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UMass Amherst Bans Iranians from Certain Grad Programs


February 17, 2015
by Suada Kolovic
In an increasingly competitive job market, more and more students are considering graduate school as a means to achieving their goals. With that being said, the decision to go is not one to be taken lightly. These programs require a lot of time, work and effort to complete. So if you're still interested in pursuing a post-baccalaureate education after serious consideration, there are a few other obstacles to consider: cost and aid available, job placement and being barred from certain programs due to your nationality. Wait, what?

In an increasingly competitive job market, more and more students are considering graduate school as a means to achieving their goals. With that being said, the decision to go is not one to be taken lightly. These programs require a lot of time, work and effort to complete. So if you're still interested in pursuing a post-baccalaureate education after serious consideration, there are a few other obstacles to consider: cost and aid available, job placement and being barred from certain programs due to your nationality. Wait, what?

According to The Boston Globe, the University of Massachusetts Amherst will no longer accept Iranian students into its graduate programs in chemical, computer and mechanical engineering, along with the natural sciences. But why? The university cites as the basis for its decision U.S. sanctions on Iran, which make Iranian citizens ineligible for visas if they seek higher education in preparation for careers in Iran’s energy sector or any field related to nuclear power. After the policy received nationwide criticism, UMass Amherst removed all reference to its graduate program policy from its website. "We recognize that our adherence to federal law may create difficulties for our students from Iran and regard this as unfortunate," the university said in a statement to The Huffington Post. "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." (For more on this story, click here.)

What are your thoughts on UMass Amherst’s sanctions on Iranian students? Do you think it’s fair or irrational? Do you think other prestigious universities will follow suit? Or do you think UMass Amherst will reverse its stance in the coming weeks? Share your thoughts in the comments section. And if you’re seriously considering graduate school, head over to our After College section. While you’re there, don’t forget how expensive a graduate degree can be. Conduct a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com, where you’ll get matched with scholarships, grants and other financial aid opportunities that are unique to you!

*Update: As of February 18, 2015, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has reversed its decision to bar Iranian students from some of its graduate programs.

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Captain America  on  3/10/2015 8:41:36 PM commented:

I think these measures are ridiculous.

Nakisis M.  on  2/27/2015 7:56:25 AM commented:

bigots and discriminate against other groups of people without recognizing that the problem lies in us as well. This ban is disrespectful and not prosed for the intentions it is supposed to be. Also, if you place this ban on a certain minority you have to ban the guilty majority as well. Let's just stop the ignorance.

Nakisis M.  on  2/27/2015 7:54:44 AM commented:

If UMASS was making this decision based on the reasons they state I would accept it. But, I have firsthand knowledge that the UMASS Amherst staff is extremely discrimatory of Muslims and those who originate in that nation. This fact cannot be denied as usually Muslim Amherst students have distastefully low financial aid turn outs. If a White, Black, and Muslim student at the UMASS university system collectively were to have the same credentials as the two other students they would be a) denied from scholarship or b) given a lower dividend of money. I understand the meaning that their statement conveys but the reasons they are banning Iranians for are inconsistent with their actual meanings. If they can do that for the reasons they say then would it be forward to ban all white males from these programs as well because historically white males have committed more acts in terrorism than Iranians or any other group of people. This ban is just another way for Americans to continue to be...

Anonim  on  2/24/2015 8:25:16 PM commented:

Stop Iranians from getting its nuclear power! This nation of ayatollah and mullahs who's just crazy and coward , I hope not all Iranians are fanatics but most of them hope to destroy America.

Mary N.  on  2/24/2015 6:25:36 PM commented:

I am in full support of theirl decision and disappointed they caved to the pressure of public criticism. Why should a university be pressured to change their policy because of public opinion? Public opinion should not have so much power and influence over any decision. Who is running your university?? Giving power to opposition is a dangerous thing. Those of you who think this is racist, think about all those who died on 9-11 in my city, and the thousands of soldiers who have died. Oh and how they love to burn OUR flag! They hate - that's what they do. So you can love them all you want, but it won't change anything. The terrorism begins and ends with them.

 on  2/23/2015 10:51:20 AM commented:

Thank you U Mass for having the guts to stand up for what is safe and right. Remember Nazi Germany and how the US did nothing and then suffered the bombing of Pearl Harbor which became a wake up call to all and we were able to defeat the Nazis and Japanese Imperialists. If not, we would all be Nazis now and most of us would be dead. Be safe and not sorry should be the key and all US schools should follow the example of the U of Mass. Amherst. Thank YOU!

 on  2/22/2015 7:30:55 PM commented:

Why should we be education a nation of people who can then use this information to harm us? Whe are we going to get serious about protecting what we have all worked so hard for. The terrorist infiltrate America so easily with our open door policies and look where it gets us. I say we limit all international students in the way they use our resources and then just leave. Shouldnt we educate our students and help them pay instead of worrying about other countries children?

 on  2/22/2015 6:09:21 PM commented:

The graduate programs listed more than likely have research funded by and for the Department of Defense. Most universities have several such programs. the DOD obviously doesn't wanna let iranians in on out defense research. this is totally understandable yet unfortunate for iranian students seeking higher education.

 on  2/22/2015 12:08:56 PM commented:

I think it is unfair. We are all people. We should all be treated equally. Does it really matter where people come from? They should get the same opportunity as we are.

 on  2/20/2015 3:46:32 PM commented:

Good call by UMass Amherst. This is a very good decesion and one that has the potential of stopping terrorism around the world. Iran, a hotspot for terrorism, has been proven to have the power to create weapons of mass destruction. UMass' decision to stop educating Iranians in subjects that have the potential of creating weapons of mass destruction is a good idea that all other schools should also adopt. Anyone who says that this decision is racist has their head in the sand to the current situation of the world and the threat of mass destruction within it from radical Islamists and countries harvesting radical Islamists.

 on  2/20/2015 11:13:18 AM commented:

This is terrible all these people who agree is just stupid. If you can't see pass your hatred, can't see pass peoples nationally, and just have too much pride in a country your just a nobody

 on  2/20/2015 11:13:14 AM commented:

This is terrible all these people who agree is just stupid. If you can't see pass your hatred, can't see pass peoples nationally, and just have too much pride in a country your just a nobody

 on  2/20/2015 2:01:17 AM commented:

it sucks that America can't seem to get past racism

 on  2/19/2015 10:04:30 PM commented:

disgusting lmao. was accepted, glad i didn't go, glad i got my doctorates at a QUALITY SCHOOL!

