The Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides employees up to twelve weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave during a twelve-month “rolling” period for certain family and medical reasons. 

Appendix: Federal, State and Local Policies and Regulations

College Facilities and Services

Patent Policy

The aim of Amherst College's Policy on patents is to make available College technology for the public benefit, while providing recognition of individual inventors and encouraging the prompt and open dissemination of research results (see Faculty Handbook Sec. D (15) , for statement on Classified Research).

Town of Amherst Regulations Prohibiting Tobacco Smoking in Public Places and Places of Employment

The Town of Amherst Health Department has enacted an ordinance prohibiting smoking in all workplaces including those of private employers. The ordinance now strictly prohibits smoking in all workplaces, including private offices, classrooms, meeting and conference rooms, recreational and dining facilities, restrooms, lounges, or any other enclosed place where College business might normally be conducted. The College has been advised that the Amherst Health Department views dormitory rooms to be exempt from the ordinance on the basis of their definition as private residences.

Drug Free Schools and Communities Act

The provisions of the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 require Amherst College, as a recipient of federal financial aid and grants and contracts, to adopt and implement programs to prevent the use of illicit drugs and unlawful use of alcohol by employees and students. Specifically, the Act requires the following actions by the College:

The Doshisha University

Located in Kyoto, Japan's ancient imperial capital, The Doshisha was founded by Joseph Hardy Neesima of the Class of 1870, the first Japanese to graduate from a Western institution of higher learning. Neesima stowed away aboard a clipper ship from Japan while it was still officially "closed." From the China Coast he eventually arrived in New England in 1865 aboard a ship owned by Alpheus Hardy who was a trustee of both Phillips Academy, Andover, and Amherst College.

The Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., was established by the will of Henry Clay Folger, of the Class of 1879. Mr. Folger's original collection, which remains the nucleus of the Library's holdings, emphasized Shakespeare, Shakespeare's contemporaries, and the history of Shakespeare production. Continuing acquisitions of books and manuscripts have increased the size of the collection many times over and broadened the scope of the Library to include every phase of Tudor and Stuart civilizations.

Student Life and Welfare

The Dean of Students and the Registrar are in charge of the administration of academic affairs and College regulations, and the student Deans are in charge of participation in extracurricular activities. Consult the Student Handbook, published each fall, for further information.

Telephone Service

The Network Department is responsible for all aspects of the College's telephone and voice mail systems. The Network Department can be reached by calling 542-2410, by writing to AC # 2216, or by emailing . Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.