The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) consists of the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Graduate School of Nursing and other schools, programs, and relationships that may exist at a given time. Its mission is as follows: "The mission of the University of Massachusetts Medical School is to serve the people of the Commonwealth through programs of national distinction in health sciences education, research, public service and clinical care."
The faculty, the students and the administration, are the components of the university to which this governance policy relates. The purpose of this University of Massachusetts Medical School Governance document is three-fold. First, the Governance Document describes the administrative organization of the campus. Second, the Governance Document establishes a governing body and oversight advisory committee framework in which academic faculty and student affairs policy and program decisions are processed within the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Third, the Governance Document provides a committee structure by which the faculty as a whole and representatives of the faculty participate in the policy- and decision-making processes of the campus, and by which faculty are informed of critical deliberations and decisions.
Each school on this campus promulgates its own bylaws and governance documents, under the general principles set forth in this document and by the Board of Trustees Statement on University Governance (DOC. T73-098). Changes to school bylaws require approval by the faculty of that respective school, the Chancellor or his/her designee for Academic Affairs and the Board of Trustees.