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 be in place this fall. 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.
Additional Fall 2021 protocols
Vaccination against COVID-19 is of the utmost public health importance. Achieving a high vaccination rate within the Tufts community will help enormously to minimize, but not eliminate completely, the risks of the Delta variant. Tufts requires all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to have received appropriate medical or religious accommodation as allowed under law or, in the case of faculty and staff, an exemption approved by their dean or VP.
The "essential only" travel policy for Tufts-related international travel remains in place. All Tufts-related international travel must follow the current review process, including approval by the school dean (or their designee) or division VP's office and review by the International Travel Review Committee (ITRC) for students and by the Integrative Safety Committee (ISC) for research-related travel.
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 campus, you are required to participate in routine surveillance testing and follow all the guidelines and instructions for quarantine and isolation if you test positive or are a close contact.
Anyone visiting or returning to a Tufts facility is required to complete a Daily Health Status Survey before coming to campus. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested right away and remain in isolation while awaiting results.
Symptoms associated with the Delta variant include the typical fever and shortness of breath associated with other circulating variants, but notably, people infected with the Delta variant frequently experience symptoms similar to and often mistaken for allergies, such as a runny or stuffy nose, headache, and scratchy or sore throat. If you have any of these symptoms, please do not come to campus and speak with your primary care physician or Marathon Health about getting tested. If you are feeling sick for any reason, please stay home until you are feeling better and seek medical attention.
- Tufts requires that all individuals wear masks indoors, including in classrooms, laboratories, studios, libraries, dining halls, and residences. Students living in off-campus apartments or residence halls should wear face masks in communal areas such as lounges, kitchens, and hallways. Masks do not need to be worn indoors when alone or when eating; however, social distancing is strongly encouraged while eating or drinking.
- Wear a mask outdoors when in large gatherings. A mask is currently required if you are attending any outdoor event where 100 or more people are present.
- Per the State’s guidance, face masks are required for all individuals on public and private transportation (including ride shares, livery, taxis, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities, congregate care settings, and health and rehabilitative day services.
- Boston and Somerville mandate that masks be worn indoors. Medford requires masks be worn inside public buildings.
All visitors who are coming to a Tufts campus are expected to be vaccinated and to bring their CDC card as proof of vaccination. In addition, visitors who are on campus periodically with greater than 15 minutes of contact with Tufts faculty, staff, and/or students are required to be tested on the day of their visit. Visitors who are on campus daily or multiple times a week with regular contact with faculty, staff, or students require weekly testing.
If a Tufts student, faculty, or staff member wants to volunteer/work in the community, they should be vaccinated, participate in our surveillance program, and wear a mask at all times when indoors. Beyond that, they should comply with any other protocols that the organization where they are working/volunteering has in place. If they are working with unvaccinated populations (e.g., children under 12), they should also wear masks outdoors when on site.
Event attendees from outside the university are required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival, and should be advised to bring documentation with them. Non-Tufts attendees without vaccination documentation risk being turned away from the event. All attendees must complete the Daily Health Survey on the day of the event.
- Indoor dining is allowed and operating at normal pre-pandemic capacity in our campus dining locations. Visit the Dining Services website for locations and hours.
- People should use good judgement when taking breaks and eating in proximity to others. Spread out a bit and wear a mask indoors, unless actively eating or drinking.
- See Event Guidelines for meal service requirements both indoors and outside.
- 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 no longer required to remain six or more feet apart outdoors or indoors, including in conference rooms, offices, classrooms, laboratories, gyms, studios, and libraries. However, it is strongly encouraged that people maintain physical distance while eating or drinking inside and to eat, drink, and take breaks outdoors when feasible.
There are no limits on the size of indoor or outdoor gatherings. Standard pre-COVID room occupancy limits will apply, including in conference rooms, offices, classrooms, laboratories, gyms, studios, and libraries. Please use good judgement about attending large social events and wear a mask in large, crowded settings—both inside and outdoors—for your safety and that of others.
Look for the Healthy@Tufts signs wherever you are on campus to learn how to keep yourself and the community healthy and safe.