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Following significant backlash from its decision to ban Iranian students from its graduate science and engineering programs, UMass Amherst has changed its policy.

The University had made the decision to not accept Iranian students to those graduate programs because of a federal law. According to a University press release, the school will now come up with "individualized study plans" to make sure they are in compliance with federal law.

UMass Amherst had received criticism nationally and locally for the decision in the last week, including an op-ed for the student newspaper from an Iranian-American student. Alisina Saee-Nazari, the columnist, wrote that the University was making decisions not in accord with its claims of diversity.

UMass Amherst's press release is here and the Massachusetts Daily Collegian op-ed is here.

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