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Export Controls Resource

Export Controls Resource

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 and their agencies.

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, and the liability falls on both the university and individual researchers. Due to this factor, it is essential for all researchers to consider whether their research, on and off campus, is subject to export control regulations and whether or not a license is required. Investigators are required to answer questions at the beginning of the proposal process on the info sheet and to ensure ORS and OEC are notified if changes occur during the proposal or award stages that may impact export control related decisions.

Contact the Office of Export Controls prior to:

  • Shipping items internationally 
  • Traveling internationally with OU equipment
  • Becoming a party to a Confidentiality Agreement (CA) or Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
  • Collaborating with a researcher or institution outside of the U.S.
  • Accepting any restrictions on your research (including but not limited to publication or dissemination restrictions, limitations on project participants, i.e. 'all project participants must be U.S. citizens', or 'foreign national involvement may require screening and approval')
  • Self-imposing any restrictions on your research (deciding to treat research as proprietary, or deciding to limit project participants without being required to do so)
  • Accessing, purchasing, or otherwise receiving defense articles
  • Engaging in research related to chem/bio weapons, missiles, or encryption

The University of Oklahoma Office of Export Controls High Risk Policy can be viewed here. For more information, visit Export Controls.