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Export Controls

The connection between export controls and university activities is not always obvious; however, universities and research institutions are subject to U.S. export control laws.

Export control laws may apply to you if you:

  • Host foreign nationals in your laboratory (students, postdocs, staff, visitors)
  • Travel internationally
  • Ship or hand carry items internationally
  • Perform field research
  • Have international collaborations

Export control laws govern the transfer of controlled technology and information to foreign countries and to foreign nationals within the U.S. ("deemed exports"). The purpose of export control laws is to provide for the national security of the United States by promoting regional stability, preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives abroad, and protecting U.S. economic interests at home. 

The university environment is open and collaborative by design. Many international students, postdocs, and scholars work on campus, and international collaborations continue to grow. Export control laws can affect many of these activities. Export control law violations expose faculty and staff to the risk of federal penalties (including fines and incarceration). It is important that the campus community understands export control laws in order to maintain compliance while continuing to advance our mission of discovering and disseminating knowledge, and protecting freedom of inquiry.

This website is designed to assist WUSTL researchers and other members of the University community to understand and navigate export control laws and regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the regulations administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) (collectively, “Export Control Laws”).

For questions, additional information, consultation on a specific project, or to schedule an educational presentation, please contact:

Laura Langton, PhD
Export Control Manager
Langton@wustl.edu or ovcrexportcompliance@wutl.edu