Export Compliance

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What are export controls?

Export controls are U.S. laws and regulations that regulate and restrict the release of critical technologies, information, and services to foreign nationals, within and outside of the United States, and foreign countries. U.S. export controls exist to protect the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States.  Faculty, staff and students may intersect with federal regulations that impose access, dissemination or participation restrictions on the transfer of items and information regulated for reasons of national security, foreign policy, anti-terrorism or non-proliferation.

Why do I need to know about export controls?

U.S. export controls exist to protect the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States. The U.S. maintains comprehensive controls and sanctions on the export and re-export of U.S.-origin goods and technology to all destinations around the world. GRS supports the University of Kansas commitment to comply with United States export control and sanctions laws. University and individual awareness of export control laws and requirements are critical in today's world. There are significant civil and criminal penalties for violations of these regulations both for individuals, and for entities.

What if my research is determined to be Export Controlled?

The Office of Global Risk & Security (GRS) supports the Universities commitment to complying with U.S. laws and regulations applicable to export and trade sanctions. GRS works with the Office of Research and other university departments to ensure compliance with regulations promulgated by the regulatory agencies, including but not limited to the Department of State, Department of Commerce, and the Department of the Treasury.

If an export assessment determines that an activity is subject to these regulations, GRS will assist the affected party in setting up security measures and protocols needed to ensure compliance with export and sanction regulations through the establishment of a Technology Control Plan (TCP) or other certification document.

The Technology Control Plan details the export control classification, restriction on release of information, physical and information security protocols, project personnel requirements, annual certification, and closeout procedure. GRS will monitor project related activity throughout the life of the TCP, and be available to answer questions. The Principal Investigator or TCP Custodian will be required to provide GRS the disposition of all controlled items before closeout of the TCP.


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Still have questions?

Please check out our FAQ section, or email gos@ku.edu to discuss or to schedule a training session.

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