The purpose of WVU’s export control program is to ensure that WVU Personnel are aware of and understand the responsibilities for compliance with United States export control laws and regulations.

Since the 1940s, the U.S. has used export control laws and regulations to govern the export of information, commodities, technology, and software that has been deemed strategically important to the U.S. for reasons of national security, foreign policy, or the protection of the economy and commerce. These laws protect U.S. national security, support U.S. foreign policy, control proliferation, and prevent terrorist activities. They also seek to avoid increasing the military capabilities of certain individuals, groups, and foreign countries by controlling defense articles and services and items that can be used for defense purposes to ensure the safety of our armed forces in conflict. Today, more than ever, compliance with these laws is crucial.

While institutions of higher learning generally do not manufacture goods or provide services intended to be widely exported, higher education institutions like WVU do work extensively with technical data, advanced instrumentation and equipment, software, and various types of materials and subject matter that may be subject to export control restrictions. Although there are certain export control exceptions that may apply to institutions of higher learning, universities must comply with all applicable laws and regulations or face severe civil and/or criminal penalties.