Graduate Credit-Hour Academic Policies and Procedures
The catalog assigned to newly admitted students is determined by the date of formal admission. Admission status is valid for one year from date of admission. Students must meet the degree requirements of the catalog under which they are admitted or may select a later catalog for a year in which they are enrolled. However, for all other policies (except degree requirements), students must adhere to the current catalog for each year they are enrolled. Statements in the catalog are for informational purposes and should not be considered as the basis of a contract between students and the University. Information regarding any changes in degree programs, graduation requirements, or academic policies will be made available by the campus OneStop Services and the appropriate academic Schools.
Students admitted to the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, the MA in Professional Clinical Counseling, the Master of Social Work, the Ed.D in Organizational Leadership or to any of the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions programs will be admitted to the Catalog based on the program start date and not the admission date. (See MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, MA in Professional Clinical Counseling and Master of Social Work in the School of Arts and Sciences; Ed.D in Organizational Leadership in the School of Education and the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions section in the catalog.)
Statement of Responsibility
University of Massachusetts Global publishes its academic policies, programs and required courses for graduation. The student is responsible for his/her program including meeting the published requirements and deadlines. The University assists the student in making appropriate decisions by providing academic advising. However, the decisions made in the academic advising process are those of the student.
Generally, a minimum of 24 credits in the degree program must be completed at University of Massachusetts Global for all master’s degrees. Some programs may vary. For specific program requirements, please refer to the appropriate program section. These credits do not include courses taken to fulfill prerequisite requirements. Students in credential programs are required to complete a minimum of two-thirds of the program at University of Massachusetts Global.
Degrees and credentials are granted on evidence of intellectual growth and development rather than solely on the basis of formal course credits. Fulfillment of the minimum course requirements is not regarded as the sole requisite of a degree or credential. Refer to appropriate program section as some programs specify more stringent policies.
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all coursework applicable to the graduate degree being sought is required.
Admission to a Degree Program
Admission is based upon possession of a baccalaureate or masters degree from a regionally accredited institution and the fulfillment of requirements specified for each program.
- Credits completed for a baccalaureate degree cannot be accepted for graduate degree credit.
- Courses completed at the undergraduate level to fulfill prerequisite requirements cannot be accepted for graduate degree credit.
- All graduate degree coursework cross-listed with undergraduate coursework must differentiate course requirements. For example, graduate students enrolled in any courses in which undergraduates are enrolled must complete additional course requirements to receive graduate credit.
- At least 15 credits must be in coursework at the 500-600 level.
- The minimum number of credits required for a master’s degree is 30. Some specializations require more (see the individual degree programs).
- The Degree Works Program Evaluation is the official degree evaluation. Completion of all degree requirements, as indicated on the Program Evaluation, will result in degree conferral.
- Challenge exams exist for a limited number of graduate programs such as the Constitution Exam in Education. No credit is granted for successful performance on challenge exams.
- No grade below 2.0 "C" is acceptable toward a degree or credential, but is included in calculating the overall grade point average.
- Unless specifically noted, all coursework taken in graduate degree programs must be taken for a letter grade.
Full- and Half-Time Students
Students enrolled in 9 or more credits in a trimester are considered "full-time". Students enrolled in 4.5-8.5 credits in a trimester are considered "half-time". University of Massachusetts Global advises that students taking more than 6 credits in any one session consult with their academic advisor/faculty. Students completing their dissertation who are enrolled in EDOL 799 or DNPU 799 zero unit course and verified by the instructor as in attendance will be determined as “half-time” status.
Course Numbering System
(For course numbering systems in previous years, please refer to the catalog in effect at that time)
|100-299||Lower division Undergraduate Coursework|
|300-499||Upper division Undergraduate Coursework|
|500-799||Graduate level coursework|
|800-999||Professional development credit|
|8000-8999||Undergraduate level professional development credit|
|9000-9999||Graduate level professional development credit|
- Students are expected to complete all Prerequisites within the first year of graduate coursework at University of Massachusetts Global.
- Students may not enroll in any course which specifies a prerequisite unless the prerequisite has been completed.
- Students may not enroll concurrently in the prerequisite for a course and the course which specifies the prerequisite (unless the catalog permits concurrent enrollment).
- A minimum grade of 2.0 “C” or pass is required in all coursework used to fulfill Prerequisites.
Change of Graduate Degree Program Policies
- Students wishing to add or change their graduate degree program of study must submit a new Graduate Application form.
- To be eligible for a change of degree program, students must have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average, no grade below a “C” in University of Massachusetts Global graduate coursework, and approval of the program requested for change or addition. Students are required to meet all readmission policies/procedures prior to completing coursework.
Change of Graduate Degree Modality
Students wishing to transfer from a credit hour modality to a competency-based modality or from a competency based modality to a credit hour modality within University of Massachusetts Global should consult with their advisor and One Stop Student Services. A maximum of two modality changes will be allowed at the graduate level
Second Master’s Degree
The following regulations govern the earning of a second master’s degree from University of Massachusetts Global:
- The second master’s degree may be awarded only in a distinctly different area, i.e., the student would not be awarded two master’s degrees in education in differing areas of emphasis.
- The student must meet all specific requirements for the second master’s degree.
- The student may not use more than 12 credits of the first master’s degree to satisfy the requirements for a second master’s degree at University of Massachusetts Global.
