Export Controls Compliance at Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University is committed to an open scholarly environment that fosters the creative process and the enrichment of teaching and learning, while ensuring the fulfillment of the University's financial, contractual, and regulatory obligations.  This commitment includes compliance with export control laws, which may impose restrictions on the release or transfer of certain kinds of information, technology, and physical items. 

This website is designed to provide an overview of U.S. export controls that are relevant to a university setting and to help you obtain assistance with questions related to export controls.  

Overview of U.S. Export Control Regulations

U.S. export control laws, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanction regulations potentially impact the research and other activities that Wesleyan performs on a daily basis.  The regulations not only cover exporting or traveling with items overseas, but could require an export license prior to releasing technical information and know-how to certain foreign national employees, professors, students, researchers or other foreign national collaborators. The regulations are complex and it’s therefore important to understand how these rules impact your activities.  For examples, non-technical information, as well as information generated during the course of “Fundamental Research”, as defined under these laws, are excluded from export licensing requirements.

The civil and criminal penalties associated with violating export control regulations can be severe, including administrative sanctions (e.g., loss of research funding), monetary penalties, and imprisonment.  Persons who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or expulsion.

Wesleyan is committed to educating the members of its community on U.S. export control laws and regulations, including their particular application within a university research setting.  This website provides information on training, as well as University export control procedures and reference materials. 

For more information about export controls at Wesleyan, please click the following links:

Export Controls at Wesleyan University: What You Should Know

PI Responsibilities and Export Controls

Export Controls and Visa Petition Reviews

Slides from Export Controls Training Session

Questions regarding export control requirements, including those concerning the legitimacy of any transaction or a potential violation, should be referred to:

Contacts for Sponsored Research:

Carol Scully, Senior Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Grants

Kristin Magendantz, Associate Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Grants

Contacts for Non-Sponsored Research:

David Winakor, General Counsel

Sheryl Culotta, Associate Provost

Mark Hovey, Associate Provost