U.S. Export Control laws and regulations are a complex body of federal regulations designed to protect U.S. interests by restricting foreign access to information, technology, commodities, or software. Simply put, "Export Controls" regulate the transfer of controlled items outside of the United States. These laws govern how controlled items can be transferred overseas to anyone, including U.S. citizens, or to foreign nationals within the United States. Export Control laws impact a variety of University activities including: research, travel, shipping, procurement, communications, and hiring.
The University may, in certain circumstances, be required to secure a government approval or license in order to engage in export-controlled activities. However, there are several license exclusions available that will allow faculty and staff to work with export controlled technology without securing a license. To help determine if your work is covered under such an exception, please contact the Export Control Officer for a determination. Failure to comply with Export Controls and Regulations can expose the University and individuals to significant criminal fines and penalties.
A University of Tennessee professor was sentenced to prison for violating export control laws.
A man was indicted for taking his laptop containing export controlled information to China.
This website is designed to provide members of the University community with information about U.S. Export Controls and Regulations. Using the resources available on this website, members of the University community can determine if a proposed activity may require a detailed compliance review with the University Export Control Officer.
If you have questions regarding any Export Control issue, please contact the University Export Control Officer, Cory Abernathy, at (309) 438-0615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: The materials found on this website do not constitute legal advice. If you have specific questions you should consult the University's Office of General Counsel and the University Export Control Officer before taking any action.