- In addition, a minimum of 24 non-duplicated credits must be taken for the second master’s degree.
Second Emphasis Area
Students completing a second emphasis area within one master’s degree program may not use previously completed coursework for one emphasis to fulfill the requirements of a second emphasis. If the second area of emphasis is completed after the initial degree has been awarded, the student will not be issued an updated diploma, nor will the student be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony a second time. However, the second emphasis will appear on the student's official University of Massachusetts Global transcript.
Transfer Credits and Concurrent Enrollment
- Some degree programs permit 6-15 semester credits to be transferred into their degree program. Some degree programs limit transfers to elective credit only. Consult the appropriate program section of the catalog. Students are responsible for all material covered on the comprehensive examination as required by specific master’s degrees.
- Students who wish to transfer prior coursework are required to submit a request for transfer coursework form within two sessions after achieving regular admission.
- The coursework must be taken at a regionally accredited institution and be at the graduate level and/or accepted in a master’s degree program.
- Credit is not awarded for experience, including fulfillment of prerequisite requirements.
- A grade of no less than 3.0 “B” must have been earned in the course presented for transfer for all master’s degrees. Credit or Pass coursework is not transferable, unless otherwise noted within specific degree requirements.
- The coursework must be relevant to the degree program.
- Transfer of coursework to fulfill required courses is not advised. Please see specific program sections for additional information.
- The coursework must have been taken within seven years of completion of the degree program for which the course is being requested for transfer credit.
- Official transcripts must be submitted.
- If the credits accepted in transfer are not the equivalent of semester credits, additional coursework may be taken to complete degree credit requirements.
- Requests for transfer of military coursework may be considered as fulfilling Prerequisites, elective or major requirements for those programs which accept military credit. Coursework must meet all other transfer requirements.
- In the event that the content of one or more of the required courses is waived but the coursework is not accepted in transfer, the student must select a substitute course with the approval of the Dean for additional credits.
Approved academic courses from University of Massachusetts Global Extended Education will be accepted as elective, prerequisite or required credit towards University of Massachusetts Global graduate programs. Extended Education courses designated as providing academic credit are identified by the academic school. The student must have received the minimum grade required of the academic program for credit purposes.
Change of Address
Students must notify the University of any change of address. This can be done via MyUMassGlobal Self Service or through the local campus.
Inter-University of Massachusetts Global Campus Transfer
Students wishing to transfer from one University of Massachusetts Global campus to another should go to the MyUMassGlobal portal to access the form to submit the Campus Transfer Request to the new campus. Note: Not all academic programs are available at all campuses.
Requirements for students’ attendance and participation will be defined by each instructor based on the following policy:
- Monday of the first week is considered the first day of class for online and blended instruction. This includes instruction for fully online classes and online instruction supporting blended classes.
- Regular onsite attendance is expected for student success. If a student misses more than one onsite class or one week of engagement in an online class, the student may, at the discretion of the instructor, fail the course. Students are expected to attend all classes, particularly the first night of class.
- Students should consider withdrawing from a course if they will be absent more than once. Instructors may, but are not obligated to, accommodate students under extraordinary circumstances, but the student must request accommodation and provide requested supporting documentation. Students enrolled in blended courses must attend at least one class during the first two weeks of classes.
- If a student misses a portion (e.g., arriving late or leaving early) of an onsite course, the student’s grade may be adversely affected. Students who are not in attendance for at least 75 percent of any scheduled class may be considered absent for that class. Students should discuss missing portions of a class with their instructor to determine how their grade may be affected.
- Regular online attendance/participation and engagement is expected for student success in both fully online and blended courses. Online participation is evident through posting to a discussion board, blog, completing assignments including journal entries, or taking quizzes and exams.
- Schools and programs may have different attendance policies. Refer to school and program specific information for additional attendance policies.
Registering for Classes
Students register for each session via MyUMassGlobal Self Service or at their campus location. Registration is not complete until all charges are paid or arrangements for payment have been made with the Student Business Services staff by the add/drop deadline. See academic calendar for registration deadlines. Students are expected to have met all prerequisite requirements for courses in which they register.
Course Cancellation Policy
University of Massachusetts Global reserves the right to cancel or postpone a class. If a course is cancelled, University of Massachusetts Global will make reasonable efforts to help the student find an alternative course. However, if no such course is available, the student is entitled to a full refund of tuition and fees relating to the cancelled class.
(refer to tuition and unit based fees policy for additional information)
To add a class, a student must do so through MyUMassGlobal Self Service by the end of the first week of the session. Registration ends at the end of the first week.
To drop a class without having the course noted on the transcript, a student must do so through MyUMassGlobal Self Service by the end of the second week of the session. Drops that are officially processed prior to or by the end of the second week will not appear on the student's transcripts. After the second week of the session, students who wish to withdraw from a course must do so by the end of the sixth week, either via MyUMassGlobal Self Service, by telephone or in person at their campus. A grade of "W" will appear on the student's transcripts indicating the withdrawal. Students must officially withdraw before the end of the sixth week of classes in order to avoid being responsible for a grade in their classes. It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw from a course and verify that he/she has been dropped. Students cannot drop a course beyond the sixth week of the session. Failure to attend a course does not constitute a withdrawal from a course. Students who stop attending courses without officially withdrawing will receive an "FW" (failure to withdraw). A grade of "FW" is calculated as 0.0 in student's grade point average.
