PI Responsibilities

For projects where protocols will involve actions or items that fall under federally-mandated export control laws and regulations, the Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PIs is/are considered the responsible individual[s] to ensure compliance, not only for him or herself, but by all other research and departmental personnel who engage in transactions related to the designated project. This may involve purchasing, shipping, foreign travel, learning to use a machine or particular technology, hiring persons from another country, or delivering project information at a conference.

Failure to follow prescribed federal, state, University and campus laws, regulations, policies, and procedures could result in sanctions.

Please use this as your “checklist” for reviewing compliance issues that may need to be taken care of. (More detailed information on each of these items can be found within the Export Control office website pages.)

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, seek to learn and perform what needs to be done before the action is taken.


Are you planning/wanting to hire a foreign person (to be here on a visa) to work in your lab and on your project?

Employing Foreign Nationals

Are you delivering a lecture/poster presentation or any information to a foreign audience in a foreign country, OR to foreign persons within the U.S.? Or is one of your mentees? What’s the topic?

Frequently Asked Questions on Deemed Exports

Are you traveling to another country for any reason and wanting to take your laptop or other electronic data storing device with you? What about your other researchers/students/postdocs, etc.?

International Travel

Are you using, within the research protocols, a biologic agent or substance that might have another use that could be mis-used and cause national security or even local security concerns?

Biological Agents in Research

Have you made sure that all those who work on the project, or who are involved in financial or HR processes for your project, have completed the required training to understand their role in the processes that fall under Export Control?

Education & Training


Christine Ahearn JD

Director of Regulatory Compliance
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