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 Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993

FMLA requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to "eligible" employees for certain family and medical reasons. Employees are eligible if they have worked for a covered employer for at least one year, and for 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months, and if there are at least 50 employees within 75 miles.
Reasons For Taking Leave Unpaid leave must be granted for any of the following reasons:

Policies and Procedures in Cases of Alleged Misconduct in Science

1. Definition of Scientific Misconduct Scientific misconduct may consist of fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research.

Appendix: Federal, State and Local Policies and Regulations

Policies and Procedures in Cases of Alleged Misconduct in Science

See the research misconduct policy for federally funded research here.

1. Definition of Scientific Misconduct
Scientific misconduct may consist of fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research.

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

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).

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