Students who do not attend a class during the first two weeks of classes will be administratively dropped. Students should not assume that nonattendance will automatically result in an administrative drop. To avoid financial obligation to the University it is the responsibility of the student to verify that he/she dropped course(s) via MyUMassGlobal Self Service prior to the deadlines stated in the official Academic Calendar in the catalog.
Students may find it necessary to interrupt progress during their course of study, leave University of Massachusetts Global and decide to return at a later date. Students who leave the University in good standing and are absent no more than twelve consecutive sessions do not need to reapply and will retain the program requirements of their designated catalog year. Students who have no remaining course requirements, are absent more than twelve consecutive sessions, and leave in good standing, do not need to reapply, but will be required to meet the current catalog year requirements.
Retaining the program requirements of a student’s designated catalog year must adhere to the seven year limitation policy which states that all requirements for graduate degree and credential programs, including courses accepted for transfer credit from other institutions, must be completed within a seven-year period.
Veterans receiving an honorable discharge, who left the University in order to perform military services, will be readmitted with the same academic status that he or she had when last in attendance at University of Massachusetts Global. The length of absence from University of Massachusetts Global cannot exceed five years.
The University may require students to adopt the catalog year program requirements at the time of their return if a program has become impacted or changed by external regulatory agencies.
If students take coursework during their absence from the University, they must provide official transcripts of that coursework to the Division of Student Services prior to their return. Non-satisfactory performance or issues of academic integrity may nullify the student's eligibility to return.
Veteran and Active Duty Military Students: see Military and Veterans Services section of the catalog regarding interrupted enrollment.
Students who are absent more than twelve consecutive sessions are required to submit a full application for re-admission and must meet all current admission entrance requirements.
All requirements for graduate degrees and credential programs, including courses accepted for transfer credit from other institutions, must be completed within a seven-year period. The seven-year period for University of Massachusetts Global courses begins at the end of the session in which the course was taken. For transfer courses from other institutions, the seven-year period begins at the end of the semester or quarter in which the course was taken. Interrupted enrollment does not alter the seven year period for completion of all graduate requirements.
When compelling circumstances warrant, students may petition for an extension of the seven-year limit for any graduate degree program requirement or credential program requirement. Approved petitions must include the new date to which approval of the course or other program requirement has been extended. Petition decisions may be appealed only to the Dean of the relevant School. Decisions made by the Dean are final and binding.
A Exceptional performance indicates consistently excellent performance and distinctly superior quality of work.
B Good performance indicates overall satisfactory performance in completing course requirements at the level expected for an advanced degree.
C Substandard performance indicates performance below the standard necessary for an advanced degree; while credit toward graduation is awarded for most courses, some courses must be repeated. No grade below “C” is acceptable toward a degree program.
D Unacceptable work. No credit is awarded toward graduation or program requirements.
F Failure indicates failure to satisfy minimum course requirements. No credit is awarded toward graduation or program requirements.
I (plus a grade) is given when the student has been unable to complete the final assignment of the course owing to illness or other extenuating circumstances. The deadline for the final assignment can be no longer than two consecutive sessions following the session the student was enrolled in the course. When entered it is calculated as the grade the student will earn if the incomplete is not removed within the time prescribed by the instructor. (IA, IA-, IB+, IB, IB-, IC+, IC, IC-, IF, INP)
AR Administrative Review. This grade is submitted by the instructor when a grade is under administrative review. A grade of “AR” will be converted to a letter grade upon completion of the review.
AU is for audited coursework. No grade or credit is awarded to students for auditing, and courses are not used in computing the grade point average.
FW is assigned to students who cease attending part way through the semester but who do not officially withdraw via MyUMassGlobal Self Service, their home campus or the Division of Student Services. "FW" is computed in the grade point average as an "F". Students who take a course Pass/No Pass and cease attending part way through the semester and fail to officially withdraw will receive the "FW" grade.
NP is for No Pass, a grade given when the requirements in the course have not been satisfied. Grade points are not assigned nor computed in the grade average.
NR is for Not Reported, indicating that the instructor has not submitted the final grade, therefore no credits or grade points can be calculated for this course.
P is for Pass, a grade given for satisfactory completion of a course. Grade points are not assigned nor computed in the grade average.
R on the transcript indicates a repeated course (highest grade calculated in GPA).
SP is for Satisfactory Progress. This grading symbol is used to indicate a student is progressing toward the completion of a course which does not end by the normal session ending date or of a thesis, dissertation, project or Nursing clinical hours. An SP may also be given for zero credit courses. It is not a final grade. Upon completion, the SP grade is replaced with a letter grade of P or NP grading symbol.
W signifies that a student has withdrawn from a course in the prescribed manner.
Grading System used to calculate grade point average
Students may select Audit as an option at the time they initially register for courses via MyUMassGlobal Self Service. After initial registration in a course, in order to change the grading basis to Audit, students must submit a change of grading system request available in MyUMassGlobal by the end of the sixth week. Changes in grading basis cannot be done via MyUMassGlobal Self Service. Course requirements such as homework, exams and papers are not graded by the instructor for students who are auditing a class.
