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If you are taking classes in person this spring, you will be required to join us in committing to our health and safety protocols. In particular, the 24/7 masks requirement, physical distancing expectation, mandatory COVID testing, daily symptom screening, and the requirement to have no large social gatherings will all remain Tufts policy for the entire academic year, and possibly longer.

All the policies in the Fall 2020 Campus Guide for AS&E Students carry forward to the Spring term. We strongly encourage you to review the guide, which includes important information about campus health and safety protocols, housing and dining, academic life, and more.

You will also find detailed information in our comprehensive FAQs and on our Testing at Tufts webpage. If you still have unanswered questions, please email

Testing Protocols

All undergraduate students will be tested when they arrive to campus and regularly throughout the spring semester. 

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Personal Health on Campus

All students who are on campus in person this fall and spring will be tested for COVID-19 and required to complete a daily health status survey. Face masks must be worn 24/7 both indoors and outdoors except when eating, grooming and sleeping. Mental health and counseling resources are available, and students can examine the risk and options to decide what’s best for them.

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Academic Life

Courses in 2020-21 are being offered in a variety of formats, including a hybrid format that includes in-person and virtual components. SMFA Studio Arts curriculum is mixing virtual instruction with in person studio use. Physical distancing is required of everyone participating in person. Students with disabilities may submit documentation The StAAR (Student Accessibility & Academic Resource) Center to initiate a request for accommodations.

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Living On Campus or Off Campus

All first year and sophomore students are guaranteed university-provided housing. Although the residential cohort model has been discontinued for the spring semester, our residential policy continues to require that you: maintain a physical distance of six feet from other people at all times; wear a mask over your nose and mouth 24/7; and do not host or attend social gatherings of more than 10 people indoors and outdoors, on and off campus.

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Facilities & Dining Services

The capacity of many buildings, and many rooms within buildings, has been reduced to allow for physical distancing. Entry to many Tufts facilities is being access-controlled in a new way in 2020-21. It is anticipated that dine-in service will be possible in the dining centers at various times during the academic year, and reservations will be required. At other times, all service is takeout only. 

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Athletics & Fitness Center

The Steve Tisch Sports & Fitness Center is open for physically distanced recreational activities and for Physical Education courses that students are taking for academic credit. Physically distanced varsity team practices began on March 1. Club sports (games and practices) and intramural sports (games and practices) remain paused. 

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Pandemic Safety Policy for Student Behavior

Our community’s health and safety depend on all members abiding by certain standards. This includes the University's general ban on university-sponsored travel extending into the spring 2021 semester to reduce the number of people who contract and spread COVID-19. 

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Student Organizations and Social Events

As much as possible, student organization events should occur through a virtual format. In-person events need to be approved through the Office for Campus Life. Also, social events and gatherings in indoor and outdoor spaces must be limited in size to no more than 10 people, in accordance with public health guidelines. 

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International Students

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic creates particular burdens for students who are from countries other than the United States. The Tufts International Center is responsible for assisting international students with US visa and immigration requirements. 

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