This page contains immigration updates and planning resources relating to the COVID-19 coronavirus situation and the Fall 2020 semester. It has been issued for the information and benefit of the Tufts international student, scholar, and employee community. This information is regularly updated.
On February 3, 2020 Tufts University issued a community update that reminded all members of the community of the importance of civility, respect, and compassion for one another, especially during these times of concern and anxiety over a new public health emergency. The International Center affirms and supports these values, as expressed in the community update, and reproduced below:
"We know that a case of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Massachusetts may cause anxiety. Even while the risk to members of our own community remains low, concerns around the world remain understandably high. We want to remind everyone in the Tufts community that fear and anxiety do not justify incivility or disrespect, and they do not sanction acts of bias, discrimination, or xenophobia towards members of our east Asian communities, or any other population. They also do not justify political discourse or expression that is disrespectful or antagonistic. Compassion, respect, and care for all people, regardless of origin or nationality, is simply not up for debate on our campuses.
At Tufts, we believe everyone deserves to feel welcome, despite circumstances local, national, or international. We also believe that no one is at fault for being taken ill. As the situation surrounding the coronavirus continues to evolve, we ask each of you to recommit yourselves to embodying our University’s values, and to do so while you help safeguard the health and wellness of the entire Tufts community."
If you are an international student, scholar, or employee and have any concerns as a member of the Tufts international community, please contact Andrew Shiotani, Director of the International Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stress and Mental Health Management Resources
The 2019 novel coronavirus has generated considerable anxiety. To help our current students, Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Service (CMHS) has provided the following useful information: