Around the industry: UMass Amherst reverses decision to restrict Iranian students

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  • Connecticut: Current members and alumni of fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon are suing Wesleyan University after it ordered all residential fraternities to switch to co-ed status. The order was announced last September and gave fraternities three years to comply. In the last few months, Wesleyan officials have reprimanded the fraternity for making insufficient progress toward the goal of admitting women as residents, and ultimately revoked the fraternity's housing program. Fraternity members contend that they were actually in the early stages of a transition and that other campus groups are permitted to have single-sex housing (Megan, Hartford Courant, 2/19).
  • Massachusetts: Days after enacting a controversial policy to restrict enrollment for some Iranian international students, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has reversed its decision. The policy would have banned Iranian students from certain graduate engineering and science programs. Officials say they placed the ban in an effort to comply with a federal sanction barring Iranian individuals from student visas under certain conditions. The ban attracted criticism from student groups. Ultimately, university leaders decided to reverse the ban after consulting with the State Department, which told them it was unnecessary (Musulin, USA Today College, 2/18).
  • Pennsylvania: Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) mistakenly sent around 800 acceptance letters to students who had not actually been admitted to its master's in computer science program, which is considered one of the best in the country. Kenneth Walters, CMU spokesperson, says the messages were the result of "serious mistakes" in the school's system for sending acceptance letters, which will be reviewed to prevent future errors. "We understand the disappointment created by this mistake and deeply apologize to the applicants for this miscommunication," he added (AP/U.S. News & World Report, 2/18).

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