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Export Controls - Students

Do I need to be concerned about export controls?

Absolutely. As a student, it may be your responsibility to work with faculty members on their research projects. You must have knowledge of the laws and regulations that apply. Although most research will fall under the Fundamental Research Exclusion, sending devices related to the research or transmitting information overseas may result in an export control violation.

I am going on a study abroad trip. Can I take my laptop with me?

The laptop must be vital to the research that you are carrying out while on the trip. Also, you cannot take the laptop if you are traveling to one of the embargoed countries (Balkans, Burma, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Liberia, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe).

I am a graduate student and lab instructor in the Chemistry Department. Do I need to be concerned about exporting information to my students?

No. As long as your teaching is part of a catalog course at CCU, you do not need to worry about exporting information. While teaching a catalog course, you fall under the Teaching Exemption.

I am an international student from an embargoed country. Can I participate in campus research projects?

Yes. However, make sure that the faculty member you are working with has accepted no restrictions from funding sources. The results of the research must be published openly in the scientific community. If the researcher has accepted access, participation, or dissemination restrictions, then they may need to apply for an export license before continuing with the project.

A faculty member has asked me to deliver a piece of scientific equipment to one of his colleagues at a university overseas while I am studying abroad. Since this interaction takes place within the academic community, does it classify as an export controls violation?

Absolutely. In most cases, any direct shipment of an actual scientific device or piece of equipment overseas is strictly prohibited. The faculty member may need to apply for an export license.

Penalties for Non-Compliance?

Violating export control regulations carries serious criminal and civil penalties. Due to the current global climate surrounding scientific knowledge of weapons and chemical research, violations are deemed a threat to national security.

To avoid violating the EAR, ITAR, and OFAC, familiarize yourself with the regulations and make sure that your research falls under one of the exceptions or exemptions for university teaching and research.