Anton Shenk is a staff writer at the Tufts Daily. He is a freshman who has not yet declared a major and can be reached at [email protected].

Amid return of students to campus, university navigates uncertain on-campus health conditions

As thousands of Tufts students returned to campus for the spring semester, just weeks after COVID-19 case counts broke records nationwide, the university tried to provide clarity regarding COVID-19 conditions on campus. Amid the uncertainty, changing course modalities and hundreds of students starting their semesters in isolation or quarantine, community members have attempted to anticipate […]

​​​​Medford, Somerville schools return to in-person instruction this fall

After community discussion on how Medford and Somerville public school students should return to classes this fall, both districts implemented the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s policy mandating return to in-person, full-time instruction. After DESE’s decision to end hybrid or virtual school modalities for the majority of its students, discussions in Medford and […]

Tufts supports Afghan student community amid ongoing crisis

As Tufts community members impacted by the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan grapple with the ongoing crisis, community members have worked tirelessly to support students and address the lack of on-campus engagement around the issue.  Andrew Shiotani, director of Tufts International Center, has been one community member closely engaging with impacted students — supporting Afghan […]

University report provides sweeping recommendations to address racism, discrimination

The workstream's steering committee included 26 committee members from across the university, including faculty, staff and students. The committee’s members conducted interviews, policy reviews and data analyses to inform its recommendations. The report began by chronicling incidents of bias and racism experienced by members of the university.

Tufts examines relationship with online degree providers

At the center of that concern has been Tufts’ relationship with online program management providers, including Noodle and 2U. Both programs have been essential in assisting faculty and administrators to launch Tufts’ new online degree offerings.

Wave of student, faculty concerns prompts Department of Computer Science to address course workload

After some students reported an excess of 30 hours a week of coursework in intro-level computer science courses — and the faculty concern that followed — the Tufts computer science department impaneled a task force to review the department’s curriculum, according to computer science Department Chair and Professor Kathleen Fisher.

Too early to determine compliance with state flu shot requirement, university officials say

Tufts has traditionally offered free flu shots to students through Health Services. However, this may not be possible this year, as a result of COVID-19-related guidelines. 

Tufts experiencing lower than expected COVID-19 infections

Michael Jordan, the university's infection control health director, explained that a wide range of elements, including testing and education, have contributed to the absence of large outbreaks on campus.

Chaplaincy to hire Africana, Hindu community associates

The Tufts University Chaplaincy began the hiring process this semester for two new part-time community associates to serve the Africana and Hindu spiritual communities on campus. The Buddhist, Catholic, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim and Protestant communities are already represented in the Chaplaincy’s staff, according to its website. For communities not already served by the Chaplaincy’s staff, […]

Cummings Center construction on schedule despite worker injury, mixed faculty attitudes

Construction remains on schedule for the Joyce Cummings Center, despite faculty’s mixed perspectives on the building design and a recent on-site injury.  A worker was injured on the structure’s fourth floor when strong winds caused a piece of the structure’s decking to hit the worker on Jan. 16 at about 1:30 p.m. According to Tufts‘ […]