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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

What steps is the university taking any steps to increase or change cleaning protocols in light of COVID-19?

The university has proactively instituted enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures in response to emerging viral pathogens; these include the application of EPA-approved disinfectants on communal, high-use surfaces. We stand ready to alter these practices as CDC guidance and/or the situation at Tufts changes. In the event that deeper environmental cleaning becomes necessary, the university is working with an outside vendor to ensure that this can be done swiftly and thoroughly.

Dispensers throughout campus are being restocked with CDC-recommended hand sanitizer, and we will install additional dispensers as needed. We continue to monitor our inventory of hand soap, disinfectant, sanitizer and paper products to ensure uninterrupted availability of these products throughout campuses.

For buildings being used for community partnerships, the university’s agreement with health care providers and the city are written to enable the university to reclaim use of the residence halls when university operations return to normal and students return to campus to resume in-person classes. The health care providers and city will be responsible for cleaning and disinfection following CDC and DPH standards, and the university will closely monitor this work to ensure that all proper cleaning and disinfection steps are taken.

Additional information about lab and clinic safety will be shared when available.

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.