Terms & Conditions
- Prospective students of the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Field Degree option (“MS ECE”) should read these terms and conditions carefully prior to submitting an application. If you are admitted to the MS ECE you will be bound by these terms for the duration of your Program. In addition to these terms and conditions, as a student at University of Massachusetts Amherst (“UMass”), you will be bound by the rules and regulations governing UMass, as those may be amended from time to time.
- UMass reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions from time to time. By signing these terms and conditions you acknowledge and agree to comply at all times with the then-current terms and conditions.
- Application: The application contains terms & conditions governing the specific Program and you acknowledge that by submitting an application you agree to the terms and conditions of your respective Program.
- Admission: If you are admitted to the MS ECE Field Degree option at UMass, you will receive a written offer letter with details and instructions on accepting the offer, paying the Program deposit and starting the program.
- Tuition and fees payment: Following payment of the deposit, you must pay the following balances shown below by the posted payment deadline:June 17, 2017: $29,000
May 7, 2018: $16,000
You are responsible for paying the full invoice amount, including any banking or processing fees. UMass has the right to amend prices due to University actions, governmental actions, or other events beyond its control.
- Failure to Pay: Failure to pay by your applicable posted payment deadline may lead to penalties, including late fees and a hold on your account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes. If you are unable to enroll in the Summer Residency due to nonpayment of tuition and fees we will terminate your F-1 immigration sponsorship, and may be required to report you in the SEVIS database maintained by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”).
- Cancellation, Change, Curtailment or Withdrawal: If you cancel your enrollment prior to your Program start date (see table below for the start date applicable to you) you may request a full refund of your deposit, tuition and fees, less any non-refundable fees. No refunds will be granted for the tuition and fees cost for the Summer 2017 term ($13,000). Starting in the Fall 2017 Semester, you may be eligible for the following program refunds:
|Semester||First Day||Last Day 100% Refund||Last Day 80% Refund||Last Day 60% Refund||Last Day 40% Refund||Last Day 20% Refund||Begin 0% Refund|
|Fall 2017||August 28, 2017||August 27, 2017||September 8, 2017||September 15, 2017||September 22, 2017||September 29, 2017||September 30, 2017|
|Spring 2018||January 8, 2018||January 7, 2018||January 19, 2018||January 26, 2018||February 2, 2018||February 9, 2018||February 10, 2018|
|Summer 2018||May 21, 2018||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||June 9, 2018|
|Fall 2018||September 4, 2018||September 3, 2018||September 14, 2018||September 21, 2018||September 28, 2018||October 5, 2018||October 6, 2018|
Cancellations made prior to your Program start date but after your arrival to the U.S. on a UMass-issued Form I-20 will be governed under the standard UMass student immigration policies and your F-1 immigration status will be terminated accordingly.
- Refunds: UMass will only make refunds in U.S. Dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees, and will make such refunds in the manner in which UMass was originally paid and to the account of the party or parties who made such payment(s). All refunds will be made to eligible parties within 45 days of a written request.
- Airport Transfers: Requests for airport transfer service should be made at least 2 weeks in advance of arrival by visiting www.ece.umass.edu/ms/welcome. Airport transfers are available for your initial arrival for the Summer Residency for flights arriving on July 1, 2017 at Logan Airport, Boston. UMass cannot guarantee a reservation for a request made less than 2 weeks in advance. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, you must call the emergency telephone number published in the Next Steps Brochure to inform UMass staff of the new arrival date or time. Airport transfer fees are nonrefundable.
- Housing Accommodation and Meal Plan: You are required to commit to a reservation in approved program housing for the Summer 2017 semester. Payment for the Summer Residency is due in full two weeks prior to the move-in date (June 17, 2017). Later notification or failure to notify UMass may result in additional costs. If you are unable to live on campus you must submit a Housing Waiver Form to UMass when you send your official acceptance to the offer letter. The requirement to live in program housing will be waived only in extenuating circumstances. You must also purchase and enroll in a meal plan for the duration of your Program. The cost of a meal plan is nonrefundable.
- Health Insurance: All international students are required to be covered by health insurance for the 2017 Summer Residency that meets the U.S. Government, Massachusetts, and UMass requirements. Not all services are covered, and the student is responsible for any outstanding balances for non-covered services.
