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Absence Policy for Faculty MembersThe provisions for leaves of absence are defined in the MSP Union Contract in Article XX Supplemental Benefits; Section A (Topics include Sick Leave, Funeral Leave, Military Leave, Court Leave, and other leaves)- Pages 115 to 123. Provisions for Unpaid leaves are described in section B - Pages 123 - 125. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window)
Academic AdministratorsUMass Lowell Campus Executive Leadership consists of a Chancellor, an Executive Vice Chancellor, Provost, Vice Provosts, Deans, Associate Deans, and Chairpersons. Current Campus Leadership profiles are located here.
Academic CalendarThe Undergraduate, Graduate and MBA Foundation Course calendars for Spring and Fall can be found on the Registrar's website.
Academic DepartmentsAn alphabetic list of departments is presented.
Academic Dismissal and Reinstatement, GraduateAny student whose semester GPA falls below 3.0 for a third time, and whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0, will automatically be dismissed from his or her graduate program and the University. Reinstatement will be considered if the student provides a detailed justification and academic plan concerning how he or she will correct this academic deficiency. The plan must be attached to a Graduate Academic Petition and approved by the graduate coordinator, chairperson, the college dean, and the Vice Provost for Graduate Education or his/her designee. If any of the above individuals disapproves of the reinstatement, the dismissal will remain in effect and no subsequent appeals will be considered.
Academic Dismissal, UndergraduateAcademic Dismissal occurs when undergraduate students who are on Academic Probation, fail to achieve satisfactory academic standing during their probationary semester. While on dismissal, students may not make any progress toward a University degree. This is not a permanent dismissal from the University, however. Freshman and sophomores may reapply to the University as follows: 1) under the provisions of the Massachusetts Transfer Compact after a completion of an Associate's Degree at a Massachusetts Community College and 2) after a lapse of 2 years, under the provisions of the Fresh Start Program. Juniors and Seniors may reapply to the University after a lapse of 2 years, under the provisions of the Fresh Start Program.
Academic FreedomAcademic Freedom and Responsibility are discussed in Article XV Academic Freedom Section A page 71 of the MSP Contract. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window)
Academic Integrity, GraduateThe Academic Integrity Policy is common for all students, though described separately for Undergraduates, Graduate Students and Continuing Education Students. This page links to the Graduate Catalog.
Academic Integrity, ResearchPolicies and procedures with respect to scientific research are described by the office of Research Administration.
Academic Integrity, UndergraduateThe Academic Integrity Policy is common for all students, though described separately for Undergraduates, Graduate Students and Continuing Education Students. This page links to the Undergraduate Catalog.
Academic Policies, GraduateAcademic Policies for Undergraduates, Graduates and Continuing Education students are summarized in the University Catalogs. Policies for individual colleges and departments can be found in the catalogs as well.
Academic Policies, UndergraduateAcademic Policies for Undergraduates, Graduates and Continuing Education students are summarized in the University Catalogs. Policies for individual colleges and departments can be found in the catalogs as well.
Academic Probation, GraduateA graduate student whose semester GPA falls below 3.0 is placed on academic probation. Policies related to academic probation, dismissal and reinstatement may be found in the Online Graduate Catalog under Academic Policies.
Academic Probation, UndergraduateAny student that has been suspended from the University may appeal to the Provost Office for immediate readmission as a probationary student. Probationary students are prohibited from holding student offices or running for elective office and from representing the University in athletic or other activities. A student who receives the required minimum semester GPA is automatically reinstated with satisfactory academic standing. If a student fails to meet the minimum requirement they are on Academic Dismissal. Although, if they show significantly improved performance, they may apply for an extended probationary period to the Provost.
Academic Quality Assessment and Development The Academic Quality Assessment and Development (AQAD) review is intended to help evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of our academic program. The assessment is performed in a seven year cycle in each academic department. The procedures and policies associated with the AQAD review are included in the Academic Affairs Website.
Academic Standing, GraduateAll students must maintain good academic standing at the University or risk dismissal. The University policy for good standing requires graduate students to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better. /a 3.0 or better GPA is also required for Teaching and Research Assistants to maintain their assistantship.
Academic Standing, UndergraduateAll students must maintain good academic standing at the University or risk dismissal. The University policy for good standing requires undergraduate students to maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better.
Academic Support Services, UndergraduateThe Academic Support Services for undergraduate students are provided through the Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services (CLASS). The services provided include tutoring, study skills workshops, and academic advisement.
Academic Suspension, Undergraduate An undergraduate student who was on Academic Warning at the end of the previous semester and whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 is placed on Academic Suspension. A student who is on Suspension may not enroll in the succeeding semester, and therefore may not represent the University in athletic programs nor participate in campus activities.
Academic Withdrawals, from UniversityTo withdraw from the University, students must submit a request, in writing, to the Registrar's Office. This procedure ensures that the student's academic and financial obligations are cleared before leaving the University. If a student withdraws within the approved timeframe indicated on the academic calendar, the student will receive grades of "W" in his/her courses. If a student fails to withdraw within the approved time frame, the instructor will assign grades based on approved coursework. The policy procedure for Graduate Students to withdraw from the University is the same. The graduate policy is in the Graduate Catalog at (link open link in new window)
Academic Withdrawals, Graduate from CourseA student who wishes to withdraw must do so within the approved timeframe indicated on the Graduate Academic Calendar. A student who withdraws successfully will receive a grade of W. Students who fail to withdraw within the approved timeframe will be graded by their instructors based on submitted work.
Academic Withdrawals, Undergraduate from CourseIn order for a student to withdraw from a course, the student must do so in the timeframe indicated on the academic calendar. Students who have successfully withdrawn will receive a grade of "W." Students who stop attending class, but do not withdraw within the approved period, will be graded by the instructor based on work that has been submitted.
Access to Faculty RecordsAccess to Faculty Records is described in Article XII ACCESS TO OFFICIAL FACULTY AND LIBRARIAN PERSONNEL FILES, Page 62 of the MSP faculty contract. A personnel file will be maintain for each faculty member in the Provost's office. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Access to Student RecordsThe Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) governs access to and distribution of student records. Specific information and policies regarding release of a student’s education records can be found in the Academic Catalogs for Undergraduate, Graduate and CSCDE students.
Accessibility, CampusThe office of disability services oversees accessibility throughout the campus. Accessibility maps are available through their website.
AccreditationThe University of Massachusetts Lowell is a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). It has recently undergone its five-year assessment. Additional Professional Accreditations Associations can be found in the academic catalog (link open link in new window) .
