Compliance with Export Control Laws and Open Access

Statement of Compliance with Export Control Laws

All members of the University community must comply with all applicable export control laws and regulations. Current federal export regulations apply to a wide range of designated controlled items, including materials, services, and information. Exports include not only the shipment or transfer of materials and information to another country, but also the release of technical data or information subject to export controls to a foreign national, whether it occurs in the United States or abroad. Transfer of technical data or information to foreign nationals who are within the United States constitutes a deemed export to the foreign national’s home country. Members of the University community will not:

  • accept terms, in agreements with external parties, that limit participation of foreign nationals in research, that limit access of foreign nationals to equipment used in research, allow censorship of research results, or are otherwise inconsistent with the University’s Policy on Open Research; or
  • ship or carry outside of the United States equipment or information or provide services in violation of export control laws.

Research-Related Procedures Concerning Open Access Plan

Boston University is committed to openness in research—freedom of access by all interested persons to the underlying data, the processes, and the final results of research. Research at Boston University generally should be widely and openly published and made available through broad dissemination or publication of the research results. As evidence of that commitment, on February 11, 2009, the University Council passed a resolution concerning the free and open exchange of scholarship. Openness requires that, in general, Boston University not undertake, on the campus, classified research or research whose results may not be published without prior approval by the sponsor. Openness also requires that no restriction on participation in research be based on country of origin or citizenship. Any exceptions to this must be approved by the associate vice president of research compliance and the University or Medical Campus provost, as appropriate. In considering whether an exception will be permitted, the associate vice president of research compliance and provost shall consider the impact of the proposed restriction, if any, including whether access to controlled data is so centrally related to the research that a member of the research group who was not privy to the controlled data would be unable to participate fully in all of the intellectually significant portions of the project.