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UMass Reverses Policy Barring Iranians from Graduate Programs

The University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday backed away from its policy barring Iranians from graduate engineering programs, just days after its aggressive new response to US sanctions sparked a groundswell of protests from students and faculty. After consulting with the U.S. State Department, UMass officials said Iranian nationals can enroll in chemical, computer and mechanical engineering studies — as long as their planned studies do not run afoul of federal sanctions intended to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions.