Vanderbilt University Export Compliance
Vanderbilt University’s export compliance team: Supporting your research and ensuring compliance
Export Controls is a group of U.S. laws and regulations that control products, services, and information for reasons of foreign policy and national security. Most people think of an export as a physical item shipped overseas, when in actuality an export is any transfer of an item or information to a foreign country or foreign national. This can occur abroad or within the United States via unexpected routes such as casual conversations, e-mail exchanges, or trainings or services provided to foreign collaborators.
Understanding and interpreting federal export controls is challenging, but Vanderbilt Export Compliance (VEC) serves as a centralized resource for all export control-related activities at the University. We are dedicated to helping VU faculty and staff navigate the myriad rules and regulations associated with routine research activities by offering timely guidance on when export controls apply and when they do not. From providing export license determinations to creating technology control plans, VEC supports campus research endeavors by ensuring the University’s compliance with federal export laws.
Our services are varied and include the following:
- Compliance reviews for visiting foreign scholars (considered “deemed exports”) through the Visa Deemed Export Questionnaire
- Guidance for international travel – via our International Travel Questionnaire – as well as information on loaner laptops and cybersecurity best practices while overseas
- License determinations for shipments of items abroad through our International Shipment Form
- Tailored, in-person trainings and consultations on Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) classifications, as well as ample online trainings and resources to guide you through the process of compliance