Importance of Export Compliance

Export controls regulate technologies, technical data and information that are taken to other countries by U.S. travelers or imparted to foreign nationals working in the U.S. These controls are intended to protect U.S. economic interests and foreign policy goals, as well as to prevent the acquisition of technologies, technical data and information by parties hostile to the U.S.

Understanding export controls is especially important for academic researchers whose work depends on an open exchange of ideas. Because many ordinary aspects of academic work fall under the purview of export controls, academic researchers need to know how to comply with the regulations and when their research activities are exempt.

University community members are responsible for knowing how export controls apply to their work and for complying with export control regulations.

Violations can result in personal and institutional liability including fines and imprisonment.

Questions regarding export controls should be directed to Jen McCaw, Export Compliance Officer at