The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has reversed its decision to bar Iranian students from some of its graduate programs, The Boston Globe reports. The policy, which the university had said was necessary to comply with U.S. sanctions against Iran, had drawn widespread criticism.
The university said on Wednesday that it had dropped the policy after consulting with the U.S. State Department. The policy would have banned Iranian students from entering graduate programs in chemical, computer, and mechanical engineering, along with the natural sciences.
“It is now clear, after further consultation and deliberation, that we can adopt a less-restrictive policy,” said Michael Malone, the university’s vice chancellor for research and engagement, in a written statement.