How We Help

SAS supports individual undergraduate and graduate students in the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering, as well as Fletcher students, in identifying their individual accommodations. Accommodations may include academic, housing, meal plan, parking and others as needed. SAS works with students at any point during their Tufts career. We also work with students who have temporary disabilities.

To request your accommodation, pick up your letters or schedule an exam using our Accommodate Portal.

Housing Accommodations

Please note that housing requests must be based on diagnosed disability. Student preferences are not considered. Medical documentation must be submitted that explicitly substantiates the accommodation request related to the diagnosed disability. Requests for specific room configurations, such as a single room, based on a student's desire for a quiet, undisturbed place to study cannot be considered. Living in a residence hall requires shared resources. Having a single room does not necessarily provide more opportunities for a quiet, distraction-free space to study than other room options. Alternative quiet study spaces are located across the campuses. Each housing accommodation request is reviewed individually and given careful consideration by SAS staff. The Office of Residential Life and Learning will implement those accommodations. SAS cannot determine where a placement (specific residence) should be.

This list is not exhaustive. Accommodations are developed on an individualized basis.

Meal Plan Accommodations (Arts & Sciences and Engineering students only)

Tufts Meal Plan Information

Tufts University requires that all first- and second-year undergraduate students participate in a Meal Plan while living at Tufts. Selection of the specific plan is dependent on year of study and housing assignment.  For more information about choosing a meal plan, please visit the Tufts Dining website’s list of Meal Plan Options

Accommodations within the Meal Plan

Tufts recognizes that some students may have food allergies or dietary-related disabilities. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) will work with the student to determine if accommodations may be needed within the required meal plan. Accommodations may include access to a nutritionist, a gluten free or nut free pantry or access to the Alternative Meal Program. Accommodations do not include any reductions in the meal plan requirements.

If you are a student who would like more information about requesting accommodations to be used within your required meal plan, please contact SAS.

Transportation and Parking Accommodations

Please note: This list is not exhaustive. Accommodations are developed on an individualized basis.

Tufts has a number of transportation options for all students on campus. If a student has a disability that warrants a parking accommodation, they must register with SAS first.

Medford/Somerville Campus Parking Map

SMFA Shuttle Schedule

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An Overview of Our Services

Tufts University is proud to welcome students with a variety of backgrounds, interests and abilities. Tufts is committed to the success of all of our students, and as such we strive to make sure that students with disabilities are able to successfully access all of their curricular and co-curricular activities. The Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office works with undergraduate and graduate students in the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering, as well as Fletcher students, one-on-one to determine what their accommodation needs may be, to implement those accommodations and to help students self-advocate for their needs while at Tufts. SAS also collaborates with campus partners and resources to provide timely, comprehensive and appropriate services for students with disabilities.

If you have a physical, learning, medical, psychiatric, chronic health sensory, or have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or any other disability, including temporary injuries, that affects one or more of your major life functions, Tufts provides a range of services to accommodate your needs.

Tufts is committed to providing an education and work environment that is free from sexual misconduct. Managers, supervisors and other agents of the University, including all members of the Student Accessibility Services team, are required to report promptly and appropriately all allegations of sexual misconduct that are brought to their attention.

How We Work With Students

SAS Works with Students to:

  • Verify eligibility for disability services based on diagnostic documentation and student meetings
  • Provide accommodations for students based on eligibility of their disability 
  • Develop self-advocacy skills and respond to disability-related issues and concerns
How We Work With the Larger Tufts Community

SAS Works with the larger Tufts community to:

  • Educate faculty around accommodation implementation
  • Provide best practices for creating and teaching inclusive courses
  • Bring awareness to access issues related to the Tufts physical and online communities
  • Serve as a resource for campus partners developing inclusive models of practice and communities