Sanctioned and Embargoed Countries

The Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) broadly regulates and restricts transactions with embargoed and sanctioned countries including certain academic collaborations and exchange of research materials and equipment.

The most comprehensive controls apply to: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Crimea Region of the Ukraine.

Travel to these countries, as well as research-related activity and academic collaborations with these countries (whether funded or unfunded), remains tightly regulated and generally requires a Treasury Department (“OFAC”) export license. 

Because these OFAC regulations are complex and violations may result in severe financial penalties to the traveler and to the University, anyone traveling on behalf of CWRU (regardless of nationality or passport used) or wishing to participate in academic collaborations, or provide a service, or engage with any persons or entities within those countries, and/or exchange of research materials, data, or equipment must consult with the University Compliance and Privacy Office.  

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