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P212: Export Control Policy

Issued by:
Office for Research Compliance, Office of the Vice-President for Research
June 5, 2017 and September 5, 2018


All members of the Campus Community must comply with U.S. export control laws when conducting any activity (1) on University controlled premises, or (2) on behalf of the University at any domestic location, or (3) on behalf of the University in a foreign country.


United States federal export control laws and regulations ("export control laws") exist to protect U.S. national security and foreign policy interests. Export control laws restrict certain types of items, software, technology and technical data (information) from being sent (through any means) to certain individuals, entities, or countries, including to U.S. citizens, or from being made available to foreign persons within the U.S. Several U.S. agencies have regulatory authority over exports, including but not limited to Department of Commerce (Export Administration Regulations) , Department of State (International Traffic in Arms Regulations), and Department of Treasury (U.S. economic sanctions programs).

The penalties for violating export control laws can be significant and may result in criminal sanctions and/or fines against the individual and/or the University, loss of exporting privileges for the University, and/or loss of federal funds.


The goal of the University's export compliance program is to facilitate compliance with U.S. export control laws while balancing the University's commitment to openness in research and education.


The Office of the Vice-President for Research provides a variety of training materials to support the Campus Community with their compliance with export control laws.  Campus Training Resources Government Training Resources  and other resources are available on the  University's Export Control Website .


Activity: research, education, service or business purpose.

Campus Community: in this Policy the term Campus Community includes but is not limited to all faculty (including voluntary, lecturers, and adjuncts); research personnel (including research staff, post-doctoral fellows, research associates); visiting scientists and scholars, graduate and undergraduate students involved in research activities; visiting scholars, consultants or other volunteers involved in research activities; non-research staff in departments, centers, institutes, colleges, administrative offices that are involved with transactions covered under this Policy.

University: in this policy, the term University includes all schools, centers, institutes, and administrative offices within the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the Research Foundation for State University of New York as it relates to Stony Brook University, Stony Brook Medicine (including University Hospital), and the Long Island State Veterans Home.


Campus Community: All members of the Campus Community must understand the export control law requirements, if and/or how they apply to their University responsibilities and/or research activities, and to practice due diligence to ensure compliance. No member of the campus community may partake in any action(s) prohibited by the export control laws. No member of the campus community may transfer any controlled information, technology or commodity without the proper University authorization.

Empowered Official (EO): The Vice-President for Research (VPR) serves as the Empowered Official for the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. The VPR may appoint additional EOs if deemed appropriate.

Export Compliance Executive Committee (ECEC): The University committee chaired by the VPR that includes members of administrative offices that have some responsibility in export compliance.

Export Compliance Officer (ECO): The University official responsible for the University's export compliance program. The ECO assists academic and administrative offices in the development of policies and guidance documents to ensure compliance with the export control laws and this Policy.

Vice-President for Research (VPR): The VPR is the authorized University official for the University's export control program. Technology control plans, commodity jurisdiction requests, export license applications, and any other request to a federal agency regarding export controls, as well as any requests for publication and/or foreign national waivers must be authorized by the VPR or his/her designee.


Export compliance guidance and procedure documents are available on the University's Export Control Website and incorporated into this Policy.


Restricted Party Screen - Who should be Screened

How to Conduct a Restricted Party Screening

Foreign Person Employee Guidance

International Collaborations Guidance

International Visitor Guidance


Conferences - Hosting, Attending or Presenting Guidelines

Electronic Communications Guidance

International Shipment and Transfer Guidance

Shipper Self-Assessment Review Procedure

International Travel Guidance


Classification of Item/Information Procedure

Purchase of Goods Guidance

Software and Encryption Guidance

Other than Tools of the Trade Self-Assessment Review Procedure

Tools of the Trade


The University is required under the export control laws to maintain all records for a period of five (5) years from the date of the transaction (i.e. research project, shipment, academic travel, host a foreign visitor).


If any personnel become aware of potential violations, they should be immediately reported to the Office of Research Compliance at 631-632-9036 for further investigation.


Non-compliance with this policy may result in:

  • The University imposing disciplinary and/or legal action on the individual; and/or
  • Federal agencies imposing fines, sanctions, and possible jail time on the individual.

University Export Control Website

University's Export Control Website

Related Campus Policies

  • P300 Information Security and Administration Policy
  • P517 Use of Campus Facilities
  • P601 Guests/Visitors Policy
  • P602 Equipment Inventory Control

Relevant U.S. Government Policies

Export Administration Regulations (EAR) 15 C.F.R. §§730-774: The EAR regulates items, software, and technology that have a commercial or "dual" use (commercial and military/proliferation application). The Commodity Control List is the list of items, goods, and technology controlled under the EAR. The Bureau of Industry and Security, within the Department of Commerce, oversees the EAR.

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) 22 C.F.R. §§120-130: The ITAR regulates items, software, and technical data that are military in purpose and/or those that can be used in a defense application/military operation. The United States Munitions List (USML) is the list of items, goods, and technical data controlled under the ITAR. The Directorate for Defense Trade Commission, within the Department of State, oversees the ITAR.

Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC): Economic and trade sanctions based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals are administered and enforced by OFAC, within the Department of Treasury.

Other Applicable Regulatory Agencies: additional regulations may also apply from the: Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Center for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, and Drug Enforcement Agency.


Office of Research Compliance, 631-632-9036

Susan Gasparo, Export Compliance Officer