The University of Hawaii System (UH), which includes the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH), is subject to United States (US) export control laws and regulations that protect national security and trade which includes, but is not limited to: (1) International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Parts 120-130), implemented by the US Department of State; (2) Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730-774), implemented by the US Department of Commerce; and (3) Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), which is part of the US Department of the Treasury, and is primarily responsible for administering and enforcing economic and trade sanctions against certain nations, entities, and individuals.
In sum, these laws and regulations control the export of strategic information, technology, and services, to foreign countries, as well as to foreign nationals inside the US. Failure to comply with export control laws and regulations may lead to significant civil and/or criminal penalties which include, but are not limited to, monetary penalties up to $1,000,000.00 per violation; prison term up to 20 years; denial of export privileges; and debarment from US government contracts.
UH faculty, staff and students, as well as RCUH employees (collectively referred to as “UH community”), are likely to come into contact with federal regulations that impose access, dissemination or participation restrictions on the use and/or transfer of commodities, technical data, or the provision of services subject to US export controls for reasons of national security, foreign policy, anti-terrorism or non-proliferation. Therefore, the UH community must be cognizant of US export control laws and regulations and be prepared to take the necessary steps to ensure compliance with said laws and regulations.