Export Controls

Welcome to the Office of Export Controls

The University of Cincinnati is committed to compliance with all applicable export control regulations. The mission of the Export Controls office is to ensure compliance throughout the university by providing services to assist faculty, staff, and students with understanding and adhering to regulations, while facilitating research and international collaboration. The Export Controls office will partner with faculty, staff, and students to deliver efficient solutions that support the academic and research priorities of the university. If you have questions regarding Export Controls please contact Tara Wood at woodt4@ucmail.uc.edu or 513-556-1426.

The U.S. export control regulations are intended to enhance U.S. security—including cyber and homeland security, foreign policy and economic objectives—and to strengthen the United States’ ability to counter threats. Importantly, failure to comply with these regulations can result in personal fines and jail time.
U.S. Export Control System consists of federal laws and regulations that are set forth in the Arms Export Control Act, that regulate the transfer of commodities, technology, software, source code, information, and services out of the U.S. (Export) or to a foreign person within the U.S. (Deemed Export). The regulations are administered by the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the Department of State Directorate of Trade Controls under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the Department of Energy (DOE).

An export can take place in the U.S. or abroad:
  • Actual shipment of an item (either purchased from a 3rd party or developed by UC researchers/faculty/staff/students)
  • A tour of a lab or room with controlled technology, equipment, and items
  • Conversations regarding controlled technology
  • Provide training on how to use an item, equipment, software or tool
  • Send an email with advice or technical data to include drawings and diagrams
  • Provide solution to a problem or a service that involves controlled technology or an defense item
  • Provide the application to situations abroad of personal knowledge or technical experience acquired in the United States
  • Provide training to foreign military or cadet students
  • Travel abroad with UC equipment, materials, samples, etc.
  • Travel to Cuba

Under the EAR, a “Deemed Export” is the release of technology or source code subject to the EAR to a foreign person in the U.S. The EAR defines technology as the specific information necessary for the development, production, or use of a product on the Commerce Control List (CCL) (Supplement No. 1 to Part 774 of the EAR). The term “use” is defined as operation, installation (including on-site installation), maintenance (checking), repair, overhaul, and refurbishing.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Export Controls
University Hall, Suite 300
51 Goodman Drive
PO Box 210567
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0567

Tara Wood
Director, Export Controls