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Dear Student,

I hope your summer is off to a terrific start. As promised in my recent message, I write to update you about our preparations to welcome you to campus in-person this fall.

We are excited to resume full operations across the campus. It should be extremely different from last year. We anticipate that once you complete the arrival process, you will be able to engage with your peers and the community in a full range of social and extracurricular activities that have not been possible since the spring of 2020.

I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know as many of you as possible during the coming academic year now that we can gather together once again.

Tufts will look and feel very similar to the “Before Times” this September. Many of you have never experienced that or have done so only very briefly. While we share the common bond of having been through something truly frightening and unprecedented together, I know we are all ready to renew old friendships and create new ones.

For these reasons, community building--and rebuilding--is very much on my mind. I invite you to share your ideas, so please give me your input. Simply email your thoughts to me at camille.lizarribar@tufts.edu.

While I believe the campus experience is going to feel particularly vibrant this September, COVID-19 is still with us and will be for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, we cannot say we will be completely out of the woods. Some of you have expressed support for the revised COVID-19 protocols we recently shared. We appreciate your kind words. Others have posed questions, and we have tried to address some of those in the “recently asked questions” section which follows this message.

One thing we have learned is that this pandemic is unpredictable. Things can change quickly--for better or for worse. I cannot offer any false hope that the current restrictions might ease before late August. We just don’t know. However, we will continue to communicate with you over the summer months to share all of the information we have.

With best wishes for your summer,

Camille Lizarríbar, JD, PhD
Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer for AS&E