What is Academic Solicitation:

The Defense Security Service defines academic solicitation as the use of students, professors, scientists or researchers as collectors improperly attempting to obtain sensitive or classified information. These attempts can include requests for, or arrangement of, peer or scientific board reviews of academic papers or presentations; requests to study or consult with faculty members; requests for and access to software and dual-use technology; or applications for admission into academic institutions, departments, majors, or programs, as faculty members, students, fellows, or employees.

This may include requests from U.S. persons, or from foreign nationals located in the United States or abroad, and may consist of:

  • Unsolicited applications or requests for undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate or other research positions.
  • Unsolicited requests for access to research papers or other research-related publications or documents.
  • Unsolicited requests for assistance with or review of thesis papers, draft publications or other research-related documents.
  • Unsolicited invitations to attend and/or present at international conferences.

Please report ALL suspicious contacts and/or emails to the ORS office.