Click here for the January 2, 2022 new COVID-19 Guidelines for Spring 2022 semester from Caroline Attardo Genco, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President ad interim and Michael R. Jordan, M.D., M.P.H., University Infection Control Health Director and Associate Professor of Medicine, and
Mike Howard, Executive Vice President
As of December 15, 2021 update on the Spring 2022 semester from Matthew Hast, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
NUTR Campus-Based Courses
- Similar to this fall semester, the Friedman School’s NUTR courses will continue to be delivered in the classroom for the Spring 2022 semester.
- The specific classroom locations for your Friedman School courses will be entered in SIS closer to the start of the semester.
Screening and COVID-19 Surveillance Testing
- The University recently announced that we are no longer required to complete the Tufts Daily Health Screening Survey in order to access a Tufts building or facility. However, the Tufts University COVID-19 Surveillance Testing continues to be required. All students matriculated in Spring 2022 campus-based courses are coded in SIS for the required once-a-week COVID-19 Surveillance Testing protocol at any Tufts Testing Site. If you are a doctoral student that has completed your coursework, and you were already approved to be remote in the fall, your remote status will be retained in the spring semester.
- Students need to receive a negative test result in advance of accessing the Friedman School’s Jaharis Center or other Tufts University buildings and facilities. This means based on the first day you will be on campus in the spring semester, please plan to get your COVID-19 Surveillance Test in advance because in order for you to be on campus you will need to have received no more than one day before a negative test result. This is an important required step for our community’s health and safety as breakthrough COVID-19 cases continue with the Delta variant, and now the emergence of Omicron. Please don’t go into the Jaharis Center or other Tufts University buildings or facilities without having first obtained a negative test result. The closest Tufts Testing Site on the Boston campus remains located at 116 Harrison Avenue (sliding door entrance located at the corner of Kneeland Street and Harrison Avenue). For up-to-date hours, please refer to the Tufts Testing Site Calendar for all Tufts campuses. If you obtain a positive test result, here is the University’s guidance on next steps: https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/testing-at-tufts.
- Continue to use the Tufts Mobile app if you will be away and need to miss your once-a-week COVID-19 Surveillance Test. For more detailed information, please refer to the Tufts Technology User Guide: https://it.tufts.edu/guides/sms-covid-19-test-scheduling and reach out to COVIDTesting@tufts.edu with any testing questions.
Tufts University COVID-19 Protocols
- Masks are required indoors across all campus buildings. Please continue to carefully follow the Tufts University COVID-19 protocols that are in place. All individuals, whether vaccinated or not, are required to wear masks indoors except when alone in an office with the door closed or when eating. The Tufts University COVID-19 required protocols are available in greater detail on this Tufts website.
- Masks are also required when studying in Tufts libraries. More information about extended hours during finals may be found by visiting the Hirsh Health Sciences Library.
- Each semester, students are required for enrollment to keep their immunizations up-to-date to be in compliance with Massachusetts State Law and Tufts University Immunizations Requirements. The Student Advisory and Health Administration Office (SAHA) will place a Hold on your account that prevents registration transactions, transcript processing, and space reservations in the library if your immunization records are not in compliance with the University’s requirements for enrollment. Also, if you are eligible based on the CDC’s guidance to obtain your COVID-19 booster shot, the University is holding free on-campus clinics: https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/healthy-at-tufts/covid-19-vaccinations-tufts. If you have any questions or need to submit any updated immunization documentation, please email SAHA-Imm-Admin@tufts.edu.
General Travel Information
- If you are traveling domestically during the winter break please be mindful of any vaccination documentation requirements for your destination location. If you are traveling internationally, in addition to vaccination documentation requirements, the CDC has indicated all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than one day before travel to the US: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. The Tufts International Center has also issued this notification for international students, as well as a new entry restriction that went into effect in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19; review details here: https://icenter.tufts.edu/immigration/travel/general_travel/.