Export Controls

The U. S. Department of State and the U. S. Department of Commerce regulate technology and/or information that is export controlled under either the State Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the U. S. Department of Commerce Export Administration Regulation (EAR.) Export controlled technology and/or information includes activities, items, and information related to the design, development, engineering, manufacture, production, assembly, testing, repair, maintenance, operation, modification, demilitarization, destruction, processing, or use of items with a capacity for military operations. Usually this does not include basic marketing information on function or purpose; general system description, or information concerning general scientific, mathematical, or engineering principles commonly taught in schools, colleges, and universities or information in the public domain.

Under ITAR and EAR regulations it is unlawful to send or take export controlled technology and/or information out the United States; disclose orally or visually, or transfer export controlled technology and/or information to the foreign person inside or outside the United States without proper authorization. A license may be required for foreign nationals to access export controlled technology and/or information. A foreign national is a person who is not a U. S. citizen or permanent resident alien of the United States, and makes no exceptions for foreign students.

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