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Types of Accommodations

Tufts University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students, staff, faculty and community members with regard to:

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.

Medford/Somerville/SMFA Students

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 Boston School of Occupational Therapy

Academic Accommodations

Contact the Student Accessibility and Academic Resources (StAAR) Center for academic accommodations) at 617-627-4539 or accessibility@tufts.edu.

Medical/Health Accommodations

For information regarding classroom, academic, medical leaves or other accommodations:

AS&E undergraduate and graduate students should contact Student Affairs at 617-627-3158.
Fletcher students should contact Hazel Cheng, Disability Services Specialist and liaison to the StARR Center, at Hazel.Cheng@tufts.edu.

Food Allergies and Intolerances Accommodations

For information regarding food allergies or intolerances contact the StARR Center at 617-627-4539 or staarcenter@tufts.edu. They will work with Tufts Dining to address food allergies and intolerances.

Housing Accommodations

Requests related to accessible housing are handled by Student Accessibility Services at 617-627-4539 or accessibility@tufts.edu.

Transportation and Accessible Parking Accommodations

For information regarding accessible parking and/or Tufts accessible shuttle service, contact the OEO Accommodations Team at Accommodations.OEO@tufts.edu. For accessible parking and/or shuttle service specific to the Medford Campus, please contact Tufts Parking & Transportation at 617.627.3692 or transportation@tufts.edu.

Boston Sciences and Grafton Students

Boston Sciences and Grafton Campuses

For a quick overview of the OEO accommodations process, view the What to Expect Flowchart (Students)

For all necessary accommodations, graduate and professional students should contact their appropriate school administrator:

School Contact Title Contact Information
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Chad Argotsinger Assistant Dean of Student Affairs  Chad.Argotsinger@tufts.edu
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Matthew Hast Assistant Dean of Student Affairs 617-636-6719
Matthew.Hast@tufts.edu
Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Daniel Volchok Associate Dean 617-636-2975
Daniel.Volchok@tufts.edu
Tufts School of Public Health and Professional Degree Programs and Physical Therapy Programs Olivia Zimra-Turley Associate Director of Student Affairs Olivia.Zimra_Turley@tufts.edu
Tufts School of Dental Medicine Maggie McMorrow Associate Director of Student Affairs and Career Services 617-636-6543
Maggie.Mcmorrow@tufts.edu
Tufts School of Medicine John Matias Associate Dean of Admissions and Enrollment 617-636-6568
John.Matias@tufts.edu
University-wide Katherine Vosker Accommodations Manager 617-627-0657
Katherine.Vosker@tufts.edu
University-wide Amin Fahimi Moghadam Accommodations Specialist 617-627-6363
Amin.Fahimi_Moghadam@tufts.edu

 

Employees (Faculty and Staff)

OEO Procedure

For a quick overview of the OEO accommodations process, view the What To Expect Flowchart - Employees (PDF)

  • 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 leaves@tufts.edu. 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.

Rights and Responsibilities for Employees

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.

Confidentiality
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.

Job Applicants

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

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.

Report an Access Barrier

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!

You can report access barriers directly to OEO at Accommodations.OEO@tufts.edu.

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:

Appeals Process for Qualified Disabilities

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 katherine.vosker@tufts.edu.

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.

Students (Undergraduate and Graduate)

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.

Employees (Faculty and Staff)

All employees may request a religious accommodation by making a written request for an accommodation to the OEO. Contact Accommodations.OEO@tufts.edu.

Religious Observances

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.

Request a Lactation Accommodation

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.

To request a lactation accommodation or ask questions about the Lactation Policy, you can contact the Accommodations Team at Accommodations.OEO@tufts.edu. You can also learn more about Tufts Lactation Policy or the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

Lactation Room Locations

If you are nursing and would like to reserve a designated lactation room, use the chart to locate a room near you and click on the blue "Reserve a Lactation Room" button below.

Campus Room Location Hours For onsite assistance, please contact:
Fenway - School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Room B205
230 The Fenway

Open during building hours Caleb Davis, 617-627-0055
caleb.davis@tufts.edu
Boston - DLAM Room 604

75 Kneeland St.

Card Access Elizabeth Turner, 617-636-5611
Elizabeth.Turner@tufts.edu
Boston – Dental DHS 418
1 Kneeland Street
Card Access Beth Conant, 617-636-6842
Beth.Conant@tufts.edu
Boston – Medical M&V 423
136 Harrison Avenue
Keypad Access Verna Manni, 617-636-6663
Grafton Room G035-1802A
Large Animal Hospital
Open during building hours Lauren Golato, 508.887.4430
lauren.golato@tufts.edu
Medford/Somerville Ballou Hall (1st floor) Open during building hours Lisa Bloom 617-627-4815
Medford/Somerville Fletcher School
Cabot Hall, Room 207
Open during building hours Kristin Sarkisian 617-627-3329
Medford/Somerville Halligan Hall, Room 219 (unavailable after Dec 31, 2022 due to construction; new lactation rooms will be built.) Open during building hours ece@tufts.edu 617-627-3217
csaadmin@cs.tufts.edu  617-627-2225
Medford/Somerville CLIC Building
574 Boston Avenue
Open during building hours Aimee Jovino,  617.627.8813
Aimee.Jovino@tufts.edu
Medford/Somerville UA/IT Operations
80 George Street, Room 353A
Open during building hours Lauren Holland, 617.627.3014
lauren.holland@tufts.edu
Medford/Somerville Tisch Library
Room 104. Code to enter is 6161*
Open Library Hours tischadmin@tufts.edu  617-627-3345
Medford/Somerville Science & Engineering Complex - Room LL007 Open during building hours Bruce Panilaitis 617-627-3550
Medford/Somerville SciTech Building –
4 Colby St. Rm 278
Open during building hours Milva Ricci 617-627-2580
Lorin Polidora 617-627-1108
Medford/Somerville Room 1616 at 200 Boston Avenue. Code to enter is 6161* Open during building hours Reserve Online

Request an Immunization Exemption

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.

For medical exemptions, contact Health Services or complete the medical exemption request form (Medford/Somerville/SMFA students) OR contact the Office of Occupational Health at OccupationalHealth@tufts.edu (Grafton/Boston students and Tufts employees).

Questions about Accommodations?

If you have questions about any of the accommodations detailed above, please contact the OEO Accommodations Team at Accommodations.OEO@tufts.edu.