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Export Controls at William & Mary

It is W&M policy to comply fully and completely with all United States export control laws and regulations, including those implemented by:

(i) the Department of Commerce through its Export Administration Regulations (EAR),

(ii) the Department of State through its International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and

(iii) the Treasury Department through its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Although most typical academic research activities are not subject to export control regulations, there are certain conditions under which the export of a technology (including technical data and know-how) either is prohibited or requires a license.

The Purpose of this Website

This website is intended to provide information and support for W&M researchers.  The links on these pages will take you to practical information and tools for identifying and addressing export control compliance issues germane to research at W&M.  As a useful starting point, we recommend use of Stanford University's Export Controls Decision Tree, which has been widely adopted as a national standard by US academic institutions.  We appreciate Stanford's grant of permission to use its content for the benefit of W&M.  

Export control issues are treated on a case-by-case basis, and resolution of these issues is dependent on the specific facts of the case.  Questions regarding export controls at W&M should be addressed to the W&M Sponsored Programs Office, VIMS Office of Sponsored Programs, or to the W&M [[snvasquez, Export Control Officer]].


1.      We will assist you in complying with export control laws, but the primary responsibility rests with the Researcher.  Do not provide incomplete information in the hope that the university will give sanction to activities that violate export control laws.  The ultimate responsibility is yours, and the penalties for breaking the laws can be severe.

2.     Note that the definition of "export" includes disclosing technical information to foreign nationals, whether abroad or in the United States.