How did this happen? EdX recently learned that this course was not covered by the licenses granted to us for offering courses to students in these countries. Certain STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses must be submitted to OFAC for independent consideration, which we have done. We don’t know why these STEM courses were excluded from the licenses, and we don’t know when we may hear from OFAC regarding this course. So, our only recourse at this moment is to temporarily block students from these countries for this one course, based on their IP addresses.
We are deeply sorry to have to block any student anywhere from taking an edX course. This is completely antithetical to the vision and foundational values of edX and all MOOC’s. We will continue to work diligently with the U.S. government until every student, from any country in the world, can take any course they choose on edX.
By Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX
27 Sep 2016
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