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Inclement Weather Policy
Inclement Weather Policy - Year 1 and Year 2:
When Tufts University School of Medicine is closed, classes are canceled and administrative offices including the OSA, OEA, Financial Aid, Student Advisory, the library and the fitness center are closed. You may be contacted by Dean Epstein who will let you know of any new arrangements for exams or other required activities. If this occurs on a CAP day, you should call your CAP preceptor to determine if his/her office will be open. If the office is open and you can safely travel to the site via walking or public transportation (assuming that it’s running), you are expected to report to your CAP site. If safe travel is not possible, please do not put yourself or others at risk. In that case, let your preceptor know that you will not be able to travel in for the session (this session should be made-up at a later time).
Inclement Weather Policy - Years 3 and 4 (clinical rotations):
The University closures (any campus, including Boston) will not impact students on clinical rotations at area hospitals or physician offices.
There are no “snow days” during the clinical years. That said, during a weather emergency, your safety is our highest concern. If you live within walking distance of your site or if you can travel via public transit (assuming it is running), you are expected to report to your site (if you are working at a private practice office you should call to confirm that the office is open). If travel to the site would be dangerous, please let your clerkship director and team know that you cannot safely travel to the site (you will not be penalized for this decision as long as you cannot get to the site by public transportation). You will be expected to make-up the day/night if you are on call.
Outlined below is information on how to determine if the Medical School will be closed during weather emergencies. Due to the possibility of power outages in weather emergencies, email is not always a reliable way to communicate this information.
Weather emergency closings are publicized in the following ways:
Tufts University Homepage
Tufts University Announcements
Tufts University's mobile site
Tufts University's Facebook and Twitter accounts
Phone: Boston and Medford/Somerville campuses: 617-627-INFO (4636)
Media: Television channels 4 (WBZ), 5 (WCVB) and 7 (WHDH); AM radio 680 and 1030
If the Medical School is closed (or opening delayed), the announcement could be ANY of the following:
1) Tufts University all campuses
2) Tufts University-Boston Campus
3) Tufts Health Sciences Campus
4) Tufts Medical School or Tufts University School of Medicine
Please note that in some cases, classes may be cancelled or delayed only on the Grafton or Medford campus due to the track of the storm and the announcement will specify only the campus (es) that are closed.
For more information about preparing for winter storms and other weather-related emergencies, please visit the Emergency Preparedness website.