Alerts & Advisories
The Medford/Somerville and Boston (Health Sciences and School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts) campuses will be closed as of 5 p.m. on March 14. The Grafton campus will remain open.
Effective January 26, 2021, policies about the suspension of operations due to weather conditions have been updated to reflect the university’s current remote/virtual work environment. Please refer to the university’s Essential Staff, Campus Closings, and Early Release Policies for details about the impact of this announcement on your work.
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 Laura Baecher-Lind 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.
From time to time Tufts University may close the Tufts Health Sciences Campus or the University due to inclement weather. When weather threatens campus or university closings, delayed arrivals or early dismissals, information will be available by calling (617) 627-INFO as early as 6:00 AM, or by logging on to tufts.edu. In the event of a closure University administrative offices will generally remain open but operate remotely and PHPD Classes will meet, or not, depending on the degree program:
Online MPH, MS HIA, and DPT Didactic Coursework
In the event of a University or campus closure due to inclement weather, classes that were originally scheduled to meet online will continue to meet as scheduled. Students should notify faculty if they will be unable to attend due to weather-related reasons (e.g. power/internet outage) and arrange to make up any missed content. If a class is unable to be conducted for weather-related reasons it will be rescheduled or replaced with asynchronous or recorded content under the purview of the course director.
Campus Based MPH, MBS, and PA Didactic Coursework, DPT Onsite Clinical Skill Labs
In the event of a University or campus closure due to inclement weather, classes will not meet unless they were already scheduled to meet online. In person classes that don’t meet will be rescheduled or replaced with asynchronous or recorded content under the purview of the course director.
Cancellation or delayed start for DPT Clinical Skill Labs will be separately communicated by the DPT Program Director.
DPT and PA Clinical Education
While students are completing site-based clinical education/rotations they should consult with their site to determine if that site will be open for business during times of inclement weather. If the site is open and a student can safely report to their site during an inclement weather event they are expected to do so. If weather conditions make it unsafe to travel to a site the student should notify the Director of Clinical Education (DPT program) or Associate Program Director (PA Program) as well as their supervisor at the clinical site.
General Increment Weather Information
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)
If the Medical School is closed (or opening delayed), the announcement could be ANY of the following:
- Tufts University all campuses
- Tufts University-Boston Campus
- Tufts Health Sciences Campus
- 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.