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.
All undergraduate students will be tested when they arrive to campus and regularly throughout the spring semester.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To begin the spring semester and until further notice, the Steve Tisch Sports & Fitness Center is closed to all use, except for Physical Education courses that students are taking for academic credit. When health conditions permit, the University plans to re-open the fitness center and pool for student and staff use subject to applicable safety guidelines. Competition in all winter varsity, club and intramural sports has been canceled. Planning continues for the possibility of competition in spring sports later in the semester, and updated information will be provided as it becomes available. 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.
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.
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.