Add-Drop Period, GraduateGraduate students may add or drop a course through self-service in ISIS during the first 10 academic days. In addition, students may change from audit to credit or from credit to audit during this period. Courses dropped during the first 10 academic days will not appear on the student's permanent record. No new courses may be added and no course may be changed from audit to credit after the tenth academic day.
Add-Drop Period, UndergraduateUndergraduate students are permitted to add or drop courses from their schedule without a permission number during the first week of classes. During the second week of classes students may only add or drop a course with a permission number from the instructor. See "Academic Policies" on the Registrar's website for further information.
Adjunct FacultyAdjunct faculty are temporary or part-time faculty who often provide special expertise or teaching skills to the University. Adjunct faculty are typically hired on a semester-by-semester contract. Definitions of adjunct faculty are provide in the MSP Contract, Article X NONUNIT FACULTY: PERFORMANCE OF BARGAINING UNIT WORK,Section B, Page 56. Benefits for temporary faculty are explained on the Human Resource website. (link open link in new window)
Administrative Dismissal, GraduateAdministrative dismissal may be invoked when a student fails to comply, after due notice, with an administrative regulation of the University. Examples of some conditions which justify administrative dismissal (link open link in new window) are listed in the Undergraduate Catalog and apply to all students, undergraduate and graduate.
Administrative Dismissal, UndergraduatesStudents who have failed to achieve the probationary requirements following suspension, or have been charged with certain types of misconduct, maybe dismissed from the University.
Administrative OrganizationThe University is organized into a variety of administrative departments accessible through the following website: (link open link in new window)
Adoption LeaveProvisions for parental leave are described in Article XX Supplemental Benefits of the MSP contract, section B3, Page 124. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Advising Center (Student)The Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services provide advising and tutoring support for undergraduate students. This advising supplements advising provided by Colleges and Departments.
Advising resources for facultyA number of advising resources, including an FAQ, are provided through the Faculty Development Center.
Advising Responsibilities of FacultyThe contractual requirement for faculty advising are found in the MSP Union Contract, Article XVI Workload, Part I. The Workload of the Faculty,Section C2. Student Advising and Office Hours. page 75. The contract stipulates that faculty shall maintain 3 office hours per week on at least two different day and maintain a minimum of 5 office hours during the Advising period.
Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity PoliciesThe office of Equal Opportunity and Outreach provide consultation in areas of diversity and affirmative action.
Appeals and Grievances (Student)Appeals for exceptions to academic policies are typically handled through Academic Petitions. Complaints regarding discrimination or sexual harassment can be found through the Office of Equal Opportunity and Outreach. Complaints concerning grade disputes for undergraduates can be found on the following website: (link open link in new window). Complaints concerning grade disputes for graduate students can be found on the following website: (link open link in new window)
Appointment to FacultyCriteria for appointment to faculty are described in Article VII, Criteria for Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure, Section A - Appointment of Faculty Members and Librarians, Pages 19 - 24. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
ARAMARKFood is available at ARAMARK stands on North and South Campus. Food can be purchased with cash or credit card or by storing "Riverhawk dollars" on your campus ID card. Riverhawk dollars do not expire at the end of the semester on faculty cards. Catering for special events may also be arranged through ARAMARK
Art GalleryThere are currently University Galleries, in Dugan Hall and in MacGauvran Hall that display the works of faculty, students, alumni, and visiting artists.
Assessment of Student LearningAt present there is no central site dedicated to assessment of student learning. There is a task force on assessment working through the faculty senate. The university is also taking part in the Voluntary System of Accountability, which requires a system wide assessment of general education goals.
Athletic EventsAthletic events involving UMass Lowell teams are listed on the Riverhawks Website.
Athletics ProgramsThe Campus Recreation Center (CRC) is a state-of-the-art exercise facility. Faculty may use these facilities, attend classes, and participate in sports programs.
Attendance policy for studentsUMass Lowell does not have a mandated attendance policy for students. The attendance policy is determined by a faculty member, and should be clearly elucidated in the course syllabus.
Audited courses, GraduateThe policies for audited courses are described in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs under Grading Policies. Enrollment as an auditing student requires instructor permission. Permission to audit may be requested with a Course-Status form available on the Registrar's website (link open link in new window)
Audited courses, UndergraduateThe policies for audited courses are described in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs under Grading Policies. Enrollment as an auditing student requires instructor permission. Permission to audit may be requested with a Course-Status form available on the Registrar's website (link open link in new window)
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BenefitsEmployee benefits are described in the Human Resources webpage. Benefits are also discussed in Article XX Supplemental Benefits of the MSP Union Contract, Page 115 (link open link in new window) . Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Bereavement leaveThe provisions for leaves of absence are defined in the MSP Union Contract in Article XX Supplemental Benefits Section A2 Funeral Leave, Pages 117. (link open link in new window) Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Board of TrusteesThe University of Massachusetts is governed by a lay Board of Trustees. It consists of 14 appointed members and 4 ex-officio members.
Bookstore--North CampusUMass Lowell maintains two bookstores, one on North Campus and one on South.
Bookstore--South CampusUMass Lowell maintains two bookstores, one on North Campus and one on South Campus.
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C.V.See Comprehensive Personal Vitae or Vitae.
CalendarsThere are separate academic calendars for the Undergraduate Program, the Graduate Program and Continuing Studies, Corporate and Distance education. When considering deadlines it is critical that the appropriate calendar be consulted.
Campus EventsInstructions for submitting a calendar event are provided on the Calendar website.
Campus MapsIn addition to general maps and directions, accessibility maps are provided on the Disability Services website. (link open link in new window)
Campus Recreation Center (CRC)The Campus Recreation Center (CRC) is a state-of-the-art exercise facility. Faculty may use these facilities, attend classes, and participate in sports programs.
Campus SecurityThe University has a 24 hour full service police agency located on North campus. To reach them dial x2911 from a school landline or (978) 934-2911 on your cell. Blue emergency police call boxes are placed throughout University Grounds.
Career ServicesCareer Services provides a variety of support services for students, including finding an appropriate major, improving resumes, etc. In addition, Career Services coordinates the University Cooperative Education Initiative and some Service Learning initiatives.
CatalogsThe current graduate, undergraduate and Continuing Studies catalogs are available in online format only. The catalogs contain the definitive listings of the policies, requirements and course descriptions for graduate, undergraduate and continuing studies programs.
