Export Control

The University of Denver Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is committed to adhering to all applicable export control laws and regulations that pertain to the conduct and dissemination of research. Although most of the research conducted at DU is exempt from export control regulations, we still commit to comply with the regulations.


Does Export Control apply to me?

If you answer "yes" to any of the below questions, export control applies to you

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    Do you work with foreign nationals or foreign entities?

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    Do you have publication restrictions or limitations?

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    Do you travel internationally?

Export Control Basics

Export control laws apply to all activities – not just sponsored research projects. Those activities include:

  • International travel
  • Work with foreign nationals
  • Work with foreign countries
  • Publication restrictions
  • Human resources
  • International students
  • Purchasing from foreign countries or entities
  • University Advancement
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Export Control Policy

U.S. export controls play an important role in support of U.S. national security, foreign policy and non-proliferation efforts. The University of Denver is committed to full compliance with these controls and the policies they support.

The University of Denver engages in a broad range of innovative and important research and scholarship both in the U.S. and abroad. These activities can include the sharing and development of new technologies and research that could be subject to U.S. export control laws. All these activities must be in compliance with U.S. export control laws. Controls can apply broadly, even to preliminary discussions, problem-solving or consulting with foreign persons.

Compliance with these controls sometimes can be complicated, depending on the work you are performing, the participation of foreign nationals, or other special circumstances. Due to their importance for U.S. national security, foreign policy and non-proliferation efforts, U.S. export controls can impose significant penalties for violations. These can include administrative and criminal penalties for an institution and individuals.

With this in mind, the University of Denver has designed its policy and procedures to be as helpful as possible. You are expected to read and understand this policy and related procedures. Should you have questions about the policy or your obligations please contact our office:

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Export Licenses

While the University of Denver’s policy on export controls is based primarily on the need for open access and publication and preserving the protection of the fundamental research exemption, it recognizes there may be times when a license is required when controlled equipment or technology is an important element of a research project. When this is the case, it is imperative that the researcher recognize they are dealing with potentially export-controlled equipment or technology and work closely with ORSP to determine whether a license is needed for the completion of the research project and whether the University will consider applying for one in accordance with its policies.

In the event a license is required, the researcher’s help is critical in determining the classification of the controlled item. This may require the researcher contacting the vendors providing the controlled equipment or technology for their assistance with this determination, as well as negotiation by ORSP. The researcher’s help is also required for preparing the technical aspects of an export license application and for responding to any federal agency questions regarding the research. If a license is granted, there are generally provisos that are part of the license that dictate how the equipment or technology may be used in the course of the research that the researcher is responsible for complying with.

As ORSP is responsible for the management of the University of Denver’s export control issues and any licenses that may be required for University of Denver research, it is imperative that the researcher engage ORSP as soon as an export control issue is identified so they can address the issue in a timely manner so there will be no delay of the research project. This may take several months, so it is imperative to connect with ORSP as early as possible.

For more details regarding the license application process, please visit the Bureau of Industry and Security.