The University of Oregon (UO) values the ability of its faculty and students to engage in research in an open environment. Research is integral to the mission of the University of Oregon, a comprehensive public research university serving the state, nation, and world since 1876. Research underpins the outstanding learning opportunities that are available to students at the University of Oregon and is part of our commitment to exceptional teaching, discovery, and service.
During the course of our open research, faculty, staff and students will likely, at one time or another, intersect with federal regulations on international activities. This includes access, dissemination, or participation restrictions on the transfer of regulated items, services, and information to foreign individuals and places. These regulations are called US export control regulations. The UO is fully committed to complying with all laws and regulations that pertain to the conduct and dissemination of our research, including export control regulations.
Most of the items, services, information, or software that UO shares with its colleagues and research partners are not subject to export control regulations or trade sanctions. The majority of tangible items that UO employees send or carry abroad or provide to foreign individuals, like materials, prototypes, components, or equipment, do not require export licenses since they are generally not sent to countries of concern or provided to individuals or organizations subject to US embargoes or sanctions. However, all UO personnel are required to document the actions they take to demonstrate adherence to US export controls and trade sanctions laws.
When export controls apply - for example, when we receive disclosure-restricted technical information or hand-carry items outside the U.S. in our baggage - the export of regulated items, information, or software may require approval from the federal agency in the form of an export license. An export license permits "controlled" tangible items or software to be sent outside of the U.S., or controlled information or software code to be shared with foreign persons, either in the U.S. or abroad.