Export Controls

The term "export controls" export stamptypically refers to regulations overseen by several federal agencies, especially the Departments of State, Commerce, and Treasury, that implement federal laws put in place to protect national security, promote foreign policy, and in some cases to control short supplies. The regulations govern the international transfer of military and most commercial items, including software and technical information, and certain services. In addition to the transfer of items out of the United States, the term “export” also refers to the release of controlled software source code or technical information to a foreign national, whether in the U.S. or abroad.

It is important for all members of the University community to understand how export control regulations can affect their University activities, identify export control issues, and obtain assistance to properly document exports.

Export control regulations are intricate and involved. Penalties and fines imposed for export control violations are severe and can include criminal, civil and administrative charges. You are encouraged to seek assistance for any question on the topic.

The Office of Global Operations & Security (GOS) is responsible for directing and monitoring the university’s export control compliance program and implementing procedures and/or guidelines to comply with federal export control laws and regulations. For more information, visit the GOS website or contact the KU Export Control Officer at gos@ku.edu.