EdX has applied for a license from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets and Control (OFAC) to allow us to offer courses to these learners and we are awaiting a determination from OFAC on our application.
We are deeply sorry the U.S. government has determined that we have to block these learners, and we are working diligently to rectify this situation as soon as possible.
EdX’s commitment to offering free access to all learners, irrespective of the country where they live, remains unchanged. EdX collaborated for many months with the U.S. government to allow learners in Iran, Cuba and Sudan to access edX courses.
We believe that a similar OFAC license for edX with respect to Crimea will not interfere with U.S. foreign policy goals served by the sanctions. To the contrary, edX learners have the chance to study concepts of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and in all courses, edX learners directly experience the free exchange of ideas in an academic setting.
Participation in edX courses means participation in a global community of online students, and, thus, the possibility of developing a more global sensitivity. The OFAC licenses for Iran, Cuba, and Sudan have enabled thousands of engaged learners in those countries to experience such benefits, and we expect that an OFAC license for Crimea would make an equally positive impact.
EdX believes that an educated world is a better world. We are hopeful that we will receive specific authorization from OFAC to be able offer education to learners throughout the world, including learners in the Crimea region. However, until we receive such authorization, we regretfully must block learners in Crimea from all edX courses.
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