Export Control Policy

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Policy Type: 
University Policy
Policy Owner: 
Chancellor's Office
Responsible Office: 
General Counsel - 828.251.6821

I. Purpose and Scope

Federal law limits the export of certain technologies, including both actual equipment and knowledge about the equipment and processes. The list of technologies extends beyond military items and can include seemingly innocuous items such as laptop computers. The list of restricted destinations also extends beyond the obvious countries, and includes transfer of knowledge to individuals from certain countries, that may actually be in the U.S. on legitimate visas.

All institutions of higher education and their faculty, staff, and students must comply with these laws. In case of violation, criminal sanctions (including substantial fines and even prison terms) can be applied.

II. Policy

The University is committed to fully complying with all federal laws and regulations. Each employee is expected to support this commitment and is responsible for being aware of his or her obligations and addressing them in a prompt and pro-active manner.

Under no circumstances should the export of controlled commodities or information take place contrary to U.S. export control regulations. Sponsorship of University operations/functions by any agency of the U.S. federal government does not mitigate, supersede, or remove the University’s responsibility to adhere to U.S. export control laws.

While export regulations affect many activities at the University, the following is a non-exhaustive list of situations that could trigger export control regulations:

  • Shipping tangible items internationally
  • Sharing proprietary, confidential, or otherwise restricted information or software code with foreign nationals at UNC Asheville ("deemed" exports)
  • Sharing proprietary, confidential or otherwise restricted information or software code with a destination outside the U.S.
  • Interactions with countries or organizations/individuals from a country currently subject to sanctions or an embargo
  • Hand carrying laptops, cell phones containing certain microprocessors, and other equipment while traveling to foreign destinations
  • Exporting or importing an item that has been designed, developed, configured, adapted or modified for a military application.

In these situations, the University has a responsibility to either:

  • Obtain an export license and document the process properly; or
  • Determine that no export license is required and document this determination properly; or
  • Determine that while an export license is required, an exception to that requirement exists and document this determination.

The University will assist any member of the University community in complying with export control laws, including pursuing licenses from U.S. Government agencies, where appropriate. Inquires for export control related concerns should be directed to the University Export Control Officer in the Office of Sponsored Scholarship and Programs.