Export Controls

The export of certain commodities, information technologies, software and services is regulated for reasons of national security, foreign policy, and competitive trade interests. As provided in GW’s Export Control Policy, United States export control laws restrict  such commodities, information, technologies, software and services that can be transmitted overseas to individuals, including U.S. citizens, or made available by a “deemed export,” which is a release of controlled technology or software source code  to foreign nationals on U.S. soil. Prior written authorization (a “license”) from one or more U.S. government agencies may be required to carry out certain sponsored research or other educational activities involving specified technologies or certain countries, if an exemption or exclusion is not available.

As set forth in the Policy, it is important that Principal Investigators (PIs) on research activities, as well as the academic, educational or other university project leader (“Project Leaders” or “PLs”) for non-research activities, assess how export controls may apply to a proposed research or academic, educational or other university project early in the proposal development or planning process to allow time for obtaining an export license if required. Export control laws apply to faculty, staff and students engaging in any university activities including research and educational activities.

Although many of the university’s activities associated with academic research and coursework are exempt from export control laws, some activities may be restricted. These activities are exempt in many cases because they involve either "fundamental research,"  "public domain" information, or are subject to another exemption from export control laws. Failure to comply with these laws exposes those involved, whether faculty, staff and/or students, as well  the university to severe criminal and civil penalties (fines and prison sentences) as well as administrative sanctions  such as the loss of research funding and export privileges. 

GW’s Export Control Policy provides detailed explanations of the export controls regulations and their legal limitations, and examples of export triggers and export-controlled activities. The information provided through this web site is intended to further develop understanding of Export Controls regulations and the procedures designed to promote university compliance.

Support for Travelers

Faculty, Staff and Students travelling abroad who may have any equipment, technology, computers or personal devices with information, data or technology subject to export controls should first contact the IT Support Center at 202-994-4948 or email [email protected] for information and support. Please include the country of destination, any specific requirements in terms of application or systems access and the purpose of the visit. Additional advice is provided by the Guidelines to Mobile Device Security Abroad Handout 

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Training Requests:
Export Control training for departments, labs, projects or individuals is available upon request by contacting Juan Hernandez.

Export Control Questions?
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