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I am an international student. Where can I find answers to questions about my immigration and I-20 status? 

Please visit the Tufts International Center website for visa and immigration updates for the Fall 2020 semester. You can also contact your school’s International Center student advisor (full list available here). Please note that the International Center is currently issuing I-20s for students who are planning to be on campus for Fall 2020; students who are starting remotely from their home countries or deferring to a future term will be contacted by the International Center about their I-20 later this summer.  

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:05am
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If I return in-person for the fall semester, will I have to follow any travel restrictions?

Yes, we will be asking students to limit their travel and time away from campus during the fall semester.

Student health and wellness is of utmost concern, as is the health of our greater community outside the boundaries of our campuses. To support a healthy community on campus, all students returning to the Medford/Somerville or SMFA campuses will be required to participate in COVID-19 testing as coordinated by the Student Health Center.  

This applies to students living on-campus and those in off-campus apartments and other housing in the surrounding area who plan to attend classes at least partially in person and engage in person with others or using facilities, such as libraries, on the Tufts campuses.

With the goal of reducing exposure and mitigating the risk of community spread, the university strongly advises students to refrain from extended personal travel once they return to campus in the fall and until they return home or move elsewhere after the semester has concluded. Extended personal travel is defined as leaving the confines of the campus community overnight or engaging in any activity off campus (such as refraining from physical distancing, not wearing a mask, etc.) that would put you at risk for COVID-19 exposure.  

This advisory is in place for the health of our entire community, since reducing the number of individual exposures is an important to reducing further community spread and protecting those who are vulnerable to complications and death from COVID-19. Students should recognize that traveling during their time on campus may put their fellow students and other community members at risk.  

At the same time, we understand and acknowledge that there may be circumstances in which a student needs to travel or participate in activities (including protests and demonstrations) that may take them off campus.  

Each student needs to balance their own risk tolerance for these things, being mindful that their decisions will impact the health and well-being of those around them. 

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:04am
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If a student at Tufts tests positive for COVID-19, how do I know that I will be safe? Will I be notified?

Any Tufts student who tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus responsible for COVID-19) will be asked to identify their close contacts. Contact tracing will be carried out in cooperation with local public health departments. Individuals who may have been exposed to someone who has the virus will be notified and provided information and resources for self-quarantining. There will not be a campus-wide notification every time there is a positive test result for a member of our community (which includes students, faculty, and staff).

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:02am

What are fall plans for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts? 

The studio arts curriculum offered by SMFA at Tufts has been completely redesigned by the faculty to mix in-depth virtual instruction with options for graduate students to receive supplies and equipment at home or to access studios and facilities in person to complete coursework. Find more information in the Fall 2020 Campus Guide for AS&E students

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 10:59am

What resources are available for students for counseling and mental health?

We understand that COVID-19 has brought on many new stresses for students. We want to make sure students are aware of the ongoing mental health support and wellness activities to help during these times.

Boston Campus students in all programs can continue to access counseling services now available remotely through Talk One2One. The phone number to access this service is 1-800-756-3124. This is both a 24-hour emergency helpline as well as a way to access the mental health counselors assigned to the Boston campus for ongoing counseling.

The University Chaplaincy continues to be available to all members of the Tufts community for emotional and spiritual support, to talk about grief and loss, or generally to be a listening ear. Please email chaplaincy@tufts.edu to be connected with a chaplain by phone, Zoom, or WebEx.

Student Wellness Programs remain in full swing during the summer. Please see the weekly Wellness Newsletter or contact our campus wellness advisor, Sharon Snaggs at sharon.snaggs@tufts.edu or 617-636-2700.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 10:57am
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What is the status of study abroad programs for Fall 2020?

Unfortunately, Tufts Global Education has made the difficult decision to cancel all abroad programs for both Summer and Fall 2020, including all external program approvals. Many countries are imposing strict travel restrictions, suspending visa application processing, and the potential impacts on travelers’ ability to return to the US were all contributing factors in making this decision. Tufts felt this was the right decision to ensure the health and safety of all students

Please see the Tufts Global Education's Study Abroad COVID-19 FAQ for more information.

