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Following careful planning by faculty, staff, and university leadership for the past several months, Tufts has restarted residential campus operations for the fall. All undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts and the School of Engineering (collectively, AS&E) were invited to be on campus in person this fall. 

The 2020-21 academic year will be a different experience for all Tufts students. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to reimagine how we support students in every aspect of their Tufts experience –academic, social, and personal. The information below and in the downloadable Fall 2020 Campus Guide for AS&E Students [PDF], as well as in the FAQs and in our resource with the details about the university’s comprehensive testing process, should answer most of your questions about the Fall 2020 experience for our students. If not, please send an email to StudentServices@tufts.edu

Review our policy on singing and wind instrument playing.

Tufts has released a Thanksgiving travel policy for AS&E students. Read the full message here.

Testing Under Way

Undergraduate coronavirus testing – the foundation of Tufts’ safety plan – is under way as students return to campus.

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Personal Health on Campus

All students who are on campus in person this fall are tested for COVID-19 and are required to complete a daily health status survey. Face masks are required indoors and outdoors. 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 and have been organized into residential cohorts usually ranging from 6-12 students. Students living in off-campus apartments are considered assigned to a residential cohort with the people with whom they share an apartment or house.

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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

NESCAC conference competition has been canceled for Fall 2020. Competitive club sports and intramurals have been suspended for the fall semester. Outdoor athletics facilities are available for student use subject to applicable safety guidelines. The athletics department and the Office for Campus Life are collaborating to provide low-risk, non-contact recreation activities and expanded e-sports opportunities for students.

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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 a general ban on university-sponsored travel in fall 2020 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, 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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