 on  2/19/2015 1:45:11 PM commented:

This is stupid and racist. It has been confirmed that Iran is not holding nuclear weapons and Iran never committed any terrorist attacks on us. Banning individuals from pursuing certain professions just because they are of a certain nationality makes no sense. How can we guess what a persons intentions are when we never even take the chance to meet them to begin with.

 on  2/19/2015 1:07:39 PM commented:

Bravo UMASS!I completely agree with this decision.

 on  2/19/2015 9:08:24 AM commented:

Having several friends and relatives in the upper military ranks and have been deployed, you cannot tell who may or may not be a target for swaying to the radical side. I agree that blocking Iranians or anyone chosing to study in America who is from a "hot zone" country, from learning technology that could be used against us is a logical self-preservation measure. I have a question for those who think this is unfair: HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE AMERICANS AND THE AMERICAN GOVT EDUCATED AND TRAINED NATIONS WHO HAVE TURNED THIS INTO TERROR AGAINST THE U.S. OR Other nations? Just my opinion - Lightfingers3

 on  2/19/2015 8:11:11 AM commented:

Is this an appropriate article for scholarships.com? It doesnt seem consistent with the purpose of this website.

 on  2/18/2015 10:23:11 PM commented:

This is terrible and racist.

 on  2/18/2015 10:17:11 PM commented:

I love how many people confuse the worlds enemies with America's enemies. Iran is only anti-US because of repeated attempts to destabilize their country with no regard for the citizenry. The most recent attack (recorded) was a joint US-Israeli attack on their nuclear centrifuges using the stuxnet virus. America has over 1000 military bases in the world. The justification for this neo-imperialism is the protection of the American citizenry from their enemies. Two points on this. Firstly, the grievances are almost always against the American Government. Secondly, if you are in a position in which you need to spend more on defense than the next Tweny-Six Countries COMBINED in order to protect yourself, you may have to take a look at who the world's enemy is. Nestor Makhno

 on  2/18/2015 9:33:48 PM commented:

Just because people don't like the law doesn't mean it shouldn't be enforced. That being said, most Americans don't like the "Affordable Care Act" law (an oxymoron in itself), but we all know it will be enforced with very serious penalties. If this law upsets some Iranian citizens, who cares? They're not even American citizens, but they have to abide by our laws while in America. if some Americans are upset by it, move to Iran, abide by their laws and see what kind of education they allow you to get there. Elizabeth R.

 on  2/18/2015 8:52:00 PM commented:

We are finally taking steps to protect ourself and NOT teaching them how to kill us! About time we end this madness!

 on  2/18/2015 6:34:50 PM commented:

I agree with the ban. Until radical Islam is marginalized and the people of Iran and all Muslim nations stand up to the bullies that are trying to radicalize all of Islam; it is in our best interest to provide sanctions that will motivate Islam to prove the veracity of the claim that Islam is a peaceful religion. In the alternative, Islam must be encouraged to put into effect programs that will provide incentive to help the disaffected youth and those living in poverty to have an option in their lives other than becoming martyrs for Islam.

 on  2/18/2015 6:13:26 PM commented:

You have an avowed enemy to western civilization in Iran. They do intend to destroy the only non-Islamic ally in the region. They have promised it on multiple occasions. It is naive to think that every western nation has to accommodate the educational needs of societies that hate our way of life and if given the chance would oppress females and all non-Muslim Americans. They would seek to destroy the freedoms Americans fight and die to protect and implement totalitarian rule. Of course it is not necessarily the agenda of every Iranian Muslim individual, but I think it is completely fair to say that some societies are wholly incompatible with others and forcing them together under the idealism of progressivism is immoral. Multi-cultural America is divided, perhaps irreparably. Show me another example of a society that has embraced multi-culturalism vs. assimilation and has moved forward in unity and peace. Iranians, there is a cost to your nation's hostilities toward the west. Pursue your education in your own region where your ideas are acceptable and compatible. Make your own country great. You do not need an American to do that.

 on  2/18/2015 4:58:44 PM commented:

Definetly not the only school to get a good education so if they want to play that role of "we don't want a potential terrorist" but we can have a potential "school shooter" they can. Education in the USA is getting worse. Terrorist Organizations have money and if they were really trying to get an education for an individual for terrorist acts im sure some top school of Europe would get them as a student and get paid out of pocket. Not some party school in the wilderness of Massachusetts

 on  2/18/2015 4:16:15 PM commented:

Iran is sending the best of the best to learn to be a better terrorist. IRAN IS NOT OUR FRIENDS.

 on  2/18/2015 3:21:33 PM commented:

What's the big deal? It's not like Iran does not have a master or doctorate program in chemical mechanical or anything relevant. That's a stupid decision based on discrimination I would not have expected this kind of behAvior from a university.

 on  2/18/2015 2:54:44 PM commented:

WTF you might as well ban polish americans from studying german. How can a human being tell another human being they cant further their education because of their nationality. UMass just lost me as a potential student.

 on  2/18/2015 2:37:53 PM commented:

Good decision!

 on  2/18/2015 1:59:35 PM commented:

As a current UMass Amherst student, I am conflicted on the ban. Obviously the University must adhere to the government's laws, but education should be available to any and all who are willing and able to pursue it.

 on  2/18/2015 1:37:37 PM commented:

I'm all for the ban! I think that there shouod be a complete ban in all schools for the foreign students from all these countries that are working against American interests in all degree programs. Cptkirk

 on  2/18/2015 12:46:19 PM commented:

So we have a number of Conservative diehards on the right, hiding behind internet anonymity , some being stereotypical jackasses trying to act tough, and act as if a number of things that actually aren't occurring are what they are. Then there's the left, which I honestly see a far more rational, or at least calmed approach in the situation. Honestly, I doubt it's an effective solution. Yes, I understand that being an Iranian citizen can be suspect, but let's not be stereotypical: Not all Iranians are going to go back to Iran to fuel their country's current policies, but not all Iranians are going to stay in the US for the country's benefit. Really, it's once again a question of is it fair to punish all for the actions of an indeterminable percent, but extremely unlikely to be a majority or a population. Honestly, I say no, but to those who will answer on either side, at least give a decent explanation as to why you think so instead of spewing what accounts to learned and recited political jargon.

