Federal rules and regulations require Western Michigan University to assure that information, technology, software, hardware, and equipment is not released to foreign persons. The Research Export Control Policy sets forth the means by which the University complies with applicable rules and regulations. The Research Export Control Policy further stipulates the duties and responsibilities for the development, implementation, and oversight to ensure the compliance.
Export Controls applies to all personnel (employees, faculty, students, research staff, contractors, visitors, and collaborators) engaged in research, projects, activities, compensating foreign persons or international travel conducted under the auspices of Western Michigan University whether the activities are conducted on or off campus.
Committee oversight: WMU Office of Research and Innovation
Procedures are currently under review. Please contact the Export Control Officer for assistance.
Examples of export control
Export controls are frequently, but not exclusively, associated with items, information or software within the following general areas:
- Advanced computer/microelectronic technology
- Chemical, biotechnology and biomedical engineering
- Navigation, avionics and flight control
- Nuclear technology
Methods of disclosure include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Access to sensitive laboratories
- Computer data disclosure
- Email communications
- Face-to-face discussions
- Phone discussions
- Fax communications
- Social media
- Tours which involve visual inspection
- Training sessions
Export control forms
- International Visitor Registration Form
- 17-5b Export Control Worksheet: Technology Control Plan – Collaborator
- Department of State—International Traffic in Arms Regulations—ITAR
- Department of Commerce—Bureau of Industry and Security’s Export Administration Regulations—EAR
- Department of Treasury—Office of Foreign Assets Control
Violation—A case study
Violation of export control laws is a criminal matter that may include jail time and substantial fines. It is important to note that violations can be assigned to the individual and not just begin and end with the university, as is demonstrated in the case study here.
- Retired University of Tennessee Professor Convicted of Arms Export Violations
- Retired University Professor sentenced to four years in prison for Arms Export Violations involving citizen of China
- Former University of Tennessee Professor John Reece Roth Begins Serving Four-Year Prison Sentence on Convictions of Illegally Exporting Military Research Data
PSA from Homeland Security
Submit a concern
To submit a concern, use the WMU Reporting Hotline. Choose “Make a Report” at the top of the page.
Export Control Officer