Courses Repeated for Higher Grades
Except as specified in academic programs, any graduate-level course number 400-700 at University of Massachusetts Global may be repeated to improve the grade. The lower grade remains on the record with a notation that the course has been repeated. Only the higher grade and credit are computed in the grade point average. Credit is given only once for a repeated course, except as noted in the course description. It is recommended that a course be repeated as soon as practical if it is to be taken for a higher grade. In exercising this option, a graduate student must repeat the course at University of Massachusetts Global.
- Instructors may issue a grade of Incomplete when only the final assignment (e.g., paper, project, exam) is missing. Incomplete grades should be considered only if compelling reasons due to extenuating circumstances exist such as health or other emergency situations. The Incomplete process may not be used for a student to improve a grade. During careful consultation with the student, the instructor will determine the deadline for the final assignment, which shall be no longer than two consecutive sessions following the session the student was enrolled in the course.
- The student is responsible for knowing the deadline and the requirements for course completion.
- When issuing an incomplete grade, instructors will issue the grade the student would have earned by assessing scores on all graded requirements, preceded by an “I” (e.g. IC-, IF+). This grade is determined by including zero points for the final assignment in the calculation of the final grade. If the final assignment is not completed in the period allotted the initial grade issued, without the “I”, will become the grade of record.
- Students will receive credit for the course at the time the initial incomplete grade (e.g., IC-, IF+) is entered. The initial grade is calculated in both the session and cumulative GPA, to be updated if necessary when the subsequent grade is submitted (e.g., IC- is changed to C+).
Reading and Conference Courses
Reading and Conference courses are offered to graduate students with an overall grade point average of at least 3.00 and only when absolutely necessary. The courses may be taken only for the purpose of meeting graduation or credential requirements by students who could not meet the requirements because of circumstances beyond their control. They are not offered to resolve scheduling conflicts with other classes, or work, or to complete a schedule. To enroll in reading and conference courses, students must obtain a Request for Course by Reading and Conference form from their campus. Reading and Conference courses must be approved by the appropriate Dean prior to enrollment.
Independent Study and Research
Independent Study and Research is offered to upper-division and graduate students with overall grade point averages of at least 3.0 “B”, to research particular topics that are not provided for by regular curriculum offerings. To enroll in independent study and research, a student must obtain an Independent Study and Research form from their campus. Independent Study and Research courses must be approved by the appropriate Dean prior to enrollment.
Disclaimer for Programs with On-ground Placements, Clinicals, Internships
As an institution with students nationwide, University of Massachusetts Global monitors each state’s laws and the requirements of each agency therein that regulates Higher Education. We strive to maintain the appropriate approvals in each state, but with hundreds of state agencies nationwide, each having their own (and often changing) requirements, we can make no guarantees.
If it comes to our attention that we must seek State Authorization or complete an approval process, we will take the appropriate steps as quickly as possible. However, your internship or clinical placement at a particular site could be affected or could be prohibited if we are unable to obtain the State authorization or approval on a timely basis. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact your Clinical Coordinator who can assist further.
Standards of Academic Integrity
University of Massachusetts Global is an academic community based on the principles of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. Academic integrity is a core University value, which insures respect for the academic reputation of the University, its students, faculty and staff, and the degrees it confers. The University expects that students will conduct themselves in an honest and ethical manner and respect the intellectual work of others.
To safeguard the conditions under which scholarship is performed, measured and evaluated, the following will serve to:
- Distinguish the types of academic integrity violations.
Identify procedures for the Governance and Appeals Committee (GAC) hearing cases involving such violations as outlined below. If a student requests a GAC hearing within the required deadline, the GAC will notify the student of the scheduled GAC hearing date. After receipt of the hearing date, the student should be aware of the following in preparation for the hearing:
- The GAC will review all evidence provided by the University and the student during the initial Academic Integrity Violation petition review by the Dean or Dean’s Designee. Any additional evidence should be submitted to the GAC chair at least 3 business days prior to the scheduled hearing.
- The hearing is for the student to appeal the decision and/or sanction of the Dean or Dean’s Designee. The student will be given the opportunity to explain why he/she feels the Dean’s or Dean’s Designee’s decision and/or sanction is not appropriate based on the evidence.
- The student may have a support person present during the hearing, but only the student will be allowed speak during the GAC hearing, unless the GAC panel directly addresses the support person during their questioning.
- The GAC panel will ask clarifying questions to the student after the student presents his/her appeal.
- At the conclusion of the GAC panel’s questioning, the student will be given one last opportunity to state his/her case for appeal.
Note: All other process/procedures for the GAC hearing are governed by the University of Massachusetts Global Student Conduct Code, where applicable. The Student Conduct Code is available in MyUMassGlobal.
A. Academic Integrity Violations
Academic dishonesty can take a number of forms. It includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test or examination; claiming the work of another as your own; plagiarizing any paper, research project, or assignment, including an online discussion board assignment; copying and pasting text from an online source directly into an assignment without properly citing the source; reusing your own work in the same or another course without written instructor permission; or falsely submitting material to fulfill course requirements.
- Unauthorized copying from the work of another student, with or without that student's consent.
- Using notes or other unauthorized material during a test period.
- Having another person do all or a substantive part of the work. Working with University of Massachusetts Global's Online Writing and Math Community is encouraged.
It is also an academic integrity violation to falsify any academic records or documents. This includes falsely reporting attendance or participation in any field-work or clinical practicum experience or having anyone, other than the registered student, participate in online course activities.
