Policies and Procedures

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is committed to providing a learning and working environment that is safe, civil, respectful, humane, and free of all forms of harassment and discrimination.  Therefore, UMMS has policies and procedures that support the right of all individuals to be treated accordingly.  All members of the UMMS community have responsibility for complying with these University policies and procedures relative to affirmative action, inclusion and equal opportunity.  These policies and procedures comply with all federal and state guidelines.

UMMS has established standards for due process. The University has designated the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office as having primary responsibility for assuring due process and receiving and investigating these complaints. These policies cover race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions) sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, covered veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law in admission, treatment, employment or in its programs, services and activities.

If an individual believes that he/she has been treated outside the boundaries of appropriate professional behavior based on any of the areas protected by law, they should contact the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office (DEOO) at 508-856-2179.  It is the goal of UMMS to resolve complaints of in the most informal manner possible. However, it is always an employee’s or student’s right to request a formal process. It is also the right of UMMS, through the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office, to determine that a matter requires a formal proceeding.