University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Comments sought on export control policy

Export controls are federal laws and regulations that restrict the flow of certain materials, devices, and technical information related to such materials and devices outside the United States to restricted foreign countries, persons and entities. Federal agencies regulating exports prefer, and in some circumstances, require that the entity (UND) engaged in exporting these items establish an export compliance program. The University of North Dakota Policy and Compliance Program Manual for United States Export Control Laws and Regulations is intended to satisfy the federal requirements.

This document has been reviewed by the Policy Advisory Group which includes representation from all vice president divisions and EERC.

The final policy document will take into consideration feedback received during the campus-wide comment period.

Policy Statement: The University of North Dakota (UND) requires faculty, staff, students, and persons affiliated with UND to be aware of and comply with UND’s policy and procedures and United States (U.S.) export control laws and regulations.

Export control laws and regulations have a direct impact on what hardware, laboratory equipment, materials, software, technology and technical data that UND can export out of the country by any means and, in certain cases, allow access to individuals working in and visiting its research laboratories. Export control laws and regulations also affect what institutional research partners UND works with during the course of its U.S.-based and international collaborations; how UND disseminates research results and to whom; and travel abroad for teaching and research purposes. Export controls affect all scientific disciplines (regardless of whether the activity concerns sponsored or non-sponsored research) as well as business and service transactions with restricted countries and restricted end users.

Both the institution and individuals are subject to sanctions for violations of export controls laws including the loss of research funding, loss of export privileges, as well as civil and criminal penalties, including imprisonment.

Reason for Policy: UND, as an accredited institution of higher learning, is committed to complying with U.S. export control laws and regulations and UND’s policy is to pursue its mission in teaching, research, and service in a manner consistent with these laws and regulations.

Export control laws and regulations govern how the U.S. government regulates the transmission, transfer or shipment of technology, services, and information to foreign nationals and foreign countries for multiple reasons including: to protect national security; to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; to advance foreign policy, and to promote commercial trade. The U.S. laws and regulations regarding exports restrict the use of, and access to, certain sensitive or controlled technical information, materials, and technology. UND recognizes the importance of complying with all U.S. export control laws regulations and its requirements to do so. UND is committed to full compliance with these laws and regulations.

This policy complies with North Dakota State Board of Higher Education policy 305.1.

To view this policy document in its entirety (including procedures) and to provide comments, visit the Division of Finance and Operations’ policy website:

Contact John Miller, export control officer, if you have questions: 777.2049.

-- Jen Rogers, special projects assistant to the VPFO, 777.4392,

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