Guidelines for Fall 2020

The resumption of operations at Tufts has been made with the guidance of university leadership and public health experts, and in accordance with the recommendations of the governor’s working group on higher education. We are welcoming students in a variety of class formats—including in-person, virtual, a hybrid of the two, or fully remote—based on students’ learning needs. Here, you will learn how each school is operating now and can find the information that is relevant for you.

For the latest information, see our latest updates.

Undergraduate Students
Faculty, Staff, Managers & Researchers
  • Review our resource with all the details of COVID-19 testing.
  • Now available: Resources for AS&E Faculty and Instructors.
  • Tufts plans to phase in the return of staff over time in a coordinated process. 
  • All members of the Tufts community will be given advance notice of when they will be expected to return to work on campus. 
  • The selection of some job functions as "Essential" was informed by guidance at the federal, state and local level.  
  • No one should report to work on campus unless and until they have been explicitly cleared to do so by their school or department leadership. 
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Take part in a research study by volunteering a swab sample:
Tufts researchers are conducting a pilot study to see if the kind of nasal swab tests that the university uses in its COVID-19 surveillance testing can be analyzed in batches, a less expensive option that could allow local K-12 schools to create their own testing programs. Faculty, staff, and students can take part the next time they go for their scheduled test on the Medford/Somerville campus. Read the story on Tufts Now.

Tufts Visitor (and Meeting) Policy:
On August 19, the university posted its Visitor and Meeting policy. The university’s goal is the reduction of the overall number of people on campus to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus and protect faculty, staff, and students from unnecessary exposure to COVID-19. Tufts continues to urge strongly that all meetings and events be conducted virtually if possible, even if planned as off-campus events. Read the complete Visitor (and Meeting) Policy (on AccessTufts).

All the details of COVID-19 testing at Tufts:
Effective testing will allow us to slow the spread of the diseases on our campuses by allowing us to identify those who have COVID-19, arrange for their isolation from others, assist them in receiving the care they need, and begin the contact tracing process. It will also provide information about any spread of the disease on our campuses to help inform decisions about campus operations. On August 17, the university posted this resource with the details of the university’s comprehensive testing process. Learn more...

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Tufts’ director of infection control describes the similarities and differences, and explains why getting the flu vaccine is so important for you—and those around you