The University of California has a long tradition of academic freedom, which includes the principles of openness in research, freedom of communication, and unfettered inquiry. University policy states that “freedom to publish results is a major criterion of the appropriateness of a research project.” In addition, University policy states that “access to University classrooms, libraries, laboratories, and specialized research facilities is open, without regard to citizenship, residency status, or visa category.”
Recently, federal officials have expressed concern about academic research that could result in the disclosure of information that would be harmful to the national security interests of the United States. In addition, all international shipments of research materials must strictly comply with U.S. export control laws. Therefore, the University of California, through its faculty and staff, must ensure that it performs its research in a manner that complies with governmental regulations and University policy.