International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) governs the export of items and information inherently military in design, purpose, or use. Referred to as “defense articles,” such items are found on the U.S. Munitions List (USML), including technical data recorded or stored in any physical form, models, mockups, or other items that reveal technical data directly relating to items designated in the USML. Basic marketing information on function or purpose, or general system descriptions, are not controlled technical data.

The lists of debarred parties prohibited from participating directly or indirectly in the export of defense articles (including technical data) and defense services can be found HERE.

There is one exemption applicable to a university setting:

Exemption for Disclosures to Bona Fide Full-time Employees (ITAR-regulated research only)

University release or disclosure of unclassified information to foreign nationals is exempt from export licensing if 1) the foreign national is the University's bona fide full-time regular employee, 2) the employee's permanent abode throughout the period of employment is in the U.S., 3) the employee is not a national of an embargoed country, and 4) the University informs the employee in writing that information disclosed may not be disclosed to other foreign nationals without governmental approval. Note, most graduate students are not regular full-time university employees and disclosures to them will not qualify for this exemption.