Universities Look for Lessons as Professor Awaits Sentencing Over Export-Law Violations

On May 13, John Reece Roth, a retired University of Tennessee professor, is expected to walk into a Knoxville courthouse and be sentenced to at least five years in prison for allowing unauthorized foreign citizens access to restricted technology.

The chief prosecutor in Mr. Roth's case has openly wished that it would make universities and their professors more careful about how they handle militarily sensitive information. But as Mr. Roth's sentencing approaches, federal