In nearly all instances, the exchange of scientific information or publicly available information does not raise export control concerns. However, the limitations imposed by export control laws and regulations are dependent not only on the type of engagements being considered, but also the individuals, entities, and countries in question.
The U.S. government has identified certain individuals, entities, and countries that may not be engaged by the University without first obtaining a license from the appropriate government agency. The table below provides an outline of the individuals, entities, and countries that are held to a higher level of scrutiny under U.S. export control laws and regulations.
The various U.S. departments responsible for the administration of export control laws and regulations maintain lists comprised of certain "restricted parties." These lists are comprised of individuals, entities, and/or countries that have been identified as having or are suspected of having violated U.S. export control regulations and/or U.S. foreign policy. These lists are primarily maintained by the Department of Commerce, the Department of State, and the Department of the Treasury.
FAU has a responsibility to ensure that it and its community members' carry out the operations of the University in accordance with U.S. export control laws and regulations. This includes assessing whether FAU would be engaging those individuals, entities, or countries identified in the above referenced lists. This assessment is commonly referred to as a Restricted Party Screening (RPS), which should be performed prior to entering any agreement or engaging in any form of transaction. To do so, FAU uses Visual Compliance (see Visual Compliance page for additional information), which is a web-based platform accessible by any person with an email address under the FAU.edu domain name.
When to Perform a Restricted Party Screening
An RPS is to be performed prior to FAU engaging with foreign persons, organizations, or countries. Examples of such instances include, but are not limited to:
- International collaborations for FAU’s engagements (e.g., receiving funding, research, etc.)
- Foreign scholars, representatives, or visitors coming to an FAU-campus
- Visa applicants where FAU will act as the visa-sponsor
- International travel by an FAU community member for FAU-supported activities
- International shipments made by an FAU community member for FAU-supported activities
- International financial transactions for FAU-supported activities