Export Controls

It is the policy of Texas A&M to comply with United States export control laws and regulations including, without limitation, those implemented by the Department of Commerce through its Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the Department of State through its International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), as well as those imposed by the Treasury Department through its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Encouraging research and intellectual inquiry is a vital goal of Texas A&M. Texas A&M supports open research and the free interchange of information among scholars. The university also recognizes that the United States has enacted laws and regulations restricting the transmission of Controlled Information and Controlled Physical Items for the purpose of protecting national, economic, security, and foreign policy interests. These federal export control laws and regulations establish the conditions under which Controlled Information and Controlled Physical Items can be transmitted to anyone outside the United States and to foreign persons in the United States. In addition, the export control laws and regulations restrict or prohibit the transaction of business with certain countries, persons and entities that have been sanctioned by federal agencies as a threat to important U.S. interests. 

It is important to keep in mind that export control laws are broad and have implications for a host of university operations. Export control restrictions are based upon: specific commodities, technologies, and services; end-users; and countries. Thus, export controls may apply to a wide range of university activities including: research and innovation; international programs, agreements, exchanges, and travel; procurement; information technology and services; human resources; and shipping.

Additionally, export control restrictions apply to the release of controlled information and data, technologies, and commodities to foreign persons located within the United States.

The Export Control Compliance Program Manual is designed to assist Texas A&M faculty, staff, and students with export control compliance. It serves as the university’s guiding framework to assure university compliance with federal export control laws and regulations. 

Possible Violations

Each University employee has the responsibility to report possible violations of United States export control laws or regulations. Suspected violations should be reported to the Export Controls Office, together with the details of the suspected violation at exportcontrols@tamu.edu or (979) 862-6419; or via the Risk, Fraud, and Misconduct Hotline. Possible violations of United States export control laws or regulations will be investigated, to the extent necessary, by the Export Controls Office or designee.