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Export Controls are a group of federal laws & regulations that control products, services, and information for reasons of foreign policy and national security. Most generally think an export is a physical item you ship overseas. In actuality, an export is any transfer of an item or information to a foreign country or foreign national. This can occur abroad OR within the United States. The transmission can be oral, written, visual disclosure, a shipment, hand-carrying items while traveling, or providing technical assistance.

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 control and, therefore, is committed to complying with U.S. laws and regulations. The Vanderbilt Export Compliance (VEC) office is dedicated to providing assistance and centralized resources for all Vanderbilt export control-related activities.



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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