The United States has had federal laws restricting the export of goods and technology since the late 1700s and the current laws have existed since the 1970s. Over time, however, attention to export controls has increased due to heightened concerns about homeland security, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and leaks of technology to U.S. economic competitors.
Laws and regulations constituting export controls govern the shipment, transmission or transfer of certain sensitive items, information or software to foreign persons or entities, including when that transfer occurs on Bucknell’s campus. Those laws sometimes require that Bucknell obtain a license from the U.S. government before making the “export.”
Most of the technology, information or software that Bucknell exports – either by shipping it to another country or by sharing it with its foreign national colleagues and students – is not of a nature that would be restricted for these purposes. Failure to adhere to export control requirements when they are applicable, however, could result in severe sanctions for both Bucknell University and the individual involved in the export, including administrative sanctions (e.g., loss of research funding), monetary fines up to $1 million, and imprisonment up to twenty years.
Bucknell is committed to educating the members of its community on the application of U.S. export control laws and regulations within a university setting. This website is meant to provide a basic understanding of export control requirements so that you can identify situations where you require input and advice.