UMASS Reverses Decision To Ban Iranian Students From Science Programs.. Annnnnnnd We’re Back!
AMHERST, Mass. (WHDH) –UMass Amherst will now accept Iranian students into certain science and engineering classes, after claiming federal law was banning them from doing so.
In a statement, the school said it was reversing its decision after consulting with the State Department and outside counsel.
The university originally said it was following a 2012 federal law that blocks Iranian nationals from getting a visa to study in the US if they plan to work in the nuclear or energy fields, which is part of sanctions intended to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
Opponents made their opinion known on a Facebook page with more than 3,000 followers.
While the university cites a US visa policy, a state department official tells NBC News, “US Law does not prohibit qualified Iranian nationals coming to the United State for education in science and engineering. Each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.”
Annnnnnnnnnnd We’re Back! Gooood God, I just saw the life of my future diploma flash before my eyes. It’s not like it’s bad enough that we’re cleverly nicknamed ZooMass Amherst, or that we riot on an annual basis, not like all of that is holding back the value of our diplomas in the first place.. but now we decide “Oh, yeah… the Iranians, they can’t study here.” Wait, is George Wallace our Chancellor now?? Next it’ll be those “sneaky koreans… they can’t participate in math courses anymore.”
So thank god that they decided to reverse it. It would have been so incredibly wrong to block Iranians from studying here, and thanks to the reversal we won’t have to live in the shadow of shame this university would have brought upon itself.
The only sad part about this is that the only reason they reversed it was because of how big the story got on a national… even international… level. This story gets no press and Subbaswamy and Crew put the kibosh on Iranian students.