The Office of Ethics and Compliance celebrates export compliance

November 07, 2019

The University Office of Export Compliance was established in 2013 to provide compliance support for all members of the Penn State community who engage in activities with potential export control sensitivity. Our goal is to enable and encourage international participation and collaboration in all Penn State academic and research programs while ensuring compliance with US export laws, regulations and guidelines and United Nations sanctions and embargoes.  

Our team is comprised of four export compliance specialists from legal, scientific research, education and international health and safety backgrounds. We work together with export-trained staff in the Office of Sponsored Programs to support faculty engaged in international projects.  

We review four main types of foreign transactions:  Foreign Collaborations (including participation in research by foreign faculty, staff and students and research funded by foreign institutions);  Foreign Visitors;  Foreign Travel; andForeign Shipments (examples such as experimental electronics, materials, or biological samples).  We also apply for export licenses and other U.S. Government authorizations when the participation by foreign faculty, staff and students and foreign collaborators is critical for the success of export-controlled research.  

We enjoy working with Penn State’s many innovative and successful researchers. Every day we are privileged to learn about new internationally-focused efforts in areas as varied as bee health; coral reef decline; online cultural engagements with war-impacted populations; data and network security; inexpensive diagnostic tools for underserved populations; and X-ray space telescopes.

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Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week began in May 2005 as a way to help members of SCCE & HCCA to increase awareness of compliance and ethics issues at their organizations. It has since grown to an annual event that is celebrated around the world. Find out more at

Submit your answer to the question below at All correct responses received by 8 a.m. on Nov. 9 will be entered into our daily prize drawing!

Who at Penn State needs to be aware of US export regulations?

a.Only faculty working on classified projects at the Applied Research Laboratory.

b.Faculty at ARL and those in the STEM fields, but not those in Liberal Arts or Business.

c.All faculty, students, administrators and staff at Penn State, as anyone could be impacted by US export regulations.

d.Faculty whose research is funded by the Defense Department, but not those funded by National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, or other US agencies.

e.Faculty, students or staff who are carrying equipment to international destinations, but not other Penn State travelers.

Last Updated November 07, 2019