Iranian Students Feel ‘Betrayed, Excluded, And Threatened’ By UMass Policy

Two student groups are decrying an “outrageous” University of Massachusetts Amherst policy that restricts Iranian citizens from enrolling in some engineering and science programs, arguing that the policy is “clearly in conflict with academic values and principles that prohibit discrimination.”

The university first posted the policy denying admission to Iranian students planning to study in certain engineering and science fields last week, citing U.S. sanctions against their home country. UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the UMass system, deleted the policy Friday morning after it was criticized online. That afternoon it reposted the policy and told news outlets the school was standing by it.

The Iranian Graduate Student Association and the Persian Student Association at UMass then established a Facebook page to drum up opposition to the admission ban. They released a statement over the weekend saying they felt “betrayed, excluded, and threatened” by the policy.

In an updated version of their statement on Tuesday, the student groups said:

We are in a state of distress, feel betrayed, and are worried for our friends and families who can no longer pursue their dreams of coming to America for an education. Coming to America —> Read More Here


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