Stephen F. Austin State University

Export Control Definitions


To send or take controlled tangible items, software, or information out of the United States in any manner (including handcarried), to transfer ownership or control of controlled tangible items, software, or information to a foreign person or government, or to disclose information about controlled items, software, or information to a foreign person or government. The controlled tangible item, software, or information being sent or taken out of the United States is also referred to as an "export". This includes a "deemed export" (see below).

Examples of export activities include: the shipment of items, written or oral communications, hand-carrying items when traveling, providing access to or visual inspection of equipment or facilities, and the provision of services outside of the U.S. or to entities outside of the U.S.

Restricted Research

University research, development, or testing subject to:

Restricted Parties

Individuals and entities with whom the university and its employees may not export to or engage in controlled transactions. These include the Denied Persons List, Entity List, and Unverified List (Department Commerce); the Debarred Parties List (Department of State); and the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (Department of Treasury).

There are several countries under some form of sanction or embargo that may have export control implications. These include, but are not limited to: Iran, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Belarus, Myanmar (Burma), Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), Liberia, Libya, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.

The United States Government maintains the Consolidated Screening List which contains a list of parties for which restrictions on certain exports, re-exports, or transfer of items may be found.

Deemed Export

A release of export controlled technology or software source code to a Foreign Person in the U.S. A regulated export is thereby "deemed" to take place to the Foreign Person's home country or last country of citizenship.

Dual Use

Items, information, and software that are primarily commercial or civil in nature but also have potential military applications (e.g. GPS units).

Foreign Person

In the U.S., foreign persons may include international organizations, foreign governments, and any agency or subdivision of foreign governments, such as consulates.

U.S. Person

A citizen of the United States, a lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S. (a Green Card holder), a refugee or someone here as a protected political asylee or under amnesty. U.S. persons also include organizations and entities, such as universities, incorporated in the U.S. The general rule is that only U.S. persons are eligible to receive controlled items, software or information without first obtaining an export license from the appropriate agency unless a license exception or exclusion is available.

Fundamental Research

Basic and applied research in science and engineering where the resulting information is to be shared broadly within the scientific community, as distinguished from proprietary research and from industrial development, design, production, and product utilization, the results of which ordinarily are restricted for proprietary or national security reasons.


An actual shipment or transmission of controlled tangible items, software, or information from one foreign country to another foreign country. The export or re-export of controlled tangible items, software, or information that will transit through a country or countries, or will be unloaded in a country or countries for reloading and shipment to a new country, or are intended for re-export to the new country, are deemed to be exports to the new country.

Contact Information

General Export Control Questions:

Rebekah Raney
Compliance Coordinator
Office of Research and Graduate Studies
(936) 468-1067