Catering and food serviceFood is available at ARAMARK stands on North and South Campus. Food can be purchased with cash or credit card or by storing "Riverhawk dollars" on your campus ID card. Riverhawk dollars do not expire at the end of the semester on faculty cards. Catering for special events may also be arranged through ARAMARK
Centers for Learning (CLASS)The Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services (CLASS) provides tutoring help, advising guidance, study skills workshops and career planning for undergraduate students. The Centers for Learning also coordinate several computer labs available for teaching on both North and South Campus.
Centers, ResearchTypically Research Centers involve groups of faculty, often interdisciplinary teams, working on common problems. Participation in Research Centers is helpful in obtaining external funding for scholarly endeavors.
Chairpersons, Information forThis page contains information about dates and policies that are critical for department chars.
Change of Major, UndergraduateStudents who wish to change their declaration of major are required to file an approved Change of Major form, available as a pdf file with the Registrar's Office. This form requires the signature of the chairperson of the major department from which the student desires to transfer, and must also include the dean's signature (of the new major) if the change of major is outside of their present college.
Change of Program, GraduateA graduate student wishing to change departments or transfer to a doctoral program upon completion of his or her master's degree must follow the procedures for apply to the new academic program. These procedures may be found on the following website:(link open link in new window)
Cheating and Plagiarism, GraduateAcademic dishonesty is prohibited in all programs of the University. Sanctions may be imposed on any student who has committed an act of academic dishonesty. For definitions of cheating and plagiarism as well as procedures and sanctions associated with academic dishonesty please consult the academic catalogs.
Cheating and Plagiarism, UndergraduateAcademic dishonesty is prohibited in all programs of the University. Sanctions may be imposed on any student who has committed an act of academic dishonesty. For definitions of cheating and plagiarism as well as procedures and sanctions associated with academic dishonesty please consult the academic catalogs.
Class Assignments and Teaching LoadFaculty assignments to teaching and other academic duties are described in Article XVI, Workload, Section D, Course Assignments and Schedules, of the MSP faculty contract, pages 77 - 87. Assignments to particular courses and scheduling of courses are handled by department chairs in consultation with department faculty members. Based on university and department needs, faculty members may also elect to teach courses through Continuing Education. Full-time faculty would generally only teach one Continuing Education course per semester outside of their day-time teaching load. These assignments are also handled by department chairs in consultation with department faculty members.
Class ScheduleClass schedules for day school and Continuing Studies (CSCDE) programs are available on the registrar's website. A faculty member's individual schedule may be accessed through ISIS.
Classroom SchedulingWeekly classroom schedules are available on the registrar's website. Questions about classroom scheduling may be addressed to scheduling@uml.edu
Clubs, StudentUMass Lowell offers over 150 student clubs and activity groups.
Code of Conduct, StudentStudent services publishes a conduct code governing student behavior. Violations of the conduct code are addressed through a judiciary process implemented in the Dean of Students office.
Collective Bargaining AgreementThe Massachusetts Society of Professors at Lowell negotiates the agreement that provides equitable salaries, tenure, promotion process and working conditions for full-time faculty. The contract also has a procedure that allows faculty members to file formal grievances if their rights have been violated. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
College Level Examination ProgramWe do not offer a CLEP program. We do however give credit for some CLEP and AP courses.
CommencementCommencement is typically held in late May or early June for all graduates. The date is posted on the academic calendar. Locale, speakers and related events are posted on the Commencement webpage.
Committee AssignmentFaculty service, one of the criteria for faculty evaluation, includes a component of committee work as described in Article IX of the MSP Contract EVALUATION OF FACULTY AND LIBRARIANS, Section E 1 C 2, Service to the University, Page 49. Personnel committees are governed by contractual guidelines described in Article VIII of the MSP Contract TENURE AND PROMOTION PROCEDURE, Section A 3, Page 36. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Communication Guide, FacultyPublic affairs offers a variety of methods to get a message out. In addition, we have some standards and templates for presentation at (link open link in new window)
Compact, TransferIn order to facilitate transfer within schools in the UMass System a transfer compact has been established.
Comprehensive Professional VitaThere are several different versions of the Comprehensive Professional Vita in the appendices of the MSP contract. Appendix A-8 (Personnel form #16A)(Page 171)and(Personnel form #14)(Pages 172 - 173) is used for Annual Merit; Appendix A-9 (Personnel Form #6)(Pages 174 - 176), The Comprehensive Professional Vitae, is used for promotion and tenure. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Conferences & EventsConferences and special events are posted on UML Today and announced in daily emails. Events can be added to the calendar by going to the linked page. Arrangement for police, catering, facilities services at special events should be arranged through the Special Events office. (link open link in new window)
Conflict of InterestConflict of interest policy related to research and intellectual property is governed by the office of Compliance. The conflict of interest disclosure policy is included in Appendix 5 of the MSP contract, Pages 158 - 163.
Continuing Studies and Corporate EducationContinuing Studies and Corporate Education provides educational opportunities for students who are not matriculated into the day school program. Teaching opportunities in CSCE are arranged in consultation between the Academic Department and CSCE. These terms are outlined in MSP contract Article XVI workload, Section B4 Continuing education, Page 74, (link open link in new window). Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
ConvocationsA campus-wide event welcoming new students. Generally held one day before the start of the semester.
Cooperative Education ProgramInternships and coops are offered by a large number of departments. A coop is distinguished by the fact that participants are typically paid for on-the-job experience while receiving academic credits. Coops are coordinated by the Office of Career Services. International students pursing a coop must check in with the International Students and Scholars Office.
Copyright, DuplicationDuplicating services on North and South Campus provide guidelines for photocopying of published material.
Counseling ServicesThe Counseling Center at UMass Lowell provides counseling services to students and consults with faculty where there is concern about student's wellbeing or behavior.
Course Credit Limits, GraduateThe usual course load for full-time graduate students is 9 credits/semester. Depending upon the program requirements and abilities of the student, individuals may carry more than 9 credits each semester. However, the absolute maximum number of total credits for which a graduate student will be allowed to register is 18 credits/semester. (Note: TA and RA assistantship waivers only cover 9 credits.)
Course Credit Limits, UndergraduateUndergraduate students are not permitted to register for more than 20 credits without special permission.
Course LoadsFaculty workload is determined contractually in the MSP Contract, Article XVI, Workload, Section D, Page 77 - Page 77. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Course RostersCourse rosters may be obtained through ISIS. It is a good idea to compare the roster to the actual attendance to identify students who are attending classes but have failed to register.
Course Withdrawal, GraduateThe procedure for course withdrawal is outlined in the University Catalog. It is important to distinguish between a dropped course (first 10 days of the semester resulting in no course-record and no financial charges) and a withdrawal, which results in a grade of "W" and does not lead to a refund. After the 50th day of the semester students may not withdraw. It should be noted that students do not require instructor permission to withdraw, but instructors should be notified.
