USC Office of Compliance

International Activity

International Activity


USC encourages its faculty and staff to participate in university-related international activities, including international study and research.  USC has several international offices that support the university’s efforts in global recruiting, partnerships with foreign universities, governments, and other institutions, and exchange opportunities.  USC also strives to protect the ability of our faculty, staff, and students to engage in open research regardless of nationality, and to freely share the results of that research, whether orally or in writing.
 
Nevertheless, USC and its faculty, staff, and students must also adhere to a variety of export control and other international laws that may be implicated when engaged in any of the following activities:
 
Research
 
Export control and other regulations may apply when the university and/or a researcher accepts personnel restrictions based on nationality or on the ability to freely share the results of research performed at USC.  Export control issues can also arise when a researcher intends to ship or personally bring technology, technical data, or software source code to a foreign country.
 
Click on the Research link on the left side of the page for additional guidance if any of these apply to your research project.  For additional guidance on travel to countries subject to a U.S. embargo or sanction, click on the OFAC link on the left side of the page.
 
Globalization
 
Individual schools, departments, programs and scholars at USC collaborate with governments, businesses, communities and other institutions of higher learning around the world to develop teaching and research programs addressing global problems.  However, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) prohibits USC or any of its employees from offering anything of value (including cash, gifts, services, charitable and political contributions, loans, travel expense reimbursements, sports or entertainment outings, or hiring) to any person knowing that that payment will be offered to a foreign official for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business.
 
Click on the International Business link on the left side of the page for additional guidance.
 
International Travel
 
Travel outside the United States on university-related business, regardless of purpose, can present a range of legal, data security, and safety issues for faculty, staff, and students depending on where you are going, who is traveling, what you are taking with you, and who you will be working with.
 
In addition, travel to countries subject to economic sanctions under regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC) within the U.S. Department of Treasury (e.g., Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Liberia) may be prohibited or severely restricted.  For international travel guidance that applies regardless of destination, click on the International Travel link on the left side of the page.  For guidance on travel to countries subject to economic sanctions under OFAC, click on the OFAC link on the left side of the page.