Countries of Concern


U.S. The Department of the Treasury‚Äôs Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions require governmental approval for all interactions with persons subject to targeted sanctions or located in a comprehensively sanctioned destination. Sanctions are in place to achieve national security and foreign policy objectives. 

The University of North Texas is proud of its international community of students, faculty, and staff. All non-U.S. citizens physically located in the United States on approved visas are approved to participate in the activities for which their visa is approved. UNT must not engage in research activities with people while they are still located in a comprehensively sanctioned destination, unless UNT Research Integrity and Compliance has reviewed the specific situation and received the required governmental authorization for the activity.

Currently there are comprehensive sanctions regulating all services and transactions with persons located in the following places:

  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Syria
  • Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions of Ukraine

The U.S. has targeted sanctions which impact specific people, organizations, and regimes (found on restricted party lists):

  • Afghanistan
  • Balkans
  • Belarus
  • Burma
  • Chinese Military Companies
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Nicaragua
  • Somalia
  • Russia
  • Sudan
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen
  • Zimbabwe

For updated information on each sanction program, review the OFAC website

Reach out to UNT Research Integrity and Compliance if you plan to collaborate with someone located in a sanctioned country. We will help ensure you have the necessary authorizations in place.

Researcher Responsibility

Ensure that all interactions with foreign parties are reported to UNT Research Integrity and Compliance for review. Violations of sanctions can result in civil and criminal penalties for the institution or individuals, such as fines, jail time, loss of export privileges, or loss of federal funding.