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Is Tufts providing face masks to students? 

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All Tufts students are provided face masks or coverings should they need them, but students may also use their own. More details about how to get Tufts-issued face masks or coverings has been provided to students before their arrival on campus.

Last update: Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 - 3:51pm

I’m mainly on the SMFA campus. Do I have to travel to Medford for regular COVID testing? 

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No. In addition to the health facilities and services on the Medford/Somerville campus, which are open by appointment, there is onsite COVID testing at SMFA at Tufts. SMFA students who are living off-campus in the Fenway area are undergoing regular surveillance testing at 230 Fenway. Health Service and Counseling and Mental Health Service (CMHS) are also available to assist students via a Telehealth platform. Up-to-date information is available on the CMHS website and Health Service website. More information about all aspects of testing is available in the Testing at Tufts resource.

Last update: Monday, Oct 25, 2021 - 1:27pm

Do I have to wear my mask all the time when I am at work?

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Tufts requires that all individuals wear masks indoors, including in offices, conference rooms, classrooms, laboratories, studios, libraries, dining halls, and residences. Masks do not need to be worn indoors when alone or when eating; however, social distancing is strongly encouraged while eating or drinking. For more information on face mask requirements, visit https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/healthy-at-tufts.

We encourage you to work with the Tufts Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) if you have questions or concerns about wearing a mask or cloth face covering in your Tufts workplace. In many situations, OEO has already found acceptable and safe adaptations, alternatives and accommodations for those individuals who are unable to wear a mask or cloth face covering because of a physical or mental impairment or sincerely held religious belief. OEO will engage in an interactive dialogue with you in order to increase your feasibility of wearing a mask or cloth face covering safely in your workplace with the goal of reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 across Tufts University.

Last update: Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 - 3:27pm

I rely on lip reading and my colleagues don’t realize I do this in the workplace. Can I ask everyone I work with not to wear a mask when speaking to me?

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Please contact the Tufts OEO Accommodation Specialist, Johny Lainé, who will be able to assist you and your work group with this situation. There are few physical or mental health reasons why someone cannot wear a mask or other type of face covering in the workplace. When wearing a mask or cloth face covering may exacerbate a physical or mental health condition, lead to a medical emergency or introduce significant safety concerns, adaptions and alternatives will be considered. Transparent masks may be an acceptable adaption in this situation with the support of the Tufts OEO Accommodation Specialist, Johny Lainé at 617.627.3298.

Last update: Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 - 3:54pm

I have breathing issues and wearing a mask is too difficult.

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There are a few physical or mental health reasons why someone cannot wear a mask or other type of face covering in the workplace. Wearing a mask or cloth face covering may exacerbate a physical or mental health condition, lead to a medical emergency or introduce significant safety concerns. Adaptions and alternatives will be considered whenever possible to increase the feasibility of wearing a cloth face covering or to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading if it is not possible to wear one. Please contact the Tufts OEO Accommodation Specialist, Johny Lainé at 617.627.3298 if you have questions or wish to request an accommodation.

Last update: Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 - 3:49pm

Do I have to wear my mask all the time when I am at work? I have a physical or medical reason that prohibits me from wearing a mask.

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Tufts requires that all individuals wear masks indoors, including in offices, conference rooms, classrooms, laboratories, studios, libraries, dining halls, and residences. Masks do not need to be worn indoors when alone or when eating; however, social distancing is strongly encouraged while eating or drinking. For more information on face mask requirements, visit https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/healthy-at-tufts.

We encourage you to work with the Tufts Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) if you have questions or concerns about wearing a mask or cloth face covering in your Tufts workplace. In many situations, OEO has already found acceptable and safe adaptations, alternatives and accommodations for those individuals who are unable to wear a mask or cloth face covering because of a physical or mental impairment or sincerely held religious belief. OEO will engage in an interactive dialogue with you in order to increase your feasibility of wearing a mask or cloth face covering safely in your workplace with the goal of reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 across Tufts University.

Last update: Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 - 3:31pm

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.