Tenure at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is the right of continuous employment in an academic position subject to dismissal or suspension only for just cause. This award is an acknowledgment that a faculty member has achieved academic excellence. Those who receive this award are guaranteed academic freedom within the defined mission of the Institution (Academic Personnel Policy, Article 11.4). Tenure is governed by University and UMMS policies (see Academic Personnel Policy, Article 7 and Article 11).

The award of tenure can be made only by the University President with the concurrence of the Board of Trustees (Academic Personnel Policy, Article 7.10).