Export Controls

The U.S. Government regulates exports of sensitive equipment, software, and technology to protect and promote our national security interests and foreign policy objectives. UALR has instituted several practices in order to meet these rules, regulations, and findings, and to remain in compliance with federal objectives. Faculty, staff, and students are required to follow these institutional policies when working in or traveling to a foreign country, as well as when they use or carry university equipment, intellectual property, or any other property regulated under the applicable controls in a foreign country.

Note: If you are travelling to, entertaining visitors from, or hiring employees from a non-U.S. country, you must contact the UALR Export Controls officer before you do so. Failure to consult with Export Controls could result in serious university and federal consequences.

The institution and the individual may be held accountable for any violation of the applicable rules and regulations. There are strict fines and other sanctions, including prison time, for violating export controls, as some recent high profile cases have shown. By checking with Export Controls prior to entertaining visitors from foreign countries, making international travel plans, hiring foreign nationals, and utilizing equipment and information, you make your best effort to comply and show due diligence in these matters.

What activities involve Export Controls?

Examples of export controls areas include information and equipment security when entertaining international visitors, international travel, international communications, and the hiring of foreign nationals to work at UALR. The university has resources to assist you in determining if there are issues with your hiring, travel, visitors from overseas, or other interactions with foreign nationals. The following video summarizes UALR export controls policies and procedures (transcription).

Various items of equipment are also subject to export controls, and our office will assist you in determining who may see and use such equipment as well as the limits on public dissemination of information from such equipment. Finally, certain federal agencies have determined that work on their sponsored projects or information from such projects is restricted in nature and have placed additional limits on foreign nationals’ participation in these projects. These agencies currently include the DOE, DoD, and NASA. We will assist you in determining what if any restrictions there are on your project from these or other agencies.

Links to related information:

US Department of State Information on Export Controls

FBI Information on Export Controls

High Profile Cases: