Survey Finds Almost Half of Universities Allow Visits from Restricted Parties

Posted by Devon Miller

For universities and research institutions, the world of export compliance comes with high risk. Violating EAR, ITAR or OFAC regulations can incur heavy fines, and government agencies and lawsuits continue to increase enforcement for higher education compliance. In countless instances, staff and educators are unknowingly violating trade laws that break compliance and put their organizations at risk.

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Topics: Deemed Exports, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening

Your Questions Answered - University Compliance Screening Survey Webinar

Posted by Devon Miller

Universities and research institutions are required to comply with the same import and export regulations as companies that conduct global trade. In many instances, the staff and educators are unknowingly violating trade laws that could result in heavy fines or imprisonment.

Last month, Amber Road hosted the University Compliance Survey Results: Screening is Up! webinar. This webinar explored The Annual University of Wisconsin-Madison Survey results of 70+ universities and research institutions along with the methodology, observations and considerations pertinent to compliance. The presenters included:

  • Bethany Nelson, Export Control Coordinator and survey author at the Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Gary Barraco, Global Product Marketing Director At Amber Road


We will be sharing the webinar recording soon, but in the meantime both of our presenters answered several important questions from viewers. Here is a preview into the Q&A portion of the webinar:

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Topics: Deemed Exports, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening

Export Compliance for Higher Education and Research Groups

Posted by Joseph Gabro

Companies conducting global trade are well aware of the need to properly address import and export regulations. But often less-known is the requirement for universities and research institutions to also comply with these often complex and thorny rules. And there are so many touch points that leave higher education organizations exposed to potential violations; often the staff and educators don’t realize they are violating trade laws that could lead to heavy fines or imprisonment. That's where Amber Road comes in!

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Topics: Export Management, Deemed Exports, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening, ITAR Compliance

Webinar Q&A: University Export Compliance: Protecting Against Risk

Posted by Courtney Correll

Last month, Amber Road hosted a webinar titled, University Export Compliance: Protecting Against Risk. The presenters included:

  • Tanta Myles, University of Alabama
  • Steve Swanson, Amber Road
  • Scott Parker, Amber Road

Colleges, universities, and research institutions are continuously challenged with maintaining a proper and efficient export compliance program, facing substantial risks if they do not adhere. This webinar highlights our new product, the University & Research Institution edition of Export-on-Demand, which simplifies the entire export compliance process, minimizing risk and protecting regulations. If you would like more information about this solution, check out our press release!

Our presenters provided insightful answers to various questions they received throughout the webinar. We have compiled their answers into a Q&A document - here is a preview:

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Topics: Export Management, Deemed Exports, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening

Upcoming Webinar: Hear How Univ. of Alabama is Protected Against Export Risk!

Posted by Joseph Gabro

If you haven't heard by now, Amber Road just released Export On-Demand University & Research Edition, a platform specifically designed for higher education and research institutions' export compliance. The risks for universities are substantial these days: major fines, imprisonment, loss of funding for projects, and a damaged reputation to name a few. The challenge is…how can one focused on ground-breaking research find the easiest way to ensure the highest level of export compliance? There are just not enough hours in the day, or so it seems.

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Topics: Export Management, Deemed Exports, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening

The Impact of Export Controls on Higher Education and Scientific Institutions

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

It is typical in today’s world that universities are screening students to ensure they are not on any government denied party and admissibility lists. But surveys conducted by Association of University Export Controls Officers (AUECO) show that the majority of academic institutions are challenged with regulatory compliance in multiple areas of their organization, not just student screening. Increased enforcement from government agencies and personal lawsuits have added a costly layer of risk to higher ed compliance. The importance of a holistic compliance program, including a centralized system leveraging technology, has become vital for universities and research institutions.

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Topics: Export Management, Export Compliance, Deemed Exports

Captain Compliance to the Rescue: Simplifying Export Compliance!

Posted by Joseph Gabro

As companies continue to grow, so too do the total shipments and countries in their global supply chain, further complicating existing export compliance processes. Whether it be restricted party lists, export controls, license requirements, or the various regulatory risks exporters face on a daily basis, an automated and configurable solution is needed to make things easier - that's where Captain Compliance comes in!

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Topics: Export Management, Export Compliance, Deemed Exports, Restricted Party Screening

Amber Road Develops Export Compliance Solutions Targeted to Universities & Research Institutions

Posted by Kelsey Barker

Amber Road announced today the release of a focused solution of its industry-proven export compliance software for universities and research groups - and it's all powered by the newest SMB superhero, Captain Compliance

Amber Road’s Export On-Demand University & Research Edition is specifically designed to help colleges or universities with a scientific research program, foreign visiting researchers, foreign students, international research collaborations and overseas campuses manage their export and deemed export compliance programs, license requirements and product classification. The cloud-based solution helps organizations improve operational efficiency, enhance regulatory compliance, and reduce export risks that colleges and universities with scientific research programs face. 

Captain Compliance helps universities and research organizations battle old enemies General Negligence and Private Dawdle - because compliance isn't optional, it's the law.  Learn more about the adventures of Captain Compliance on our new site!

“The move to Amber Road has been a positive change for our institution, mainly because of the reduction in false positive hits while conducting restricted party screening,” said Tanta Myles, Director & Research Compliance Officer at The University of Alabama. “The new university edition is a game-changer for higher education export compliance programs given that the solution is custom built for our needs.”

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Topics: Deemed Exports, Export Compliance, Product Classification

UMass Amherst Reverses Ban on Iranian Nationals in Educational Programs

Posted by LizAnn Nealing

Earlier this month, the University of Massachusetts Amherst made the decision to stop admitting native Iranians into some of their science and engineering graduate programs in an attempt to comply with a federal law. The law states that Iranian students will not receive a U.S. visa if they are studying “for a career in Iran’s petroleum, natural gas, nuclear energy, nuclear science or nuclear engineering fields.”

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Topics: Export Management, Deemed Exports

Intevac Reaches $115,000 Settlement with BIS for Deemed Export Violations

Posted by Colleen Bush

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has reached a $115,000 civil settlement with tech company Intevac, Inc. They committed five violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the first of which occurred in 2007, when Intevac released sensitive material to a Russian national employee for a product used in hard disk drive manufacturing. Intevac did not have the deemed export license required to release the information to that employee and thus, violated the regulation.

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Topics: Export Management, Deemed Exports, Export Violations

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