*Any student who tests positive for COVID-19, will be isolated in a separate housing unit.
If you develop symptoms before your scheduled arrival on campus, you should promptly be evaluated by a medical provider to arrange testing and inform us immediately if your test is positive, again by reaching out to the Health Service (617-627-3350) as stated above. We will work with you on a plan to come to campus after being cleared by your medical provider.
Staggered Arrivals for Off-campus Roommates Arriving from Different Regions
Roommates from different regions are asked to stagger their arrivals so that out-of-region roommates arrive first and have at least 7 days to complete the arrival protocols for testing and quarantine. This applies to both on campus and off campus housing.
In the coming weeks, graduate students assigned to campus housing will receive more information about signing up for an arrival date.
Graduate students living off campus will be contacted separately to register for an arrival date so that they can receive their first COVID-19 test and begin the testing regimen. Information on how to sign up for an arrival test will be shared in the coming weeks.
The Commonwealth’s guidance also necessitates changes to Tufts’ move-in procedures and will make it difficult for parents, family members, and loved ones to participate in the move-in process for students arriving from out-of-region.
- Parents, family members, or friends who would be arriving in Massachusetts from out-of-region (regardless of where their student is arriving from) may accompany a student for move-in only if they have met Massachusetts’ requirements by either completing a 14-day quarantine upon arrival or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Parents, family members, or friends who would be arriving in Massachusetts from in-region (regardless of where their student is arriving from) do not have to be tested or quarantined.
- All students, whether in- or out-of-region, will be required to stay in their rooms after they move in and receive the results of their first COVID-19 test at Tufts, without exception. This means that any persons helping with move-in or accompanying students must plan to depart campus as soon as their student has moved in and been tested.
- Limit of 2 persons. Whichever region you are coming from, we ask that no more than two individuals come to campus to assist each student during move-in. This is to ensure social distancing and to lessen the number of people moving into a building at any given time.
- Please note that the state’s “transitory travel” exception does not apply to out-of-region parents, guardians, or other people assisting a student coming to the Tufts campus. While the exception permits travelers to drive through Massachusetts or to connect to their airplane, bus or train, or to stop at a highway rest stop, this exception extends only so long as is reasonably required for the traveler to complete their transit, make any necessary airplane, bus, or train connection, or make use of travel services such as at a highway rest stop. It does not apply to college move-ins.
Because masks will be required while moving in (regardless of the outside temperature or the physical exertion required), students are advised to keep the moving process manageable for themselves by using options that reduce the amount of lifting done on move-in day:
- Drive and Drop Option: The Office of Residential Life and Learning still plans to offer a drive and drop option for students who wish to drop items in their room before their official move-in date. More information on this opportunity can be found on our website.
- Shipping Items to Campus: The Office of Residential Life and Learning has information on the move-in page explaining the process of shipping items to campus in advance of arrival. Tufts Mail Services will deliver boxes and packages to your on-campus room, consistent with social distancing and other health guidelines and subject to delivery schedules and limitations.
- Moving Assistance: Moving assistance will be provided by professional movers on the designated arrival days. Additional information will be available closer to move-in.
There are a number of things that all of us can do to keep ourselves and everyone else healthy, whether on campus or at home.
Regardless of the current rules or guidelines in your state, we are asking in the strongest possible terms for you to start now taking action to limit your risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2. Please:
- wear a mask at all times outside your home,
- practice physical distancing with friends by staying six feet apart,
- avoid crowded areas such as beaches and bars,
- and practice good hand washing technique.
Before returning to campus, we strongly encourage you to have a conversation with your parents or family members about how you will manage a quarantine or illness, including sharing medical information, decision-making and general expectations. You should also have a similar conversation with your roommate(s) now to discuss how you will manage a quarantine or illness and agree as a team that you will do your best to stay healthy prior to your arrival.
We recognize this will be a difficult time for our students, particularly those who must complete a quarantine period. We are developing a variety of new virtual programs and activities, such as reading groups, video watch parties, workout classes, games, and more, that will engage and safely connect students with one another during their quarantine periods to make the time pass as productively and comfortably as possible.
Since our founding in 1852, Tufts has empowered generations of students to extend knowledge, to lead the world forward, and to do so with compassion. The circumstances in which we find ourselves today have made these aspirations more relevant and important than ever. Thank you for choosing Tufts. We look forward to engaging with you in the coming academic year.
James M. Glaser
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
Dean, School of Engineering
Dean, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
Robert G. Cook
Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Dean, Graduate Education, School of Engineering