Office of
Sponsored Programs

Export Control Training

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) offers training to university employees (faculty and staff) on US laws and regulations for export control as it applies to academic organizations.  The aim is to provide understanding and awareness to be fully compliant with Stevens’ export control policies. These resources include written and web-based material, formal and informal course offerings and individual consultation.

OSP Export Control Compliance provides training for all faculty, staff and students involved in conducting and/or supporting restricted research and periodic awareness training tailored to specific college, department, center and administrative unit needs.  OSP requires that all researchers who work on projects that access controlled technology take “WeComply” (an online module) as well as attend the “Restricted Research” training every other year.  OSP recommends that all faculty and staff who are involved in research take the “ITAR Familiarity & Awareness” training at least once in a three year period.  Training will be offered four (4) times per year for convenience.  Please review the following training descriptions to determine which session is best for you. 

A.    WeComply

B.     ITAR Familiarity & Awareness

C.    Restricted Research

 “WeComply” (Course A) training will, upon registration, provide desktop training available at your convenience during the day and at home with internet capability.  “ITAR Familiarity & Awareness” (Course B) and “Restricted Research” (Course C) presentations will be held near our new location, EAS, 3rd Floor, Office of Research.

Dates/Times: (All times are subject to change and cancellation with notice to registered participants.)

·         December 11, 2013     Course “B” 10:00 – 11:00am; Course “C” 2:30 – 3:30pm

·         March 5, 2014             Course “C” 10:00 – 11:00am; Course “B” 2:30 – 3:30pm

·         June  11, 2014             Course “B” 10:00 – 11:00am; Course “C” 2:30 – 3:30pm

·         September 17, 2014    Course “C” 10:00 – 11:00am; Course “B” 2:30 – 3:30pm

Special sessions can be set up at any time.  Please contact Steven Berhang, University Export Control Compliance Officer, OSP, EAS Bldg.  [email protected],  or 201-216-3464.  All sessions can be tailored as required.




Course Offerings:

A.    “WeComply” Training Description – 35 minute with a quiz

This 35-minute course provides an overview of U.S. export controls and the most common "red flags" — situations presenting a risk of export-control violations. It includes news clippings and a Knowledge Check highlighting real-world compliance issues that employees should learn to recognize and deal with appropriately.

The topics covered in the course include Overview of export controls; Export control agencies; What is an "export"? Defense exports under the ITAR; Commercial exports under the EAR; Anti-boycott and embargo rules; Recordkeeping and reporting; Red-flag issues and Penalties.

B.     “ITAR Familiarity and Awareness” Training Description:  45 minutes plus questions

Training addresses the university population not directly involved in sponsored research, but supports faculty, and/or administrative staff inclusive of OSP, Finance, Security, Procurement and HR who should have an adequate understanding of export controls and how the various departments interact with research at Stevens.

It will include a top level understanding of ITAR, EAR and OFAC; the University role in Export control and why it is necessary; the sanctions; what is an export, who are foreign persons; understanding what it means to have a University with such a diverse composition of nationalities.

C.    “Restricted Research” Training Description:  One hour including questions

Training for researchers who are engaging in export controlled (ITAR, EAR) restricted research projects that require a Technology Control Plan.  This training is targeted at project specific requirements for safeguarding export-controlled research and the security protocols that must be followed.

This training targets investigators who, on the basis of engaging in export controlled research require fundamental understanding of export controls. 

It will delve into significant detail involving: ITAR, EAR and OFAC; Understanding the University role in Export control and why it is necessary; Understanding the sanctions, the fines, the potential imprisonment; Understanding what is an export, who are foreign persons, understanding what it means to have a University with such a diverse composition of nationalities; What is the significance of fundamental research, open publication, and no access restrictions; What are University Exemptions, how they must be protected or they will be declared null and void; What are the red flags in every day operations; When to obtain a Technology Control Plan; The future with potential classified programs and the Role of the OSP.