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The purpose of export control is to restrict the dissemination of technology, goods and information to foreign nationals, countries, banned entities and sanctioned companies.

It is the policy of Coastal Carolina University that all faculty, staff, students, visiting scientists and scholars, and all other persons working at the University, comply with all U.S. laws and regulations as they relate to University activities, including all export control regulations.

View the CCU Export Control Policy for details.

As an accredited U.S. academic institution, the vast majority of the University's activities are shielded from export controls under the Fundamental ResearchEducational Information and Published Information Exclusions.

Fundamental Research must be conducted freely and openly, with no restrictions on publication and no restrictions on the participation or access by foreign nationals. It is the University's long-standing practice to pursue its teaching, research and service missions in a free and open manner, allowing full participation in all educational and research opportunities by all foreign nationals and, further, insisting on the unrestricted dissemination and sharing of research results with the global research community.

In order to ensure compliance with export controls, it is critically important for University faculty, staff and students to identify when their activities may trigger export controls. When export controls apply, individuals must take the appropriate steps to obtain any required governmental licenses, monitor and control access to restricted information and safeguard all controlled materials.

Types of activities that might trigger export control issues:

Research in Export Restricted Science and Engineering Areas
Examples include:

  • Military or Defense Articles and Services
  • High Performance Computing
  • Dual Use Technologies (technologies with both a military and commercial application)
  • Encryption Technology
  • Missiles and Missile Technology
  • Chemical/Biological Weapons
  • Nuclear Technology
  • Select Agents and Toxins (see Select Agents/Toxins list)
  • Space Technology and Satellites
  • Medical Lasers

Traveling Overseas with High Tech Equipment, Confidential, Unpublished or Proprietary Information/Data

Traveling with certain types of high tech equipment including, but not limited to, advanced GPS units, scientific equipment or with controlled, proprietary or unpublished data in any format may require an export license depending on your travel destination.

Traveling with Laptop Computers, Web-enabled Cell Phones and Other Personal Equipment

Laptop computers, web-enabled cell phones and other electronics containing encryption hardware/software and/or proprietary software can require an export license to certain destinations.

In general, an export license will be required to take any items to or through any US sanctioned country (e.g., Iran, Syria, Cuba, Sudan and North Korea).

Use of Third Party Export Controlled Technology or Information

University activities involving the use of export controlled information, items or technology received from outside the University are not protected under the Fundamental Research Exclusion and all research involving the use of export restricted technology is subject to all export controls.

Sponsored Research Containing Contractual Restrictions on Publication or Dissemination

The vast majority of research done at the university is shielded from export controls under the Fundamental Research Exclusion.

Shipping or Taking Items Overseas

University activities that involve the transfer of project information, equipment, materials or technology out of the US by whatever means will be subject to export controls and may require export license(s) depending on the item, destination, recipient and end-use.

Providing Financial Support/International Financial Transactions

University activities that involve the international payment of funds to non-US persons abroad need to be verified to ensure that the University is not inadvertently providing financial assistance to a blocked or sanctioned entity.

Examples include providing support via a subcontract to a non-US university or providing payments to research subjects in other countries.

Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services if your activity involves payment to persons or organizations outside the US.

International Collaborations and Presentations

University activities that involve foreign national faculty, students, staff, visiting foreign scientists or collaborator(s), other foreign entities (e.g., non-US company, university or other organization) or research that will include travel to international conferences to present unpublished results may be subject to export controls, especially if any of the foreign nationals are from embargoed or sanctioned countries.

International Field Work

Research projects where any part of the research will take place outside the US (e.g., field work in another country) may not qualify under the Fundamental Research Exclusion and may be subject to export controls.

International Consulting

Providing professional consulting services overseas, especially to embargoed or sanctioned countries (e.g., Iran, Syria, Cuba, Sudan and North Korea) is, in most cases, strictly prohibited.


This page has been designed to help you understand and comply with the export control regulations. Additional assistance can be obtained by contacting the OSPRS at extension 2978.

Continue to the following pages for further information on U.S. federal export control policies.

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