University of Massachusetts Reverses Ban on Iranian Science Students

UMass Amherst students on campus.
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UMass Amherst students on campus.

The University of Massachusetts said Wednesday that it would continue to accept Iranian nationals into science and engineering programs at its Amherst campus, reversing a controversial policy change announced last week.

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The change came after university officials consulted with lawyers and the State Department, the school said.

"This approach reflects the university's longstanding commitment to wide access to educational opportunities," Michael Malone, the university's vice chancellor for research and engagement said in a statement. "We have always believed that excluding students from admission conflicts with our institutional values and principles. It is now clear, after further consultation and deliberation, that we can adopt a less restrictive policy."

The new policy was revised to allow Iranian students to develop individualized study plans to meet the requirements of federal sanctions law and address the impact on students.