Submitting work done in one course to satisfy the requirements of another course, or a repeated course, or to satisfy a program requirement, is academic dishonesty, unless the instructor(s) receiving the duplicated work agree(s) beforehand, in writing, to accept such work.
Within the same course, submitting work done for one assignment to satisfy the requirements of another assignment is also academic dishonesty, unless the course instructor agrees beforehand, in writing, to accept such work.
Presenting forged or altered documents is academic dishonesty. These documents may include transcripts, add/drop forms, or any academic form that has been falsified or wherein a professor's signature, or anyone else's signature, has been forged or altered.
Failing to report any previous academic work presented at another college or University may be considered a violation of academic integrity.
For more details on violations of academic integrity, please see the appropriate section in MyUMassGlobal.
B. Procedures for Hearing and Investigation
The procedures below apply both to current students, and to former students for whom information is discovered after the time of course completion, program requirement completion, and/or degree completion regarding alleged academic integrity violations that occurred during the time of the student's enrollment.
In cases involving a single academic integrity violation concerning one assignment in one course, the following action should be taken:
- The instructor must communicate with the student in private to address the possible violation. The instructor’s communication may be through written feedback on an assignment, through University of Massachusetts Global e-mail, by phone, via a virtual meeting, or in person. If the transgression occurs during class (e.g., during a test or examination), the instructor may deal with the situation at that time in as discreet a manner as possible. The student is expected to meet with the instructor (either face-to-face, by phone, in a virtual meeting, or via University of Massachusetts Global email) for the purpose of clarifying the circumstances or settling the issue of responsibility. Students are not eligible to withdraw from the course until final resolution of the alleged violation.
- After this meeting, if the instructor is satisfied that the incident does not constitute a violation of academic integrity, then the matter is settled, no further action is required, and the Academic Integrity Violation and Sanction Form is not filed.
- If the instructor determines that there has been a substantiated violation of academic integrity, then the instructor completes the Academic Integrity Violation and Sanction Form on this single violation involving only one assignment, citing the sanction. The form can be found in the faculty area of MyUMassGlobal. The Director of Academic Support and Curriculum will determine whether this is the student’s first, second, or successive academic integrity violation at University of Massachusetts Global.
- If this is the student’s first reported academic integrity violation at University of Massachusetts Global, the following procedure is followed:
- The completed Academic Integrity Violation and Sanction Form is emailed to the student, instructor, and appropriate office for processing, if required (e.g., change of grade). A record of the academic integrity violation and sanction is filed. If the case is not resolved by the end of the session or the timeline for petition and appeals has not been exhausted, the instructor should enter the grade “AR” (Administrative Review). The student may not withdraw from the course prior to final resolution of the case. The Grade Change Form will be submitted for final grade once the decision is binding.
- If the student does not agree with the sanctions imposed by the instructor, as articulated on the Academic Integrity Violation and Sanction Form, the student may work with an advisor to submit a petition within 10 business days of being informed of the imposed sanction. If the student does not submit a petition within 10 business days, the student is ineligible to further appeal the academic integrity violation and sanction.
- The Dean or the Dean’s Designee will review the petition and contact the involved faculty member (and may also contact the student) in an effort to resolve the matter. The Dean or the Dean’s Designee will initiate whatever action he or she sees fit to sustain, overturn or modify the instructor’s sanctions. The Dean will notify the student and instructor of the decision via email. Filing and further processing, if required (e.g., change of grade), will occur as necessary.
- If there is dissatisfaction with the petition decision made by the appropriate Dean, the student may request a hearing with the Governance and Appeals Committee (GAC), within ten business days of receiving the Dean’s decision. The request will be forwarded to the GAC for review and to render a decision. To render a decision, the GAC will appoint a quorum of three committee members. The GAC Chair will notify the student, the instructor, and the Dean of their decision. If the student does not submit a hearing request within 10 business days, the student is ineligible to further appeal the academic integrity violation and sanction.
- A student has the right to appeal within 30 days of notification by the GAC of the academic integrity decision. Appeal decisions are based on relevant information that was not available at the time of the decision, or if procedures were not followed in accordance with University of Massachusetts Global academic policy/guidelines. An appeal is not a reconsideration of the merits of the decision. The appeal decision will be rendered by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. The appeal decision will be final and binding.
- In cases involving multiple academic integrity violations concerning more than one assignment in the same course, the following action should be taken:
- For the student’s first reported academic integrity violation within a course, the procedure in either B1-4e or 6a-c is followed depending upon whether the student has prior academic integrity violations at University of Massachusetts Global.
- For a student’s second and successive violations within a single course, the instructor must communicate with the student as soon as possible after each violation. After the deadline for the final course assignment but before final grades are filed, the instructor should then submit a second Academic Integrity Violation and Sanction Form that includes all successive violations and the assignments that they involve. On this second form, the instructor should cite one sanction for each violation reported on the form, or one sanction for all violations reported on the form. A second or successive violation in the same course will be treated as the student’s second or successive academic integrity violation at University of Massachusetts Global, and the procedure described below in 6a – 6c is followed at this point. As the case will not be resolved by the end of the session, the instructor should assign the student a course grade of “AR” (Administrative Review). The student may not withdraw from the course prior to final resolution of the case. The Grade Change Form will be submitted for final grade once the decision is binding.