 on  2/18/2015 12:35:36 PM commented:

this is ridiculous. punishing the citizens is not the way to do it. education should be available for anyone who wants it. and besides, those students have left their country to come here. are we banning japanese students? no. are we banning other middle eastern students? no. everyone has a right to education and they should not be turned away from it just because of where they are from. the world needs more people in the math and science fields so why are universities turning away the future?

 on  2/18/2015 11:56:19 AM commented:

This is absolutely fair! This is IRAN we are talking about. Wake up na?ve Americans and students!

 on  2/18/2015 11:55:05 AM commented:

I wish all colleges and universities would make decisions such as this that support America.

 on  2/18/2015 11:50:37 AM commented:

As an undergraduate from the Commonwealth Honors College, I could not agree more with the decision made by the University of Massachusetts to institute policies and procedures to ensure being in full compliance with all applicable laws. And I sincerely hope that the University will NOT change that policy. Diane L Provost

 on  2/18/2015 11:50:12 AM commented:

Woo hoo!!! I stand behind that school.

 on  2/18/2015 11:49:11 AM commented:

The least effective way to punish the Iranian regime is to punish its citizens. These students have left their country to gain an education in the United States. Many hold unfavorable views on their home country. May thirst for freedom. Intellectual sanctions do not work; they only punish the innocents. Economic sanctions are by far more effective. I feel that UMass is incorrect in barring Iranian students from certatin grad programs.

 on  2/18/2015 11:23:55 AM commented:

Iran is an enemy of the United States and the biggest threat to world peace. If they get the bomb get ready for WW3 folks. Even if this wasn't the law every college and higher ed institution should still ban iranians from obtaining the tools and knowledge to build a nuclear bomb.

 on  2/18/2015 11:17:30 AM commented:

Great decision. If the administration will not limit or stop immigration from Iran, and continue to allow them to develop their nuclear weapons, and supply the worlds enemies with weapons to kill non believers, this is a tiny step in the right direction. All universities must join in. We educate people here in the US so they can use what they have learned to kill non believers.

 on  2/18/2015 11:16:54 AM commented:

May not be very PC, but I agree with their decision and applaud their courage in taking this stance. Following the law of the land is not in vogue these days. (Immigration) It is not "cherry picking" as someone down below points out. The Civil Rights Act offers those protections to American Citizens, not foreigners.

 on  2/18/2015 11:12:09 AM commented:

For all the people who say that this is to protect Americans, all the 9/11 Hijackers were Saudis and Egyptians. We allow people from those countries in our universities yet we want discrimination against Iranians, even though they had nothing to do with 9/11.

 on  2/18/2015 10:35:13 AM commented:

Kudos UMASS! And I hope other universities follow suit. I'm tired of seeing the US sold off piece-by-piece to the highest bidder, so it's nice to see a bit of a backbone and a door slammed shut! Liberals, bleed your hearts elsewhere!

 on  2/18/2015 10:26:42 AM commented:

I agree with UMass Amherst and I hope other schools follow suit. Better safe than sorry. Are Americans treated fairly over there. I think not. Wake up America. It is time to take care of our side of the globe!

 on  2/18/2015 10:24:06 AM commented:

Absolutely a fair decision! We sure DONT need to be providing out Wnemies the education to later blow is up!

 on  2/18/2015 9:49:20 AM commented:

I agree wholeheartedly with UMass Amherst. Educating Iranian students with our technology which they will take back to their country to expand their nuclear interests is not a good idea. It is not about discrimination of race, it is about protecting the US and other countries.

 on  2/18/2015 9:14:06 AM commented:

U Mass has overstepped their boundaries. They are in direct violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. They are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of national origin in higher education. Period.

 on  2/18/2015 9:13:59 AM commented:

lol. That's what they used to say about black people. Amherst has a history of racism. WAKE UP people. Law is the veil.

 on  2/18/2015 9:08:51 AM commented:

Civil Rights Act is for American Citizens. I agree that everyone deserves an education, and of course human rights are paramount in any conversation, but the right to be educated for any particular purposes is not a global right. The United States offers these rights to our citizens.

 on  2/18/2015 8:40:07 AM commented:

They would not like to study in the country of the great satan anyway. I dont like to see the Iranians unable to enter these programs, but if the majority of them become instruments of the Mulah regime after graduation, something needs to be done. Our system should work on the principle of reciprocity, for countries that allow our students study and learn in their universities, we should do the same but for those that imprison our people as soon they walk across their borders, I dont know. I feel bad for the Iranians, they are smart people, but their government is very anti american.

 on  2/18/2015 8:35:16 AM commented:

Absolutely agree...All institutions of higher learning should follow suit and stand behind our Country's fight against those that oppose our way of life.

 on  2/18/2015 8:25:37 AM commented:

If UMass Amherst is doing this to comply with federal law, they and all other universities do not have a choice in the matter. It's important to remember, American citizens of Iranian (or any other) descent are NOT barred from these graduate programs. I think this is a needed measure -- let Iranian students take responsibility to pressure their government to effect change. Then the U.S. doesn't have to resort to measures like these.

 on  2/18/2015 8:08:14 AM commented:

GOOD IDEA! It's about time American institutions grew a backbone.

 on  2/18/2015 8:06:27 AM commented:

I am not an Iranian citizen but i believe everyone should deserve the same chances in life and I don't think is fair that Iranian students should pay for the mistakes or the politics of their country, if someone wants to do bad in life they will always find a way to do it even if you make it almost impossible, I believe hate does bring hate and kindness does bring kindness. California is full with educated, smart and successful Iranian and they love this country because they believed in them and USA gave them freedom and education and the result is great .

 on  2/18/2015 8:03:05 AM commented:

I am surprised at this action. Most collegeswould enroll the devil himself, provided he can pay their tuition.

 on  2/18/2015 7:56:50 AM commented:

To the nay Sayers .... This is temporary justifiable international sanctions under US law. Yes there are plenty of examples of honest effort and contribution to society, but that is not what these sanctions are about. The world is a much different place than we would like to believe . As long as there are true security concerns on international peace fronts , the US should not be educating foreign nationals in areas of expertise directly or indirectly used in efforts toward the end of specific human life...

 on  2/18/2015 7:45:15 AM commented:

I'm proud that UMass has taken this action and is acting responsible when it comes to their advanced degree programs. How many American students could go over to Iran and study advanced chemical engineering? Exactly, that's why one of the comments calling UMass a racist college is absolutely hilarious. It's pathetic when someone is losing an argument or doesn't like a certain view and they play the race card. I proudly stand behind the UMass decision and wish more universities would do the same. Tommy M.

