Export Controls

The University of Oregon (UO) values the ability of its faculty and students to engage in research in an open environment. Research is integral to the mission of the University of Oregon, a comprehensive public research university serving the state, nation, and world since 1876. Research underpins the outstanding learning opportunities that are available to students at the University of Oregon and is part of our commitment to exceptional teaching, discovery, and service.

During the course of such open research, faculty, staff and students will likely, at one time or another, intersect with federal regulations that restrict the access, dissemination, or participation in the transfer of items and information regulated for reasons of national security, trade sanctions, anti-terrorism, or non-proliferation policies. Those regulations are called US export control regulations.  The UO is fully committed to complying with all laws and regulations that pertain to the conduct and dissemination of our research, including export control regulations.

When export controls apply - for example, when we receive disclosure-restricted technical information or hand carry items outside the US in our baggage - the export of regulated items, information, or software may require approval from the US Government in the form of an export license. An export license permits "controlled" tangible items or software to be sent outside of the US, or controlled information or software code to be shared with foreign persons, either in the US or abroad. 

Most of the information or software that UO shares with its colleagues and research partners is not export controlled or subject to trade sanctions.  The majority of tangible items that the UO exports, like materials, prototypes, components, or equipment, do not require export licenses since they are generally not destined to countries of concern or to individuals or organizations subject to US embargoes or sanctions. However, all UO personnel are required to demonstrate their due diligence and to document their adherence to US export controls and trade sanctions laws.



“This material is adapted from original content found on Stanford University’s Export Controls Page.  We appreciate Stanford in granting us permission to adapt its content for UO’s benefit.”