Legal Brief: What Is DMA and What Does It Mean to Me?


Enacted through the Ohio Division of Homeland Security, DMA is an acronym for “Declaration Regarding Material Assistance/Nonassistance to a Terrorist Organization.” It was created to provide the state with an additional tool to deter and prosecute acts of terrorism within Ohio.

The DMA is a questionnaire that must be completed by university employees to certify that they have not provided “material assistance” to a terrorist organization as identified on the The U.S. State Department’s Terrorist Exclusion List. DMA is a provision of Ohio Senate Bill 9, which is Ohio’s homeland security and anti-terrorism legislation. The revised version of the bill was signed into law by Governor Bob Taft on Jan. 11, 2006.

Kent State University has incorporated the DMA into current new-hire processes for both classified and unclassified employees through the Division of Human Resources. As there are no exceptions under the legislation, every employee must complete certain DMA documentation to ensure compliance. Completed DMA forms are retained by the university as required by the Ohio Division of Homeland Security.

Further reference information, including a list of licenses subject to DMA and the Terrorist Exclusion List, can be found on the Ohio Homeland Security Web site at

www.homelandsecurity.ohio.gov/dma.asp.

Anyone with questions can contact Joe Vitale from the Division of Human Resources at 330-672-2901.

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