 on  2/18/2015 7:36:33 AM commented:

Great call. Hope more will follow.

 on  2/18/2015 7:36:05 AM commented:

In response to: Anonymous on 2/17/2015 4:42:03 PM commented: It is a shame for UMASS for being racist! Race and Nationality are not the same things.

 on  2/18/2015 7:35:03 AM commented:

Agree with the UMass decison

 on  2/18/2015 7:33:07 AM commented:

Power to them. Political Correctness and a fear of being deemed "offensive" is taking our country down.

 on  2/18/2015 7:31:01 AM commented:

I think more Universities should follow this model in an effort to enforce sanctions. History has seen the education of many non U.S citizens that have used the technology they learned here to go back to there country and use against United States. In most cases these students recieved some type of finincial aid or scholarship to attend that University and the American student all though in middle class paid his own way for the same degree and aquired many thousands of dolllars in debt.

 on  2/18/2015 7:30:09 AM commented:

Ah yes, America, home of the racism, even in higher education! Who would've thought! Guess what fools, they're STUDENTS. If you wanna get 1970s stereotypical, wait until the rule is forced on universities by the US gov't. -proud american.

 on  2/18/2015 7:27:44 AM commented:

Here is reality....they will kill US citizens....we won't let them in a few graduate programs....Alert the PC patrol...oh wait...based on the title here...you just did...and now the liberal left will whine away!!! We are the strongest nation in the world and the biggest cry-babies!!

 on  2/18/2015 7:00:50 AM commented:

I believe that every person has a right to an education, and unless the sanctions against Iran specifically state that no institute of higher education located within the United States can get a masters in certain subjects then there is no legal or valid excuse for this behavior. I honestly am completely against the entire idea of this--our nation was founded with the idea that education is the food of democracy. This seems both incredibly unfair to Iranians and extremely counterintuitive.

 on  2/18/2015 6:40:14 AM commented:

I support the University's decision 100% Seems some have forgotten 911. And Graduate education is not and never has been a "RIGHT". Some of you need to get your heads out of your idealistic cloud and at least take a glance at reality.

 on  2/18/2015 5:37:10 AM commented:

I think it's great they are supporting our country's stand. I wish more colleges would do the same and not let foreign revenues change their minds. 3cats1dog

 on  2/18/2015 5:32:46 AM commented:

First, I think that we should not subsidize foreign students when so many US students are in need of tuition help. Second I think it is a prudent policy because it is a threat to our national security. Trish S

 on  2/18/2015 3:11:25 AM commented:

It sounds bad but, it's not for citizens of the US. OnLy people that come here for higher education on visas. I have read many posts and many of you I believe misunderstand.I believe it is the right move, we don't need to educate them only to go back and build nuclear bombs.

 on  2/18/2015 2:58:56 AM commented:

People don't realize how smart iranians are. its americas loss tbh

 on  2/18/2015 2:25:49 AM commented:

I think I remember a little act known as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which makes "Discrimination based on "race, color, religion, or national origin" in public establishments that have a connection to interstate commerce or are supported by the state...prohibited" (Cornell University of Law). UMass is a State University, no? That means that the establishment is not allowed to legally ban this group from attending their programmes, as it goes against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. You cannot cherry-pick your laws, unless you want the government to do the same back to you. Gen. Katyusha

 on  2/18/2015 2:21:59 AM commented:

I am a recent American graduate from a STEM PhD program. I had some excellent peers from Sharif University who have continued to work and contribute to the US. That said, I 100% support a ban on Iranian nationals to a nuclear engineering program (other nationalities are similarly banned). The United States reasonably has pursued a policy to prevent a dictatorial regime from obtaining nuclear weapons. Why should we allow the training of the people who could make this happen?

 on  2/18/2015 2:00:43 AM commented:

Let's just ban blacks, Hispanics, Koreans, Chinese, Pacific Islanders and all others while we're at it.

 on  2/18/2015 1:25:12 AM commented:

Fox News seems to be leaking, please will someone grab a plug? /r/iran was here.

 on  2/18/2015 12:47:25 AM commented:

Wow, what a shame. I've been to Iran twice, and am part Iranian. What many people here in the US don't get is that most Iranians are friendly, educated, well intentioned people. The small group of Iranians who are not like that don't represent all of the Iranian people.

 on  2/18/2015 12:38:06 AM commented:

Not every Iranian hates America and I dont think that we shoul group all iranians into a certain group

 on  2/18/2015 12:33:29 AM commented:

Let it be noted that I am not a political conservative. I say Ban them. As far as I am concerned no Iranian citizen should be educated in this country at all. Graduate OR undergraduate.

 on  2/18/2015 12:20:30 AM commented:

I applaud UMass for actually taking a stand to do what is right. There are thousands of US citizens who would like to obtain a higher degree but can't get into programs because of students with visas. US citizens should be considered first, then those of friendly countries that do not have a university.

 on  2/18/2015 12:18:40 AM commented:

I honestly think that this is a terrible decision. Just because a group of Iranians do something does not mean that they all do it. Same thing with how Islam is perceived. When a small group of Muslims do something bad, all Muslims are persecuted. What happened to the separation of Church and State? Am I going to be denied college here in the United States for being Christian? No. So why deny everyone else their education just for their religion? Get your act together America and stop denying people who seek religious and educational freedom here! Comment left by an active Arabic/ Middle Eastern/ Islamic supporter. - Jordan B.

 on  2/18/2015 12:15:59 AM commented:

We should also ban the Chinese, Russians and of course any of them other towelhrads. We are at war, people! We should have martial law and round up Japanese. Hey, better safe than sorry. Shame on you all.

 on  2/17/2015 11:50:59 PM commented:

Wow, I find the blatant racism in the comments WAY scarier than the idea of having Iranian foreigners attending our schools. How terrifying it would be to have to study next to... *gasp*... Muslims!! They might try to convert us to their scary Muslim ways! Oh wait, Christians do that every day...

 on  2/17/2015 11:43:21 PM commented:

The University absolutely made the correct decision. As is often the case, especially when an entire class of people are the subject of an action, the innocent suffer along with the guilty. We don't have to like the law, we have to obey it or change it, no matter how distasteful we may find it; anything less is anarchy in action. Should any university flaunt the law and admit an Iranian student into one of the prohibited programs, they would be complicit in any ill deed that arose from that education - in fact, it could be deemed an act of treason against the United States. The hew and cry from the egalitarian folks would change mightily if an incident of the scope of 9/11 occurred. Indeed, they likely would be most vocal in crying, "String 'em up. Nuke 'em all".