Course Withdrawal, UndergraduateThe procedure for course withdrawal is outlined in the University Catalog. It is important to distinguish between a dropped course (first 10 days of the semester resulting in no course-record and no financial charges) and a withdrawal, which results in a grade of "W" and does not lead to a refund. After the 50th day of the semester students may not withdraw. It should be noted that students do not require instructor permission to withdraw, but instructors should be notified.
Curriculum DevelopmentNew courses or programs are created within a department or interdisciplinary group. Once approved by the department, new courses and programs are submitted to a College Review Process and then to the appropriate subcommittee (GPAC or UPC) of the faculty senate. If approved by the subcommittee, the proposals are submitted to the full faculty senate for review. New certificates, minors and degree programs require system-wide notification or approval. Once approved materials must be entered into the Online Catalog and ISIS. Forms for modification of catalog and ISIS entries may be found at (link open link in new window)
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Dean of StudentsThe Dean of Students provides leadership to the Office of Student Affairs. Questions of student behavior, misconduct or concern are addressed to the Dean of Students.
Declaration of Intent to Graduate (Graduate Clearance), GraduateFor graduate students applying for graduation is a two step process. First, the student must file a Request for Graduate Clearance Form. This form may be found on the Registrar's website at (link open link in new window) The Registrar's Office will mail the "Graduate Clearance" form to the student. When the student receives the "Graduation Clearance" form, it must be completed, approved by all appropriate faculty and submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the date listed in the Graduate Academic Calendar. The registrar's office will verify course credit credit, grade and GPA requirements, and submission of thesis/dissertation (if applicable) prior to the awarding the degree.
Declaration of Intention to Graduate, UndergraduateThe DIG form indicates an undergraduate student's intention to graduate. The DIG form is generally filed within 90 credits of the proposed graduation date. When the DIG form is approved by the student’s advisor and department Chair the student is placed on a “Graduation” list and submitted to the College Dean. Students whose names are on the graduation-list will be reviewed in the registrar's office for completion of credit, residency and GPA requirements prior to the awarding the degree. (link open link in new window) Graduate students must file a "Graduation Clearance" form.
Declaration of Major PoliciesUndergraduate students who have declared a major at the time of their admission to the University are officially enrolled in the college in which their designated major is offered and are referred by the College Dean to the Chairperson of the designated major for assignment of a faculty advisor. After admission, subsequent changes of major require a change-of-major form to be signed by the Department Chair and filed with the registrar. Although students are encouraged to identify a major as soon as possible, they are not required to declare a major until they have completed 60 credits. Most undergraduate students will change majors at least once during their college career. The declaration of major form can be found at the Registrar's office website. (link open link in new window)
Dental, Health, Life, Vision InsuranceEmployee benefits are described in the Human Resources webpage. Benefits are also discussed in Article XX Supplemental Benefits of the MSP Union Contract, Page 115 (link open link in new window). Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Development OfficeCreation of scholarship funds and capital campaigns are managed by the office of advancement.
Dining and Food ServicesFood is available at ARAMARK stands on North and South Campus. Food can be purchased with cash or credit card or by storing "Riverhawk dollars" on your campus ID card. Riverhawk dollars do not expire at the end of the semester on faculty cards. Catering for special events may also be arranged through ARAMARK
Direct Deposit of PaycheckPaychecks are distributed on a bi-weekly schedule. Paychecks may be deposited directly into the faculty member's bank account. The Direct-Deposit authorization form is available on the Human Resources website.
Directions to CampusThe UMass Lowell website provides maps and directions to various locations on campus. Directions for accessible routes individuals with disabilities may be found at (link open link in new window)
Directory, Campus PhoneA directory of all UMass Lowell phone numbers is published annually by the Voice Services Department. Hard copies are delivered to each department for distribution to all faculty. The same directory is available at (link open link in new window). Individual contact information can also be found on the university's main website by searching under people.
Disability Accommodations, FacultyFaculty needing disability accommodations should consult the Office of Equal Opportunity.
Disability Accommodations, StudentsThe office of disability services provides services to students with disabilities. The office notifies instructors of recommended accommodations. Instructors are encouraged to honor reasonable accommodations to insure full inclusion. Guidelines for faculty members working with students with disabilities may be found at (link open link in new window)
DiscriminationThe Equal Opportunity and Outreach Office provides consultation to the UMass Lowell community on discrimination and adjudicates grievances based on claims of discrimination against protected groups.
Diversity on campusFactbooks generated by Institutional Reporting provide statistics on diversity on campus. (link open link in new window)
Diversity, Campus Climate andDiversity education and awareness programming is carried out by the office of Equal Opportunity and Outreach.
Drop BoxLarge files may be emailed securely by using the Drop Box. This feature is described on the Informational Technology (IT). Access to the Drop Box requires a UML address and password for validation.
Dual Degree ProgramsDual degree program are distinguished from dual major programs in that the undergraduate student receives two separate degrees. Students who wish to pursue a dual degree program must meet all requirements for both degrees. A minimum of 150 credits is required to obtain dual degrees. (Dual degrees are not issued to graduate students.)
DuplicatingDuplicating allows faculty and staff to print large quantities of documents. Faculty have unlimited photocopying privileges at the North and South duplicating offices. Policies, forms and staff contact information can be obtained on the duplicating webpage.
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E-mailAll faculty receive UMass Lowell email accounts, signified by the uml.edu extension. Information about using UML email may be obtained on the Information Technology website.
Emergency Medical ServicesDial 2911 to obtain emergency service. UMass Lowell provides a student-run Emergency Medical Service that provides professional-quality care to the university and its community. They also provide medical training to university and community members who have a need or interest in learning CPR and/or First Aid.
Emergency Response PoliciesEmergency procedures for a variety of situations (including biological, chemical, fire, industrial and radiation emergencies) are provided on the environmental health and safety website. Emergency measures related to police matters are provided on the Campus Police website (link open link in new window)
Employee Assistance ProgramThe Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a University-sponsored program to provide employees with confidential assistance with stress, substance abuse, family concerns and other personal problems.
Environmental Health and SafetyThe Environmental Health and Safety Department works to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations, as well as personal protection and safety. The goal is to provide a safe, healthy environment conducive to the educational and work needs of all in the University community.
Equal Opportunity and OutreachEqual Opportunity and Outreach provides consultation on various aspects of diversity in employment such as hiring/affirmative action, diversity education and awareness, requests for accommodation, and how to file a complaint of discrimination or harassment.
