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Updated September 14, 2020.

Academics

Are Fletcher classes being offered on campus in the Fall 2020 semester?

No, classes are being offered through remote instruction, though students have access to the Fletcher complex, including Ginn Library, and the Tufts University campus.

Will Fletcher resume normal campus operations and academic schedule in the spring?

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.

I am studying part-time in Fall 2020. Can I take five courses in future semesters to catch up?

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.

How and when will the final decision be made regarding hybrid instruction in the Spring 2021 semester?

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.

International Students

As an international student, I have questions about my immigration and I-20 status. Where can I find this information?

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

Are the Fletcher academic complex and the Ginn Library open in Fall 2020?

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. 

Are students able to live in Blakeley Hall in the 2020-21 academic year?

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.

Are campus dining services available?

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

What will happen if another wave of COVID-19 hits the Boston area?

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.

What happens if I get sick?

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.

What happens if my roommate contracts COVID-19?

If you live off-campus, you will be advised to self-quarantine and report any new symptoms or change of symptoms to Health Services by emailing covid19@tufts.edu or calling 617-627-3350.  More information is available at the Tufts Coronavirus website.

What happens if my professor contracts COVID-19?

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.

Where can I find information on the Tufts Health Service department?

Contact information, hours of operation, and services provided can be found on the Health Service website.

Student Life

How do I access student services?

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:

Student Affairs: https://myfletcher.tufts.edu/fletcherconnect/contact-student-affairs/

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-/

Alumni

How can alumni get involved?

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 fletcheralum@tufts.edu:

  • Join your local alumni club
  • Volunteer for an alumni committee or reunion committee

To share information about the following, please contact fletcherocs@tufts.edu:

  • Job opportunities
  • Internship leads
  • Career coaching
Can alumni participate in remote events and activities?

Yes.  We welcome your participation in remote events and meet-ups.  Please watch for electronic invitations, or check this calendar for updates.

Will the Class of 2020 participate in next year’s commencement?

Yes, our goal is to invite the Class of 2020 to campus to participate in commencement activities in May 2021.

Will reunion in spring 2021 take place on campus?

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.

How can alumni who lost jobs access career services?

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 fletcherocs@tufts.edu for more information.