UMass Abandons Ban on Iranian Students It will create 'individualized study plans' instead By Arden Dier, Newser Staff Posted Feb 19, 2015 2:03 AM CST 13 comments Comments The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is shown at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. (Wikimedia Commons) (Newser) – The University of Massachusetts at Amherst is backtracking less than two weeks after announcing a controversial policy barring Iranian nationals from some science and engineering programs, including physics, chemistry, and chemical engineering. After consulting with the State Department, the school says it will now create "individualized study plans to meet the requirements of federal sanctions law and address the impact on students," USA Today reports. The initial policy, revealed Feb. 6, was in response to a 2012 law and "conflicts with our institutional values and principles," UMass says in a statement, per NBC News. "It is now clear, after further consultation and deliberation, that we can adopt a less restrictive policy."