Mail services employees allege racial discrimination, unfair pay practices

When rising junior Olivia Smith wanted a job in the Tufts University Mail Services Department, she was able to start working on the mailroom floor just one day after walking in to ask about employment opportunities. “I strolled in, and there’s actually no process to get hired,” Smith said. “I just talked to Sheila, who […]


More than 140 community members told to quarantine due to single case of COVID-19

Editor’s note: Students’ names have been changed in order to protect their privacy. Tufts Executive Vice President Mike Howard informed the Tufts community on March 12 that an undergraduate student had tested positive for COVID-19, the first known case at Tufts. Howard assured community members that the student was in isolation and receiving care. Health […]


Tufts faculty donate $1.5 million to political organizations, overwhelmingly to Democrats

Tufts faculty and academic administrators donated more than $1.5 million to political campaigns and organizations between January 2015 and September 2019, with a large portion of contributions going to Democratic candidates and progressive causes, according to a review of Federal Election Commission records. That sum comprised more than 17,000 individual contributions, made by 680 unique […]


Monaco attended 2018 meeting with Saudi crown prince

University President Anthony Monaco and leaders from five other Boston-area colleges and universities met with Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, whose human rights record has sparked widespread controversy, on March 25, 2018. Tufts did not disclose the meeting at the time. The meeting, held at the Harvard Faculty Club, was hosted by […]


Inside the Purdue Pharma-Tufts relationship

A Blight on the Hill, the Tufts Daily’s investigative podcast, explores the ethical consequences of Tufts University’s pursuit of prosperity and prestige. The series’ second episode, ‘Oxycontin University,’ examines the decades-long relationship between the university and the Sackler family — and specifically its pharmaceutical conglomerate, Purdue Pharma — given recent scrutiny of the company’s role in […]


Tufts janitor fired after taking pregnancy leave

When Luz Rosello came to the Medford campus as a part-time janitor in November 2017, she was expecting more job security and opportunity. Previously a temporary, on-call janitor on Tufts’ Boston campus, Rosello finally had a permanent job. In February 2018, she was greeted with another bit of happy news: She was pregnant. Yet, telling […]


Tufts and Saudi Arabia: A $60 million relationship

Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was set to speak to students at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Ibrahim Warde, an adjunct professor of international business at Fletcher, had confirmed it in September of last year.   But Khashoggi, a fierce critic of his native Saudi Arabia, never made it to Tufts. On Oct. […]


Tufts janitors allege unjust firing, racist treatment by C&W Services supervisors

Content warning: This article discusses mental health. Editor’s note: This article contains the alleged use of the N-word by a C&W Services employee. In addition, quotes from several janitors were translated from Spanish to English by the reporters of this article. When Victoria Guerra started her new job as a janitorial supervisor at Tufts University […]


Dark Money at Tufts, Part 4: Tufts’ multimillion-dollar donation network in context

Editor’s note: This is the final part in a four-part series from the Daily’s Investigative Team. Part 1 was published Monday, Part 2 was published Tuesday and Part 3 was published Wednesday. All previous parts can be found online. This investigation documents that Tufts has received over $22 million in donations from seven charitable foundations […]


Dark Money at Tufts, Part 3: Tufts policies fail to assess donors’ controversial histories, motives

Editor’s note: This is the third part in a four-part series from the Daily’s Investigative Team. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 4 can be found online. Tufts has received over $22 million in donations from the seven foundations examined in this investigation, with a portion of the funds earmarked for specific university programs and institutes, including some […]


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