On Wednesday, 4 March 2009, Gooya and Iran Press News reported:
Three students at the medical school of Sahand University were expelled on the grounds that they were Baha’is.
Yesterday, March 3, three students at the medical school of Sahand University in Tabriz were told by school officials that for unknown reasons the nationwide Organization for Assessment had closed their scholastic file and prohibited them from registering for the forthcoming semester.
The three expelled Baha’i students are: Sina Dana, Sama’ Nurani and Faraz Vazirzadeh. So far, the efforts of these students to follow up about their situation with the authorities have only been met by stonewalling and hanging up the phone.
It should be kept in mind that the policy of Baha’i students being expelled from institutions of higher education and being deprived of attending such facilities dates back to the beginning of the Islamic Republic in 1979.
[Sources: http://news.gooya.com/politics/archives/2009/03/084670.php and http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/055456.htm. Translation by Iran Press Watch. Picture of students by HRA Iran]