- If this is the student’s second or successive academic integrity violation at University of Massachusetts Global, the following procedure is followed:
- The most recently completed Academic Integrity Violation and Sanction Form is emailed to the student and instructor. A record of the academic integrity violation and sanction is filed. The student may not withdraw from the course before the resolution of the case. Since the student has more than one Academic Integrity Violation, the completed Academic Integrity Violation and Sanction Form and the students’ prior Academic Integrity Violation and Sanction Form(s) are also sent to the Dean or the Dean’s Designee to review. The Dean or the Dean’s Designee will initiate whatever action she or he sees fit to sustain, overturn, or modify the instructor’s sanctions based on the student’s current and prior violations. The Dean will notify the student and instructor of his or her decision via email. Filing and further processing, if required (e.g., change of grade, academic dismissal), will occur as necessary.
- If there is dissatisfaction with the petition decision made by the appropriate Dean, the student may request a hearing with the Governance and Appeals Committee (GAC), within ten business days of receiving the Dean’s decision. The request will be forwarded to the GAC for review and to render a decision. To render a decision, the GAC will appoint a quorum of three committee members. The GAC Chair will notify the student, instructor, and Dean of the decision.
- A student has the right to appeal within 30 days of notification of the academic integrity decision by the GAC. Appeal decisions are based on relevant information that was not available at the time of the decision, or based on whether procedures were followed in accordance with University of Massachusetts Global academic policy/guidelines. An appeal is not a reconsideration of the merits of the decision. The appeal decision will be rendered by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. The appeal decision will be final and binding.
If the student has already completed the course or program requirement in which the academic integrity violation is subsequently discovered, the following procedure is followed:
a. The Dean or the Dean's Designee will investigate the allegations and, when possible, attempt to contact the involved faculty member and the involved student as part of the investigation. The Dean or the Dean's Designee will also review documentation from the student's prior academic integrity violations, if any. If the Dean or the Dean's Designee determines that there has been a substantiated violation of academic integrity in the case at hand, they will assess an appropriate sanction based on the violation at hand and on, if applicable, any prior violations. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, change of course grade and/or retroactive dismissal resulting in revocation of the student's degree.
b. If there is dissatisfaction with the decision made by the appropriate Dean, the student may request a hearing with the Governance and Appeals Committee (GAC), within 30 calendar days of transmission of the Dean's decision. The request will be forwarded to the GAC for review and to render a decision. To render a decision, the GAC will appoint a quorum of three committee members. The GAC Chair will notify the student and Dean of the decision.
c. A student has the right to appeal within 30 days of notification of the academic integrity decision by the GAC. Appeal decisions are based on relevant information that was not available at the time of the decision, or based on whether procedures were followed in accordance with University of Massachusetts Global academic policy/guidelines. An appeal is not a reconsideration of the merits of the decision. The appeal decision will be rendered by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. The appeal decision will be final and binding.
- A formal dismissal for a violation of academic integrity will be recorded on the student’s official transcript. Students dismissed due to an academic integrity violation are not eligible for readmission to the University.
- Once an academic integrity allegation and sanction have been resolved and finalized, the course grade cannot be challenged on the basis of grounds related to the academic integrity allegation and sanction.
NOTE: In all cases of alleged violations of academic integrity, it is vital to maintain professional confidentiality among those involved. Students must also adhere to ethical standards set forth by professional licensing boards and discipline-specific criteria. Violations of ethical professional behavior may result in dismissal from the university. Refer to appropriate school for professional code of conduct policy.
University of Massachusetts Global is an academic community committed to maintaining an environment that encourages personal and intellectual growth. It is a community with high standards and high expectations for those who choose to become a part of it, and it is a community with established rules of conduct intended to foster behaviors that are consistent with a civil and educational setting. Members of the University community are expected to comply with all laws, University policies, and professional ethical standards, conducting themselves in ways that support an academic environment.
Faculty members are responsible for ensuring an effective learning environment for all students in their classes, which encourages active student participation, including the right to raise questions and challenge information. Hence, faculty members also have the responsibility and authority to maintain appropriate student behavior. Classes are defined as including laboratories, internships, field placements, or any settings that can be designated as a learning environment, such as travel studies and field trips.
Consequently, if a student is considered to be threatening or disruptive in the classroom, behaves in a way that interferes with the learning of other students, or refuses to fulfill the academic requirements of the course, the faculty member has the right to have the student who demonstrates such behavior removed from the class, either by administrative withdrawal or by making arrangements for the student to complete the requirements in absentia.
Coercion regarding grading or evaluation of coursework, or any administrative petition: Threatening personal or professional repercussions or discipline against an instructor (or faculty), to coerce the instructor to change a grade or otherwise evaluate the student’s work by criteria not directly reflective of coursework or threatening personal or professional repercussions or discipline against an administrator to coerce a course of action not supported in fact is strictly prohibited.
Frivolous Claims: University of Massachusetts Global prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment on the basis of federal and state protected classes and/or characteristics. Students who reasonably believe they have experienced discrimination and/or harassment at the University are encouraged to file a complaint at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information regarding our non-discrimination policy and procedures, refer to the Title IX policies available in MyUMassGlobal. Due to the high stakes nature associated with such claims and investigations, claims that are made without any reasonable basis may be considered frivolous and could subject the complainant to the student conduct code process.
