Request a Qualified Disability (ADA) Accommodation
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, require Tufts University to provide appropriate academic and employment accommodations to employees and students with disabilities unless doing so would create an undue hardship, compromise the health and safety of members of the University community, or fundamentally alter the nature of the university’s employment or academic program or mission.
To learn how to request a qualified disability accommodation and who to contact, check out the information below.
For undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in:
The School of Arts and Sciences
The School of Engineering
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
The School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Academic, Housing and Transportation Accommodations
OEO will engage employees in an interactive dialogue to clarify the type of accommodation(s) and the reasonableness of the accommodation(s) being sought.
OEO may ask employees to provide timely medical and/or other documentation from the appropriate provider to support the request for the reasonable accommodation. All medical documents will be handled confidentially in OEO. Download the ADA accommodation request form (PDF).
We also always encourage employees to inform their manager or department chair of the need for a reasonable accommodation. If a manager or department chair receives an initial request from an employee, they will refer it to OEO for assessment.
After making a final determination on the matter based on facts gathered and received, OEO will communicate its decision in writing to the employee, their manager or department chair, and appropriate HR personnel.
Medical Leave Procedure
If you are a Tufts employee and need a medical leave or medical time off, please contact the Leave of Absence Specialist in Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. To initiate a leave request by phone, contact Tufts Support Services at 617-627-7000.
If you are a member of Tufts Faculty and are interested in taking a medical leave, you should contact your school's dean.
Transportation and Accessible Parking Accommodations
Duty to Cooperate
Managers, supervisors, faculty and other agents of the University have a duty to refer accommodation requests from students, employees, applicants, patients, visitors, third parties and community members to the appropriate Accommodations Administrator for the initiation of the interactive process. For any questions regarding where or how to refer a reasonable accommodation request, contact the Accommodations Manager and ADA/504 Officer, Katherine Vosker at 617-627-0657 or the Accommodations Specialist, Amin Fahimi Moghadam at 617-627-6363. Any agent of the University who fails to refer an accommodation request may be subject to disciplinary action.
Freedom of Retaliation
Any university community member who believes they are a person with a disability has the right to request a reasonable accommodation(s) without fear of retaliation. It is a violation of university policy to retaliate against an individual for requesting an accommodation. Any person who retaliates against an individual who self-identifies as a person with a disability at Tufts University is subject to disciplinary action.
In accordance with the ADA and HIPAA laws, Tufts will protect and maintain the privacy and confidentiality of any medical information of its applicants, employees, students, patients, third parties and community members obtained in connection with the reasonable accommodation process. All medical information will be kept as confidential as possible, maintained securely and separate from personnel files in OEO.
Applicants for employment at Tufts should inform Human Resources, the recruiter or the hiring manager of the need for any reasonable accommodation(s) during the hiring process. Upon receiving an accommodation request, recruiters, hiring managers and/or Human Resources designees should contact the OEO Accommodations Team at Accommodations.OEO@tufts.edu.
As part of the interactive process, OEO or the involved HR representative may ask the applicant to provide medical and other forms of documentation to support his/her request. All medical documents will be handled confidentially at OEO/HR.
After making a final determination on the matter, OEO and/or HR will communicate the requested accommodation decision to the applicant in writing, if possible. HR is responsible for implementing all approved accommodations during the interview process.
Patients who have received care at a Tufts' clinic or school who feel they have not been accommodated should contact the OEO Accommodations Team at Accommodations.OEO@tufts.edu.
Tufts University is committed to taking steps to ensuring and improving physical and technological access on campus. If you encounter an access barrier while at any of the Tufts campuses, please report it as soon as possible!
If there is an immediate risk to your health or safety or the health and safety of a coworker, colleague, fellow student or community member, please contact Tufts University Public Safety using the contact information most relevant to the location of the barrier:
Students, employees, patients, applicants, third parties and community members who are in disagreement with the outcome of their request for an accommodation(s) may address their concerns with the ADA/504 Officer, Katherine Vosker at 617-627-3298 or email@example.com.
Request a Religious Accommodation
Religious accommodation requests will be made on a case-by-case basis taking into account factors including but not limited to, the fundamental requirements of the applicable academic program and/or related technical standards, essential functions of an individual’s job, the duties of others in the department or job group, the requirements of the department or major, any impact of the accommodation, the duration of the accommodation request, and the availability of alternative accommodations.
To learn how to request a religious accommodation and who to contact, check out the information below.
All students may request a religious accommodation by making a written request for an accommodation to the OEO. An Academic Dean may make accommodations for students in accordance with their Code of Conduct or Student Handbook and should report them to the OEO and/or work with the OEO Accommodations Team at Accommodations.OEO@tufts.edu.
All employees may request a religious accommodation by making a written request for an accommodation to the OEO. Contact Accommodations.OEO@tufts.edu.
Students and employees who anticipate being absent from work or class because of a religious observance must submit their request for time off in advance and as soon as they become aware of the need or at least ten (10) business days in advance.
Tufts University is committed to supporting and meeting the needs of individuals experiencing pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions. Discrimination and harassment based on pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, including but not limited to childbirth, termination of pregnancy, or lactation will not be tolerated. Tufts University will reasonably accommodate students, employees and prospective employees for pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, absent undue hardship for the University.
Tufts University is committed to supporting and meeting the needs of nursing individuals returning to work, school, or visiting the campus. Any nursing individual who is a member of the Tufts community (faculty, staff, students, patients, visitors, third parties or community members) can use the designated lactation rooms. Faculty and staff are entitled to reasonable breaks to express breast milk as well as the sufficient time to get to the lactation room.
Lactation rooms offer privacy for nursing individuals, and each room contains a comfortable chair, a table or desk, and sufficient electrical outlets near the chair.
Although refrigerators are not provided in each room, OEO can assist you in locating a refrigerator within your department or workstation to store the milk. You must provide your own pump, storage containers and proper labeling. You may also bring your own small cooler to store the breast milk.
Note: Massachusetts Law does not allow for philosophical exemptions, even if signed by a physician. Only medical and religious exemptions are acceptable.
If you have a sincerely held religious or spiritual belief, practice, or observance that prevents you from receiving a vaccination, you may request an immunization exemption from the University’s vaccine requirements by contacting the OEO Accommodations Team at Accommodations.OEO@tufts.edu.