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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.

Is the Mayer Campus Center open?

The Mayer Campus Center is closed until further notice. Dewick Dining is offering "Dewick to Go" seven days a week. The Office for Campus Life staff can be contacted at or 617-627-3212.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:05am

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 staff and faculty maintain social distance when they return to an office?

If you work in an open environment, be sure to maintain at least six feet of distance from co-workers. If possible, have at least one empty workspace separating you from another co-worker. You should always wear a face mask or face covering while in a shared workspace/room. Departments must assess open work environments and meeting rooms to institute measures to physically separate and increase distance between employees, other coworkers, and third parties. For more information, please refer to the Return to Campus Guide.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 10:53am

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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How will Tufts ensure safe re-access to buildings?

To best manage building capacity for effective social distancing, entry to all Tufts-owned and leased buildings will be regulated and monitored. Your Tufts card/badge will be required for entry to most buildings, even during normal business hours, and you may not hold doors or prop open exterior doors for any other person.

Once you have been instructed to return to the workplace, you should report to work or depart work through your designated building access point and at your designated time to limit the number of people entering and exiting at any one time. For more information, refer to the Return to Campus Guide or contact your supervisor.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 10:49am

How do I request changes or updates to my access to Tufts buildings, offices, or labs? 

Contact the ID Card office at, or 617-627-3692 to request any changes or updates in your access to Tufts buildings, offices, or labs.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:39am

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. is a resource available to our staff for emergency dependent care. Staff members can access the Tufts benefit at:

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

Can I get into a campus building, like the gym, to get my belongings?

The Tufts University Police Department can assist any student, as appropriate, who needs access to locked buildings. If it's an emergency, please call (617) 627-6911. If it's not an emergency, please call these non-emergency numbers:

  • Medford/Somerville Campus (617) 627-3030
  • Boston Health Sciences or SMFA Campus (617) 636-6610
  • Grafton Campus (508) 887-4900
Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 12:24pm

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.

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