Export Controls


Stanford University

Export Controls: Background, Export Controls Roadmap, Decision Tree, Tools and Checklists, etc.

ITAR:  Background reading. Last updated June 6, 2001.

Faculty Essay: Security restrictions on research: a case of déjà vu by Donald Kennedy. Stanford Online Report, Issue of May 31, 2000.  " It is strange how often history repeats itself and stranger still how often our memories fail to record its lessons....."

Satellite research grounded:  Stanford, other universities oppose regulatory change
by Dawn Levy. Stanford Online Report, Issue of May 24, 2000. "Just one sentence. That was all it took to ban a Stanford graduate student, who is Chinese, from continuing his work with basic spacecraft control algorithms. It was enough to prevent the world's expert in proton monitors, who is Irish, from being in the same room as the equipment he designed when American researchers bolted it onto a satellite. It prevented the signing of a contract that would allow Japanese, Stanford and Lockheed researchers to collaborate in studying the sun...."

Openness in Research Research Policy Handbook (RPH) 2.6 (Originally issued April 24, 1969; current version May 16, 1996). Stanford's commitment to openness in research is expressed in this policy.

Public meeting to discuss restrictions to noncitizen participation in research by Dawn Levy. Stanford News, May 9, 2000.  "Due in part to security concerns at some government laboratories, federal jurisdiction for satellite research recently has been moved from the Commerce Department's export regulations to the State Department's International Traffic in Arms Regulation  (ITAR). This change creates concerns that participation in some aspects of satellite-based research projects could be limited to U.S. citizens, setting up a direct conflict with the openness in research policies of most universities, including Stanford...."

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Response and Responsibility: Balancing Security and Openness in Research and Education Report of the President For the Academic Year 2001-02. President Charles M. Vest's annual report for the academic year 2001-02, which examines the balance that must be struck if the United States is to remain secure against terrorism while maintaining the openness necessary for research and education.

In the Public Interest Report of the Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on Access to and Disclosure of Scientific Information, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 2002. The committee was established ... to examine MIT’s policies dealing with restrictions on research, such as those arising from classified or industry-sponsored research. The committee’s work was done at a time of change in laws governing access to materials and information and disclosure of research results that followed the events of September 11, 2001. Restrictions on access to select biological agents, the application of export control provisions to university researchers, and a growing pressure totreat research results as sensitive create a new landscape for faculty, students, and MIT as an institution.