The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Federal Academic Policies

Federal Academic Policies

Below are the federal and institutional requirements that UMass Amherst faculty must uphold.

The LawRoom

The University of Massachusetts contracts with The LawRoom for certain on-line training programs. Employees assigned training via The LawRoom can log into that system here. 

Academic Regulations for Syllabi

All syllabi for courses submitted for approval via the Course and Curriculum Management System must include approved statements on both academic honesty and accommodations. The Faculty Senate also requires all syllabi to include course objectives, expectations for assignments, attendance policies, grading criteria and weighting, examination schedule and rescheduling and the contact information for the instructor, including office location, mailbox numbers, and phone number. 

Higher Education Opportunity Act

Learn how faculty need to enter textbook and course materials information into the eCampus FAST Tool in order to comply with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.

In order to comply with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 and to allow students to maximize their savings when ordering textbooks, faculty are required to enter their course materials information into the Course Materials tool (eCampus FAST Tool) no later than the day before the first day of registration for a given term. Please note that even if a course does not have a textbook or associated course materials, faculty must check off the “no textbook needed” option within the course materials tool to be in compliance with HEOA.  

In cases where a class was just added, an instructor has not been assigned to a course or there is another institutional impediment to meeting the deadline, HEOA states that “the institution shall so indicate by placing the designation ‘To Be Determined’ in lieu of the full information on course materials”.

Additional information and instructions on how to use the eCampus FAST Tool are available through the Center for Teaching and Learning. Tips for ordering custom course packs and iClickers are available through the Registrar’s Office.

Title IX Training

Bridges: Building a Supportive Community is UMass Amherst's dedicated employee prevention and awareness training. That training, administered by The LawRoom, a nationally recognized vendor in Higher Education training, addresses prohibited gender discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.