- At the time of application, you are required to purchase coverage from a MS ECE-designated health plan as a condition of enrollment.
- You must have a completed a University Health Services Mandatory Immunization Form documenting proof of immunity to Measles (Rubeola), Mumps and German Measles (Rubella) [MMR]; one Diphtheria/Tetanus booster within the past ten years; two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine; series of Hepatitis B vaccine; aceulluar pertussis; and the Meningoccocal vaccine. Mandatory Immunization Forms may be obtained here: [hhttp://www.umass.edu/uhs/sites/default/files/documents/forms/Med%26Immun-camps.pdf]. You must have completed immunization documentation prior to class registration in order to enroll in any courses.
- The cost of health insurance is non-refundable.
- Academic Resources: All assigned and required books and learning materials for the full program must be purchased upon arrival at UMass through the UMass bookstore or other recommended sources. Students are responsible for shipping or carrying all purchased books and learning materials back to their home country.
- Vacation, Holidays, and School Closures: MS ECE students must adhere to the MS ECE Field Degree Academic Calendar for holidays and vacations. UMass will not make reimbursements for classes not offered due to holidays, vacations, or school closures due to emergencies. This calendar is located here: ece.umass.edu/ms/field-degree-academic-calendar.
- Absences: Failure to meet attendance requirements may lead to penalties, including dismissal from the program. Failure to attend courses during the Summer Residency may result in loss of immigration status and deportation. You will not receive a refund if you are dismissed or lose immigration status due to class absences.
- Academic Performance: Students are accepted to the MS ECE with the strict understanding that progression through the MS ECE and successful degree attainment will require satisfactory attendance, successful attainment of specified progression criteria, and adherence to the UMass Academic Honesty Policy, which can be found at http://www.umass.edu/honesty/. To continue, you must also be in compliance with UMass academic standards and progression requirements. You will not be allowed to proceed if you do not meet the criteria. If you are unable to proceed, you may be offered advice on suitable alternatives, including repeating courses or dismissal from UMass. These alternative options may involve additional time and costs, including tuition and other fees which may require presenting additional proof of finances to UMass’ Designated School Official’s office.
- Student Conduct: Academic honesty and integrity are integral components of performing online coursework and of completion of the Program generally. UMass’ Code of Student Conduct provides a framework of standard acceptable behavior for students. The Code of Student Conduct can be found at http://www.umass.edu/dean_students/conduct. Students will be subject to all policies applicable to students at UMass, which can be found athttp://www.umass.edu/dean_students/campus-policies. You are required to complete online trainings provided by UMass regarding Title IX and proper observance of the laws related to drug and alcohol use and possession during the Summer Residency orientation. Failure to complete these trainings will prevent you from proceeding in the Program.
- Online Conduct: You agree not to submit any online content, including assignments, coursework, test results, and class discussion or other comments (the “Online Content”) in any manner intended to damage, disable, overburden, or impair any MS ECE or UMass servers or the network(s) connected to any MS ECE or UMass server or to interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the same. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the platform, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to any MS ECE or UMass server through hacking, password mining or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available by the MS ECE.
- Academic or Conduct Rule and Policy Violations: you may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of UMass’ policies, rules, or regulations, which may result in the revocation of or inability to obtain the required immigration status. The following is strictly prohibited:
- Content that defames, harasses or threatens others;
- Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them;
- Content that infringes another’s intellectual property, including, but not limited to, copyrights or trademarks;
- Profane, pornographic, obscene, indecent or unlawful content;
- Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation;
- Content related to partisan political activities;
- Viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, corrupted files, malware, spyware or any other similar software that may damage the operation of another’s computer or property; and
- Content that contains intentionally inaccurate information or that is posted with the intent of misleading others.
No refund will be given in cases of suspension or expulsion.
- Your Right to Use Content: Unless otherwise expressly stated, the texts, exams, video, images, and other instructional materials provided with the courses are copyrighted and are provided to you for your personal use in connection with those courses only. Students are not permitted toshare, upload, sell, or redistribute course-related material, including reference materials, textbooks, articles, or other information, or any information created by the instructor, without express written permission of the author or copyright holder.
