UMass Will Accept Iranian Students, Revising Admissions Approach

The United States and several other nations are negotiating with Iran to halt its nuclear program, which Iran says is for energy needs

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst will accept Iranian students into some science and engineering graduate programs, revising its approach to admissions.

The school had banned Iranian nationals from admission to certain graduate programs in a move that school officials said aligned its policy with U.S. sanctions against Iran.

The decision to revise the university's approach follows consultation with the State Department and outside counsel. 

"This approach reflects the university's longstanding commitment to wide access to educational opportunities," said Michael Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement. "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."

Congress enacted legislation in August 2012 that denies visas for Iranian citizens to study in the U.S. if they plan to participate in coursework for a career in the energy or nuclear fields in Iran.

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