Federal law and regulations limits the export of certain ‘protected technologies’ (equipment & related manuals, software, data and/or other intellectual property) to foreign counties. The laws and regulation includes among its restrictions the sharing of information about these ‘protected technologies’ with foreign nationals who are visiting or studying in the US (called deemed exports). Although most basic research performed in universities is exempt from these federal restrictions, there are numerous exceptions to this exemption. The federal rules and regulations are complex. Three different federal agencies with three sets of regulations and procedures are involved. The agencies maintain official lists of 'protected' types of equipment, materials, information and technologies, of countries which cannot receive exports of certain technologies and certain foreign nationals that cannot receive deemed exports.
Please contact the Assistant Director, Office of Research Compliance Administration (328-9474) if you have questions.