The University reverses its decision to ban Iranian students from certain engineering and science classes after consulting with the State Department.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst today announced that it will accept Iranian students into science and engineering programs, developing individualized study plans to meet the requirements of federal sanctions law and address the impact on students. The decision to revise the university’s approach follows consultation with the State Department and outside counsel.
The University bans Iranian nationals from certain science and engineering programs blaming federal laws.
We recognize that our adherence to federal law may create difficulties for our students from Iran and regard this as unfortunate. Furthermore, the exclusion of a class of students from admission directly conflicts with our institutional values and principles. However, as with any college or university, we have no choice but to institute policies and procedure to ensure that we are in full compliance with all applicable laws.
The University of Massachusetts-Amherst asks Cosby, who received a master’s and doctorate in education from the school, to step down as the honorary co-chairman of its fundraising campaign. University spokesman spokesman Ed Blaguszewski:
He no longer has any affiliation with the campaign nor does he serve in any other capacity for the university.