For information regarding potential student conduct violations including electronic media violations, refer to the Student Conduct Code available in MyUMassGlobal.
Students must also adhere to ethical standards set forth by professional licensing boards and discipline specific criteria. Violations of ethical professional behavior may result in dismissal from the university. Refer to appropriate school for professional code of conduct policy.
Incident reports should be made immediately to the appropriate Dean and Campus Director. Refer to student conduct code available in MyUMassGlobal for hearing procedures.
Grade Review Policy
Faculty/Instructors have the final authority in assigning student grades except for cases involving: clear evidence of capricious grading or failure to follow the professional standards of a discipline or field. Arbitrary and capricious grading means the assignment of a final course grade:
- was not based on the student’s performance in the course, or
- was based on standards which significantly deviated from those which were applied to other students in the course, or
- was based on a substantial, unreasonable and/or unannounced departure from the instructor’s previously articulated standards and assignment requirements outlined in the course syllabus or other course documents.
Requests for review of grade must be filed within 15 business days from the date that the grade was posted in MyUMassGlobal. Challenges to allegations of academic integrity violations such as plagiarism must be submitted and adjudicated under the academic integrity policies and procedures, not under the grade review policies and procedures. Only final course grades may be submitted for review.
Faculty/Instructors may change final grades after initial submission only if a clerical error is discovered. Clerical error revisions are submitted by the instructor via MyUMassGlobal. Once a grade is submitted, additional work may not be accepted to enable the student to receive a higher grade.
A student who believes he or she has received a grade that is capricious or based on standards that are not in line with the professional standards of a discipline or field and wishes to file a grade review must follow the steps outlined in the Grade Review Procedure. The burden of proof is on the student to provide evidence that the grade was capricious or not in line with professional standards of a discipline or field. No other reasons for a grade review other than those listed in this policy will be considered.
Grade Review Procedure
Please note that the number of business days does not include Saturdays, Sundays or days designated on the academic calendar as ‘administrative offices closed’ or ‘Winter Break.’ You may find these dates listed in the Academic Calendar on MyUMassGlobal.
- A student must attempt to contact the instructor from their University of Massachusetts Global email address within 15 business days after grades are posted to request a grade review. Instructors must carry out a grade review process with the student within 15 business days of the student’s request and notify the Dean of the results of that review. Here and after, Dean and Dean’s designee may be used interchangeably. All grade changes will be submitted via MyUMassGlobal. If the student attempts to contact the instructor within the allotted time, and the instructor does not respond to the student within 15 business days of the first attempted contact by the student, the student may move on to Step 2 of the Grade Review Procedure.
- If after meeting with the instructor the grade dispute is not resolved, or if the instructor does not respond within 15 business days to the student’s first attempted contact, the student may submit a written request (the student should contact their advisor to initiate this request) for review by the Dean/Dean's designee. That request for review must be submitted utilizing the Grade Review form within 15 business days of the official response to the student by the instructor. This review request must provide a) the rationale for the request for review, and b) all supporting documentation related to the request, including verification that the student has been in contact with the instructor as specified above. An example of verification would be an email from the student (using the student’s University of Massachusetts Global email address) to the instructor requesting a grade review, an email from the instructor verifying the grade review meeting with the student, or an email verification that the instructor was not able to meet with the student.
- If the Dean finds merit in the student's request, the Dean will review the grade assignment, attempt to contact the instructor to gather further evidence and provide the instructor 15 business days to reply, determine a final grade, and notify the student and instructor of the results via University of Massachusetts Global email. The final grade may be higher, lower, or the same as the grade originally assigned by the instructor.
- If the Dean does not find merit in the request, the student and instructor will be notified and the grade will stand. The Dean’s finding of a lack of merit in a student’s request for grade review is not subject to appeal.
- The student may submit an appeal to the Provost within 10 business days of the notification of the Dean’s decision. Appeals must be based upon one of the following:
- Additional relevant information which the student did not have at the time of the original request/subsequent request is now available for consideration.
- Grade review procedures were not followed in accordance with University of Massachusetts Global academic policy/guidelines.
- The grade determination did not follow guidelines established within the course syllabus.
- The Provost may determine:
- The appeal does not meet the additional criteria and deny the request; or
- The appeal does show that one of the appellate criteria has been met, and
- will refer the request back to the Dean for final review (not subject to appeal); or
- will determine a final grade.
- All decisions by the Provost are final and binding.
To submit a Grade Review Form, please contact your Academic Advisor.
Graduate Probation and Dismissal
The following policy is University of Massachusetts Global's guideline for satisfactory academic achievement in graduate programs. Please note that program GPA requirements may specify more stringent policies. Please refer to appropriate degree and program section.
A degree seeking graduate student whose overall GPA (includes University of Massachusetts Global institutional coursework and transfer coursework) falls below 3.0 at the end of one enrolled session or whose session GPA falls below 3.0 at University of Massachusetts Global will be placed on probation. Students on academic probation will be expected to consult with their advisor for guidance and assistance regarding improving their academic status.
Veteran and Active Military Students: see Military and Veterans Services section of the catalog regarding academic probation.
Students who have been placed on probation three or more times during their graduate education are subject to academic dismissal from the university. The appropriate School Dean will review such cases and will render the decision whether a student should be academically dismissed.
The action of dismissal will be placed on the official transcript. A student who has been dismissed will be administratively withdrawn from the university at the end of the current enrolled session and may not continue coursework.
