US Export Controls - Responsibilities of Faculty, Staff and Students

DDD Memo: University's Policies Regarding Compliance With U.S. Export Controls: Responsibilities of Faculty, Staff and Students

This memorandum updates the University of Florida's policies on compliance with U.S. export control laws and regulations and reminds the University community of the importance of these federal requirements, which apply to individuals (e.g., faculty, staff and students), as well as to the University itself. Violations are subject to significant criminal and civil sanctions (including the potential of prison and fines for individuals and fines for the institution), loss of federal contracting privileges, loss of export privileges, and damage to reputation.

Foreign Collaboration or Travel Screening - FOR U.S. LAW COMPLIANCE

If you plan to collaborate with persons or entities abroad, or to travel abroad, or to have visitors or collaborators from abroad, or who are foreign nationals, in any University of Florida capacity or with UF funding, facilities, items or materials, complete the Fundamentals of Export Controls and Trade Sanctions and Embargoes for Research Universities document first and follow the instructions to ensure compliance with U.S. export controls, trade sanctions, embargoes and anti-terrorism laws. 

Contact Marsha Pesch (352-392-2369 or in the Division of Research Compliance (DRC) if you have any questions.

UF Export Control Regulations

Prior to shipping, transmitting or transferring certain sensitive items, technology or software to foreign persons or entities you need to check with the UF Division of Research Compliance Export Controls. The International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) provides general guidance on what items, technology or software are export controlled.

Animal and Plant Inspection Service by USDA

Prior to importing animal and/or plant material you need to check USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website for information.

Embargoed Countries

Due to recent State of Florida law developments, members of the UF community who will be traveling to any "embargoed country" must contact Dean Leonardo A. Villalón at the UF International Center and review the Export Control Complaince Program before:

  • departing, or
  • committing to payments or paying for travel or travel-related costs with funds from any source (federal, private, state or other) that pass through any UF account (including at the UF Foundation).

Federal and state law impose restrictions on activities and travel involving these countries. A state statute prohibits use of any funding (from any source: federal, private, state or other) that passes through any UF account (including the UF Foundation) for travel and travel-related costs to or in embargoed countries.  Dean Villalón seeks to assist members of the UF community to avoid problems and personal expense under these laws, while achieving their work objectives if possible