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.

As part of our strategic vision to increase international collaboration, KU has implemented export and import internal controls to improve compliance and better support our international mission. Specifically, the University of Kansas has undertaken the following:

  • Established an Office of Export Compliance (“OEC”). The OEC reports to the Office of the General Counsel, and it advises KU faculty and staff on international export/import controls, provides procedural guidance, and implements training to support international activity.
  • Appointed additional Empowered Officials pursuant to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. These Empowered Officials act on my behalf to ensure proper controls are in place for the protection of export-controlled technology in accordance with all applicable regulations and laws.
  • Implemented procedures for international shipping and receiving of material and technical information. Such procedures assist the university in complying with regulations on the transfer of technology and materials, including the transfer to foreign parties in the United States.
  • Defined new roles and responsibilities for export controls on all campuses.  As part of this effort, KU formalized an Export Control Team that includes stakeholders, such as IT Security, Human Resources, International Programs, Research and Administration, Finance, Purchasing, and Compliance.

It is the policy of KU 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.  


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Dr. Douglas A. Girod, M.D.