While export controls can impact a variety of activities at the University, one area of particular concern is research. The University’s commitment to the creation and dissemination of knowledge encourages full and free exchange of information. Open communication in the research setting has always been a cornerstone of academic institutions.
Unfortunately, this type of environment can create export control issues. The enforcement of export control regulations has stepped up in recent years, and the academic community has been subjected to increased scrutiny. Research that once was assumed to be exempt from export controls is now being reassessed by the federal government.
Export control regulations may restrict researchers from freely sharing certain types of information with certain individuals. It also may restrict what equipment, software, and information can be released for international destinations. Penalties for violations of export control regulations can be quite severe ($10,000 to $1 million fine per violation, as well as up to 10 years in prison). Since these penalties may be levied against the institution as well as the individual researchers involved, it is essential for all researchers to consider whether their research, on and off campus, is subject to export control regulation and whether or not a license is required.
The information below provides an overview of information that researchers should know. Feel free to contact the Office of Export Controls for assistance with determining whether your research is subject to export controls.