International Research Support & Guidance
International scholars and scholarship enrich all aspects of our academic enterprise; and international exchange, collaboration, and travel are key to our staying at the leading edge of knowledge. University of Minnesota Regents Policy directs that “The University has a responsibility to ensure, to the extent possible, respectful and ethical engagement with people, places, and ideas around the globe.”
To support these engagements and our culture of academic freedom and ethics, the University provides a variety of resources relating to research integrity and transparency, disclosure and management of potential conflicts, hosting non-US students and scholars, travel abroad, developing international agreements, and compliance with trade controls.
In the News
Kansas Chemistry Professor Found Guilty of Hiding Ties to China - April 7, 2022
Franklin Tao, a former professor of chemical engineering at the University of Kansas, was found guilty of three charges of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement regarding his ties to a research institution in China. Tao, who in 2018 was the first academic to be prosecuted under the Department of Justice’s China Initiative, reportedly concealed an employment arrangement with Fuzhou University and receipt of funding from a Chinese government program to recruit foreign scientists.
The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Imposes Sanctions Against Belarus - March 3, 2022
In response to Belarus’s enabling of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, BIS has placed additional export control restrictions on Belarus. These restrictions expand the sanctions recently imposed on Russia to cover Belarus and primarily target Belarus’s defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors. Personnel wishing to send any commodities, software, or technology to Belarus must first consult with the University’s Export Controls Office.
President Biden Imposes New Russia/Ukraine-Related Sanctions, Including Ban on Exports and Imports to and from Certain Regions in Ukraine - February 23, 2022
President Biden has determined that the Russian Federation’s purported recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine as independent states is “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.” As a result, the importation and exportation of any goods, services, or technology involving those regions is generally prohibited (as was already the case with the Crimea region). Additionally, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has added a number of entities and individuals linked to Russia’s financial sector and government to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List). Please direct questions about the new sanctions to the University's Export Controls Office.