Export Control

SDSU is committed to complying with U. S. export controls laws and regulations that apply to its activities, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations. All individuals working at SDSU who work with, or have access to, export-controlled technical data, information, materials, and equipment should be familiar with and fulfill the requirements of the U.S. export controls laws and regulations.

  • Export controls govern the shipment, transmission, or transfer of controlled items, information and software to foreign persons, entities or countries.  U.S. export controls exist to protect the national security and foreign policy interests of this country. 
  • Non-compliance with export controls can result in severe monetary and criminal penalties against both an individual as well as the university, including the loss of research contracts, governmental funding, ability to export items, and even jail time.

Services we Offer

  • Determine whether the activity is subject to U.S. jurisdiction
  • Classification of the technology or goods involved
  • Work with researchers to develop Technology Control Plans
  • Determine whether embargoes apply or whether any prohibited parties or destinations are involved
  • Determine if a license is needed for the particular technology and particular end-use and end-user
  • If a license is required, apply promptly. Keep records
  • Determine whether any license exemptions or exceptions are available (e.g., public domain, fundamental research, etc.)
  • Provide customized training on various export control topics

Please see the Management Commitment letter

Research Support Services reviews and, if warranted investigates concerns involving research with human subjects, care and use of animals, biological agents, and other research materials. These reports of potential non-compliance can be made by research and facility personnel or by public complaints.

This incident report is for research related activity only. It is not to be used for complaints of sexual harassment or misconduct, personnel issues, workplace violence, criminal activity, etc.

Research Support Services encourages the prompt (24 hours) reporting of concerns and incident reports. Allegations should be detailed, specific and be accompanied by supporting documentation when possible, to allow for a thorough investigation. All concerns will be reviewed regardless of how they are received. Reports may be communicated anonymously by completion of the incident report on this page, by email, telephone or in person.

Report by Telephone: 619-594-0758, The identity of the person(s) submitting the report will be kept strictly confidential.

Report Filed in Person: Contact the Director of Export Control, Gateway Center Room 2530, email: . The identity of the person(s) submitting the report will be kept strictly confidential.

Non Retaliation: San Diego State University prohibits any retaliatory action against individuals who, in good faith, makes a call or written report regarding compliance, or cooperates with an investigation or corrective action.

Submit an Anonymous Incident Report

For information on how to file non-research related complaints, including whistleblower complaints or discrimination/harassment complaints, please contact SDSU’s Office of Labor and Employee Relations at 619-594-6464

SDSU faculty and staff must take steps to assure that they do not violate the export regulations and become personally liable for substantial civil and criminal penalties. The consequences of violating the OFAC, EAR, or ITAR regulations can be severe and can result in administrative, civil, or criminal penalties for the individual and for the institution.

  • State Department (ITAR)
    • Criminal: up to $1,000,000 per violation, up to 10 years imprisonment
    • Civil: seizure & forfeiture of the articles and any vessel, aircraft or vehicle involved in attempted violation, revocation of exporting privileges, fines of up to $500,000 per violation.
  • Commerce Department (EAR)
    • Criminal: $50,000 to $1,000,000 or up to 5 X the value of the export, whichever is greater per violation (range depends on the applicable law), up to 20 years imprisonment
    • Civil: loss of export privileges, fines up to $250,000 per violation or up to twice the value of the export
  • Treasury Department (OFAC)
    • Criminal: up to $1,000,000 per violation, up to 10 years imprisonment
    • Civil: $55,000 to $250,000 fines (depending on applicable law) per violation

Penalties apply to each individual violation, which means that if a violation relates to more than one controlled material or item, or occurs on more than one occasion, each item or incident may trigger a penalty.