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Former Grad Student Asks to Be Readmitted To Continue Studies

I am writing to request that the Department of Materials Science and Engineering review my academic history as a graduate student in the department.

When I finally enrolled at the Institute in the fall of 1990, I came here weary from struggling with officials from my own country. In 1989, after successfully completing some difficult exams, I got the impression from the Iranian government's Ministry of Culture and Higher Education that I would receive scholarship assistance if I attended MIT. The Iranian government subsequently cut my scholarship while I was at MIT. My registration advisor, who did not like Iranian people, informed me that the department had no available funding for me.

On Dec. 7, 1990, I received a letter from the head of graduate committee in the department telling me that I had no choice but to withdraw from MIT. This letter was instigated by my registration advisor and the Iranian government. After the summer, I qualified for a research assistant position because of pressure applied by some people outside MIT.

I subsequently took two Course III subjects during the 1992 spring academic term. The professor of one of the classes made fun of me at one point in front of the other students in the class about my grade on one of the problem sets. I wrote a complaint letter to the head of the graduate committee in the department and I asked him to help me.

He lied and told me that my homework had been returned to the professor of the course. When I wanted to get my final exam and homework, I found my final exam graded unfairly. He lied to me and told me that he has not received any letter from the professor. I had a similar problem with the grading of my final for the second class.

I have written many letters to a lot of professors at MIT for the past four years, but all of them have gotten the side of the professors who opposed me and they, too, believe I should not be allowed to pursue my studies. I also have written many letters to different agencies since 1996 about the discrimination I faced but I have not gotten any results. They have destroyed my life and my honor, but I hope this letter can help me to solve my problems and help me protect my civil rights.

Mohammad Farnush SM '93

Assistant Professor,

Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering

Tehran University