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This handbook contains current policies and regulations of the School of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The School of Medicine reserves the right to change these policies; in such case the changed policy will be applicable at the nearest appropriate time. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this handbook, the School of Medicine also reserves the right to make changes in response to unforeseen or uncontrollable circumstances.

For graduation with the MD degree, students must fulfill the requirements in the current Student Handbook. Because these requirements can change, all students, particularly those returning from a Leave of Absence or the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, should be sure that they have reviewed this current information carefully. Students may consult with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs with any questions pertaining to these requirements.

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Commitment to Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is committed to an environment that is civil, respectful, fair, accessible, safe, nurturing and free of all forms of harassment and discrimination. UMMS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, national origin, covered veteran status, disability, ancestry or any other characteristic protected by law in employment, admissions, participation in its programs, services and activities, and selection of vendors who provide services or products to UMMS. Further, UMMS is firmly committed to ensuring that all who work, study, visit or seek treatment here may do so in an environment free of harassment and/or discrimination. Therefore, UMMS has policies and procedures that support the right of all individuals to be treated accordingly. All members of the community have responsibility for complying with UMMS policies and procedures relative to affirmative action, inclusion and equal opportunity. UMMS policies and procedures comply with all federal and state guidelines.

The Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) is designated as having primary responsibility for receiving and investigating complaints related to uncivil behavior, harassment and discrimination. It is the goal of UMMS to resolve complaints 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 DIO, to determine that a matter requires a formal proceeding. If an individual believes that he/she has been treated outside the boundaries of appropriate professional behavior based on any areas protected by law, they should contact the DIO at 508-856-2179.

The DIO coordinates diversity programming and provides oversight of UMMS’s Affirmative Action/EEO and ADA policies, and for monitoring practices, procedures and programs designed to reach this goal. In addition, the DIO works with all departments and services of the University to reasonably accommodate persons with disabilities. For further information about these regulations and our grievance procedures for the resolution of harassment and/or discrimination complaints, contact the DIO at:

55 Lake Avenue North Worcester, MA 01655
Office Phone: 508 856-2179
Fax: 508 856-1810

Revised December 2016

This content is current to the 2018-2019 Student Handbook. Please click here to return to the Student Handbook Table of Contents.

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