Federal laws contain numerous restrictions on the export of items, technology, and software. These rules can affect the research programs conducted by faculty, staff, and students at Indiana University.This provides a general overview of the rules that researchers must consider in their work.
The export control regulations of the Department of Commerce impose restrictions on some types of University research and activities primarily for national security purposes. In addition, the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations ("ITAR") apply to the export of munitions and defense related technology. Finally, the Office of Foreign Asset Control ("OFAC") is responsible for enforcing embargoes on shipments and interactions with certain embargoed countries (e.g., Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria) and certain prohibited activities (diamond trading, nuclear non-proliferation, terrorism, and narcotics trafficking). All of these restrictions can trigger serious penalties, and must be considered by researchers. Below, this summary provides additional information regarding the export control regulations.