A student has the right to appeal within 30 days of notification of the academic dismissal decision. If currently enrolled in a course, a student has 30 days from the end of the course to appeal the academic dismissal decision. Appeal decisions will only be considered if there is relevant information that was not available at the time of the decision or if procedures were not followed in accordance with University of Massachusetts Global academic policy/guidelines. It is not a reconsideration of the merits of the decision. The appeal decision will be rendered by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. The appeal decision will be final and binding.
Academic Probation and Dismissal policies are separate from and in addition to policies governing dismissal for violating academic integrity or dismissal for inappropriate student behavior.
Academically dismissed students seeking to be readmitted may do so after one year from their effective date of academic dismissal, regardless of their cumulative grade point average. Students seeking readmission must submit a written request to the appropriate School Dean and submit a new application. The School Dean will make the re-admission decision. Students who return after academic dismissal will be placed in the same probation status they were in at the time of their dismissal.
Veteran and Active Duty Military Students: see Military and Veterans Services section of the catalog regarding academic probation and dismissal.
A petition is a request to waive an academic policy, procedure, or ruling.
Students may file a petition to request an exception to University of Massachusetts Global policy, procedure, or ruling. Students must explain fully why the University should act favorably on the petition, citing any exceptional conditions, mitigating circumstances, and/or conditions beyond the student's control.
Petitions/requests will be reviewed and ruled upon by the designated office or committee listed on the University of Massachusetts Global Petition/Request location within the Active Campus Portal. Not all university policies, procedures, or rulings can be petitioned; see the University of Massachusetts Global Student location within the MyUMassGlobal portal for more information.
An appeal is a review of a petition decision based on relevant information not available to the student at the time of the initial petition submission, or procedures were not followed in accordance with University of Massachusetts Global academic policy/guidelines. It is not a reconsideration of the merits of the decision. Not all University of Massachusetts Global policies or petition decisions are appealable; see the University of Massachusetts Global Petition/Request location within MyUMassGlobal for more information.
Degree conferral is an automatic process; students do not need to apply for degree conferral. Degree conferral is the result of the official program evaluation from Degree Works reflecting all requirements complete. The Degree Conferral date is final and is not subject to a request for back dating.
More information on Degree Conferral is available on MyUMassGlobal.
To be eligible for participation in commencement ceremonies, the student’s official degree audit must indicate that the student is on course to satisfactorily complete all degree requirements by the end of Summer Session II of that year or sooner. This is verified by the Academic Advisor and indicated by the expected graduation date on the student’s degree audit. Participation in commencement does not guarantee or automatically imply graduation from the University. For more information, please go to https://www.umassglobal.edu/commencement or contact your Academic Advisor.
Participation in the commencement ceremony involves a two-step process.
- Step 1: From September through February, student submits the “Commencement Interest” form via MyUMassGlobal.
The “Commencement Interest” form is available to submit in September prior to your commencement year, until the last day of February of your intended commencement year.
- Step 2: From March through early May*, student submits the “RSVP Ticket” form.
Following completion of “Commencement Interest” form, students will receive an email invitation in March of their commencement year, to complete the “RSVP Ticket” form. The "RSVP Ticket" form is necessary to secure tickets for student commencement participants and/or guests to attend the ceremony.
*Please visit the commencement website for the official RSVP Ticket form deadline each year: www.umassglobal.edu/commencement.
Diplomas and Transcripts
The conferral is an automatic process that continuously runs each night; students do not need to apply for conferral. Conferral is the result of the official program evaluation from Degree Works reflecting all requirements as complete; once the Degree Audit indicates 100% completion, the record will be flagged for processing. The Degree Conferral date is final and is not subject to a request for backdating. Each conferral is subject to a seven-day validation. This allows time for confirmation that all degree requirements have been met. Degree conferral dates will occur at the end of each session.
Once your degree is conferred, conferral fee paid and any holds cleared, you will be able to complete and submit a diploma form. The diploma and one official transcript will be mailed to the address you provide on your diploma form. Diplomas are mailed out approximately six weeks after the date of conferral of the degree. This allows time for confirmation that all degree requirements have been met. Under no circumstances will a diploma be released prior to the conferral date. Diplomas will not be released if the student has an active hold as indicated in the Self-Service Holds section in MyUMassGlobal.
Transcripts from other institutions which have been presented for admission or evaluation become part of the student's academic file and are not returned or copied for distribution.
Currently enrolled students may order official copies of transcripts or print unofficial copies of transcripts at any time via MyUMassGlobal Self-Service. For further processing and fee information, please visit the following link: http://www.umassglobal.edu/transcripts.
Transition from Brandman University to University of Massachusetts Global
Brandman University is now University of Massachusetts Global. University of Massachusetts Global is a private, nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts system. During this transition, the following applies:
• Students whose designated catalog year is 2010-2011 through 2021-2022 may choose either a Brandman University or University of Massachusetts Global degree or diploma.
• Students whose designated catalog year is 2022-2023 or later will receive a University of Massachusetts Global degree and diploma.
• Students that have been conferred cannot petition to change catalog years to receive a Brandman University or Chapman University College degree or diploma.
• Students whose designated catalog year is 2009-2010 or prior may choose either a University of Massachusetts Global degree or a Chapman University College degree or diploma.