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.