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Export Control

An Overview for Faculty, Staff and Students

What are “Export Controls” and why do they matter?

The commonly used term “Export Controls” refers to the group of federal regulations that control the conditions under which certain types of information, technologies, and commodities can be transmitted, both within the United States and abroad.

Under these regulations, the term “export” can include a variety of activities, including

  • E-mail and other forms of electronic communications
  • Oral communications
  • Written documentation and visual inspections,

when these activities involve any technology, software or technical data to any non-U.S. citizen, whether here in the U.S. or abroad.

While most Texas State research and technology development is exempt from U.S. export control laws, these regulations may present potential complications to the conduct of research and academic activities.

Current export regulations have a impact on Texas State personnel in three main areas: research, foreign travel, and shipping.

The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) is responsible for:

  1. ensuring that Texas State complies with export control regulations, and
  2. providing information and resources to faculty, staff and students impacted by these regulations.

For assistance with export control issues or questions, contact ORC Director Becky Northcut or Assistant Vice President for Research Michael Blanda. They will arrange for appropriate support both within the University and, where necessary, outside the University to address export control and license issues.