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Introduction to Export Controls
What are Export Controls? 

Export controls are a body of federal regulations that regulate:

  • Disclosure, shipment, use, transfer, or transmission of any item, commodity, material, technical information, technology, software, or encrypted software for the benefit of a foreign person or foreign entity anywhere (including the transfer of controlled information within the U.S. “deemed export”); 

  • Transactions and the provision of services involving prohibited countries, persons or entities based on trade sanctions, embargoes and travel restrictions; and 

  • Certain transactions with persons or entities designated on a federal restricted parties lists.

Do I Need to Comply?

All members of the Campus Community MUST comply with U.S. export control laws when conducting any Activity:

  • on University controlled premises, or
  • on behalf of the University at any domestic location, or 
  • on behalf of the University at any foreign location.

Stony Brook University Policy P212 defines Campus Community, Activity and University.

How Do I Comply?

The Office of the Vice President for Research supports the Campus Community with their compliance with export control laws by providing:

Training & Resources 

Guidance and Procedures

What Can Happen if I Don't Comply?

Penalties, fines, and sanctions (and in some cases jail time) can be imposed on the individual and/or the university for violation of the regulations. Voluntary disclosures can be made by the University to the federal agencies and may result in reduced penalties and/or sanctions if it is found that a violation had occurred.

How Can I Contact SBU's Export Compliance Officer?