The term “export controls” typically refers to regulations overseen by several federal agencies, especially the Departments of State, Commerce, and Treasury, that implement federal laws put in place to protect national security, promote foreign policy, and in some cases to control short supplies. The regulations govern the international transfer of military and most commercial items, including software and technical information, and certain services. In addition to the transfer of items out of the United States, the term “export” also refers to the release of controlled software source code or technical information to a foreign national, whether in the U.S. or abroad.
This information is designed to help members of the University community gain an overview of export regulations, understand how export control regulations can affect their University activities, identify export control issues, and obtain assistance to properly document exports.
Export control regulations are intricate and involved. Penalties and fines imposed for export control violations are severe and can include criminal, civil and administrative charges. You are encouraged to seek assistance for any question on the topic. For more information contact the University Compliance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.