Export Compliance

Why Do I Need To Know About Export Controls?

For national security and foreign policy reasons, the U.S. maintains comprehensive controls and sanctions on the export and re-export of U.S.-origin goods and technology to all destinations around the world.  The legal authority for these controls is authorized by a variety of laws, and administrated by several different government agencies, depending on the nature of the goods to be exported or the country of ultimate destination.  Each administering agency maintains its own regulations.

In the interests of national security, the economy, and foreign policy, the United States regulates the transfer of certain controlled information, materials, software, technology and commodities. The Department of Commerce, Department of State, Treasury Department and other federal agencies regulate these items, which may require university personnel to secure authorization (a license) before the items or information can be exported to another country or shared with foreign nationals working on or visiting our campus.

It is the policy of KU (see letter from Chancellor Girod) to fully abide by federal and state laws and regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Office of Foreign Assets and Control (OFAC), and all other bodies of export and import regulations.

With the full cooperation of all faculty and staff in support of these policies and programs, KU can manage and minimize risks associated with our international mission. Doing so benefits our university, our growing community of partners, and our future leaders. 

When dealing with export controls, ask yourself:

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  • Who are you shipping to?
  • Is this individual or entity (business, university, etc.) on any restricted party list(s) (RPL)?*
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  • Where are you shipping to?
  • Is this country under any U.S. sanctions or control measures?
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  • What is being shipped?
  • Does the item have any Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) or dual-use restrictions?
  • What is the value of the item(s)?
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  • What is the end-use of the item?
  • Is the end-use permissible without a license?


*Restricted Party Screening (RPS) is an essential component of KU's Export Compliance Program. Read KU's policy on Transactions With Restricted Parties.

How to conduct a Restricted Party Search: Amber Road Initial Training (Audio Only)

Additional Export Compliance materials to help you get started:

For more detailed information concerning Export Compliance at the University of Kansas visit:  https://export-compliance.ku.edu/

If you need assistance on export compliance related topics, KU faculty, staff, and students can also receive assistance by sending a message to gos@ku.edu,  by calling one of the staff members, or submitting the webform at this link Export / Security Analysis or Assistance.


Global Operations & Security Staff

National Industrial Security Staff

Office of Global Operations & Security
2029 Becker Dr., Room 139
Lawrence, KS 66047
gos@ku.edu | 785-864-1859

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