Community Standards

The Dean of Student Affairs Office supports social and academic life at Tufts.  We help maintain a campus environment of mutual care and respect by offering formal and informal methods for conflict resolution and by promoting the University's Community Standards.

We address concerning or harassing behaviors that violate the Code of Conduct, settle conflicts between peers, and can inform you of your rights and responsibilities in the Student Judicial Process.  We enforce Tufts' Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy and Academic Integrity Policy, as well as other policies outlined in the Student Handbook. We’re also available to address concerns or answer questions about Community Standards, threatening behaviors, and safety. 

Kevin Kraft is the Director of Community Standards on the Medford/Somerville campus. He works with sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students in the Student Judicial Process.

Chris Rossi is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs on the Medford/Somerville campus. He works with first-year students in the Student Judicial Process. 

Laura DaRos is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for the SMFA at Tufts. She works with all SMFA students in the Student Judicial Process.

Raymond Ou is the Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs. He works with all students in the Student Judicial Process.

The Dean of Student Affairs Office on the Medford/Somerville campus is located in Dowling Hall, room 701 (617-627-3158). Dean DaRos's office on the SMFA at Tufts campus is located in 230 Fenway, suite B203.

Information and Tools

Judicial Advocates

Judicial Advocates are student volunteers who participate in training to familiarize themselves with the Student Judicial Process at Tufts. These trained individuals can offer confidential support -- and they’re happy to help! 

Contact the Director of Community Standards if you’d like an advocate’s support and guidance in the Student Judicial Process, or if you’d like to be trained as an advocate: 617-627-3158.

Sexual Misconduct

The Dean of Student Affairs Office also supports the adjudication of cases of sexual misconduct. Contact Title IX Coordinator, Jill Zellmer, in the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) for more information.

To file a complaint about a violation of the Sexual Misconduct/Sexual Assault Policy, contact Kevin Kraft, Director of Community Standards, or Jill Zellmer.

If you wish to initiate a a Stay Away Request or No Contact Order between yourself and another student, contact Kevin Kraft or Nandi Bynoe,  Tufts’ Sexual Misconduct Resource Specialist.

Please consult Jill Zellmer in OEO with your questions about the Sexual Misconduct/Sexual Assault Policy and Sexual Misconduct Adjudication Process (SMAP).

Dean's Certification

Most law schools will require the applicant to provide information about prior disciplinary or academic history, whether or not a Dean’s Certification is required. It is advised that you answer such questions truthfully and disclose information pertaining to your records. Failure to disclose this information can result in severe consequences in the admissions process and later in the bar admission process. If any academic or disciplinary action is taken against you after submitting your applications, you must update the schools to which you have applied to.

Dean's Certification forms are required by a small number of law schools. Many schools also require a Dean's Letter or Certification for transfer law school applicants. Certifications are required either before, or after you have been accepted by the law school. Read the application carefully for the school's policy or call the school's admission's office if you need clarification.

Completing Certifications at Tufts
 
  1. If you will be applying to or transferring to any of the schools listed below, you must fill out an Authorization to Release Education Records to a Third Party
  2. Print, complete and sign the law school’s form
    **Note: List Kevin Kraft, Director of Community Standards, as the person who will be signing off on the Dean's Certification form.**
  3. Return both completed forms to: Dean of Student Affairs Office, Dowling Hall, Room 701, Medford, MA 02155, Fax: 617-627-3059
  4. You will be contacted by either phone or e-mail in order to notify you if a violation has been found on your record. 
    Direct any questions regarding the status of your forms to DeanofStudentAffairs@ase.tufts.edu
  5. Allow a processing time of at least a week before the law school’s application deadline for admissions.
  6. The forms will be sent directly to each law school.
  7. Direct any questions regarding the status of your forms to DeanofStudentAffairs@ase.tufts.edu
Schools Requiring Dean’s certification for all First Year JD applicants:
 
  • Brigham Young University
  • Howard University
  • University of Richmond (admission decision can be made prior to receipt of dean’s certification)
  • University of Washington
  • Yale University
Schools Requiring Dean's certification/ letter for First Year JD applicants who answer "Yes" to academic/disciplinary action questions on the law school application:
 
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • University of Florida
  • New York University

Schools Requiring Dean's certification for accepted First Year JD applicants who send a seat deposit:

  • Boston University
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Columbia (see also above)
  • Cornell University (see also above)
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • New York University (see also above)
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Stanford University (Admitted Students)
  • Stetson University
  • Suffolk University
  • University of Richmond (see also above)
  • Wake Forest