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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for University College (Updated 5.20.2022)

This page will continue to be updated with the most relevant information about COVID-19 protocols for students participating in any program, course, or workshop offered through the University College.  Details about protocols are refined as the public health situation evolves.

If you have questions that are not answered by one of the resources below or by the Tufts University COVID-19 website, please email or


Current Protocols:

All in-person students, including workshop and program participants, will be required to provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination; depending on the duration of the program, enrollment in regular testing may be required as well.

Student COVID-19 protocols are determined by categories related to time spent on campus.  Students are responsible for understanding and abiding by their requirements, which are dependent on the duration and format of educational offering.  If you have questions, please email or

For the safety of our community, all staff and faculty on campus have been required to submit proof of vaccination.

See the categories in this table to understand your requirements:

Student Category


Boosters are required

Testing Schedule-

Efforts to carefully reduce testing are being made in phases.


Masks must be disposable 3-ply or high quality KN95 masks.

Examples of University College Programming

Visiting (non-degree)* students who are taking in-person courses that are more than 5 days


Includes minors who are vaccine-eligible


Includes all residential programs^




Vaccine required.  (Boosters also required if you are eligible).

  • Visiting students submit proof via survey
  • Parental consent also required for minors during registration


Surveillance Testing is voluntary. You may test 1x a week and if you have symptoms^


Pre-college summer programs will administer antigen testing upon arrival^





Currently required indoors, even if vaccinated



Planned June 1: Masks become optional but strongly recommended

(Subject to change)



Courses at Tufts, Courses at Tufts for High School

Residential Summer Programs

Some SMFA CE workshops and all SMFA courses


Visiting (non-degree)* students who are taking a workshop in-person that is 5 days or less in duration



Vaccine and booster required; submit proof via survey


No testing required

Some short SMFA CE Workshops

Visiting (non-degree)* students who are fully online


Vaccine required; bring proof of vaccination card with you at all times if you chose to visit campus for any reason.

No testing required

All mask protocols (above) must be followed.

Online or Virtual Courses at Tufts (including SMFA CE virtual courses)

Tufts Research Experience (pre-college)


Leadership workshops

*Visiting/ non degree students are also known as “non-matriculated” students; this means anyone who is taking an educational offering at Tufts but who is not a full-time or part-time Tuft’s student enrolled in a degree program. 

^ Any residential student who tests positive for COVID-19 must be picked up from campus by a parent or guardian with in 24 hours of the positive test (48 hours for international students).  Students will be in isolation during this time. Please know that departure from a program due to COVID-19 does not warrant a refund. Please see Refund policies for more details.

How to Submit Vaccine Proof

Visiting Students:

Tufts is using a centralized survey to collect vaccine information in a secure, HIPAA-compliant manner. Follow the steps below to complete this requirement:

  1. Shortly after registration, you will receive a Welcome email that includes instructions for COVID-19 protocols and a survey link to submit vaccine information.
    1. If you do not see the survey, check your spam folder.  If you still don’t see it, email and someone will assist.
  2. Enter your UTLN (if you have one, however many UC student will not have this at the time of registration) OR if you don’t have it, enter your name, and email address you used for registration.
  3. Identify your affiliation with Tufts as “Courses at Tufts student.” (All UC students, including SMFA students, should select “Courses at Tufts” as their affiliation).
  4. Upload your proof of vaccination and booster.

If you intend to apply for a medical or religious accommodation and will not be vaccinated, see “Accommodations on Medical or Religious Grounds” section below.

Pre-College Students in Residential Summer Programs

Upload your proof of COVID vaccine along with your other required health information into your student portal.

Students in Short Courses (less than 5 days on campus)

Bring your vaccine documentation to class; this will be verified as you enter.

How to Test
  • Testing is free.
  • Students will need their Tufts photo id for their weekly testing.
    • In order to take a test, you must first obtain a Tufts Student ID. If you don’t already have an ID, you can get an ID by uploading a photo to at least three business days before your first COVID-19 test. IDs can be picked up at the locations in this link. It is HIGHLY recommended to upload a photo in advance.
      • You can also have an ID generated the same day that you test but there will be a 30-45 minute delay between when your ID is generated and when you can take your test.
  • All testing locations and hours may be found here:
    • Medford:  62R Talbot Ave - Medford, MA; See Testing Calendar link for hours
    • SMFA: 230 Fenway - Boston, MA; see Testing Calendar link for hours 
    • Boston (Health Sciences): 116 Harrison Ave - Boston, MA; see Testing Calendar link for hours
Masking on Campus

Face masks are currently required  indoors. Masks are not required outdoors.

We expect that in mid-May, masking indoors will strongly recommended, though not mandatory. 

Please note that you must wear disposable 3-ply or high quality KN95 masks. Cloth masks are no longer permitted on Tufts' campuses.


By registering in any UC program, you are agreeing to be compliant with all COVID-19 protocols around testing, vaccines, masking, and time on campus.  University College will monitor the testing results of all students who are enrolled in courses, workshops, or programs that are in-person and more than five days in duration.  Failure to be compliant with your requirements each week may result in removal from the registration without a refund.

Any student that tests positive will need to remain in isolation, off campus. For pre-college summer residential students, a student will need to be picked up by a parent/ guardian within 24 hours of a positive test (48 if international).  Until the time of pick up, the student will be moved to a single occupancy room for isolation purposes. 

Please note that departure from a program due to COVID does not warrant a refund. Please see refund policies for additional information. 

Accommodations on Medical or Religious Grounds

Religious and medical accommodations are reviewed and approved by the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). Students requesting religious accommodation must complete the OEO Immunization Accommodation Form and will also be required to submit a letter from their religious/spiritual leader confirming their sincerely held religious belief and the nexus between that and their request for a COVID-19 vaccine waiver as a religious accommodation. Please contact Nadra Sultan at with questions.