Generally, no. Sophomores who participate in the fall 2020 term in person will be expected to live in on campus housing. Our housing residency requirement is still in place for first- and second-year students.
There are usually only two exceptions to this policy: sincerely held religious beliefs that cannot be accommodated on campus (approved through the Office of Equal Opportunity) and disabilities that require a housing accommodation (approved through Student Accessibility Services).
For this year only, the Office of Residential Life and Learning has allowed a third exception: first- and second-year students may live off campus with their family at their permanent residence. However, living off campus with friends is still not permitted for first- and second-year students.
Students who choose to attend fully remotely (meaning they will not be permitted to come to campus at any time for any reason during the semester), are generally expected to live at their permanent address, and they will not be required to live on campus. Students who take a personal leave for the fall are also not required to live on campus. Sophomores who plan to return in person in spring 2021 following remote study or personal leave in fall 2020 must plan to live on campus or live at their family’s permanent residence during the spring semester.
If sophomores choose to attend remotely or to attend in person but live off campus with family during the fall semester, they may not be able to retain their housing assignment for the spring. While we will make every effort to accommodate all sophomores who wish to return to live on campus, at this time we cannot guarantee on campus housing for those who decide they want to be on campus only in the spring term. If Tufts is unable to provide on campus housing for sophomores returning in person for the spring from a semester on leave or living at home in the fall, we will consider exceptions to the residential policy for those specific situations. However, we do hope to provide housing in the spring for all who request it.
Securing on campus housing for all students who request it is a priority and we will continue to work on solutions to meet demand. When completing the Intent Form, students who choose to live with family or attend classes remotely were asked for their spring plans. We will reach out to those students in the fall to ask for their intent for the spring, and will provide them with housing updates.