FAQ's for Export Controls
What are export controls?
The U.S. federal government has strict policies and procedures that restrict the export of goods, services, technology, and certain scientific data to foreign entities in order to protect national security, prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, advance U.S. foreign policy goals, and to protect the U.S. economy and promote trade goals.
What happens if I violate the export control laws?
The consequences for violating these laws are very serious for the researcher and the University. Fines can reach $1,000,000 and/or imprisonment for 10 years for individuals.
How can export controls affect my research?
Export control laws not only affect goods being shipped to foreign nations, but also include the transfer of technical information and data, as well as information and technology to foreign nationals within United States borders. If deemed, your research may need to obtain prior governmental approval before any goods, services, technology, information, or data are shipped to foreign nations or exposed to foreign nationals within the university.
What do I need to do?
Educate yourself about export controls. You do not need to become an expert at deciphering export control laws, but you need to determine if your research involves any of these restrictions. For more information, please read the Saint Louis University Export Control Policy and Guidelines, or contact the Office of Research Integrity at 314-977-2262.