Export Controls are US Government laws and regulations that control or restrict the release of critical technologies, information, and services to foreign nationals – inside 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 US 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.
VUMC Employees: Please visit VUMC Export Compliance for assistance with matters related to export controls.