Expenses and ReimbursementReimbursement for monies laid out are handled through the Purchasing Office in the Office of Procurement.
Expenses, Funded Research RelatedPolicies related to purchasing and reimbursement from funded research can be found in the Office of Research Administration.
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Facilities Services, RequestsThe Department of Facilities provides a variety of services related to the maintenance of the physical campus. Requests for services can be placed online.
FactbooksThe Factbooks are produced by institutional research and contain critical statistics about the demographics of the student population.
Faculty Development CenterThe faculty development center offers a variety of services related to teaching and scholarship.
Faculty DirectoryFaculty and staff campus phone numbers, affiliation, and office location may be found in the directory.
Faculty SenateThe faculty senate considers academic policy for the University. The senate meetings are open to all faculty and administrators, but senators are elected by each department for 3-year terms. Information about the Senate, include by-laws, memberships and past minutes are available at the faculty senate website.
Faculty, Student Complaints AgainstFaculty should be aware of the University policy regarding student complaints against faculty. Refer to the undergraduate catalog for more information on complaints regarding academic matters. Complaints concerning charges of discrimination or harassment are handled through the Office of Equal Opportunity and Outreach. Faculty facing charges should consider consultation with a department chair and/or MSP (union) representative.
Family LeaveThe provisions for leaves of absence related to family care are defined in the MSP Union Contract in Article XX Supplemental Benefits Section B2 - B6 Pages 124-125.
Fee Waiver or Tuition PaymentsTuition remissions are available to employees, their spouse/domestic partner and children who meet eligibility requirements. Faculty may direct students with fee waiver or tuition payment questions to the Student Financial Services Office (link open link in new window).
FERPAFERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) It is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
Final Exam PolicyFinal exams are scheduled during the last week of the academic semester as posted on the academic calendar. Scheduling of most final exams is based on the course schedule. Common finals must be arranged through the department chair at the time that courses are scheduled. Common finals are scheduled only by consensus of the faculty offering the course. University policy prohibits faculty members from administering any exams during the week preceding the finals period i.e. the final week of classes, except with approval from the Dean of the College.
Final Grades: DeadlinesThere is a general expectation that final grades will be submitted within 7 calendar days of the administration of the final exam. When no final exam is administered the expectation is that grades will be submitted within 7 calendar days of the last class day. This grading window is shortened to 5 calendar days following 14-week sessions in the Spring semester in order to facilitate processing of commencement information.
Fitness CenterThe Campus Recreation Center (CRC) is a state-of-the-art exercise facility. Faculty may use these facilities, attend classes, and participate in sports programs.
Fresh Start Program, GraduateMaster and Doctoral degree candidates and non-degree students who have been absent from the University for four years or longer may be readmitted under the Graduate Fresh Start Program. The link to the Graduate Fresh Start Program Contract is (link open link in new window)
Fresh Start Program, UndergraduateThe Fresh Start program offers academic forgiveness for students who have been absent from the University for a period of two years or who have earned an Associate's Degree at an accredited 2-year institution. Students must apply to the registrar's office to be accepted into the Fresh Start program
Funeral LeaveThe provisions for leaves of absence are defined in the MSP Union Contract in Article XX Supplemental Benefits Section A2 Funeral Leave, Pages 117.
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General EducationThe General Education requirements comprise the core of the University curriculum. It includes courses designed to meet particular learning outcomes: 1. Breadth of knowledge 2. Critical thinking 3. Clear communication 4. Diversity 5. Ethics 6. Self-direction and collaboration 7. Information literacy Courses must be submitted to the General Education Committee to be included among the General Education Courses.
Grade Change PolicyIn order to change a grade faculty must file a Change-of-Grade form available in the Registrar's office. Changes from incompletes to letter-grades do not require a Dean's signature. Any other changes in grade require the Dean's signature. Grading policies for Graduate students can be found at in the online Graduate Catalog at (link open link in new window)
Grade Exclusion, GraduateA request may be submitted to omit a specific course (grade and credits) from the GPA for matriculated graduate students. Requests must be made via an Academic Petition. Only one grade exclusion in total, including a grade for a repeated course, will be permitted for each degree sought. Deleted or replaced grades will appear on the transcript with a notation that they have not been applied to the Cumulative GPA.
Grade Substitution and Deletion, UndergraduateUp to 15 credits of unsatisfactory grades my be deleted or replaced via academic petition. Deleted or replaced grades will appear on the transcript with a notation that they have not been applied to the Cumulative GPA. Students who transfer 60 credits or more may delete or replace no more than 7 credits.
Grading Policies, GraduateGrading policies for graduate students are described in the online course catalog under general policies.
Grading Policies, UndergraduateGrading policies for undergraduate students are described in the online course catalog under academic policies.
Grievance ProcessA faculty member who feels that he has been treated unfairly may file a grievance against a member of the administration. The grievance process is describes in the MSP faculty contract under article VI Grievance Procedure, Pages 11 - 18. Grievances based on discrimination or harassment may be brought to the Equal Opportunity Office, (link open link in new window). Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
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Harassment, SexualThe Office of Equal Opportunity adjudicates complaints regarding sexual harassment.
Health InsuranceEmployee benefits are described in the Human Resources webpage. Benefits are also discussed in Article XX Supplemental Benefits of the MSP Union Contract, Page 115 (link open link in new window). Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Honors ProgramUMass Lowell is part of the Commonwealth Honors Program. Guidelines for faculty teaching Honors courses may be found at (link open link in new window)
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IACUCIACUC or the Animal Care and Use Committee oversees the ethical and humane treatment of non-human subjects used in research.
Incomplete Grades Policy, GraduatePolicies governing the administration of grades of Incomplete for graduate students may be found in the Graduate Catalog. Deadlines for submission of incomplete work is specified on the Academic Calendar. (link open link in new window)
Incomplete Grades Policy, UndergraduatePolicies governing the administration of grades of Incomplete may be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Deadlines for submission of incomplete work is specified on the Academic Calendar. (link open link in new window)
Information TechnologyThe Information Technology (IT) office provides the campus community with technology services (including email, web-hosting, classroom technologies, and library resources). For information regarding current initiatives, resources for faculty and students, or assistance with any technology related questions, please go to: (link open link in new window)
Inn and Conference Center (ICC)Formerly the Doubletree Hotel, the ICC was purchased by the University in 2009. Located at 50 Warren Street, it now serves as a residence hall for students; a hotel for guests to the city, and a conference center for University-sponsored events.