 on  2/17/2015 11:01:01 PM commented:

It makes me sad to think how the roles would be reversed because of Americans yelling uneducated mulch like, "Bomb Iran!" and expecting Iranian governments(not people) to make better American interests too. We as people are better than this. Don't make anything generalized. No one people are either good or evil. It's individualization that matters. DDD

 on  2/17/2015 10:55:26 PM commented:

Good for UMass Amherst!

 on  2/17/2015 10:54:18 PM commented:

About time someone stands up and doesn't give in to political correctness garbage.

 on  2/17/2015 10:52:50 PM commented:

each should cite the law and the specifics of the law. Then the actions of the university can be evaluated.Most of Iranian are now working for American companies in US as high performing workers. Some even have started companies here. They contribute to U.S. economy and are job creators. UMass should not get involve with politics.

 on  2/17/2015 10:34:50 PM commented:

Totally wrong. Iranians leave Iran seeking for a better country than their own, only to be what- banned? To the person who commented that Iranians chanted "death to America" you forgot to leave out an important detail: supporters of the Iranian government chanted that, not the actual citizens. If you weren't so ignorant you would realize that a HIGH MAJORITY of Iranian citizens dislike their current government and many (my parents included) leave their home, family, friends all in hope for a better future in America. What if the college my mother attended with a visa turned her down soley because she wasn't a citizen yet? she would not have been able to prosper and contribute to society as greatly as she has done. once again, this is totally wrong and above all ignorant..very sad to see and I will definetely be checked Amherst off my college list.

 on  2/17/2015 10:34:31 PM commented:

Why not ban ugly white dudes from inorganic chemistry? Going by the example of Timothy McVeigh, they're just going to use it to make bombs. -Mike

 on  2/17/2015 10:11:24 PM commented:

ForM the person who said "Most of them are now working for American companies in US as high performing workers. Some even have started companies here."...This is exactly why people support the ban! Aid given to non-Americans while we suffer. Scholarships given while we pay. Scholarships given and we work 3 jobs to get through school. "Some even started companies"... There are 6 in my area and all REFUSE to hire outside of their family. So, good BAN it and keep the money and the jobs in America for Americans!

 on  2/17/2015 10:06:22 PM commented:

Imamerican- Go UMASS!! I am absolutely in favor of banning them altogether, including any other nation anywhere who is killing us! Our country needs to get a backbone. I have lived in other countries and they do not pass out benefits like candy as the us does.

 on  2/17/2015 10:02:16 PM commented:

I myself am an Iranian American actully considering UMass Amherst before this. But after this border line discrimination and racism, not only is this off of my list, but I'm shoked- and quiet frankly, hurt- at some of the comments on this page. Go to Iran. Talk to one local- you will not die. In fact, if you have the audacity to say the's things about my culture, you should at least go there first.

 on  2/17/2015 9:44:14 PM commented:

Good job UMASS! Hope others follow your lead!

 on  2/17/2015 9:34:28 PM commented:

I agree completely with UMASS. Junior R

 on  2/17/2015 9:28:47 PM commented:

I'm not sure what UMass Amherst thinks they are doing. It isn't their job to approve or deny educational visas. If a student is applying to their program, it is a fair statement that they have already been approved by all the relevant agencies (read, DHS and ICE) to pursue any program they want here in the U.S. "Following the law" seems like a kinda weak excuse for succumbing to fearmongering.

 on  2/17/2015 9:16:46 PM commented:

I am appalled by the behavior of this school. Students have a right to enter any course of learning based on their interests. Banning students from certain courses based on their nationality means they think every single one of those students are a terrorist, which isn't correct. Terrorism/-ists do not have a singular religion, they can have any background, they can be any gender. While they are at it, you may as well ban Russian students from taking political science and Chinese students from economics, because both of those countries have been problematic in the past. Obviously this school is more focused on Islamophobia. Alysa J.

 on  2/17/2015 9:06:18 PM commented:

Sad to see this amazing university get involved in politics.

 on  2/17/2015 9:06:15 PM commented:

Sad to see this amazing university get involved in politics.

 on  2/17/2015 9:06:07 PM commented:

About 30 years ago, while completing my MS in Electrical Engineering at a major US university, I ended up sharing an office with six other Masters/PhD students from Iran. After getting to know them, I fully expect they went back to Iran and are busy building weapons systems to be used on the US. It is only prudent to recognize who your enemies are and NOT improve their capacity to do you harm.

 on  2/17/2015 8:57:00 PM commented:

Absolutely this is fair! When are we going to wake up and realize we are training all of these nationalities to inflict damage back on us. Wake up America! This is a great first step.

 on  2/17/2015 8:56:01 PM commented:

You are all saying that Iran has become aggressive, weaponizing their nuclear technology. What about America? There are american students that go yo find better sciences and engineering programs in different parts of the world to come back here and build weapons of mass destruction. In fact, Einstein, who helped develop equations that aided in the construction of the atom bombs that kills hundreds of thousands in Japan, was educated at Swiss schools before coming to America. Don't be blind and one sided. Protect our own?? How about protect your fellow human being. America is not some lone rebel and its not us against the world. How many churches? You call yourselves Christian and yet you don't abide by your own moras. While you're discriminating this way, think about how you'd feel if colleges around the world shut Americans out of their programs for whatever reason. Knowing that you can get a much more wholesome and less discriminatory education in other parts of the world, how many would just become nationals there rather than deal with the negativity of being an American.

 on  2/17/2015 8:53:14 PM commented:

YAYY makes sense to me Does anyone really have to ask why I am proud to be from Massachusetts.

 on  2/17/2015 8:43:05 PM commented:

UMass decision to bar Iranian students from certain graduate disciplines is in order. The action was necessitated, partly or wholly, in considerations of US' short and long-term national security and defense interests. That is, given the trajectory of 21st century global socio-politics and socio-economics, all aspects of a society's fabric should key into the national government's foreign policy decisions especially, if those decisions have national security and defense implications.

 on  2/17/2015 8:34:47 PM commented:

Sad, but it's a precaution I can live with. We trained Muslim terrorists how to fly planes into buildings, on our own soil. Once they leave the country, we lose visibility. I believe we should minimize risk when the risk in question may be a life. I even feel guilt while I'm writing this, it seems racist, but I fear the atrocities being commited globally in the name of Islam. I'm sure the decision was not an easy one to make, but you don't give your enemies, potential or otherwise, ammo. Or the instructions to build a bigger & better bomb. Vanessa

 on  2/17/2015 8:25:44 PM commented:

I think this is a wise decision. A college should always try to encourage their students to persue careers in growing areas of business.

 on  2/17/2015 8:12:42 PM commented:

Then again, if the United States had not been messing around in the policies of so many other countries we wouldn't be in so many wars. As a result of this. Maybe Iran wouldn't be so aggressive if we weren't agressive. It is abhorrent that the USA would forbid people of studying a field in order to disadvantage an ideological enemy. Nestor Makhno

 on  2/17/2015 8:00:08 PM commented:

??woo hoo Boston strong adhering to laws. Standing up for America!! Umass is way ahead of the game. I'm proud of all efforts to ban together as Americans !

 on  2/17/2015 7:56:04 PM commented:

This is a blatant violation of civil rights. How can a country that claims to be the land of the free deny the basic right of education to any class of people without proper due process? This is one small step short of indefinitely detaining all american citizens with no explanation of why their rights are violated. (I won't even dignify "american" by capitalizing the "a". It doesn't deserve it.) As for being at war, we've been in one war or another almost nonstop since 1942. Combined with christian extremists imposing their religion on everybody in the entire world a la Taliban/al Qaeda, it's no wonder Arabs can recognize our Hypocrisy better than we can.

 on  2/17/2015 7:41:59 PM commented:

Its fair because Iran is being aggressive? Not like its citizens that want higher education are the ones being aggressive. People shouldn't have to bear the burden of their government. M.S.

 on  2/17/2015 7:35:11 PM commented:

Obviously a governments ideas and pursuits must represent a majority of a the actual people...in America maybe, but in other countries where you have never been to or are even educated enough about, there should be no discrimination and racism based on a foreign governments desires. It's very sad to see how education is now only limited to "our own". How is restricting students the right to learn going to solve anything?? It would only cause more frustration and anger towards this country that believes in only protecting "our own"...FYI I'm pretty sure we are all part of one human race....maybe we should all work together to solve the problems on this earth for the benefit of mankind instead of figuring out ways to knock each other off the map....just an idea.

 on  2/17/2015 7:33:17 PM commented:

I am more interested in the law, and is specific language. If it is our government requiring ALL UNIVERSITIES AND POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS to adhere. I would like to know.I work in college admissions, and; this hasn't been communicated where I work(yet).

 on  2/17/2015 7:31:08 PM commented:

Due to Irans aggressive stance against the U.S. And their nuclear capabities I think that it is the right decision. I understand not all Iranians have malicious intentions but why take a chance. Not to mention Iran supports the efforts of ISIS. Americas interests and security comes first, a foreigners education not even a consideration.

 on  2/17/2015 7:27:00 PM commented:

It's about time! I for one am sick and tired of having to sit by and let the foreigners get everything, and in this particular case, we do have sanctions against them and after all if they are going to work, well, we WILL have to enforce them. GO UMASS!

 on  2/17/2015 7:21:25 PM commented:

This is really disgusting, if not illegal. Since when do all Iranians act the same? Never. So to ban all of them from the program is really a disgusting thing to do. Isn't America supposed to be a free country? Iran doesn't allow certain people to go to their schools (women) and the United States doesn't allow certain people to go to their schools. Not so different like most people would like to believe, huh?

 on  2/17/2015 7:20:45 PM commented:

Doesn't make sense. It seems as though UMass Amherst is generalizing an entire nationality of Iranians and discriminating against them because of our current political situation. It's kind of like saying the Iranian citizens will use the skills they obtain there to become a terrorist. It's completely discriminatory and biased.

 on  2/17/2015 7:15:24 PM commented:

It is always the radicals, not all people in a ethnic race are "crazies." Not all of them want to go back to Iran, most of them want to escape the horrid theocracy they are living under. This should not be applied as most Iranians are against what is going on inside their country.

 on  2/17/2015 7:11:21 PM commented:

We have a shortage of jobs in this country. Let's concentrate on helping our own people first for a change. Iran hates us anyway and continue to show it.

 on  2/17/2015 7:10:10 PM commented:

When Americans in Iran are treated as well and have the exact same opportunities in Iran that Iranians have here, we'll call things even. Until then, don't talk to me about discrimination.

 on  2/17/2015 7:06:00 PM commented:

It's absolutely pathetic that 50 years after the Civil Rights Act that racially discriminatory policies are still tolerated!! It's completely unjustifiable to bar every Iranian student from engineering programs simply because they might decide to enter careers in Iran's energy sector. If the student has not explicitly expressed such a desire, UMass has no right to deny them acceptance into their graduate programs because of his or her nationality. Any student of American descent could obtain a degree in chemistry with the intent to cook meth, a direct violation of federal law, but the college they attended would not be held responsible, just as UMass would not be in the case of Iranian students. The policy is racist, not patriotic. Angel J.

 on  2/17/2015 7:05:18 PM commented:

It's about time a college dumps the political correctness and does what needs to be done. Good for Umass.

 on  2/17/2015 7:03:06 PM commented:

As a Persian American I am disgusted and shocked to see such an act. Don't tell me racism isn't dead.

 on  2/17/2015 6:59:46 PM commented:

Even though I strongly hate Iran due to its interference in syria and killing innocent people there, I believe that the reason the USA doesn't want to educate Iranian students is because they fear that they will own nuclear weapons and make them. The USA is so scaredy hat a muslim nation is close to having nuclear weapons and might actually have them. Because Iran refused to negotiate in this matter the USA responds by closing access to its higher education. And that is their right of course. Because they fear Iran. I would appreciate it tho if people not blame islam for this because in ghe majority of cases no one knows what's going on jn the Middle East and if they do know it's a very bias perspective. -Nadia

 on  2/17/2015 6:50:05 PM commented:

It's stupid to create a policy like this and announce it no less. An Iranian student told me today Homeland Security won't even grant Iranian students visas to study in the US. They've been doing that since the 80s. So why make yourselves look foolish UMass? Why implement a rule that's already prevented at the higher level of government?

 on  2/17/2015 6:43:57 PM commented:

Yes, other universities should follow suit and adhere to policies

 on  2/17/2015 6:43:02 PM commented:

this is discrimination, there's no saying what these Iranian students will do with the knowledge they gain but UMass is a college that provides knowledge, it shouldn't be concerned with politics.

 on  2/17/2015 6:40:20 PM commented:

Our govt issues visas, not schools. If the government allows an Iranian who is willing to pay double the tuition fees into the country on a student visa, then what's the problem? UMass Amherst does not have the power to deny a visa, therefore if they deny the student to study based off their nationality it's discrimination. I guess the question is what about Iranians already in the country on some type of visa Or TPS... Because the article says UMass Amherst cite their decision from US sanctions that "make Iranian citizens ineligible for visas". I mean sanctions are sanctions, law is law but the school should have no involvement in this matter since the govt ultimately decides who comes into our country. Period.

 on  2/17/2015 6:38:14 PM commented:

I love it! Our colleges and Universities should be putting American students and interests first. Kudos for having the courage to take a stand. Dawn S

 on  2/17/2015 6:36:12 PM commented:

First off, to ban a certain demographic to prevent them from receiving their optimal level of education required in their country is not only immoral but against the constitution. The 14th amendment dictates that all people will be treated equally (interpreted). This sort of decision is highly unethical and goes against the overall purpose of education. Education should have no prejudices. Reading previous comments about Iranians shouting "death to Americans" this cannot be used to instill a general opinion about Iranians, for it contradicts the whole idea of this decision to ban them from coming into the university for their education in the first place. If all Iranians hated Americans why would there be a plethora of individuals from Iran soughting refuge in the country or wanting to receive an education from a country that they so dearly "hate." It's only logic. This applied edict is a shame to American morals. All should be educated regardless of race, sex, religion, and sexual orientation.

 on  2/17/2015 6:28:35 PM commented:

I agree with the decision.

 on  2/17/2015 6:28:28 PM commented:

Every small silly acts of Racism lead to a war, and of course the lack of knowledge.

 on  2/17/2015 6:27:49 PM commented:

Totally disgusting, shameful it the same this as when the USA had segregation of black and put Japanese in concentration camps, let ignorance ring

 on  2/17/2015 6:26:43 PM commented:

The Boston marathon bomber was a student at UMASS Amherst. It doesn't surprise me that the University would tighten their enrollment practices after that.

 on  2/17/2015 6:23:11 PM commented:

They are worried about complying with federal law -- but mostly worried about how a run-in with the government will affect the flow of aid, grants and other federal largess. If they REALLY cared about academic freedom they would operate like Hillsdale and refuse all forms of aid. No aid means you can self-govern. Sort of like the drinking age and federal highway funds back in the late 80s. If states wanted federal highway funds they had to raise the drinking age back to 21, whether or not they thought it was good policy. Rob F.

 on  2/17/2015 6:18:30 PM commented:

that's stupid

 on  2/17/2015 6:16:14 PM commented:

It sounds like they are using the government as a cop out. Government policy and regulations? Please.........it'smore like racist and/or just ignorant.they should be embarrassed by their actions!

 on  2/17/2015 6:15:37 PM commented:

Totally cool with this!

 on  2/17/2015 6:12:02 PM commented:

You're a heartless, ignorant bastard if you think all Iranian citizens hate Americans. No one should be deprived of an education.

 on  2/17/2015 5:58:58 PM commented:

I think it's completely appropriate and I hope other universities will follow suit. It's about time we take this global threat as a reality!

 on  2/17/2015 5:57:31 PM commented:

I may not agree with the course of action, but the transparency of their stance is valid and I support that! I wish more schools would make such changes public.

 on  2/17/2015 5:56:41 PM commented:

Good decision. Let them study in Iran.

 on  2/17/2015 5:49:55 PM commented:

Great Thanks UMASS

 on  2/17/2015 5:47:49 PM commented:

It is absolutely acceptable.

 on  2/17/2015 5:46:21 PM commented:

It's nice to read that an American university has made a stand about Iran. thank you.

 on  2/17/2015 5:46:06 PM commented:

Too much risk unless they are an American citizen.

 on  2/17/2015 5:42:38 PM commented:

Go UMass. It is about time we stopped burying our heads in the sand, lest we lose them.

 on  2/17/2015 5:34:48 PM commented:

Unrepentant racism riding on widespread fear. Shameful.

 on  2/17/2015 5:33:06 PM commented:

Proper action. You are one of only a few campuses with the moral courage to act in American interests, however you may couch it. Good for you all. John J.

 on  2/17/2015 5:31:53 PM commented:

It's a wise idea.

 on  2/17/2015 5:27:37 PM commented:

Thank you for standing up for America!!! No foreign students should be allowed here until all this violence stops.

 on  2/17/2015 5:27:07 PM commented:

I agree. This isn't "racism"; their exclusion is completely dependent on their Iranian citizenship. Better safe than sorry.

 on  2/17/2015 5:23:58 PM commented:

You guys are all racist. Not all Iranians are bad just like all Mexican or Central Americans are banned. I think it's discrimination. So many people are dying and fleeing there homeland to come to this stupid country and still be discriminated against.

 on  2/17/2015 5:20:53 PM commented:

This is an educational racism along with many other types of discrimination that people (not just iranian students) face in this country. First of all, most of Iranian students got fellowships and scholarships to attend schools in US, They have made a lot of contribution to advancement and development of research and science in this country. You can simply google about them. From founders of Google to the managers at NASA. With that said, US owes to Iranian students not Iranian students. A nation with 2500 years of history has learned how to find and travel their path. Second, Iranian students do NOT represent their government, in fact 99% of students oppose government policies towards nuclear program and demand a peaceful solution and better ties with West. With that naive decision of such big-headed university, I am saying that they are the big losers of the field, iranian students find their way to success and prosperity and you will wonder how. But always keep in mind that history can't be reversed and at some point you will be regretting for such a dumb decision and the huge resources that you have lost.

 on  2/17/2015 5:18:19 PM commented:

I think it is about time we start putting restrictions on these hostile nation! Can an American go to an Iranian School?

 on  2/17/2015 5:13:45 PM commented:

Really, I do not think this is a bad idea. Seeing the aggressiveness in that country, some things should be limited, for now. When and if things may settle down, I think then should the programs go back to the normally scheduled programming.

 on  2/17/2015 5:12:53 PM commented:

I'm all for it..they should be banned. .shouldn't even be a question

 on  2/17/2015 5:07:52 PM commented:

