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Office of the Provost
Fax: 202-885-2173
Leonard, Room Lower Level

Bass, Scott A.

Office of the Provost
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8061

April 20, 2011

 TO:  Deans, Directors, and Department Heads
 FROM:  Scott A. Bass, Provost
 Don Myers, CFO, Vice President and Treasurer
 SUBJECT:  Export Control Policy


In keeping with American University’s commitment to assure due diligence and compliance with the United States federal government export control laws and regulations, this memo informs you of a new posting on the University’s policy webpage. The Export Control Policy and all related documents including a Procedure and Questionnaire document and a Visa Application Questionnaire can be found on the University’s policy page

The export control laws and regulations govern the shipment or exchange of export-controlled materials, services, or information. Exports include not only the shipment or transfer of materials and information to another country, but also the sharing of technical data or information subject to export controls to a foreign national, whether it occurs in the United States or abroad.

In most instances the requirements of U.S. export control laws can be satisfied through reliance on available exclusions, such as exclusions for educational information, and information that is publicly available or in the public domain. However, the export control requirements are complex and they have the potential to impact University activities that include, but are not limited to: research; international collaborations; travel; shipping and receiving materials and equipment; transferring data and providing financial assets; purchasing; obtaining property; and contracting. Non compliance with the export control requirements can result in severe civil and criminal penalties for the University and individuals.

Please review the processes contained in the documents available at regarding the application of export control restrictions. Additional assistance will be provided at a training/Q&A session scheduled for Thursday, May 5th from 10:00 a.m. until noon in the Butler Board Room.