USC Office of Compliance

Export Controls

Export Controls


Export control regulations are U.S. laws that regulate the distribution to foreign nationals and foreign countries of strategically important products, services and information for reasons of foreign policy and national security. These regulations apply to actual exports to foreign nationals and countries, and also to disclosures of certain types of data and information to foreign nationals in the United States. The following types of activities are covered by export controls regulations:

  • Participation by foreign national students and university employees in research where the sponsor (usually DoD) attempts to restrict either the output of the research or who may be involved in the research on the basis of nationality
  • Collaboration with overseas researchers or sponsors, particularly where the collaboration will involve foreign travel or the exchange of information with overseas collaborators
  • Exports of equipment to locations outside the United States
  • Visits by foreign nationals to laboratories where controlled research is being conducted

Please click on the links to the left for further information on export control regulations and the types of activities they address.