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This information applies to visitors who are not already part of the routine surveillance testing on campus.

Guidelines for visitors on a Tufts University campus or facility:

  • Must be 18+ years old.
    • Minors are not allowed to work in research labs or enroll in in-person classes. Exceptions to minors on campus are those who are at the Elliot Pearson School, patients at the dental clinics, and on campus for admissions tours and athletics recruiting.
  • Must provide their own housing.
    • Plans to provide short- or long-term housing for groups (including using hotels) require approval from the university infection control health director (OccupationalHealth@tufts.edu).
  • Must have health insurance that covers them while at Tufts.
  • Must be able to isolate or quarantine in-situ in the case of a positive test or exposure as a close contact.
  • Must observe Tufts COVID protocols for including masking and hand hygiene.

Vaccination does not relieve testing requirements.

Read more about vendor and affiliate testing expectations

 

Visitor Review and Approval Process and Considerations

  • Research and Lab Related Activities: Integrative Safety Committee (ISC) Approval
    • Locally approved requests must be submitted to ISC for final approval.
  • Other Activities: University Infection Control Health Director (UICHD) Approval
    • Locally approved requests must be submitted to the UICHD for final approval.
  • Approval Processing Time for ISC and UIC: 5 business days.

 

Testing, Quarantine & Isolation Protocols for Non-Student Visitors

  • Visitors who are indoors and wearing a mask at all times do not need to be tested.
  • Visitors who are indoors and are in situations where eating and drinking will happen (e.g., indoor event, luncheon, or coffee) are required to be tested, irrespective of vaccination status.
  • Visitors who interact with patients in a healthcare setting (e.g., dental exam proctors) are required to be tested.
  • Visitors who provide students with hands-on instruction are required to be tested.
  • Outdoor visitors do not need to be tested, but unvaccinated visitors should wear face masks and physically distance.
  • Visitors are permitted to use indoor restrooms on campus (masks must be worn).

 

Testing, Quarantine & Isolation Protocols for Non-Student Visitors

Note: Activities that cannot be performed with physical distancing require additional review and may require additional testing or other protocols.

 

Who Testing Frequency Arrival Testing Quarantine and Isolation

Very short-term visitors with no close proximity work

(visiting less than one week)

N/A Test day before on-campus activities, again on 3rd day if applicable

In-situ*

(plans should cover cases of a positive test or exposure as a close contact for short-term visitors)

Researchers, Visiting Scholars, Accreditors, Proctors, other short-term visitors

(visiting 1 to 2 weeks)
Every other day Negative test before start of on-campus activities

In-situ

(plans should cover cases of a positive test or exposure as a close contact for short-term visitors)

Researchers and Visiting Scholars

(visiting for more than 2 weeks)
1x per week Two negative tests 3 days apart before beginning on-campus activities. In-situ

 

*In-situ means where the person is living or staying at the time.

Testing, Quarantine & Isolation Protocols for Student Visitors


Effective May 16, 2021 through the start of fall 2021 semester.

Note: Activities that cannot be performed with physical distancing require additional review and may require additional testing or other protocols.

Role Testing Frequency Arrival Testing Quarantine and Isolation

Residential Students (Medford only)

1x per week Two negative tests 3 days apart before starting in-person activities

Managed by Tufts using residential student protocols (Mods)

Non-residential in-person students (Medford/SMFA) 1x per week One negative test before starting class, 2nd test in first week, then 1x/week testing

In-situ

 

Local Tufts students not in in-person classes or laboratory activities (Medford) TBD whether this will be supported in the summer TBD In-situ
Students (Grafton, Boston) 1x per week One negative test before starting class, 2nd test in first week, then 1x/week testing In-situ