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Export control office provides faculty, staff with expertise

Do you conduct government-funded research? Do you hire or host foreign nationals? Do you travel abroad for business purposes? Do you ship items internationally?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, export controls may apply, and the Vanderbilt Export Compliance office can help. Export controls are a complex group of laws and regulations that have a potential impact on university operations. An export is more than shipping a box overseas. It can include casual conversations, sending e-mail or even providing training to a foreign national. Knowing when to ask questions and when to enlist help is the best way to prevent inadvertent violations.

“The goal of our office is to raise awareness about the services we offer as well as allow faculty and staff to better position themselves and their research to help Vanderbilt fulfill its mission,” said Gay Nell Krauss, export control officer.

The VEC is on hand to facilitate regulatory compliance while reducing administrative burden. VEC can help determine when export controls apply as well as advise on other export activities and provide customized training for departments. Learn more by contacting VEC at or emailing Andrea Lawrence or Gay Nell Krauss.