Export Controls

Export controls are U.S. laws and regulations governing the “export” of certain controlled technologies (equipment, software, information, and services) to foreign nationals, foreign entities, or foreign countries for reasons of national security and foreign policy.

In practice, these rules govern what research instruments, materials, software and technology that we, as a U.S. institution, can export (i.e. transfer) out of the country by any means; and what sensitive items and technology we can share with foreign national individuals (visa holders) studying, researching, working in, or visiting our facilities. These regulations also inform what research, academic, and business partners we engage with to the extent that we must avoid U.S. government-restricted or prohibited entities (entities of concern from a national security, export control, or embargoed-country perspective).

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Statement of Commitment

Boston College recognizes the importance of complying with all U.S. export control regulations and is committed to full compliance with these regulations.

Export Control compliance is an essential obligation for everyone in our community, and following the few simple steps outlined below will help ensure that the College and you, individually, are complying as fully as possible with these regulations.

Do not hesitate to seek guidance on an export control matter.

If you become aware of a potential export control problem, report it immediately to our Export Control Coordinator. The vast majority of export control violations are inadvertent: timely reporting a suspected problem is the best mitigation of an inadvertent violation.

Export Policies