- Grievance Procedures, Appeals, or Complaints: You must follow the policy and procedures for filing complaints, grievances, and appeals in a constructive and timely manner. The procedure for filing an academic grievance can be found at http://www.umass.edu/registrar/sites/default/files/academicregs.pdf.
- F-1 Status: In order to maintain proper F-1 status, you must comply with all applicable Federal regulations related to study in the U.S., including enrollment in a full-time course of study. You will be in jeopardy of losing your immigration status if you fail to maintain the necessary academic standing. We will be required to report you to the SEVIS database of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for any violation of your F-1 status , including failure to enroll for full-time coursework, failure to report to campus for immigration check-in, failure to report residential address in a timely manner, and any violation of the student code of conduct that results in suspension or expulsion from the program. Your personally identifiable information, including course enrollment details and changes, and circumstances of any suspected breach by you of UMass’ policies may be shared with the DHS, UMass and accrediting agencies, designated authorities, your parents, and UMass Amherst staff and agents.
- Photography, Filming and Sound Recording: The MS ECE, Field Degree option at the University of Massachusetts Amherst or its representatives, affiliates, successors and related companies may arrange to photograph or shoot video footage of students for purposes of advertising, public relations, and/or promotion in any medium throughout the world, including on social media sites and on the internet. If you do not wish to participate you must advise us in writing at time of application and state at the time of the photography or video shooting the wish not to participate. By accepting these terms and conditions you are indicating your consent to use these photographs or video footage without further consent or notifications unless you follow the above opt-out requirements.
- FERPA: In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the undersigned student hereby permits UMass to disclose personally identifiable information, including educational records, financial information and, attendance records to the student’s parent(s), guardian(s), sponsor(s), sponsorship bodies, and recruiter(s) with information pertaining to their application, academic progress, results and attendance. These permissions will remain in effect during the undersigned student’s tenure in the MS ECE and UMass.
- Force majeure: UMass will not be liable in cases where UMass is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes or any other reasons which are beyond UMass’ control.
- Transmission of Data: Coursework, lectures, and information delivery by UMass involves transmission of data and information over the internet. Due to the inherent unreliable and unsecured nature of the internet and other telecommunication channels as a medium of data transmission, you acknowledge that such transmission may be delayed, interrupted, and/or intercepted. Regardless of any security measures undertaken, the MS ECE, Field Degree option at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, its operator, Shorelight-Minuteman, LLC, its parent Shorelight Education, LLC, and their group companies (the “Operator”) cannot and do not guaranty the privacy, security, or authenticity of any information transmitted over or stored in any system connected to the internet, including personally identifiable information.
- Your Account: You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password, if applicable, and for restricting access to your computer. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password.
- Liability: The liability of the MS ECE at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, its Operator and its group companies, their directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents and partners with respect to losses arising from negligence (except where such liability cannot be excluded as a matter of law), breach of contract or otherwise will be limited in all circumstances to the full amount paid to UMass or the relevant group company by the relevant student for the particular Program. Such companies and persons will in no circumstances have any liability for indirect or consequential losses or damages. Any dispute, claim or other matter arising will be subject to the jurisdiction and laws of Massachusetts without regard to the choice of law rules. Any legal suit, action or proceeding seeking to enforce any provision of, or based on any right or issues arising out of or related to these terms and conditions, shall be brought exclusively in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. By signing these terms and conditions, the student consents to and accepts the jurisdictions of such courts for the purpose of any such action or proceeding and agree to waive any objection to venue being laid therein.
- The University of Massachusetts Amherst prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law in any aspect of the access to, admission, or treatment of students in its programs and activities, or in employment and application for employment. Furthermore, University policy includes prohibitions of harassment of students and employees, i.e., racial harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation for filing complaints of discrimination.
- Clery Act. In compliance with Federal Regulations and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Crime Statistics Act, a copy of the University of Massachusetts Annual Security Report is available online at: http://www.umass.edu/umpd/annual-security-report. A hard copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the UMass Amherst Police Department at (413) 545-2125. This report includes crime statistics for the previous three years as well as institutional policies concerning campus security.