Louisiana Tech University conducts basic and applied research that contributes to the advancement of knowledge and furthers our public service mission. In addition, the experience students gain by being involved in research enhances their learning experience. While Louisiana Tech is dedicated to the principles of freedom of inquiry and an open research environment, it must also comply with federal laws and regulations governing the exchange of research materials and results that are subject to export controls.
Export Controls are Federal laws regulating the export of goods, software, and technology for persons and entities outside the United States for reasons of foreign policy and national security. Some items could potentially be useful for purposes that are contrary to the interest of the exporting country. Activities that may involve Export Control include collaboration and exchanges with colleagues abroad, conducting research in other countries, using novel or advanced technologies in research, supervising and mentoring foreign students.
On October 26, 2009, the University of Louisiana System adopted Policy M-16 Export Control, requiring each campus within the system to develop institution-specific export control procedures in compliance with all applicable federal laws. In compliance with this directive, Louisiana Tech developed Policy 7122 – Export Control Policy and it went into effect on July 28, 2011. This policy applies to all faculty, staff and students. As part of this policy, Louisiana Tech created an Export Control Committee whose main responsibility is to advise the university on export control matters.
For more information and guidance on export compliance please review the topic-specific web pages on this site.
Classified research, with respect to academic institutions, are partnerships in conjunction with the federal government on projects which require the need of a security clearance to allow an individual access to national security information.