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Export Controls Decision Tree

 

A questionnaire to determine whether export controls are applicable to your project

HOW DOES IT WORK?

This tool will walk you through a series of "Yes" or "No" questions that ask about sharing, shipping, transmitting or transferring items, information, or software in the context of your situation.  Your replies will lead to a determination of whether an export control license may be applicable, and will provide guidance on next steps.  

STRUCTURE

The Decision Tree questions are structured conceptually into four general categories and are presented sequentially to assess the following:

  • Is Your Export High Risk?
  • Is Your Export Compliant with Dartmouth's Policy on Openness?
  • Is the Fundamental Research Exclusion Available?
  • Do US Trade Sanctions Apply?

APPLICABILITY

Export controls apply whenever:

  • Tangible items (equipment, components, materials etc.) are being sent or handcarried outside US borders;
  • Regulated ("controlled") technical information or software code is being shared with foreign persons or entities in the US or transferred physically, visually or orally to foreign persons abroad;
  • When items, information or software are intended for a person or organization identified on a US Restricted Party List; or
  • Intended for the design, development, production, stockpiling or use of a nuclear explosive device, chemical or biological weapons, or missiles.

TERMINOLOGY

The Decision Tree content uses terminology derived from US Department of State, Commerce, and Treasury export regulations.  Many of these terms are found in the "Definitions" section of this website, accessible in the "In This Section" column to the right.

ITEMS

Refers to any tangible things, equipment or hardware.

INFORMATION

Can include technical data such as models, formulae, engineering designs and specifications, or technical assistance such as training or instruction.

SOFTWARE

Refers to a collection of one or more computer programs or micro programs in either source code (programming statements) or object code (machine-readable instructions).

DISCLAIMER

This material is adapted from original content found on Stanford University's Export Controls page.  We appreciate Stanford in granting us permission to adapt its content for Dartmouth College's benefit. 

The export control content in the decision tree or on the website may not apply to your specific situation or may be incomplete.  The export control materials do not constitute legal advice. For specific situations, individuals should not act or rely on any information on should seek the advice of the Office of Sponsored Projects, Office of General Counsel or other relevant Dartmouth office responsible for a particular area.

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Last Updated: 4/15/15