Campus Policies, Requirements & Recommendations
Our goal is to maintain a positive experience on campus and ensure the continued health, safety, and well-being of our university community. To achieve this, the following policies, requirements, and recommendations will remain in place through the end of the spring 2022 semester. See our plans for lifting COVID-19 restrictions by campus this spring.
We will continue to monitor and respond to the most recent data and trends and make decisions with caution and with the best interests of our university and host communities in mind.
Tufts requires all community members to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This includes requiring a COVID-19 booster shot for all eligible students, faculty, staff, vendors, and affiliates per CDC guidance. You are eligible if you completed a 2-dose vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, etc.) five or more months ago or received a Johnson & Johnson/Janssen single-dose vaccine two or more months ago.
Individual international travel by faculty, staff or students for university-related purposes is allowed. The "essential only" requirement no longer applies; however, due to the heightened risks of international travel, faculty, staff, and students seeking to travel internationally on university-related business must still obtain explicit approval from their dean (or their designee) of the school or unit.
Domestic and personal international travel is allowed without restrictions. We encourage everyone to follow the CDC’s guidance on travel.
If you work or study on the Medford/Somerville or SMFA campus, you are required to participate in routine surveillance testing through May 5, 2022. Everyone must follow the guidelines and instructions for quarantine and isolation in case of a positive test or close contact with someone who is positive.
Students, faculty, and staff should stay home when feeling sick! If you don’t feel well and are exhibiting symptoms of any communicable disease, we ask that you do not come to campus.
Individuals with flu-like symptoms or who have been in close contact with someone who is confirmed as having COVID-19 in the previous 14 days should seek medical care.
- Indoor masking, including in classrooms, laboratories, studios, libraries, dining halls, and residences (except when alone, or eating/drinking, or in a residence hall with one's roommate) will be required through May 31. This also applies to all indoor events being held on the Medford/Somerville and SMFA campuses.
- Effective April 7, faculty in large lecture halls and speakers at events who are at least 12 feet away from the front row may choose to lecture/speak without a mask.
- Effective June 1, masking will be voluntary for everyone indoors; however, we strongly encourage everyone to continue to wear masks especially those who are immunocompromised, have an accommodation and are not vaccinated against COVID-19, and those wishing to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
- Cloth masks have been shown to be much less effective than 3 ply surgical masks, KN95, or N95. Tufts strongly recommends that individuals who choose to mask for their own protection wear a KN95 mask.
- Masks will not be widely distributed on campus, but Tufts community members who need KN95 masks may request up to five per week at 62R Talbot Ave.
Visitors will be welcome on campus provided they follow our masking guidelines and are up to date with vaccination at the time of the visit.
Tufts has lifted the limitations on in-person volunteering. Any on-campus volunteer must abide by visitor requirements and expectations.
- Effective June 1, masking will be optional at all events.
- Vaccination requirements remain in place for all events.
- Please follow current university guidelines for masking, food, and vaccination requirements for on-campus events.
- People should use good judgement when taking breaks and eating in proximity to others. Spread out a bit and always wear a mask indoors, unless actively eating or drinking.
- Visit the Dining Services website for locations and hours.
- Dining Services is unable to fulfill any off-campus dining requests. However, there are many apps such as Uber Eats or Instacart that can be helpful.
People are strongly encouraged to spread out to the furthest extent possible when sharing space indoors with others and to avoid eating with others inside if possible.
Standard pre-COVID room occupancy limits apply, including in conference rooms, offices, classrooms, laboratories, gyms, studios, and libraries. When inside, be sure there is plenty of space for people to spread out. Masking indoors is required through May 31. If you are planning an event this spring, please review the Events Guidelines page.
Look for the Healthy@Tufts signs wherever you are on campus to learn how to keep yourself and the community healthy and safe.