Institutional ComplianceThe Institutional Compliance Office serves as a liaison providing Institutional oversight to all the faculty, staff, and students who conduct research at UMass Lowell to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations covering research activities related to animal care and use, human subjects, biosafety, and export controls.
Institutional Review Board (IRB)The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of human research participants, for all research activities, regardless of funding circumstances. In order for a project to require IRB review, it must be research and it must involve human subjects. Research is defined as ‘a systematic investigation, including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.' Any research conducted with human participants must be reviewed by the IRB prior to data collection. If faculty have any questions about proposed activities, including whether a project meets exempt-status determination requirements or needs expedited or full review, they should contact the IRB Chair or Office of Institutional Compliance for assistance.
Insurance, General LiabilityThe President's Office purchases an annual general liability insurance policy that covers UMass Lowell faculty, staff, and students. There is also an FAQ on insurance here: (link open link in new window).
Insurance, Health, DentalEmployee benefits are described in the Human Resources webpage. Benefits are also discussed in Article XX Supplemental Benefits of the MSP Union Contract, Page 115 (link open link in new window). Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Intellectual Property PolicyFaculty working on inventions, publications, or intellectual products should consult the University's office of Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP).
Interdisciplinary and Intercollegiate ProgramsThe University offers a rich variety of interdisciplinary and intercollegiate programs. These may be found in the undergraduate online catalog.
International ProgramsThe University has a number of international programs and it is building its base of exchange programs and partnerships with universities abroad.
iSiS (Intercampus Student Information System)The University uses the online software system ISIS (Intercampus Student Information System) to manage all student information and records, as well as faculty schedules, course rosters, and grading. Faculty may also use ISIS to manage advising and look up course schedules and course descriptions. For help with ISIS there is a list of contacts at (link open link in new window)
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Joint AdmissionsStudents transferring to UMass Lowell from certain community colleges may be eligible for reduced tuition through the Joint Admissions Program
Jury DutyThe provisions for leaves of absence are defined in the MSP Union Contract in Article XX Supplemental Benefits Section A4 Court Leave, Pages 118 - 119. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
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Keys & LocksKeys and locks are managed through the Facilities Department lock shop. Requests for keys or new locks may be placed through the Facilities website: (link open link in new window)
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Learning CommunitiesLearning communities represent thematically linked clusters of courses. All incoming freshmen are assigned to learning communities based on their designated major or expressed interest.
Learning OutcomesThe general education program consists of two parts: a course distribution requirement and requirements to be fulfilled through the student’s major program. Seven learning outcomes are to be addressed by the general education program. They are: 1. Breadth of knowledge 2. Critical thinking 3. Clear communication 4. Diversity 5. Ethics 6. Self-direction and collaboration 7. Information literacy
LeavesThe provisions for leaves of absence are defined in the MSP Union Contract in Article XX Supplemental Benefits; Section A (Topics include Sick Leave, Funeral Leave, Military Leave, Court Leave, and other leaves)- Pages 115 to 123. Provisions for Unpaid leaves are described in section B - Pages 123 - 125. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
LecturersLecturers are part-time employees engaged in instructional activity. The roles of lecturers are defined in the the MSP contract, Article X, Section B, Page 56. Benefits for temporary emploees are Benefits for temporary faculty are explained on the Human Resource website. (link open link in new window). Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
LibrariesUMass Lowell houses two libraries, O'Leary Library on South Campus and Lydon Library on North Campus. The stacks and resources at each library mirror the disciplines housed on the respective campuses. The library has numerous online databases and journals. It also houses Media Services.
Literary MagazineThe English Department publishes an annual literary magazine, the Offering.
LogosLogos, fonts, images and media used for UMass Lowell publications can be found and downloaded on the University Relation's website.
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Mail ServiceFaculty have departmental mailboxes. There is a courier service delivery inter-campus mail on a daily basis.
MajorsThe University offers 120 accredited programs, including 75 undergraduate majors. Students are expected to declare a major by the end of their sophomore year.
Maps of CampusThe UMass Lowell website provides maps and directions to various locations on campus. Directions for accessible routes individuals with disabilities may be found at (link open link in new window)
Massachusetts Society of Professors (MSP)The Massachusetts Society of Professors at Lowell negotiates the agreement that provides equitable salaries, tenure, promotion process and working conditions. A copy of the current contract and a list of resources available to faculty can be found on their website.
Master PlanThe long range blueprint for University Growth is the Master Plan. The overall plan for academic growth and change is the Strategic Plan 2020.
Maternity LeaveThe provisions for leaves of absence related to family care are defined in the MSP Union Contract in Article XX Supplemental Benefits Section B2 - B6 Pages 124-125. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Media ServicesThe Division of Media Services provides a variety of helpful resources for faculty members. including instructional media resources, production, presentation and consulting services.
Medical LeaveThe provisions for leaves of absence related to family care are defined in the MSP Union Contract in Article XX Supplemental Benefits Section A1 Pages 115 - 117. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Meeting Room AccessMeeting rooms for special events are booked through the Office of Special Events. Classrooms to be used for meetings or specific events are booked through the registrar's office. Some colleges and/or departments maintain their own meeting rooms.
Meeting SchedulingA posting of room usage is displayed on the Registrar's website. These rooms do not include the rooms scheduled by special events.
Merit PayConditions for faculty merit pay and deadlines for submitting applications are outlined in Article XIX of the MSP faculty contract, Salary and Other Financial Benefits, Section B, Pages 106 - 113. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Midterms and Class TestsFaculty are required to provide at least three means of assessment, including tests or other kinds of assessments, throughout the semester. One of the means assessment must be completed by mid-semester so that students are aware of their academic standing in the course. All undergraduate courses are also required to administer a final exam during the scheduled final exam period, unless exempted by the department chairperson or college dean. One week before the last day of classes is the last day faculty may administer any other quizzes or tests before the final exam.
Military LeaveThe provisions for leaves of absence are defined in the MSP Union Contract in Article XX Supplemental Benefits Section A3 Military Leave pages 117 - 118. Students who are deployed mid-semester may be given incomplete grades at the faculty member's discretion or may be given administrative leave. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
MinorsUndergraduate students may elect to add an academic minor in addition to their major. Most minors consist of 6 to 8 courses, including 3 at the 300-400 level. A list of minors is provided on the attached website as well as on the undergraduate catalog. We offer a variety of interdisciplinary minors as well as departmental minors.
Minors, AddingStudents may add a minor by submitting the Change-of-Major form available on the registrar's website.
