It is the intent of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) to fully comply with federal regulations that control the conditions under which certain information, technologies, and commodities can be transmitted overseas to anyone, including US citizens, or to a foreign national on U.S. soil.
All faculty, staff, or students involved in restricted research, international collaborations, or foreign exchanges that risk export or violation of the regulations must comply with the provisions of any license (or other governmental approval), policy, procedure, or Technology Control Plan (TCP).
The three main export control regulations that implement these laws are:
- The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) 22 CFR § 120‐130 is managed by the Department of State and regulates the exchange and security of defense articles, services, and related technical data determined to be inherently military in function and application and identified on the U.S. Munitions List.
- The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) 15 CFR §734‐774 is managed by the Department of Commerce and regulates commercial products and technologies that may have “dual use” civilian and military functions and applications.
- The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) 31 CFR §500‐599 is managed by the Department of Treasury and enforces trade sanctions based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. These regulations are not restricted to technologies, but restrict the transfer of assets to certain foreign countries, blocked persons, and organizations and individuals suspected of terrorism, drug trafficking, and/or money laundering.
Export control regulations can impact university researchers in many ways, e.g.:
- Shipping certain items abroad
- Hosting a visiting scientist in your lab
- Traveling internationally
All researchers are encouraged to review the "Export Control Policies for MTSU Researchers."
All international travelers are encouraged to review the "Export Compliance Guidelines."
All international travelers are REQUIRED to submit a complete and signed MTSU Federal Export Control Compliance Verification Form with their Travel Authorization Request for the international travel.
For general questions regarding export compliance at MTSU:
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Director