- Prospective students of the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Live, 1+1, 3+1+1 option (“MS ECE”), or Pre-Masters Program (PMP) should read this enrollment contract carefully prior to submitting an application. If you are admitted to the MS ECE you will be bound by this contract for the duration of your Program. In addition to this enrollment contract, 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 this enrollment contract from time to time. By signing this enrollment contract you acknowledge and agree to comply at all times with the then-current enrollment contract.
- Application: The application contains enrollment contract governing the specific Program and you acknowledge that by submitting an application you agree to the enrollment contract of your respective Program.
- Admission: If you are admitted to the MS ECE Live, 1+1, 3+1+1 or Pre-Masters Program (PMP) 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 found here. 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.
- 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. 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 2021||September 1, 2021||September 1, 2021||2 weeks after first day||3 weeks after first day||4 weeks after first day||5 weeks after first day||6 weeks after first day|
Pre-Masters Program Refund Schedule
|Semester||First Day||Last Day 100% Refund||Last Day 50% Refund||Last Day 25% Refund||Begin 0% Refund|
|Fall 2021||September 9, 2021||September 8, 2021||September 14, 2021||September 19, 2021||September 20, 2021|
- Cancellations made 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 Generally: Except for deposit refund requests, you must submit your refund request for all other amounts during the semester in which you are eligible for such refund. The request form can be found here. UMass will only issue refunds in U.S. Dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees, according to the exchange rate in place at the time of the refund, 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).
- Academic Resources: All assigned and required books and learning materials for the full program must be purchased by the student.
- Vacation, Holidays, and School Closures: MS ECE students must adhere to the MS ECE Live 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. 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 https://www.umass.edu/dean_students/codeofconduct. Students will be subject to all policies applicable to students at UMass, which can be found at http://www.umass.edu/dean_students/campus-policies.
- 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 to share, 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.
- U.S. Visa Status: In order to maintain proper U.S. Visa status, you must comply with all applicable Federal regulations related to study in the U.S.. 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 visa status , including failure to enroll, 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 Live, 1+1, 3+1+1, and Pre-Masters Programs 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 this enrollment contract 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, disease or pandemic, 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 Live, 1+1 and 3+1+1 programs 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 this enrollment contract, shall be brought exclusively in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. By signing this enrollment contract, 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.
- Legal Compliance. We have a legal obligation to comply with U.S. laws and regulations. We may use certain information you provided to us on your application to ensure our compliance with export and other regulations by screening you against lists prepared by federal government agencies, such as those prepared by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. You hereby consent to the transfer of your personally identifiable information to third-party screening services that we have retained solely to conduct such screenings.
- Internships and Externships. If you are accepted into an internship or externship option, such as CAP Premier, all opportunities will be awarded by a third-party organization at such organization’s sole discretion.
- Second-Year Visa Denial Refund. You acknowledge that completion of a 1+1 program will require you to obtain a valid U.S. visa for study, and that UMass Amherst Global cannot guarantee you will receive your visa. Moreover, you may not know if you are denied a visa until after completing all or a substantial portion of your for-credit first year courses. If the U.S. government denies you a visa after the successful completion of your first year of study in a 1+1 program, UMass Amherst Global will allow you to defer the start of your second year up to three semesters (approximately 12 months). If, during the three-semester deferral period, you are denied a U.S. visa two or more times, you may be eligible for a refund of 75% of your first year tuition, subject to meeting the following conditions: (1) you submit documentation to UMass Amherst Global verifying at least two U.S. visa denials prior to the move-in date for your second year of study (your visa denial letter and proof of visa appointment), and (2) you achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the first year of your program. No refund is available for non-credit courses or if you are able to complete your degree program online.*
*ECE MS/PhD students who begin online due to COVID-19 are not subject to the Second-Year Visa Denial Refund policy. Please see section 7 for the applicable refund policy.
- Degree Verification and Non-US Institutions. Degree Verification and Non-US Institutions. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a U.S. accredited university. You may be required to submit your degree for verification (sometimes called “validation” or “authentication”), either by your employer or your country’s education authority if you wish to live and work in your home country. It is your responsibility to determine what level of verification is needed and how to obtain it. We do not guarantee that your University of Massachusetts Amherst degree will be verified outside of the U.S. Degree verification does not impact the validity or value of your degree in the U.S. Further, we do not guarantee that credits earned at The University of Massachusetts Amherst will be transferrable to systems of higher education outside of the U.S. Whether and how much transfer credit to award is in the discretion of the foreign institution.