Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Updated September 14, 2020.
No, classes are being offered through remote instruction, though students have access to the Fletcher complex, including Ginn Library, and the Tufts University campus.
We currently intend to offer our spring semester in hybrid form with both residential and remote offerings, recognizing that some students may prefer to stay remote and some may not be able to travel to campus. We will make a final announcement about the spring semester later this fall. A provisional list of courses to be offered in the spring is available here. This course list is subject to change but will be periodically updated.
In future semesters, students who will have taken a part-time schedule in Fall 2020 will be permitted to take five classes to catch up with the total number of courses they would normally have taken before the Spring 2021 semester.
Note that students taking a fifth course will face an additional tuition charge equivalent to one-quarter of a full-semester’s tuition but will be eligible for a proportionate scholarship increase for that course. This is a special accommodation because of disruption due to the current public health situation.
Later in the fall, after carefully observing the course of the pandemic during the Fall 2020 semester, Dean Kyte will consult with members of the faculty and Tufts University leadership and will make the final decision regarding the instruction format in Spring 2021.
The Tufts University International Center website includes visa and immigration updates for incoming and continuing students. You can also contact Reiko Ohmura, Fletcher’s International Student Advisor, with your questions. The International Center will continue to update the entire Tufts international student and scholar community by email about any significant change to visa regulations.
Living Accommodations, Buildings, & Dining Services
Yes, students who participate in the Tufts University testing program are eligible to access Fletcher study spaces, including Ginn Library, as well as other areas of the Tufts campus. Students who are not living in the local area continue to have remote access to Ginn Library resources and the reference librarians.
Blakeley Hall will not be available to Fletcher students during this academic year. All students who are in the area need to find off-campus accommodations.
Yes. Limited dining services are available for the campus community in multiple locations. Find out which locations are open and their hours on the Tufts Dining homepage.
Health & Safety
By offering all of our courses remotely in the fall, we can avoid most of the risks associated with a new outbreak during the semester. We will also have more time to prepare the complex for the hybrid modality of both residential and remote offerings that we intend for the spring.
Students who miss class or an assignment due to an illness or personal matter should contact their professor directly and discuss how to complete any missed work. Faculty members will be as fair and flexible as possible when receiving students’ requests.
If the sickness is temporary, the professor will make up any missed classes or arrange for a guest lecturer. If the sickness is likely to be longer in duration, the professor will work with the Academic Dean to identify an alternate lecturer to complete the class.
Contact information, hours of operation, and services provided can be found on the Health Service website.
All student services offices throughout Fletcher and across Tufts remain fully operational and are ready to support students remotely. For further information please navigate to the specific office below:
Registrar’s Office: https://myfletcher.tufts.edu/fletcherconnect/contact-the-registrar-office/
Office of Career Services: https://fletcher.tufts.edu/careers-outcomes/contact
Ginn Library and IT: https://ginnlibrary.tufts.edu/about-us/library-staff
Accessibility and Academic Support: https://myfletcher.tufts.edu/fletcherconnect/accessibility-and-academic-support-/
Admissions and Financial Aid: https://fletcher.tufts.edu/admissions-aid
Health Service: https://students.tufts.edu/health-and-wellness/health-service
Counselling and Mental Health Services: https://students.tufts.edu/health-and-wellness/counseling-and-mental-health
Office of Equal Opportunity: https://oeo.tufts.edu/
Center for Awareness, Resources, and Education: https://care.tufts.edu/
Africana Center: https://students.tufts.edu/identity-based-centers/africana-center
International Center: https://icenter.tufts.edu/
University Chaplaincy: http://chaplaincy.tufts.edu/
Athletics and Fitness: https://www.gotuftsjumbos.com/landing/index
Student Financial Services: https://students.tufts.edu/financial-services
Tisch Library: https://tischlibrary.tufts.edu/
Tufts Dining: https://dining.tufts.edu/
Granoff Music Center: https://as.tufts.edu/music/about/musicCenter
Art Galleries: https://artgalleries.tufts.edu/
Public Safety: https://publicsafety.tufts.edu/
If you have expertise that would be helpful as The Fletcher School moves through an unconventional fall semester or you would like to do any of the following, please contact us at email@example.com:
- Join your local alumni club
- Volunteer for an alumni committee or reunion committee
To share information about the following, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Job opportunities
- Internship leads
- Career coaching
Yes. We welcome your participation in remote events and meet-ups. Please watch for electronic invitations, or check this calendar for updates.
Yes, our goal is to invite the Class of 2020 to campus to participate in commencement activities in May 2021.
Our goal is to host a celebration in spring 2021 for those classes who missed their reunion in 2020 and for those celebrating a reunion in 2021. We will confirm a decision as soon as health authorities, Tufts University and The Fletcher School deem it safe and appropriate to do so.
Fletcher’s Office of Career Services and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations are committed to assisting alumni by providing networking opportunities, as well as online job postings and job coaching through Fletcher CORE. Please visit our website or contact us at email@example.com for more information.