Ethics & Compliance: Visiting Scholars

As a major research institution, Texas A&M AgriLife often has visitors to its campus who come to collaborate on research and scholarly topics of mutual interests or to work on specific research to be conducted within AgriLife facilities. These are referred to as visiting scholars. A visiting scholar is not an employee of Texas A&M AgriLife or The Texas A&M University System.

All visiting scholars on campus who will have access to Texas A&M AgriLife Research and/or clinical facilities and resources must have prior approval from the department or division head, the dean, and the Division of Research.

Although, visiting scholars are not employees of AgriLife, through the appropriate approval process, they can be allowed access to AgriLife facilities and resources, issued a UIN, and NetID that will allow them to obtain an official Texas A&M AgriLife email address, visitor identification card, and/or library card.


All individuals assigned under a visiting scholar title are subject to and are required to observe all applicable federal, state, and local laws, including, but not limited to, export control laws and regulations, and requirements of Texas A&M rules and regulations, including intellectual property rights and obligations. The procedures may be found at Research: Visiting Scholars, Scientists, or Interns 15.99.99.A0.01 and Extension: Visiting Scholars, Scientists, or Interns 15.99.99.X0.01 

Additional information on visiting scholars can be found in our external manual located here,


What is a visiting Scholar

A visiting scholar is an individual employed or affiliated with another organization who has been invited and approved by Texas A&M AgriLife to come to the campus for an extended period of time to collaborate on specific research, clinical, or other scholarly activities. Visitors who 1) are accompanied by authorized university personnel; 2) do not need access to facilities or resources; 3) are not performing “hands-on” research or teaching; and 4) are visiting only for a short duration of time (approximately 10 days) are not considered to be visiting research scholars. Examples of these visits include campus tours, conferences, collaboration meetings, presentation of a paper, etc. These types of visitors should be screened by the Ethics and Compliance office prior to any short duration visits by sending names and affiliations to

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