Iranians recently celebrated the 26th anniversary of their revolution by chanting "death to America" in the streets of Tehran. Iran is an oppressive theocracy that has no regard for the rights of non-muslims, and it is actively pursuing nuclear power. These sanctions are directed towards Iranian citizens (not American citizens who are Iranian) so they are not racist. We have every right to impose sanctions on Iran, and we should. All these reasons aside, the university is simply adhering to federal law. I wonder if Ayatollah would let Americans (or women) study in Iran.

 on  2/17/2015 5:06:37 PM commented:

In this article, as well as any articles or postings by the university, each should cite the law and the specifics of the law. Then the actions of the university can be evaluated. Dr. Bruce D. LeBlanc

 on  2/17/2015 5:06:26 PM commented:

I attended UMass Amherst and met many engineering students from Iran who were PhD or M.S. Candidates. Most of them are now working for American companies in US as high performing workers. Some even have started companies here. They contribute to U.S. economy and are job creaters. UMass should not get involve with politics.

 on  2/17/2015 5:02:59 PM commented:

Completely Legit

 on  2/17/2015 4:54:27 PM commented:

If you are an Iranian american then there is not a problem. Your articles title was deceptive, it made it sound as if all Iranians are banned.

 on  2/17/2015 4:52:42 PM commented:

I think the decision was fair and in compliance with the law. Unfortunately the U.S. is at war and many things will have to change in order to keep our country safe. I would hope that other universities will also follow suit.

 on  2/17/2015 4:43:07 PM commented:

What if the Iranian student is already in the US, maybe on a green card or as a dependant of some other visa his/her parents have? What would be the excuse then? If the problem is to provide a visa, it should be fair to just state that acceptance is contingent to obtaining a visa in the case of foreign students. That's how it works everywhere else. To the people who state that there have been many students with nefarious purposes, do you have any statistics? Do you know how many inhabitants are in Iran? Do you know how many are actually willing to pursue a "nefarious" purpose?

 on  2/17/2015 4:42:03 PM commented:

It is a shame for UMASS for being racist!

 on  2/17/2015 4:36:59 PM commented:

I believe this is called discrimintation. Illegal. And compeletely in contrast with the claims of equal education. I believe UMASS Amherst has even loat its reputation within the EdUCATeD community, Regardless of their race and citizenship. When are you going to learn that people of Iran are different from the government. What Umass did is racism against Persians. It s not a universities duty to certify a visa for a student. It s the job of homeland security and when the homeland security goes through their lives and approves their visa, then who are these people commenting below to punish people of one country. Who is gonna replace those talented Iranians!? Some non talented American with low SATs!?

 on  2/17/2015 4:28:26 PM commented:

Not sure why we would educate Iranians on any subject they have colleges

 on  2/17/2015 4:25:26 PM commented:

UMass's loss. People who agree with this policy are only accepting what they're told to think by the news media, instead of doing their own research. There are literally hundreds of thousands of Iranians working in the states and elsewhere as systems engineers for NASA, doctors, scientists, journalists, and *ahem* Nobel Peace Prize winners that simply don't get enough attention. UMass will simply lose out on the opportunity to claim any future innovators as alumni. No biggie; they'll go to Harvard instead.

 on  2/17/2015 4:21:41 PM commented:

Even places of higher education have to follow the law. Unfortunately such large institutions would have too much trouble buying their own congressmen, so unfortunately it will likely not be changed.

 on  2/17/2015 4:17:47 PM commented:

The reality is that not all students studying chemical, computer, or mechanical engineering set out to do so with nefarious intentions. That being said, the reality is that there are foreign students who sstudy American programs so that they can carry out nefarious acts. Who wants to ever be the one to say, "this student would never hurt anyone."?

 on  2/17/2015 4:12:55 PM commented:

I think it is very rational considering Iran's aggressive pursuit of nuclear power and the destruction of their enemies which includes you and me. It is naive to simply think it is unfair. All universities must comply with the law or lose their funding or other consequences.

 on  2/17/2015 4:11:36 PM commented:

They are in compliance. If a student is a citizen of a country that has US sanctions or is at war with the US,strength then they should lose their right to an American education. There are many qualified students who are qualified to attend any college, and we should take care of them first. They will stay here and help us make the US stronger. Why would we want to educate these at-risk people and have them go back and work against us???? Or worse, use their chemical degree or nuclear degree against us??? No more nice-nice.

 on  2/17/2015 4:07:49 PM commented:

I actually agree that they should be limited. We have to stand up and protect our own. I know that not ALL Iranian students are here to learn and go back to cause problems with the US, however, truth be told, many international students are sent here to do just that. They are here to learn our ways to know how to come against us. We have to protect our own.

 on  2/17/2015 4:07:46 PM commented:

even though it is just one school of several that they could attend, I think that if the person qualifies for the position, then they should be allowed to enter into the program of their liking.

 on  2/17/2015 4:05:30 PM commented:

INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM

 on  2/17/2015 4:04:23 PM commented:

Very sad that Iranian students now face this discrimination, on top of all the other prejudices they face in this country. When will education be realized as a RIGHT again??

 on  2/17/2015 3:48:40 PM commented:

Fair decision. By the way, how many churches exist in Iran???

 on  2/17/2015 3:44:56 PM commented:

That is unfortunate. I don't thing most people decide to study one of these programs to be destructive. On the contrary!!!

 on  2/17/2015 3:44:52 PM commented:

That is unfortunate. I don't thing most people decide to study one of these programs to be destructive. On the contrary!!!

 on  2/17/2015 3:43:12 PM commented:

Yeah, it sucks, sure, but if you've been paying attention to how aggressive Iran has gotten, especially in regards to their nuclear energy program, which has been refining uranium past what they'd ever need for energy-grade and approaching weapons grade, you wouldn't think this was too ridiculous.

 on  2/17/2015 3:42:31 PM commented:

That's absolutely ridiculous. All young adults, regardless of nationality or religion, should have the opportunity to pursue the major and career that they choose.

 on  2/17/2015 3:40:15 PM commented:

Way to go UMASS We need more schools to take a stand. How many foreign students study advance degrees in the US and then return home to exploit what they have learned. We shouldn't limit this to only Iran either, I'm sure there are at least 20 countries we should do this to...

 on  2/17/2015 3:32:31 PM commented:

I think it's unfortunate for the students, but necessary by the university, as they are bound by federal law as is any other group or individual citizen of the U.S.

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