Mission StatementThe mission of the University of Massachusetts Lowell is to enhance the intellectual, personal and cultural development of its students through excellent, affordable educational programs. The University seeks to meet the needs of the Commonwealth today and into the future and supports the development of sustainable technologies and communities through its teaching, research, scholarship and engagement.
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NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges)The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an accredited member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Information regarding the five-year assessment process and links to the report may be viewed on the Academic Affairs website.
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Online EducationOur online educational program is coordinated primarily through the division of Continuing Studies, Corporate & Distance Education. Opportunities for blended or fully online programs integrated into the day program can be addressed at a departmental level but are coordinated through the division of Continuing Studies, Corporate & Distance Education.
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ParkingDaytime parking at UMass Lowell requires a parking permit. Information about obtaining parking permits and visitor parking can be found at Access Services.
Pass - No Credit Grading, UndergraduateUndergraduate students may elect to register on a pass-no credit basis for a maximum of four unrestricted elective courses. A student may not change his or her enrollment status from letter grade to pass-no credit or from pass-no credit to letter grade after the established deadline for adding a course. A pass-no credit course cannot be presented in fulfillment of University general education requirements, major programs, minor programs, or specifically designated courses (collateral requirements) of an established curriculum. A grade of P indicates that a student’s performance merits an evaluation of D or better. NC indicates that a course has been failed but that such failure is without prejudice to the student’s cumulative average. Grading policies for graduate students may be found at (link open link in new window)
Paternity LeaveThe provisions for leaves of absence related to family care are defined in the MSP Union Contract in Article XX Supplemental Benefits Section B2 - B6 Pages 124-125. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Payroll DeductionsPermanent and temporary faculty should consult with Human Resources regarding various options for payroll deductions related to health and life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and retirement or savings accounts.
Performance Evaluation of FacultyPerformance evaluation of the faculty can be found in MSP contract Article IX: Evaluation of Faculty and Librarians, pp.43 - 54.
Periodic Multi-Year Review (PMYR)Post-tenure review, or Periodic Multi-Year Review (PMYR) of all faculty members' performance is carried out by each department according to Appendix A13 of the MSP faculty contract, page 183 - 188. In Departments undergoing an AQAD review, PMYR accompanies AQAD. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Permission NumbersPermission numbers are used during the registration period. A permission number will allow a student to register for a course that is filled; will allow a student to register for a course if the student does not have the pre-requisites; will allow an undergraduate student to register for a graduate course. A permission number will not allow a student to register for a course if the student has a service indicator (hold) flag; will not allow a student to register for a course beyond the academic calendar dates; will not allow a student to register for a course if the student is not enrolled in the co-requisite course; will not allow someone to register if they are not an active student at UMassLowell.
Personal LeaveThe provisions for leaves of absence are defined in the MSP Union Contract in Article XX Supplemental Benefits; Section A (Topics include Sick Leave, Funeral Leave, Military Leave, Court Leave, and other leaves)- Pages 115 to 123. Provisions for Unpaid leaves are described in section B - Pages 123 - 125. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Personnel Action FileThe Administration maintains a personnel action file for faculty and librarians. The policies and procedures concerning these files can be found in Article XII, Access to Official Faculty and Librarian Personnel Files, of the MSP Contract, Page 62. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
PhotocopyingMost departmental offices have a photocopier. Duplicating Services allows faculty and staff to print large quantities of documents. Faculty have unlimited photocopying privileges at the North and South duplicating offices.
PlagiarismPlagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty are defined in the online course catalog. The policies for dealing with Academic Integrity and Dishonesty are outlined in the catalog. The University offers faculty use of the tools on Turnitin.com (www.turnitin.com). This website provides the opportunity to compare student work with a large body of published and unpublished papers. First-time users of Turnitin must obtain the University Username and Password from Deans, Chairs or Reference librarians.
Police & Public SafetyThe University of Massachusetts Lowell Police Department is a full service police agency. Blue call boxes are provided across campus in case of emergency. Police may be reached on campus extensions by dialing X2911.
Post-Tenure ReviewPost-tenure review, or Periodic Multi-Year Review (PMYR) of all faculty members' performance is carried out by each department according to Appendix A13 of the MSP faculty contract, page 183 - 188. In Departments undergoing an AQAD review, PMYR accompanies AQAD. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Professional LeaveThe provisions for leaves of absence are defined in the MSP Union Contract in Article XX Supplemental Benefits; Section A (Topics include Sick Leave, Funeral Leave, Military Leave, Court Leave, and other leaves)- Pages 115 to 123. Provisions for Unpaid leaves are described in section B - Pages 123 - 125. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Promotion and Tenure GuidelinesInformation about promotion and tenure, including critical dates and processes are available in the MSP contract, Article IX,(link open link in new window) Evaluation of Faculty and Librarians, and on the Academic Affairs website. The Provost's Guidelines for Tenure and Promotion are linked to the website. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Provost, Office of theAcademic Affairs are governed by the Provost. Special initiatives include Learning Communities, Internationalization of the campus, Experiential Learning and Coops, and Community engagement.
Purchasing InformationGuidelines for purchasing, including travel and reimbursement, are described on the Procurement website.
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Recreation CenterThe Campus Recreation Center (CRC), located on East Campus, provides a broad spectrum of quality sport, recreation, and leisure programs and services to encourage lifelong health. These services are available to faculty as well as students.
Registrar's OfficeThe registrar's office maintains University Records and monitors the academic calendar, class schedules, academic policies and procedures, grades and transcripts.
Research Administration, Office of (ORA)Grant preparation and management, Patent and intellectual property issues, and institutional compliance issues are addressed by the Office of Research Administration.
Research, Human ParticipantsResearch is defined as ‘a systematic investigation, including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.' Any research conducted with human participants must be reviewed by the IRB prior to data collection. If faculty have any questions about proposed activities, including whether a project meets exempt-status determination requirements or needs expedited or full review, they should contact the IRB Chair or Office of Institutional Compliance for assistance.
Residence LifeIssues concerning student housing are addressed by the office of Residence Life.
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Sabbatical LeaveEligibility, criteria and the application process for Sabbatical Leave can be found in article XXI of the MSP contract, Pages 131 - 135. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Safety on CampusIssues related to campus security and safety can be found on the UMass Lowell Police website.
Safety, EnvironmentalIssues related to environmental safety can be found on the Environmental Health and Safety website.