 

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 10:51am

Under what circumstances can I decline my meal plan? Will communal kitchens in the residence halls be available?

The only students who can decline a meal plan are juniors and seniors living in apartments with a less-than-six-to-one resident to kitchen ratio and those who, for medical reasons, are unable to participate in meal plans. Sophomores in spaces designated as having a kitchen may choose a reduced meal plan, but are still required to have one. 

All others will be required to have a meal plan and use Tufts Dining facilities. Information about meal plans is available here.

Community/shared kitchens will be closed within residence halls except for those within enclosed apartment spaces and in woodframe houses. To prevent virus spread, students are discouraged from using these spaces. 

Returning students who canceled their meal plans last spring and wish to re-enroll are encouraged to do so before September 1.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:36am
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How does tiered housing pricing figure into this semester/year?

Because most rooms will remain at the same capacity level as planned and students will be permitted to select their housing from a variety of room sizes and types, differentiated housing rates will continue to remain in effect for continuing students. Information about housing rates can be found on the Residential Life and Learning website.

Continuing students will reselect housing during our revised housing selection period.  

As a reminder, as part of Tufts’ continued commitment to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted and returning students, the cost of each housing tier will be factored in when determining students’ financial aid awards. Awards will be adjusted as necessary to meet the full demonstrated financial need of each admitted and returning student. All first-year students will be charged the base rate for housing since they are unable to select their room size/capacity. 

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:35am
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Can first-year students select their own roommates to help make their own residential cohort, because of COVID-19? 

After examining implications of allowing roommate choosing, we have decided that we will continue with our current practice this year of making assignments based on living compatibility instead of letting students select their own roommates.  

Because the university has decided to move in the direction of supporting residential cohorts, it will be important that compatibility of living styles is prioritized in roommate matching as we may be more limited in our ability to do room changes.  

We have found that incidents of roommate conflicts have decreased when we take the approach of matching students based on living compatibility. In fact, there are more roommate conflicts per capita with our continuing students (sophomore and above) who choose their own roommates and housemates than with our first-year students, who are matched on living compatibility. We continue to adjust and improve our housing questionnaire every year, and while room change requests do happen among first-year students, they happen far less frequently than with rising sophomores, who have the ability to choose their roommates.  

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:33am
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I have questions about fall housing. Who can I talk to?

Many housing questions are covered in these FAQs. For additional questions, visit the Office of Residential Life and Learning website for information about fall move-in. Information about off-campus housing can also be found on the Off-Campus Housing Page. 

We encourage students and families to review the Fall 2020 Campus Guide for AS&E Students, which provides detailed information about our campus preparations. 

If further assistance is needed, contact us at studentservices@tufts.edu.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:32am
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Are there any other residential policies this fall that are different than a “typical” semester? 

There are several policies that differ from the past academic year.  

We encourage students and families to review the Fall 2020 Campus Guide for AS&E Students, which provides detailed information about our campus preparations. 

Some important updates to note are the need to wear face masks at all times unless in your own bedroom (and the only other person present is/are the student’s assigned roommate(s)), the need to register gatherings larger than 10 people, and the updated policy prohibiting all guests from outside of the building in the residence halls.  

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:31am
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Will Exceptional Pass/Fail be offered to undergraduates for fall virtual courses?

During 2020-21, normal grading policies will apply. In Spring 2020, the faculty voted to establish a temporary exceptional pass/fail grading option (“EP/F”) because of the rapid mid-semester switch to a new format of coursework, the short time available for students and faculty to adjust, and the need to alter course assignments and activities from what was planned at the beginning of the term. In contrast, for 2020-21, faculty and students know what both in person coursework and virtual coursework is and can make effective plans accordingly. Thus, EP/F is not currently being considered as an option in 2020-21.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:22am

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.