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Updated April 3rd, 2020
Dear Friedman School Community,
I am writing to provide additional information about the Friedman School’s response to COVID-19 beyond that issued by the University. We appreciate that these measures may seem extraordinary, but please be assured that all measures are being implemented with the health and safety of the Friedman School, Tufts University, and the community at large in mind. The Friedman School has always been vibrant, resilient and committed to doing what is right. These qualities are now more important than ever.
This is an evolving situation and additional or different guidance may be forthcoming. For information about COVID-19 and the Tufts response, please consult https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/. This site also has links to state, national, and international sources of information.
All emails regarding COVID-19 will be addressed to your Tufts email. Please check your Tufts email frequently for updates. For those who predominantly use other email providers, please make sure to forward your Tufts email to your other email account. Contact TTS if you need help with this.
Please make sure that your contact information for the Tufts Alert System is current (https://emergency.tufts.edu/alert/).
We cannot predict the duration of the measures implemented by the University and our school. The risk of COVID-19 is being continually assessed and measures will be in place only as long as needed.
Events at the Friedman School Community
Below is a list of events that have been postponed or canceled this semester. Many of these events will be rescheduled – announcements regarding dates will be made as soon as possible.
- Friedman School Speaker’s Series (for remainder of the semester, may reappear as a virtual event)
- Admitted Student Open House
- Graduate Student Research Conference
- DC Student/Alumni Career Networking Trip
- The Tufts Food and Nutrition Entrepreneurship Competition
- Career Expo
- Cohn Lecture
- Gershoff Symposium
Courses as of March 23
All courses will be delivered remotely. Remote delivery of courses may mean that the course content, teaching methods, or assessment of students will change. We appreciate your understanding of these challenges. The University resources for faculty and students are found in the Teaching and Communicating section below. While the platforms used for remote teaching are not technically difficult, there will be a learning curve for all of us and we appreciate your understanding.
Lectures in courses may be delivered in real time or may be recorded. For lectures delivered in real time, course instructors should also record and post the lecture so that students unable to view the lecture in real time may view later.
Resources for Teaching and Communicating
Resources to permit remote teaching, learning and communication are available through the University. Please ensure that the below platforms. If relevant, will function on your computer and that your microphone and camera are functional.
The University recommends the use of WebEx (https://access.tufts.edu/webex) to host videoconference meetings online.
The University recommends the use of Zoom for distance learning and teaching online. The University has acquired an enterprise license that should permit all Tufts personnel to log in and use Zoom. To sign in to Zoom go to tufts.zoom.us. Instructions for using Zoom can be found at:http://tuftsedtech.screenstepslive.com/s/19028/m/94934/l/1213470-what-is-zoom.
Resources entitled Working Remotely and Keep Teaching can be found at https://it.tufts.edu/. A schedule of workshops for teaching remotely can be found at https://it.tufts.edu/training-working-and-teaching-remotely.
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prevention, Self-quarantine, and Exposure to COVID-19
Please follow the advice contained in recent University emails regarding prevention, exposure and self-quarantine that can be found at https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/.
Please be aware of resources to assist students, faculty and staff who may be experiencing distress by these or other issues: Family or friends in areas affected by COVID-19, concern about project or educational deadlines, or the ability to return to campus following travel. Resources for Friedman School students include the Talk One2One Student Assistance Program and the University Chaplaincy. Faculty and staff may seek support through Tufts’ Employee Assistance Program.
Thank you for your willingness to rise to this unique challenge.