Export License Decision-Making Steps

Licensing determinations are very complicated and can involve many different regulations. For assistance, contact ORSP staff (662-915-7482 or ); Gene Hines, Ph.D., Director of Research Integrity and Compliance (662-915-7482 or ). For projects containing classified information, contact Ed Movitz, Facility Security Officer (662-915-5433 or ).

The following steps cover most cases, but correct determination requires review of the facts and circumstances in each case.

  1. Determine whether the export is subject to U.S. jurisdiction. (U.S. universities are subject to U.S. jurisdiction as are any foreign nationals in the U.S.; overseas operations may be subject to U.S. jurisdiction).
  2. Classify the goods or technology involved as subject to ITAR, EAR, or other regulations.
  3. Determine whether a license is needed for the particular technology and particular end-use and end-user.
  4. Determine availability of license exemptions, e.g., public domain, fundamental research, etc.).
  5. Determine whether embargoes apply or whether any prohibited parties or destinations are involved.
  6. Determine whether there are any “red flags” or other warning signs of possible diversion of the technology.

If a license is required, apply promptly – licenses can take weeks or months to obtain.