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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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If a student at Tufts tests positive for COVID-19, how do I know that I will be safe? Will I be notified?

Any Tufts student who tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus responsible for COVID-19) will be asked to identify their close contacts. Contact tracing will be carried out in cooperation with local public health departments. Individuals who may have been exposed to someone who has the virus will be notified and provided information and resources for self-quarantining. There will not be a campus-wide notification every time there is a positive test result for a member of our community (which includes students, faculty, and staff).

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020 - 12:02pm
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If I return in-person for the fall semester, will I have to follow any travel restrictions?

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. 

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020 - 12:02pm
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I am an international student. Where can I find answers to questions about my immigration and I-20 status? 

Please visit the Tufts International Center website for visa and immigration updates for the Fall 2020 semester. You can also contact your school’s International Center student advisor (full list available here). Please note that the International Center is currently issuing I-20s for students who are planning to be on campus for Fall 2020; students who are starting remotely from their home countries or deferring to a future term will be contacted by the International Center about their I-20 later this summer.  

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020 - 12:02pm
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Are the libraries open?

All Tufts libraries continue to provide digital resources and remote assistance for research and teaching, including consultations, workshops, and the addition of digital materials to our collections. While most Tufts Library spaces are still closed to the public, we are making plans to resume some services that require staff to be on site. All library operations will follow Tufts health and safety guidelines. Please check the following links for library-specific information and contacts:

Tisch, Lilly, & SMFA Libraries

Hirsh Health Sciences Library

Ginn Library

Webster Family Library

Digital Collections and Archives (DCA)

Tufts community members with checked-out materials should be assured that we understand this is an extraordinary situation. Overdue fines are suspended for all items, including interlibrary loan materials. Due dates for all borrowed items are extended past the start of the fall semester. Further information about returning borrowed materials will be forthcoming later this summer.

What resources are available for students who are learning remotely?

Tufts Technology Services has provided an extensive list of resources, tips, and tools on the Learning Remotely page. Also, Tufts is providing licensing for all Tufts students to use Adobe Creative Cloud through July 6, 2020. Learn more here.

Last update: Thursday, Jun 18, 2020 - 11:12am

What resources are available for students for counseling and mental health?

We understand that COVID-19 has brought on many new stresses for students. We want to make sure students are aware of the ongoing mental health support and wellness activities to help during these times.

Boston Campus students in all programs can continue to access counseling services now available remotely through Talk One2One. The phone number to access this service is 1-800-756-3124. This is both a 24-hour emergency helpline as well as a way to access the mental health counselors assigned to the Boston campus for ongoing counseling.

The University Chaplaincy continues to be available to all members of the Tufts community for emotional and spiritual support, to talk about grief and loss, or generally to be a listening ear. Please email chaplaincy@tufts.edu to be connected with a chaplain by phone, Zoom, or WebEx.

Student Wellness Programs remain in full swing during the summer. Please see the weekly Wellness Newsletter or contact our campus wellness advisor, Sharon Snaggs at sharon.snaggs@tufts.edu or 617-636-2700.

Students who were in care with a counseling and/or psychiatric provider at Counseling and Mental Health: You and your current clinician should be in touch by phone or through the Medicat Secure Health Portal to arrange a call or video chat to discuss how to proceed.

Initiating Counseling: CMHS is not able to initiate care with students remotely. Students who are not in the local area who are seeking to initiate counseling can access telemental health care through iHope or BetterHelp, or through area resources near their locations.  If you are having trouble securing care and would like assistance with the process, you may call CMHScat 617-627-3360 and tell the front desk you are seeking remote referral help.

Last update: Thursday, Jun 18, 2020 - 11:12am
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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.