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

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Fully vaccinated individuals (defined as 14+ days after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14+ days after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) are not required to wear masks or physically distance outside. However, individuals who feel more comfortable wearing a mask outdoors for whatever reason, are encouraged to do so. Non-vaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing face masks and physically distance until such time as they are fully vaccinated.

Tufts requires that all individuals, whether vaccinated or not, continue to wear masks indoors, except when alone or when eating. We hope that the indoor mask requirement may be eased at a later date. This decision will be based on the levels of vaccination coverage within the Tufts community (students, faculty, and staff), our neighboring communities, and the state, as well as reductions in COVID-19 cases. Even after routine mask wearing indoors is dropped, there may be certain circumstances (e.g., very large indoor gatherings) where their use may be encouraged or people may feel more comfortable wearing them.

Per the state’s guidance, face coverings are required for all individuals on public and private transportation (including rideshares, livery, taxis, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities, congregate care settings, and health and rehabilitative day services.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:46am

I am a student and plan to travel for research, study or work related to or supported by Tufts. Can I travel?

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All domestic and personal international travel is allowed without restrictions. All Tufts-related international travel must follow the current review process, including approval by the dean or division VP’s office and review by the ITRC for students and by the Integrative Safety Committee (ISC) for research-related travel. All international travelers (personal and Tufts-related) must follow the return quarantine protocols according to their vaccination status. All travelers should be familiar with and follow local guidance at their destination. Even if fully vaccinated, travelers should follow safe travel guidelines to protect themselves and others. For more guidance on travel, visit Testing at Tufts.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:45am

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.

Last update: Friday, May 28, 2021 - 12:58pm

Are there procedures I need to follow whenever I come on-campus?

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Yes, prior to arriving on campus each workday, faculty and staff, including postdoctoral scholars and doctoral students, must complete a Daily Health Screening Survey to attest that they are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently come into contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19. Upon completing the survey, individuals will immediately receive an email confirming whether they can come to campus. Those approved to come to campus may be required to show the email to a school administrator, supervisor or building security guard upon arrival. The survey can be accessed via:

Last update: Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020 - 4:07pm

What should I do if I see someone not observing safety protocols?

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If you observe someone not following guidance (e.g., not wearing a mask inside), you should report this information to your supervisor and should email covid19@tufts.edu. The university will follow up appropriately. For the Grafton campus, please email cummingscovid@tufts.edu or you may report it anonymously here.

Last update: Friday, May 28, 2021 - 1:02pm

What steps is the university taking any steps to increase or change cleaning protocols?

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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.

Last update: Friday, Aug 14, 2020 - 10:11am

What should I do if I observe someone who is not following the university’s COVID-19 protocols?

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If you observe someone not following guidance (e.g., wearing a mask), you should report this information to your supervisor and email covid19@tufts.edu. The university will follow up appropriately. For the Grafton campus, please email cummingscovid@tufts.edu or you may report it anonymously here

Last update: Thursday, Jul 1, 2021 - 11:19am

Are bathroom occupancies still single-use, or are they back to pre-Covid occupancies?

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Effective June 1, 2021, the university removed limits on the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings, and individuals are no longer required to remain six or more feet apart outdoors or indoors (with the continued use of masks indoors regardless of vaccination status). Standard pre-COVID room occupancy limits apply, including in restrooms.

Last update: Monday, Jun 7, 2021 - 2:52pm

Are we required to disinfect surfaces, such as desk spaces and instrumentation before and after using them?

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The university will continue to provide disinfecting wipes to students and to school departments upon request and make them available in all university buildings. Students, faculty, and staff should continue to wipe down their immediate work surfaces before and after use.

Last update: Monday, Jun 7, 2021 - 2:52pm

Are stairways and hallways still one-way, or are these back to normal as well?

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Effective June 1, 2021, the university removed limits on the size of indoor or outdoor gatherings and individuals are no longer required to remain six or more feet apart outdoors or indoors (with the continued use of masks indoors regardless of vaccination status). Standard pre-COVID room occupancy limits apply, and hallways and stairwells are back to pre-COVID use.

Last update: Monday, Jun 7, 2021 - 2:51pm

I am planning to travel for personal reasons. Is it OK to travel?

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All domestic and personal international travel is allowed without restrictions. All travelers should be familiar with and follow local guidance at their destination. Even if fully vaccinated, travelers should follow safe travel guidelines to protect themselves and others.

All travelers must follow the return to campus testing protocols according to their vaccination status. For more information
visit Testing at Tufts.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:49am

What is the policy on events held on campus?

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There will be no size limits for gatherings, and people will no longer be required to remain at least six feet apart, either inside or outdoors. Standard pre-COVID room occupancy limits will apply, including in conference rooms, classrooms, offices, laboratories, gyms, studios, and libraries.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:36am

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.