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Will Commencement and Senior Week still go on as planned?

For the latest update on commencement, please read the message from President Monaco sent on March 30, 2020.

The Tufts University Social Collective (TUSC) has made the decision to cancel all in-person Senior Week events. TUSC is a student organization and came to this decision independently of the university administration. TUSC is working towards finding alternative ways to celebrate the senior class at anticipated alumni events in 2021. Read the full announcement made to the Class of 2020 here.

What is the policy on events?

Until April 30, 2020, all Tufts events are prohibited, including on-campus events, Tufts-sponsored off-campus events, and Commencement

In-person meetings of any size should be avoided. We encourage you to use remote technology (such as Zoom, Webex, Skype, Google hangouts, conference calls) to meet. 

If you must hold a meeting or event, the maximum number of attendees is 10 people. We strongly recommend holding the meeting in a space where the number of attendees will not exceed 50% of the capacity of the space. We also remind you that events with external visitors have been prohibited. In addition, we encourage you to remind attendees of measures to lower the risk of spread of viruses (not shaking hands, practicing social distancing, covering coughs, washing hands frequently, etc.) and take measures to reduce risk in other services—such as food service (not serving food in units where multiple people will touch serving utensils or packaging, etc.). 

Each school may have school-specific requirements that should be followed as well.

What is the policy on visitors?

All events with external participants (e.g., conferences, symposia, lectures, etc.) have been prohibited as of March 10, 2020 until at least April 30, 2020.  Any plans for visitors, whether international or domestic, to travel to Tufts for events should be canceled. 

Will university offices stay open?

Starting on March 17 at the latest, we are asking all non-essential staff to work from home with the purpose of increasing social distance and protecting ourselves and the broader community from the spread of COVID-19. We will be continually assessing the situation and will advise when employees can return to their regular work spaces. More information is available on the Staff FAQ and the Research Continuity page.

For more information about campus facilities, please see the section on “Campus and Residential Life.”

What resources are available to assist faculty and staff?

Our goal is to prioritize health and safety by developing policies that will permit employees the flexibility and resources they need to put their health first. Specific information is available at the links above, and your supervisor should be able to help with any particular need that arises during this emergency.

We have created resources specific to the needs of staff employees, including supervisors, which are available here:

Tufts Technology Resources has put together the following materials to support staff and faculty members with technology needs.

 

What finance resources are available?

The Finance Division seeks to maintain business operations through remote work during this period. For general financial questions, please reach out to your Budget Center contact. Please see the dedicated Finance FAQ page for more.