Export Control

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What is Export Control?

Export control involves the federal regulation of how certain information, technologies and commodities can be transferred to other countries and foreign nationals. The academic community must take specific steps to protect their research involving military and dual use application. In addition, financial and other transactions with certain countries, companies and individuals fall under export control laws. Failure to comply with export control laws may have serious consequences for both the institution and the personnel involved.

SIUC Policy on Export Control

The purpose of this policy is to set forth Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s (SIUC) responsibilities and procedures for compliance with federal export control regulations under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of State and Department of Commerce. SIUC promotes, through its policies, free, open, and unrestricted inquiry and dissemination of information in teaching, research, and service, to the extent allowable by regulation or law. SIUC does not accept classified research grants, contracts, or agreements. Nor will SIUC enter into or renew any research grant, contract, or agreement that prohibits disclosure of the existence of the award document, the identity of any sponsor of the proposed research, or the nature and potential contribution of the proposed research.  

At the same time, SIUC complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. Export control regulations impose controls on the distribution or “export” of certain information, data, materials, items, and services from the U.S. to foreign nationals and countries as a means of protecting U.S. national security or national economic interests. With respect to the former, exports with capacity for military applications are especially sensitive. Such distribution requires that SIUC obtain federal permission and/or a license.  

For SIUC, as for most research universities, greatest concern centers on the actual physical export or the “deemed export” of information, data, materials, items, and services having combined civilian and military uses, so-called “dual uses.” Controlled information, data, materials, items, and services may be “deemed” to be “exported” in two ways, both of which are common activities of faculty and graduate students at research universities: 

  • Inside the U.S.: Oral or visual communications with non-U.S. citizens through collaborative research, teaching or training, lab tours, and related activities.
  • Outside the U.S.: Unauthorized presentation of controlled articles, data, etc. or simply carrying such information electronically to and inside a restricted country.

The Office of Sponsored Projects Administration (OSPA) is responsible for coordinating SIUC’s export control compliance. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator/Project Director (PI/PD) on any project or contract to be aware of this policy and to notify OSPA of potential export control issues.  

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