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November 09, 2020

Dear Students,

As we shared with you last week, we have begun planning for both the Thanksgiving break and the end of the Fall semester. 

Today we are asking you to share when you intend to leave campus for the last time this semester, whether that is at Thanksgiving or at a later date. All students must depart residence halls by noon on December 22.

We recognize there are a limited number of exams and SMFA review boards that are scheduled to take place during the afternoon on December 22. If you need to remain in your room until noon on December 23 because you have a final exam or your review board on December 22, you can indicate this on the departure form.

Please complete the Fall 2020 Campus Departure Form in SIS. Access the departure form by clicking the “Housing Portal” under “About Me” in SIS.

Undergraduate and graduate students who live off campus and plan to remain in their residences over the winter break should also indicate their plans on the departure form. Routine COVID-19 testing will be available to these students over winter break. Information regarding Winter break testing will be emailed separately.

For students living in campus housing, when you depart campus for the last time this semester, we will be asking you to pack and label any belongings you wish to leave at Tufts over the break before you go. 

We will be providing packing supplies at no cost to you. If public health conditions worsen during the winter break and require Tufts to begin the spring semester remotely, we will have more options regarding relocation, storage, and potentially shipping of your possessions.

Please note that, due to the restrictions created by the pandemic, our capacity to offer winter break housing unfortunately is very limited. However, there will be exceptions for international students who face travel restrictions, as well as for students with other significant hardships. We will be sending additional details and a link to request exceptions through the Office of Student Affairs soon.

Knowing when you plan to depart from campus will assist us with managing our routine testing program and other aspects of campus operations for the remainder of the semester.



Camille Lizarríbar, J.D., Ph.D.
Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer for AS&E
Joshua Hartman

Director, Office of Residential Life and Learning