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Export Controls are US Government laws and regulations that control or restrict the release of critical technologies, information, and services to foreign nationals - within and outside of the United States - and foreign countries 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. Beyond shipments, methods of transfer can include verbal or visual disclosures, items hand-carried during travel, or provision of technical assistance or advice.

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 controls and, therefore, is committed to complying with U.S. laws and regulations. Vanderbilt's Export Compliance office is dedicated to providing assistance and resources for all of the University's export control-related activities.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Personnel: please see VUMC Export Compliance for more details or contact their office at vumc.export@vumc.org.

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What is the impact of export controls on daily operations?

Use the survey below to determine whether your activities may be subject to export control regulations.


  • Sponsored projects with restrictions on publication, participation, or access?
  • no
  • yes
     

  • Institutionally funded projects with controlled technology or data?
  • no
  • yes
     

  • Working with foreign nationals in your office or lab?
  • no
  • yes
     

  • Collaboration with foreign institutions or sponsors?
  • no
  • yes
     

  • Travelling internationally? Taking Vanderbilt property with you?
  • no
  • yes
     

  • Shipping a package overseas?
  • no
  • yes
     

  • Foreign national visitors on campus?
  • no
  • yes
     

  • International purchases and payments?
  • no
  • yes
     
  • Your activity may be subject to export control regulations.

    Please contact vec@vanderbilt.edu for guidance and assistance.

  • Your activity is most likely not subject to export control regulations.

    Please navigate this website for more information or contact vec@vanderbilt.edu.

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