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Will I still be able to study abroad this summer?

Unfortunately, Tufts Global Education has made the difficult decision to cancel all summer abroad programs, 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 note, if you have previously received approval to participate in an external summer program for 2020, it is unfortunately no longer approved by the university and will no longer be eligible for transfer credit.

Last update: Thursday, Jun 25, 2020 - 2:46pm
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When and how will full on-campus operations resume?

Tufts has not set a specific deadline for returning to full on-campus operations. Instead, the university intends to take a phased approach, which can generally be described as follows:

  • Phase 0 – Stay-at-Home Advisory (essential employees only)
  • Phase 1 – Limited Access (essential employees plus limited staff to support certain labs and clinics)
  • Phase 2 – Preparation for Hybrid Reopening* (Phase 1 staff plus necessary support staff)
  • Phase 3 – Hybrid Reopening* (Phase 2 staff plus additional support staff)
  • Phase 4 – New Normal (all staff)

*Hybrid Reopening may include a combination of online and in-person academic and extracurricular activities.

On Tuesday, June 23, the university announced its plans for restarting residential campus operations in Fall 2020, for students in the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Please see the Fall 2020 Campus Guide for AS&E Students for more information. For information about Fall 2020 and the graduate and professional schools, please refer to the individual websites of the schools. 
 
Tufts plans to phase in the return of staff over time in a coordinated process to prioritize appropriate social distancing, availability of PPE (personal protective equipment), hygiene protocols, symptom screening, testing capabilities for COVID-19, and contact tracing.  
 
All members of the Tufts community will be given advance notice of when they will be expected to return to work on campus. 
 
No one should report to work on campus unless and until they have been explicitly cleared to do so by their school or department leadership.  
 
Tufts will expand on-site staffing based on an assessment of mission-critical operations, ability to control and manage specific work environments, and necessity of accessing on-site resources. Return-to-campus decisions, once approved, will be issued by your respective dean, vice president, or division leader.

Last update: Thursday, Jun 25, 2020 - 11:50am

What are fall plans at Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy?

The Friedman School will offer a flexible and hybrid academic experience this fall with a mix of virtual and on campus activities. Read more on the Friedman School's website.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020 - 1:16pm

What are the fall plans for graduate programs at the School of Engineering?

All graduate students in the School of Engineering are welcome to come to campus in person. If for some reason that is not possible for you, we can provide options, such as taking classes virtually.  Find more information in the Fall 2020 Campus Guide for AS&E students

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020 - 12:43pm

What are the fall plans for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences?

All graduate students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are welcome to come to campus in person. Graduate students will have a variety of class formats, including in-person, virtual, and a hybrid of the two. Find more information in the Fall 2020 Campus Guide for AS&E students

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020 - 12:43pm

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: Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020 - 12:42pm

What are the fall plans for Cummings School? 

On the Grafton campus, Cummings School will offer online and in-person instruction for veterinary, masters, and PhD students. Read more on Cummings School's website.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020 - 12:29pm

What are the fall plans for The Fletcher School?

This fall, all courses at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy will be offered remotely. We currently intend to offer our spring semester in a hybrid form with both residential and remote offerings. Read more about plans for fall on The Fletcher School's website.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020 - 12:27pm

What are the fall plans for the School of Dental Medicine?

First- and second-year students at the School of Dental Medicine will have remote education in the fall with clinical experiences shifted to spring. Some advanced students may be back for hands-on and clinical education in the fall. The Dental School will update their site as information becomes available.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020 - 12:25pm

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

I currently have a housing assignment and I plan to return for on campus classes this fall. Do I need to confirm my housing, or can I simply keep my initial assignment?

Given the new housing options and the need to de-density some buildings, the Office of Residential Life and Learning (ORLL) will embark upon a modified housing confirmation and reselection process.  

All returning students who currently have a confirmed fall housing assignment and participate in the 2020-21 year in person are guaranteed to remain in on-campus housing. While some students will be able to remain in their current assignment, they will need to either pull in friends to live in any vacancies in their room or apartment or understand that another student may be placed in their space. They may also opt to leave their space and reform a residential cohort group with others or opt to leave their space and enter housing selection as an individual. ORLL is committed to providing as many opportunities for choice for students, and more detailed modified housing confirmation and reselection process information will be shared by ORLL.   

Because the circumstances and policies related to on-campus housing have changed since students initially selected their housing (e.g., we have needed to adjust some housing spaces to reduce the number of students sharing a bathroom), students need to enter this modified housing confirmation and reselection process with these new policies in mind.  

Members of residential cohorts will all quarantine together in the event of an exposure, so the importance of students being able to select their housing with this knowledge in mind is important.  

In the modified housing confirmation and reselection process, students will retain their original priority order, should they opt to select a new housing space and/or form a new group for the purposes of residential cohorting.  

The Fall 2020 Intent Form will direct all students with a current housing assignment to enter the housing portal to confirm their desire to live on campus. (Incoming first-year students and transfer students can access the form through their new student checklist; returning students can access the form here.)  

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

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020 - 12:21pm
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