In accordance with the federal FERPA law, all University employees are legally and ethically obligated to protect the confidentiality of student records. Our FERPA Certification process is designed to ensure that you are familiar with the provisions of the law and that you are prepared for the day-...
Am I a SPIRE for Staff user?
You are a ‘SPIRE for Staff’ user if you attended SPIRE training for and your current ‘for staff’ profile includes access to at least one of the following:
SPIRE Lite or Super Lite (Limited Academic Records)
SPIRE A (Academic Records)
SPIRE B (Enrollment...
Learn to work with the three tabs or pages that comprise the Student Services Center. SPIRE A (Academic Records) users and SPIRE Advisor users can access some of students’ personal and academic information from a single location.
Access the Student Services Center
Use SPIRE's UM Tracker to keep track of groups of people such as students in a minor, a special program, or a particular situation. Tracker Groups feature customizable headings for up to six columns of information and an unlimited number of checklist items. The customizations enable you to create...
Staff in Academic Deans' Offices have the ability to override credit limits, audit grade changes, and view comments from a student's record.
Change a Student's Enrollment Limit (PDF*, 52k)
Search Enrollment Requests (PDF, 74k)
Audit Grade Changes (PDF, 36k)
View a Student's...
Learn to work with the interactive Academic Requirements Report, the Academic Requirements & Course History PDF, and the Course History page.
For details of how to navigate to the Academic Requirements Report, the Academic Requirements & Course History PDF, and the Course...
View the Academic Requirements Report (ARR)
Track a student's progress with the interactive Academic Requirements Report. Find out how to generate an Academic Requirements & Course History PDF. Link to further information about Course History.
Navigate to the Student Services...
Students and instructors receive the appropriate SPIRE access automatically. If your job requires you to work with student records in SPIRE, including records needed for academic advising, then you will need access to SPIRE in a ‘for staff’ or 'for advisors' capacity. To gain...
Faculty and staff with Advisor access to SPIRE, you can now review and update online notes for your advisees. Advising notes will be available even when students move between departments, schools, and colleges.
View guidelines for writing appropriate advising notes. Click...
What is the SPIRE Advising Notes tool?
The SPIRE Advising Notes tool is an online note-making application for academic advisors, available through SPIRE. The Committee on Advising & Technology and the Undergraduate Deans Council have endorsed the concept of online notes and reviewed the...
The Advising Notes tool in SPIRE allows faculty and staff with Advisor access to maintain an
easy-to-use online record of advising notes for all students.
This tool will improve advising across campus by ensuring that advisors have accurate and more complete information on their advisees, even...
Advisors, would you like a quiet environment and personal assistance to learn how to read and write SPIRE Advising Notes? Consider our Advising Notes Help Sessions or trainings. The Help Sessions are not formal workshops, but an opportunity for anyone with Advisor access to SPIRE to get one-on-...
The Course Catalog includes course descriptions, listed by academic department. Because these represent the typical course offerings for a department, not all courses are described in the Catalog. If you cannot find a course description, contact the academic department for more information.
Class Status indicates the availability of the section.
“Active” means the section is viewable in the Class Search and students can register for it until capacity is reached.
“Cancelled” classes do not appear in the Class Search and are not available for registration, but they may be re-...
Need to change your OIT Account password? Use the SPIRE option Change My Password.
How to change your OIT Account password
Note: Changing your OIT Account password applies to everything you logon to using your NetID, including SPIRE, UMail, UDrive, Moodle, etc.
Logon to SPIRE using your NetID...
What's New for Class Overview/Textbooks?
Books not yet chosen option, read more....If you want to indicate that your posting of your books/class materials information is in progress, or if your department has not yet assigned an instructor to a class, use the new "books not yet chosen" option....
About Clearing Cache
"Clearing cache" means deleting what's stored in the browser's memory, including files, cookies, and browsing history.
Clear your browser's cache periodically for security reasons and to improve the performance of SPIRE.
Be sure to clear your browser cache after...
View a student's course history with the interactive Course History page in SPIRE. Link to further information about the Academic Requirements Report and how to generate an Academic Requirements & Course History PDF.
View the Course History Page
Navigate to the Student Services...
The Emergency Contacts page lists the name, address, and telephone number of the individual(s) who should be contacted on your behalf in case of an emergency. Because SPIRE is the primary source of information for most offices on campus (including the UMass Police), it is important that you add...
Business/working titles are created by departments to provide more detail about the job responsibilities. These titles are included as part of the job description information. Examples of business/working titles (e.g., Technical Writer, Business Manager, Personnel Administrator...