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Vanderbilt Export Compliance is now part of the Research Integrity Program in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

Vanderbilt University is committed to an open teaching and research environment so that ideas can be published and exchanged freely among faculty and students. However, instances may arise in which some Vanderbilt research or activities will involve the transfer of technology, information, materials or equipment that are subject to regulation and restriction under federal export control laws. The Vanderbilt Export Compliance (VEC) office is here to assist faculty and staff navigate and understand the various export control laws and regulations as they relate to their work at Vanderbilt.

Transactions That May Trigger an Export Control Issue

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  • Shipping equipment to a foreign country?
  • Collaborating with foreign colleagues in foreign countries?
  • Hosting Foreign Visitors on campus?
  • Exposing foreign nationals to research labs?
  • Training of students (foreign nationals on research protocols or equipment)?
  • Working with a foreign country subject to US embargo?
  • Sponsor approval rights over publication?
  • Sponsor limit on participation of foreign students?
  • Hiring a Foreign National? Visa Deemed Export Questionnaire
  • Traveling overseas to attend a conference?


Frequently Asked Questions

What is an export?

What is export control?

Who oversees export control regulations?

Who is responsible for export compliance?

What do I need to know?

When should I contact VEC?

Can I take my Vanderbilt-owned laptop, PDA, or other electronic device on foreign trips?

Do export controls apply even when no publication or citizenship restrictions are associated with my research?

Can classes or courses be subject to export controls?

How long does it take to get an export license?

I purchase equipment and supplies for faculty member in my department, is there anything I should do to help prevent possible export control violations?

Where else can I find export control guidance?