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Vanderbilt Export Compliance

Export Controls are a group of federal laws & regulations that control products, services, and information for reasons of foreign policy and national security. Most generally think an export is a physical item you ship overseas. 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. The transmission can be oral, written, visual disclosure, a shipment, hand-carrying items while traveling, or providing technical assistance.

Vanderbilt University is a teaching and research environment dedicated to openness and the free exchange of fundamental research. However, the University recognizes that certain activities may be subject to federal export control and, therefore, is committed to complying with U.S. laws and regulations. The Vanderbilt Export Compliance (VEC) office is dedicated to providing assistance and centralized resources for all Vanderbilt export control-related activities.

Export Controls Compliance Review Decision Tree

What is the impact of export controls on daily operations?

  Yes No

Will equipment, software, chemicals, bio-agents, technology, or data be used that supports military or space applications?


Will there be collaboration with foreign institutions or sponsors?



Will foreign nationals be involved here at Vanderbilt?



Does the activity involve international travel?



Will there be shipment of tangible items abroad?



Does the supporting funding agreement restrict publication, participation, or dissemination?



Is the research information confidential or proprietary national security reasons?



If you answered yes to ANY question, your activity may be subject to export control regulations. Navigate the content on this website for guidance or contact for assistance.

If you answered no to ALL questions, your activity is most likely not subject to export control regulations.