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What are the AS&E travel policies for students in general and for the Thanksgiving break?

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It is becoming increasingly clear that travel off-campus, and in particular attending even small gatherings, has been a factor in many of the COVID-19 cases we have seen at Tufts so far this term. This has been true both for short trips and in-region travel and for longer trips and out-of-region travel. In light of the facts, we want to highlight our general travel policy and share specific new guidelines for Thanksgiving break.

General travel policy

All travel (both in-region and out-of-region) during the pandemic is strongly discouraged, except under exceptional circumstances. In general, exceptional circumstances are those in which your physical presence is essential (e.g., the death or life-threatening illness of a close family member). While we understand that travel for other important life events (e.g., family reunions, vacations, holidays, weddings) may be very important to you, it is not truly essential during a pandemic. All AS&E (including SMFA) undergraduate and graduate students are asked to register in advance of any such exceptional travel during the semester with the Dean of Student Affairs office.

Thanksgiving travel policy

Beginning with the Thanksgiving break, if you choose to travel, you cannot return to campus and instead must finish the semester remotely. This applies to all AS&E undergraduate and graduate students traveling in-region or out-of-region, and to those living on-campus and those living off-campus but attending courses and/or using campus facilities in-person. 

If students elect to leave campus at Thanksgiving and therefore decide to finish the semester remotely, Tufts will not reimburse or pro-rate housing or dining fees. Students who believe they have a situation that meets the exceptional circumstance definition may request approval from the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs to travel over the break and return by submitting a request. Such requests will be granted rarely and returning students will be required to meet quarantine and testing requirements upon their return.

In addition, this policy also applies to local travel such as attending off campus gatherings of any kind during the break, such as Thanksgiving dinner. The policy’s public health rationale is not how far a student will be traveling but their exposure to individuals who have not participated in our community’s routine testing and protocols. We recognize that this may be an unusual Thanksgiving for many, but limiting travel is vital to our plan to maintain the health of the community. Students and their families, friends, and loved ones are encouraged to celebrate the holiday remotely in creative and meaningful ways.

We are, as always, appealing to our students to adhere to these policies for the greater good of the community, and we appreciate the high level of compliance we have seen so far. Because of the serious health risks travelling and returning to campus during the Thanksgiving break would pose, violations of the travel policy will be addressed via the Student Conduct Resolution Procedure. 

We are making plans to offer students meaningful ways to mark this holiday that both recognize the difficulties and celebrate resilience and our sense of Tufts community. We will share these plans with you in the coming weeks.

Last update: Monday, Sep 28, 2020 - 10:06am

How should I report misconduct?

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If you want to report a situation involving a possible violation of university rules, you may notify your RA (if you live on-campus) or the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs for your school. You may also submit an anonymous report online through EthicsPoint or email the Office of Community Standards CommunityStandards@tufts.edu.

Tufts has student ambassadors who walk around the Medford/Somerville campus educating their peers and reinforcing positive behaviors that will help slow the spread of the virus, including mask wearing, physical distancing, and keeping gatherings to no more than 10 people. We know that the vast majority of Tufts students are following these guidelines for their own wellbeing as well as that of their community.

Last update: Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020 - 11:08am

How do I schedule my routine COVID-19 tests?

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Tufts has developed the CampusKey test scheduling app to make it easier for students, faculty and staff to schedule their regular weekly or twice weekly tests. The app also enables the university to schedule the 18,800 required tests per week while balancing traffic flow and minimizing queuing at the testing centers.

Students who have completed their arrival testing and have been cleared from quarantine will receive an email inviting them to download and start using the app. Faculty and staff who have been identified by their school or division as needing to participate in routine/surveillance testing will receive an email letting them know about the frequency of their testing and providing instructions on how to download and use the app. Students should not download and use the app to schedule your tests until they have been cleared from arrival quarantine and are invited to do so.

Learn more about the CampusKey app here: https://access.tufts.edu/campuskey.

If you have trouble installing or using the app, please send an email describing the issue to CampusKey@tufts.edu. Due to the volume of testing, scheduling updates may not be done by email.

Last update: Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020 - 11:02am

Is Tufts providing face masks to students? 

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All Tufts students are provided face masks or coverings should they need them, but students may also use their own. More details about how to get Tufts-issued face masks or coverings has been provided to students before their arrival on campus.

