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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

Should I wear a mask when I come to work at Tufts?

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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

How can staff and faculty maintain social distance when they return to an office?

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When employees return to work on campus, no physical distancing restrictions will be in place either outside or indoors. Masks need to be worn indoors unless eating or when alone in an office.

Until high vaccination coverage among on-campus faculty and staff can be verified, all in-person office parties and events are encouraged to be held outside with prepackaged food. In addition, faculty and staff are encouraged not to take breaks or eat in large groups indoors.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:48am

I am a Tufts employee (faculty, staff). Can I travel for university-related or funded business?

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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 - 8:47am

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

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Please visit the Tufts International Center website for visa and immigration updates for the Fall 2021 semester. You can also contact your school’s International Center student advisor (full list available here). 

Last update: Friday, May 28, 2021 - 1:14pm

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

How do I order PPE (personal protective equipment) for my staff or department?

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Tufts Purchasing department has set up procedures to centrally stock a number of PPE items needed to keep the university safe and healthy, including masks (disposable and N95, which are just for clinical and labs), disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer/liquid gel, gloves, and cleaning supplies.

Please contact your department administrator who should have access to a form to request these items. If they do not have access to the form or you have a special request, please email ppe@elist.tufts.edu.

Last update: Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020 - 11:09am

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

If I am an essential employee and unable to come into work due to COVID-19, what are my sick-time benefits?

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If you are unable to return to work on-site, you should notify and work with your manager to determine if there is work that you can do remotely. All benefits-eligible, non-exempt employees receive annual awards of sick time upon their anniversary dates, which can be used as soon as it is awarded. If you have a unique circumstance, contact your supervisor or your Human Resources Business Partner for help with paid time off and/or leave options.

Last update: Thursday, Jul 1, 2021 - 11:41am

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.