

International Visiting Scholars

Foreign persons having a residence in a foreign country, who are not employees or enrolled students of Tarleton, and are coming to the university on a temporary basis as a result of a verbal or written invitation from a university official are identified as International Visiting Scholars.

Complete the request form for an International Visiting Scholar Facility Agreement.

Regulations & Penalties

Tarleton is committed to compliance with U.S. export laws and regulations governing transfer and export of controlled hardware, software, and data. Export control laws are federal regulations that govern how certain information, technologies, and commodities can be transported abroad or communicated to foreign nationals within the United States. Export control regulations must be followed.

Penalties for non-compliance are severe and may be imposed against individual researchers as well as their institutions. Consequently, it is vital for everyone at Tarleton to comprehend their responsibilities under these regulations and to work with the Office of Research and Innovation to ensure that Tarleton is in compliance.

Tarleton State University's Empowered Official, Dr. Barry Lambert, can be reached at 254-968-9463 or blambert@tarleton.edu.