Site Policies

Except as noted, the information below applies to University of Massachusetts Amherst websites, consisting of designated Web pages or publications of the university, its schools, colleges, departments, administrative offices, divisions, certain registered student organizations, and other units, as well as to the campus home page, also known as the Gateway, at

You may also find within the University of Massachusetts domain— signified by the address ""—personal web pages or publications created and maintained by university faculty, staff, students, student organizations and others for which neither the University of Massachusetts nor the Amherst campus is responsible for the content and administration. These pages and their content, including but not limited to factual statements and opinions, are the sole responsibility of their creators and do not represent, explicitly or implicitly, positions, policies or opinions of UMass Amherst. Although the university encourages compliance with all policies and practices at such websites, the university serves only as a provider of Internet-related services in these cases.

All text, images, logos and information contained on UMass Amherst websites that is the intellectual property of UMass Amherst gives the owner exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, perform, display, or license a given work. Whether or not a website includes a statement about copyright, the U.S. copyright act provides protection for such works, and they may not be used or reproduced without permission.

It is the responsibility of all parties storing materials on websites with UMass Amherst domain addresses to ensure that such material does not violate other parties' proprietary rights and does not otherwise violate law or applicable University policy. UMass Amherst reserves the right to delete or make inaccessible files that contain material that is in violation of law or of applicable campus or University policy.

UMass Amherst is not responsible for any errors in the material provided on the web and shall not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of any material found any UMass Amherst sites or on any other sites with domain addresses.

The design, pictures, and logos used on websites directly managed by University Relations at UMass Amherst may not be copied and used or posted by any other person or entity, including other units/offices at the University of Massachusetts. This includes but is not limited to the University's home page (, and all pages within the Gateway site, which includes the UMass homepage at and all pages within the domain.

Links may be directed to these pages, but images, logos, maps, may not be copied and/or posted for any reason.

Logos, Designs, and Trademarks

Unless otherwise indicated, all service marks, trademarks, trade names and copyrights appearing on this site are owned or licensed by UMass Amherst including but not limited to text, graphics, logos, renderings and photographic images.

You may not use any service mark, trademark, trade name, logo or copyrighted materials from this site for any commercial purpose without the permission of UMass Amherst. This includes use of the university's marks on any commercial Web site. The university has invested a great deal of time, money and effort in the development, promotion and use of these service marks, trademarks, names, copyrights and logos. As a result, UMass Amherst has gained a high level of public recognition worldwide and extensive goodwill and we must be vigilant in protecting these valuable University assets against any unauthorized use.

If you wish to apply for permission to use the University's marks for a commercial site or venture, please contact the University of Massachusetts Licensing Office at (413) 577-0125.

UMass Amherst Brand Guide

The UMass Amherst Brand Guide defines our standards and best practices, and establishes the basis for effective communication. It was created as an “operating manual,” detailing specific rules and usages to serve as guidelines for online, print, and other university-affiliated publications and advertising. Adhering to this guide will ensure that communication from all colleges, departments, and university organizations is presented in a consistent voice, look, and feel.

Privacy Policy

UMass Amherst is committed to preserving and maintaining the privacy of visitors to its Web sites.

When you access the UMass Amherst Home Page (, and all pages within the Gateway site,  your visit is not tracked by individual name or any other identifiable mark.

Some computer information and automatic and optional information is collected. Automatic information includes:

  • Client information: the Internet domain and Internet address of the computer you are using.
  • Essential technical information: identification of the page or service you are requesting, type of browser and operating system you are using; and the date and time of access.

Optional information is collected only if you choose to send it. For example if you choose to complete an online form, make an online purchase, or send an e-mail. This may include:

  • The time that you sent an e-mail
  • Your name, e-mail address, and the content of your e-mail
  • All the data you choose to fill in or confirm, including credit or debit card information if you are making a payment or donation, as well as information about other people if you are ordering a gift and want it sent directly to the recipient's address.

The Development Office Privacy Policy and Donor Bill of Rights explains the specific policy regarding information collected by individuals making donations to UMass Amherst.

OIT Policies

UMass Amherst's Office of Information Techologies (OIT) establishes, monitors and enforces policies for use of university computing and information technology resources which include, but are not limited to, equipment, software, networks, data, and telephones whether owned, leased, or otherwise provided. This includes policies for:

  • Acceptable use
  • Account activation, deactivation and removal
  • Email communication
  • Netreg
  • Wireless airspace

See OIT Policies for complete details.

About this Site

The main UMass Amherst website is produced and maintained by University Communications.