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Executive Order Blocking Property of the Government of Syria and Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to Syria

On August 18, 2011, The president signed an Executive Order imposing further sanctions on Syria which include

  • A ban on "new investments" in Syria;
  • A broad ban on exports, reexports, sales, or supplies from the United States or by a U.S. person to Syria of "any services";
  • A prohibition on U.S. imports of, and other transactions or dealings in, Syrian-origin petroleum or petroleum products;
  • A facilitation prohibition on U.S. person involvement, directly or indirectly, in a transaction by a non-U.S. person that would be prohibited as to a U.S. person.

Virginia Tech interprets the ban on services to include providing educational services (including distance learning) to Syrian nationals (including students, in both Syria or in third party countries outside of the United States (e.g., Egypt)), without license from Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC) for the exportation of such educational services.