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About this Handbook

The UMass Dartmouth Student Handbook is edited by the Division of Student Affairs. Along with the University Catalog, it is the University’s official notification of UMass Dartmouth resources, policies, regulations, and community standards. Students are responsible for the information contained in this Handbook. UMass Dartmouth reserves the right to change or update any information, policies, rules, regulations, and standards of conduct within this Handbook with notice. If changes are made to this information, attempts to notify students will be generally made via the following methods:

•    Advertisement in The Torch
•    Campus-wide email* through “UMD Notify”

* All students are expected to routinely check their University email. All official communications will be sent to students’ email addresses only.

The information contained in this web version of the Student Handbook will be considered to be the official version of all documents. Where the version in the Student Handbook and a version located elsewhere differ in content, you should consider this site to be accurate and official. If you find discrepancies between the content of this document and those found elsewhere on the web or in print, or if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please call 508-999-8995 or stop by the Student Affairs Office, located on the second floor of the Campus Center.

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Snow and Emergency Procedures

If a major emergency occurs in which the health and safety of the UMass Dartmouth community are at risk, the University will activate its MyAlert system to instantly contact students, faculty, and staff. All students, faculty, and staff are urged to visit the MyAlert page to sign up for this important notification service. more information

It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to maintain services, conduct business, provide instruction and research on a normal basis throughout the year without compromising the safety and welfare of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. In some instances emergencies arise which require the University to determine if it is prudent and reasonable to offer classes or require faculty and staff to report to work. In those instances, the Chancellor or her designee, based on input from the Emergency/Storm Management Team, will make a decision regarding the appropriate campus response.

Official Media Outlets Utilized for Announcements

a. Recorded message on the University's telephone system – (508) 999-8000
b. Notification on the University's website –
c. Announcement on the electronic marquee at the campus entrance
d. Announcements on the following radio stations:

Campus Radio Station: WUMD (89.3 FM)
Providence: WPRO (630 AM, 92.3 FM), WHIM (1110 AM), WHJJ (920 AM, 94.1 FM), WALE (990 AM), WRX (103.7 FM), WSNE (93.3 FM)
Boston: WBZ (1030 am)
Plymouth: WPLM (1390 AM)
Somerset: WSAR (1480 AM)

d. Announcements on the following television stations:

Providence: WJAR (Channel 10), WLNE (Channel 6), WPRI (Channel 12), FOX 64
Boston: WBZ (Channel 4), WHDH (Channel 7), NECN (New England Cable News), WCVB (Channel 5)

Please do not call the UMassD Police. Their lines must remain open for emergencies.


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