"UMass Will Not Admit Iranian Students to Certain Science and Engineering Programs." Elizabeth Redden. February 16, 2015. Inside Higher Ed.

A new policy (which was eventually overturned after much criticism) prohibited students from Iran to be admitted to certain STEM programs. The university said that it will no longer admit Iranian nationals to a range of programs: chemical engineering, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical and industrial engineering, microbiology, physics, and polymer science and engineering. The school cited US sanctions laws as the basis for this exclusion. Critics say that the school’s interpretation is overly broad and are concerned that other universities will follow UMass’s lead.