Salary ReviewUnder certain conditions the University may adjust the salary to achieve equity within faculty ranks. The terms of salary review are described in the MSP Contract under Article XIX, Salary and Other Financial Benefits, Section D, Pages 108 - 112.Guidelines for salary review are presented in the Academic Affairs website. (link open link in new window). Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Sick LeaveThe provisions for leaves of absence are defined in the MSP Union Contract in Article XX Supplemental Benefits; Section A (Topics include Sick Leave, Funeral Leave, Military Leave, Court Leave, and other leaves)- Pages 115 to 123. Provisions for Unpaid leaves are described in section B - Pages 123 - 125.
Special EventsSpecial events are coordinated through the Special Events Office, within the Department of Public Affairs.
Student ActivitiesThe Office of Student Activities and Leadership is a division of the Office of student affairs, charged with the creation of cultural, social, educational and leadership opportunities, enhancing the overall learning and development of students. Faculty often play an advisory role in these activities.
Student AffairsStudent Affairs is comprised of the following departments: Campus Ministry, Career Services, Counseling Center, Dean of Students' Office, Disability Services, Residence Life, Student Activities and Multicultural Affairs, Student Development and Campus Conduct, Student Health Services, Student Mailrooms and Transportation. Student-Affairs oversees all aspects of campus life.
Syllabus ResourcesWhile no specific template for the syllabus is required, suggested components include: course description, course objectives, required texts, reading and writing assignments with deadlines for completion, class attendance policy, evidence expected for meeting course objectives, rubrics for grading, plagiarism guidelines, and instructor’s University e-mail and office hours.
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Teaching and Research AssistantsFaculty who hire and/or supervise graduate teaching and/or research assistants should be familiar with the Graduate Employee Negotiated Agreement, the hiring process and evaluation procedures. The TA/RA negotiated agreement may be found at (link open link in new window) The hiring process, pay rates and evaluation procedures may be found under "Employee Contracts and Related Forms" on the Forms section of the Human Resources website at (link open link in new window)
Transfer DictionaryThe transfer dictionary provides UMass Lowell equivalents for courses taken off-campus. Omissions or errors in the transfer dictionary should be reported to the registrar's office. (These are often identified when advising transfer students). The prefix UC (University Credit) is applied when there is no department that provides an equivalent course. The extensions 199, 299, 399, 499 indicate that while a course is identified with a particular department, there is no precise equivalent course.
Transfer Policies and ProcessesInformation regarding the processes and policies relating to the acceptance of transfer students can be obtained from the Admissions website. All transfer courses, and their equivalents, can be found in the Online Transfer Dictionary. When errors in the evaluation of transfer courses are found, notification should be made to the registrar's office, transfer_credits@uml.edu. New transfer courses are evaluated by chairs of appropriate departments. In the event that a department does not offer an equivalent course, then generic credit can be assigned by a department (using a xx.x99 designation) or, in the case of interdisciplinary courses, university credit (UC) may be applied. General Education status can be assigned by filing an Exception form to the General Education Committee of the faculty senate.
Transportation ServicesThere is limited public transportation to the University. There is train service from North Station in Boston to UMass Lowell, but limited transportation to campus from the station. Public transportation between campuses is provided by the University. Numerous shuttle buses run between campuses.
Travel and ReimbursementPolicies regarding travel and reimbursement can be found on the Procurement website. Travel policies are also covered in Article XX Supplemental Benefits, Section E, of the MSP contract, pages 126 - 127.
TuitionThe schedule for tuition and fees may be found at student financial services. Tuition remissions are available to employees, their spouse/domestic partner and children who meet eligibility requirements. (link open link in new window)
TurnitinTurnitin is a website that evaluates students papers for plagiarism or academic dishonesty. UMass Lowell has a license for plagiarism. In order to access the licensed program, first-time users must enter the UMass Lowell username and password. This information may be obtained from Deans, Department Chairs or the reference librarians.
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Union, Adjunct FacultyInformation regarding UAW 1956 Union Contract can be located through Human Resources.
Union, Full-Time FacultyThe faculty union is the Massachusetts Society of Professors. The Union Contract may be read or downloaded from their website. Every faculty member is entitled to a print version of the contract.
University CatalogThe University Catalog is the definitive record of all university policy and programs within a particular period.
University ProfessorshipA University Professorship can be awarded to a faculty member who is recognized by peers as having made truly outstanding contributions over a number of years. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
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Vacation LeaveFaculty on 9-month contracts do not accrue vacation leave. Faculty on 12 month contracts should refer to Article XX of the MSP Union Contract, Page 120 - 122. Information regarding Adjunct Faculty can be found at the Adjunct Faculty Union Contract (link open link in new window).
Veteran's BenefitsIssues of equity for veterans are handled by the office of Equal Opportunity and Outreach. Veteran's benefits for students are described on the Veteran's webpage (link open link in new window)
Veteran's Benefits (students)Although we do not have an office of Veteran's Affairs, the University supports a standing committee on Veteran's Affairs. Financial benefits for Veterans are handled in the Registrar's Office; Counseling and other student-life issues are handled through the office of Student Affairs.
VitaThere are several different versions of the Comprehensive Professional Vita in the appendices of the MSP contract. Appendix A-8 (Personnel form #16A)(Page 171)and(Personnel form #14)(Pages 172 - 173) is used for Annual Merit; Appendix A-9 (Personnel Form #6)(Pages 174 - 176), The Comprehensive Professional Vitae, is used for promotion and tenure.
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Web ServicesWeb services are part of Information Technology. Most Divisions charge one individual with updating individual websites, although the Web office maintains the integrity of the web. Changes to the online catalogs are coordinated through the Provost's office.
Withdrawal from Courses, GraduateStudents may withdraw from a course with a refund and without academic penalty within the first two weeks of the academic semester (the drop-add period). Students may withdraw after that deadline, but before the 50th day of the semester, to receive a grade of "W". No refund is granted after the drop-add period. After the 50th day of the semester, students may no longer withdraw from a course without academic penalty.
Withdrawal from Courses, UndergraduateStudents may withdraw from a course with a refund and without academic penalty within the first two weeks of the academic semester (the drop-add period). Students may withdraw after that deadline, but before the 50th day of the semester, to receive a grade of "W". No refund is granted after the drop-add period. After the 50th day of the semester, students may no longer withdraw from a course without academic penalty.
Withdrawal from University, GraduateTo withdraw from the University, the student must submit their request in writing to the Registrar's Office. This procedure ensures that the student's academic and financial obligations are cleared before leaving the University.
Withdrawal from University, UndergraduateTo withdraw from the University, the student must submit their request in writing to the Registrar's Office. This procedure ensures that the student's academic and financial obligations are cleared before leaving the University.
Writing CenterThe writing center, called the Write Place, is coordinated through the Centers for Learning (CLASS).
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