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America’s research universities conduct research using sophisticated equipment and facilities that may be of interest to hostile foreign governments or terrorist groups, or which could pose health or safety risks to the campus community. The federal government seeks to protect certain research results and activities and the safety of the community through various regulations.

Universities understand the importance of protecting potentially sensitive research and equipment from parties that might use them against the national interest, as well as the importance of adhering to high safety standards in the conduct of research and related activities.

But universities also want to ensure the widest possible dissemination of fundamental research results, as well as the ability of talented scholars, researchers, and students from around the world to work and be educated alongside their U.S. counterparts. These institutions also seek to ensure that regulations are practicable for the unique university environment.

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