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Is the Tufts Bookstore open?

The Tufts Bookstore is temporarily closed in response to the COVID-19 situation. The bookstore's website offers free ground shipping on all orders.

What is the policy on events held on campus?

Until further notice, all Tufts events are prohibited, including on-campus events, and Tufts-sponsored off-campus events.

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.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 10:56am

When and how will full on-campus operations resume?

On Tuesday, June 23, the university announced its plans for restarting residential campus operations in Fall 2020, for students in the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Please see the Fall 2020 Campus Guide for AS&E Students for more information. For information about Fall 2020 and the graduate and professional schools, please refer to the individual websites of the schools. 
 
Tufts plans to phase in the return of staff over time in a coordinated process to prioritize appropriate social distancing, availability of PPE (personal protective equipment), hygiene protocols, symptom screening, testing capabilities for COVID-19, and contact tracing.  
 
All members of the Tufts community will be given advance notice of when they will be expected to return to work on campus. 
 
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.  
 
Tufts will expand on-site staffing based on an assessment of mission-critical operations, ability to control and manage specific work environments, and necessity of accessing on-site resources. Return-to-campus decisions, once approved, will be issued by your respective dean, vice president, or division leader.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 10:55am

How can departments modify work arrangements to support social distancing?

Once staff members have been instructed to return to campus, departments may consider a number of different alternative work arrangements in support of necessary social distancing requirements. Examples of some possible arrangements are included in the Return to Campus Guide and the Return to Campus Manager's Guide.

Contact your HR Business Partner for assistance in determining which arrangements may be discusses with you and your supervisor.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 10:50am
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A staff member is unable to return to work because of family care responsibilities. Their job cannot be performed from home and family care services are restricted because of COVID-19. What options can I, as a manager, provide?

Staff members may use up to 10 days of their sick time in a one year period, in total, to care for children, elders, or other members of the household. This year, in this time of COVID, staff can use or be advanced (if you have no sick time) up to 10 additional days. Once that time has been exhausted, the staff member may use their personal and vacation time.  

Once personal/vacation time has been exhausted, the staff member should speak to their HR Business Partner to determine if alternative work arrangements (such as a change in work hours/days, temporary FTE reductions, etc.) can be made or if the staff member must transition to unpaid status. Managers are expected to work closely with Human Resources and the employee toward identifying options to support continued employment whenever possible.

Care.com is a resource available to our staff for emergency dependent care. Staff members can access the Tufts care.com benefit at:  https://access.tufts.edu/child-elder-care.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:14am
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What restrictions exist around athletics and athletic fields?

After consulting with the cities of Medford and Somerville, Ellis Oval outdoor track (College Avenue), the Voute tennis courts (Professor’s Row) and Triangle Park (corner of Powder House Boulevard and College Avenue) are now open. Physical distancing and other local guidelines still apply. The vast majority of our Medford/Somerville campus is also open for walks and passive use.

Following a decision of the NESCAC presidents, NESCAC league and championship play were canceled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 winter season. Further, like many of our NESCAC colleagues, Tufts did not have any spring sports during the rest of the 2020 spring semester.

Additionally, NESCAC presidents have decided that conference competition for fall sports must be cancelled for fall 2020. We recognize the dedication and hard work of our student athletes, and we look forward to resumption of NESCAC competition in the future.

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.

 

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 12:36pm

Are there any special risks we should be aware of with regard to fraud/phishing?

As you work to keep business going, be cautious about phishing or other fraudulent inquiries. If you encounter suspicious activity, forward to ithelp@tufts.edu for confirmation before taking action.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 12:31pm

How can faculty and staff check on available sick time?

You can check your sick time balance online via the eServe website.

You can also check with your department administrator.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 12:26pm

Are the art galleries open?

Tufts University Art Galleries are closed to the public and the Tufts community until further notice. For updated information, please refer to the gallery’s website and official announcements from the University. While there is no replacement for seeing artwork in person, please download the TUAG mobile app here for a virtual tour that includes images and gallery texts of current exhibitions.

Are Tufts Support Services staff available for drop off and pick up in the three locations?

All staff are working remotely, therefore, our lobbies are closed. Please use the following guidance for transacting business with TSS. We strongly encourage people to use Salesforce (TSS@tufts.edu), eServe, and other applications supported by TSS such as Medius, PaymentWorks, etc. Everything that can be sent by email should be sent by email (please use your Tufts email, which enhances security).

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 12:18pm
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Are Student Accessibility Services and the Academic Resource Center open?

The StAAR (Student Accessibility and Academic Resource) Center (formally Student Accessibility Services and the Academic Resource Center) will remain open virtually throughout Fall 2020 semester. While we will have a point of contact in our offices in Dowling hall, all StAAR Center appointments, including students with disabilities registering for accommodations, tutoring sessions and study groups will be offered remotely. Our workshops will be available virtually but will be recorded and posted on our website for reference later on.

The StAAR Center values the individuality of each student, and will offer a number of different types of free programs to help students reach their full potential while at Tufts. Specific programs include:

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 12:14pm

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.