Last update: Friday, Sep 4, 2020 - 9:50am

What should I do if I develop symptoms for COVID-19 before I come to campus?

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If you develop symptoms before your scheduled arrival on campus, you should promptly be evaluated by a medical provider to arrange testing, and you must inform us immediately if your test is positive by reaching out to the Health Service (617-627-3350). We will work with you on a plan to come to campus after you have been cleared by your medical provider. 

Individuals previously diagnosed with COVID-19 infection confirmed by molecular diagnostic testing (PCR) may continue to have detection of viral RNA for several weeks. Students who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 or been diagnosed with COVID-19 within 6 weeks prior to their arrival on campus should contact the Health Service. We will ask to review your laboratory report and medical documentation supporting the fact that a healthcare professional cleared you from isolation. We will advise you on when you should re-enter the testing program based on the date of the diagnosis. 

Last update: Wednesday, Sep 2, 2020 - 9:50am

What should I do if I receive positive test results from a physician outside of Tufts?

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If you receive positive test results from your primary care physician or another entity outside the university, contact the Jumbo Health Center at jumbohealthcenter@marathon-health.com or 617-627-0467 so that a clinician can evaluate your individual circumstances and notify anyone at Tufts with whom you have had close contact; you may leave a voicemail with your name and contact number if it is off-hours. Your personal information will remain anonymous. More information about testing is available in the Testing at Tufts resource.

Last update: Wednesday, Sep 2, 2020 - 9:49am

Who has been selected to participate in routine (i.e., surveillance) testing on campus?

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Deans’ offices and division leadership teams have identified which faculty and staff should be integrated into regular testing based on their individual responsibilities (including teaching, research, and student support work) in line with their units’ planning for the return to campus. Testing schedules, i.e., weekly or twice a week, are determined by the nature and frequency of their interaction with residential students and the general public in the course of their responsibilities at Tufts. Only faculty and staff who have been identified by their school or division leadership as needing to participate in surveillance testing will be able to register to use the CampusKey app to schedule their weekly or twice a week tests. If you have questions about why you were or were not added to the testing program, please contact your supervisor, or your department, division or school leadership.

All students who choose to take classes on campus this fall will be regularly screened and tested. Students who are studying remotely and living off-campus in Medford or Somerville have the option of participating in the testing program. The frequency of the routine/surveillance tests is based on where the students live (on- or off-campus) and how they are taking classes (in-person or remotely).

To learn more about testing at Tufts, visit https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/testing-at-tufts.

Last update: Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020 - 11:09am

Will there be faculty and staff-only testing times?

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On the Medford/Somerville campus, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. each weekday will be reserved primarily for testing of faculty and staff. (Beyond limited exceptions, students will not be able to schedule their tests during this time.)

Last update: Thursday, Aug 20, 2020 - 1:02pm

Will my faculty members be notified if I need to quarantine?

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Your faculty members will be notified that you will not be coming to class in person, and you will be expected to participate in your coursework remotely. If you experience challenges with your coursework due to being in quarantine, contact your advising dean. More information (including for both on- and off-campus students) is available in the Testing at Tufts resource.

Last update: Thursday, Aug 20, 2020 - 10:46am

What is the difference between self-quarantine, self-isolation, and self-monitoring? 

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Isolation is the term used to separate people who are sick from people who are healthy. Quarantine means to separate and restrict the movement of healthy people who may have been exposed to an illness to see if they become sick. Monitoring means to monitor themselves for symptoms, such as shortness of breath, a dry cough, or fever by taking their temperature twice a day and remaining alert for coughing or difficulty breathing.

Last update: Thursday, Aug 20, 2020 - 10:41am

Under what circumstances will I be asked to quarantine?

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If the contact tracing process indicates that you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will be asked to quarantine. More information about quarantine (for both on- and off-campus students) is available in the Testing at Tufts resource.

Last update: Thursday, Aug 20, 2020 - 10:40am

What is required of me when I quarantine?

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There are a variety of requirements for students who are in quarantine. More information (including for both on- and off-campus students) is available in the Testing at Tufts resource.

Last update: Thursday, Aug 20, 2020 - 10:40am

These FAQs are subject to change. Please check back here for the latest guidance. If you do not  find the information you are looking for, please send an email to COVID19@tufts.edu.