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What are the fall plans for the School of Medicine?

First- and second-year students at the School of Medicine will be on campus for clinical experiences, and third- and fourth-year medical students will be on clinical rotation. Many Public Health & Professional Degree programs will be remote in the fall. Read more about plans for fall on the School of Medicine's website.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020 - 12:24pm

What are the fall plans for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences?

Courses and seminars for continuing students will be taught remotely. GSBS will delay matriculation of first-year PhD and Masters in Pharmacology students on the Boston campus until January 2021. Read more about plans for fall on the GSBS website.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020 - 12:23pm

Are the libraries open?

All Tufts libraries continue to provide digital resources and remote assistance for research and teaching, including consultations, workshops, and the addition of digital materials to our collections. While most Tufts Library spaces are still closed to the public, we are making plans to resume some services that require staff to be on site. All library operations will follow Tufts health and safety guidelines. Please check the following links for library-specific information and contacts:

Tisch, Lilly, & SMFA Libraries

Hirsh Health Sciences Library

Ginn Library

Webster Family Library

Digital Collections and Archives (DCA)

Tufts community members with checked-out materials should be assured that we understand this is an extraordinary situation. Overdue fines are suspended for all items, including interlibrary loan materials. Due dates for all borrowed items are extended past the start of the fall semester. Further information about returning borrowed materials will be forthcoming later this summer.

What resources are available for students who are learning remotely?

Tufts Technology Services has provided an extensive list of resources, tips, and tools on the Learning Remotely page. Also, Tufts is providing licensing for all Tufts students to use Adobe Creative Cloud through July 6, 2020. Learn more here.

Last update: Thursday, Jun 18, 2020 - 11:12am

Is the gym open?

All indoor athletics facilities are currently closed. 

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.

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 ocl@tufts.edu or 617-627-3212.

Last update: Wednesday, Jun 17, 2020 - 9:17am

Should I wear a cloth mask when I go outside for essential activities?

Face masks or face coverings must be worn by all students, faculty, staff and visitors in the presence of others when on campus, in common workspaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, dormitories, dining facilities and other shared spaces. The only exception to this is when an individual is alone in an office, in your own dormitory bedroom or greater than 6 feet from anyone else when outside.

The City of Somerville requires face masks be worn whenever anyone is in any public space—indoors or outside—regardless of the person's ability to socially distance; non-compliance is subject to a $300 fine by the city. A similar order exists in the City of Medford, but violators are not subject to a fine. Tufts University police officers will take notice of anyone not following these orders on campus.

Individuals who believe it is unsafe to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition or disability, or other protected reason should consult with their supervisor, HR business partner or dean's office. A good option for the hearing impaired who rely on lip reading and facial queues: https://www.theclearmask.com/.

Disposable masks will be provided by Tufts in all of its buildings for use by students and employees.

Cloth face coverings may also be worn, but will not be provided by the university. Cloth face coverings should only be worn for one day at a time, and must be properly laundered before use again. The fabric design or pattern for cloth face coverings should be appropriate for the workplace and classroom. See the CDC's guidelines on the use of cloth face coverings.

Were any exceptions to academic policy granted for Spring 2020?

Given the extraordinary pedagogical changes made in the middle of the Spring 2020 semester at Tufts and around the world, several exceptional measures for undergraduate students were established for Spring 2020 via faculty vote in Arts and Sciences (including SMFA) and Engineering. This included extended academic deadlines, changes to the Pass/Fail grading system, and waivers for online instruction. Please see the Academic Policy Exceptions for Undergraduate Students: Spring 2020 webpage for more information.

Last update: Monday, Jun 15, 2020 - 4:48pm

Should I wear a cloth mask when I come to work at Tufts?

Following CDC recommendations, face masks are required for those on all campuses at Tufts.

Face masks or face coverings must be worn by all staff working on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. common work-spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.). Cloth face masks should be worn for one day at a time and must be properly laundered before use again. Disposable masks will be provided by Tufts.

The City of Somerville has issued an emergency order mandating face coverings in public; violators will be subject to a fine of $300. The order will remain in effect unless notice is given that it is no longer necessary, or the Board of Health declares that a Public Health Emergency no longer exists. A similar order exists in the City of Medford, but violators are not subject to a fine. Tufts University police officers will take notice of anyone not following these orders on campus.

If you have questions about how to best wear your mask while working, please speak with your manager or supervisor.

For more information about the use and care of face coverings, please refer to the Return to Campus guide.

Last update: Monday, Jun 15, 2020 - 4:32pm
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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. These arrangements include continued telecommuting and modified work hours, schedules, or shift staffing options as follows:

Remote Work: Those who can work remotely to fulfill some or all their work responsibilities may continue to do so to reduce the number of individuals on campus and the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. These arrangements, which should be approved by the immediate supervisor, may be made based on a full- or partial-day/week schedule as appropriate with a focus on supporting the business operations of the unit.
 

Alternating Days: Departments may have the flexibility to offer partial staffing on alternating days, such as Tuesday through Saturday instead of Monday through Friday. Such schedules may help maintain social distancing, especially in areas with large common workspaces.

Assessing On-Site Half-Shifts: Employees may be scheduled to work 50% of their time on-site and 50% of their time at home in such a way that allows for additional social distancing and optimizes use of office space for necessary on-site work. Supervisors and employees can explore these options together in consultation with Human Resources.

Staggered Shifts: The beginning and end of the workday typically bring many people together at common entry/exit points of buildings. Staggering reporting and departure times by at least 30 minutes will reduce traffic in common areas to meet social distancing requirements.

Compressed Work Weeks: In some cases, where work is measured primarily in deliverable outcomes rather than hours worked, a department may choose to offer compressed work weeks such as three-day work weeks with four days off or four-day work weeks with three days off, where practical. Because these arrangements can impact payroll processing, consult with Human Resources for guidance.

All of these options can provide flexibility and opportunities for collaboration and creativity; other options may also exist. But they will require advance planning and clear communication. These arrangements should be approved by the immediate supervisor in consultation with the HR Business Partner to ensure successful implementation and clear expectations. Contact your HR Business Partner for assistance in determining which arrangements will work best for you and your team.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020 - 10:46am
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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.

Many Tufts buildings have been powered down to conserve energy and comply with the stay-at-home advisory. Before reopening buildings for staff, departments should coordinate with Facilities to identify usable building access points and coordinate arrival and departure times of staff to reduce congestion during typical “rush hours” of the business day.

Staff arrival and departures should be scheduled in 30-minute increments to reduce personal interactions at building access points, hallways, stairs/elevators, time clocks and other places where employees naturally congregate.

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.

Pursuant to the governor’s guidance for Reopening Massachusetts, dated May 18, 2020, office space occupancy must be limited to 25% of the maximum occupancy allowed in the certificate of occupancy or similar building permit, where available. If your office space is not subject to a maximum occupancy limit, then your return to the workplace occupancy rate must be limited to 25% of the typical occupancy as of March 1, 2020.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020 - 10:46am
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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.