About the Export Controls Program
Export control laws implemented both by the Department of Commerce through its Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the Department of State through its International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) have existed for more than 20 years. Institutions of higher education and their employees are required to comply with these laws and regulations. Criminal sanctions (including money and/or prison sentences for individuals) can apply in the case of violations.
Scrutiny concerning the level of compliance with these regulations was heightened by the events of September 11, 2001. The export regulations cover virtually all fields of science and engineering, but they prohibit the unlicensed export of only certain materials or information for reasons of national security or protection of trade. In the case of academic or research institutions, there is an exclusion for fundamental research, the results of which are or are about to be or, in some cases, ordinarily are publicly available.
For questions about export controls, contact:
Rose Ndegwa, Export Controls Compliance Officer