As a means to promote national security, foreign policy objectives, and international trade, the US government,
through federal laws and regulations, controls the export of sensitive equipment, certain data, software and
hardware, and technology.
Export control laws and regulations are generally distributed among three governmental entities, each with a
specific area of responsibility.
- The Department of Commerce oversees the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
- The US Department of State administers the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR).
- The Treasury Department manages country-specific sanctions and embargoes through the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
In a university setting, researchers, students, and staff may be affected by export control regulations when
- traveling to international destinations,
- shipping or taking items outside the US, such as laptops, software and data,
- teaching or working with international students, or
- conducting research at the university.
The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has posted a guidance document to assist faculty,
students, and staff in understanding and complying with export control regulations.