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UMASS AMHERST ACCEPTS STUDENTS FROM ALL 50 STATES INTO ONLINE PROGRAMS AND CLASSES. Some restrictions may apply to programs related to professional licensures (e.g., nursing, education). For details, check the program's website.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA):  The University of Massachusetts Amherst operates distance education classes and programs for out-of-state students under the terms and provisions of SARA.  Please see for a list of participating states and territories.

California Students:  The state of California allows all public institutions to offer distance education to its residents.


The students, faculty and administration of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst recognize the need to provide an orderly process for the resolution of academic grievances. The following Grievance Procedure has therefore been created to meet this need. This procedure applies to all undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and all courses offered by the Amherst campus, including courses offered by the Division of Continuing Education and online courses.

This procedure is the only official procedure for resolving academic grievances. No school, college, department or office on the Amherst campus may require any student to pursue an academic grievance through any other procedure. 

The complete procedure is available in the UMass Amherst Academic Regulations at  (pp. 43-49). 

Additional Information for Distance Education students in SARA member states outside Massachusetts:

In accordance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), if a person bringing a complaint is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process for handling complaints, the complaint (except for complaints about grades or student conduct violations) may be appealed, within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made, to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education which is the SARA portal for Massachusetts SARA member institutions. Complaint forms are available at  The resolution of the complaint by the institution’s home state SARA portal entity, through its SARA complaint resolution process, will be final.

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