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Working with International Staff and Students

Purdue University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.

However, due to federal law, there will be occasions when faculty, students, and scholars who are foreign persons must be excluded from access to certain items and technical data where their inclusion would violate export control regulations. If such situation occurs, the Export Controls team will work with the appropriate personnel and department to ensure reasonable controls are in place, often with the implementation of a Technology Control Plan.

Purdue Nondiscrimination Policy statement (In Full)

While uncommon, here are a few examples when foreign persons may be restricted from access:

  • Sponsored projects when sponsor has control or approval rights for the release of project information or the publishing of research results
  • Confidential or proprietary information of a technical nature provided under the protection of a non-disclosure agreement, confidentiality agreement or research project agreement
  • Access to controlled software
  • Access to controlled equipment

Special note concerning graduate students from countries subject to U.S. comprehensive sanctions:

Due to significant restrictions and licensing requirements, applicants from these countries require additional scrutiny to ensure that their proposed plan of study and research doesn’t violate U.S. law. This review happens only after a department reviews the application and decides to forwards to the Graduate School a recommendation of admission. The Graduate School will delay final decision until the Export Controls Team completes an OFAC compliance review. After the review is completed, the Department and the Office of International Students and Scholars will be informed of the results. In most cases, the applicant can be admitted but the Department and Major Professor will be briefed on the applicable sanctions and how they may impact the applicant’s access to controlled information and sponsored research.

Note, this review is necessary for both students coming from abroad and transfer students who may already be in the U.S.

Need Help?

Contact the Purdue Export Controls team by email at, by phone at (765) 494-6840, or in person on the 10th floor of Young Hall (155 S Grant St.).

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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