Program Policies

We offer students a learning and living situation similar to what they would experience in college. In turn, we expect students to take on the responsibilities of being a member of our community and to behave in a mature manner at all times. Adherence to program policies is a condition of each student’s enrollment at Tufts University Summer Programs. Students are expected to respect their neighbors’ and roommates’ rights and follow local, state, and university policy.

University officials, including residential staff, must enforce university rules and regulations. Students who obstruct university officials in the performance of their duties will be subject to disciplinary action.

Program Policies

Alcohol Policy

Under Massachusetts law, only individuals who are 21 years old or older may drink or purchase alcohol. Students under 21 possessing or consuming alcohol will be dismissed from the program and Tufts University Housing. Rules and regulations apply both on-campus and off-campus. Unacceptable behavior by a student or guest as a result of abusing state, local, and university alcohol policies will result in the suspension or dismissal from the summer program.

The university considers both the welfare of its students and adherence to state law to be of central importance. Its policy is to provide help to anyone who is seeking assistance with an alcohol, tobacco, or other drug problem. Anyone seeking assistance, advice, or information may approach the residential staff or Summer Program Office without fear of disciplinary consequences.

All spaces within the residential properties are categorized as either “private” or “common.” Private spaces include student bedrooms with a closed door. Common spaces include student bedrooms with an open door; the exterior walkways and grounds adjacent to a residence hall; building entries, lobbies, balconies, bathrooms, corridors, kitchens, lounges, porches, stairways, and study rooms; and any other residence hall areas accessible to all residents or a property, except those specifically listed under the private category.

The following are policies that students must understand and obey:

  • Persons under the age of 21 may not keep, consume, or transport alcohol in or about any residential space.
  • Regardless of age, no person may keep or transport a keg or beer ball, empty or full, in or about any residential space.
  • Regardless of age, no person may keep or consume alcohol in common areas of a residence.
  • Regardless of age, no person may bring any containers of alcohol into a residence hall.

Attendance Policy

Attendance at all scheduled orientations and classes is required. If you are unable to attend a class due to illness or other emergency, please follow the procedure that pertains to your student status:

  • Residents: Notify the Residential Counselors or Program Office as soon as possible.
  • Commuters: Call the Program Offices at 617-627-2493 immediately.

As a student, it is your responsibility to make up all missed work and complete any additional assignments if necessary. Excessive absence may be cause for dismissal from the program.

Unexcused Absences and Lateness

You are expected to arrive on time for all classes and required programming. If you are not present for class attendance, you will be marked absent and your name will be given to the Summer Program Office. Chronic absences/tardiness may result in parental consultation, counseling, and/or dismissal from the program.

Confidentiality and Parent Notification Policy

As a student in our summer programs, you are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This is a federal law establishing a student’s right to the privacy of his or her educational records. FERPA applies to your rights to your educational records (e.g., grades, tuition bill, or disciplinary action). As an enrolled student in a post-secondary institution, the rights granted by FERPA are extended to you, regardless of your age or status as a minor. You may choose to waive these rights and consent to the release of these educational records to parents and guardians while enrolled in the program by submitting a Consent to Disclose Student Information form on the online portal.

FERPA allows the university to contact parents and guardians if there is a threat to the student’s health or well-being, or if they have violated a university or program policy, public law, etc. The decision to notify a parent(s) in such situations will be made according to the professional judgment of university officials and does not require student consent.

Firearms, Fireworks, Weapons, and Explosives Policy

Firearms, including BB guns, pellet guns, firecrackers, and other explosives are prohibited on campus. They are illegal and subject to Massachusetts law. Nunchucks are in the same category as firearms. Utility knives will be confiscated if used as weapons. Spring-loaded knife blades are not permitted in the residence halls. Tufts University Police Department is notified immediately if any of these items are found in a student’s possession.

Harassment Policy

To “harass” is defined as to disturb persistently, to torment, to bother continually, to pester, or to persecute another person based on race, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

On the Tufts University campus and many other campuses, as well as in the workplace in the United States, there is a strict policy governing this offense:

All members of the Tufts community should be able to live, study, and participate in university life free from interference from others. For example, uttering racial and religious slurs or displaying derogatory graffiti, directed at individuals or groups and intended to create a hostile environment, constitutes harassment. Characterizing behavior as a "prank" or "practical joke" does not change its harassing nature if the object of the joke is not a willing and active participant; thus, phone calls at odd hours, repetitious teasing that an individual finds offensive, misuse of message boards, and any other behaviors calculated to annoy, embarrass, or distress are harassing behaviors, are prohibited, and are subject to disciplinary action. If you experience harassment, you may consult in complete confidentiality with the Program Coordinator or Program Director, who will advise you of alternatives for handling the situation.

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination and is thus in violation of university policy as well as federal and state statutes. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term and condition of an individual’s status as a student.
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic decisions affecting him or her, or for the awarding or withholding of favorable academic opportunities, evaluations or assistance; or other verbal or other physical conduct related to gender when such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the individual’s performance in study by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment in which to learn.

Verbal abuse also may constitute harassment. No student should feel that parts of campus or any university-sponsored activities are off limits because he or she will be subject to verbal harassment because of either gender or sexual orientation. Verbal abuse will be treated as a disciplinary infraction and will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

If you wish to discuss an incident or want more information about sexual harassment, please consult the Program Coordinator or Program Director.

Illegal Drugs Policy

Any member of the Tufts Community, including students participating in the Summer Programs, illegally possessing, using, selling, providing, sharing, or distributing drugs or drug paraphernalia will be subject to judicial action which will result in suspension or dismissal from the Summer Program and Tufts University Housing.


Plagiarism is defined as copying or submitting someone else’s work as your own. Plagiarism or any other form of academic dishonesty is a serious offense against the academic ideals of the university and warrants disciplinary action, which may include dismissal.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted in Tufts University classroom buildings, dining halls, and residence halls. Smoking is only permitted outside, at least 25 feet from building entrances.

Violence-Free University Policy

Tufts University is committed to maintaining an environment where individuals are safe to learn, work, and live. In support of this commitment, Tufts will not tolerate violence or threats of violence anywhere on its campuses or in connection with university-sponsored programs. The university has established threat assessment and management teams to evaluate and address violence and threats of violence made towards members of the Tufts University community.

Residential Life Policies

Our staff will review these policies and others during your program orientation.

Day Visitors

For security purposes, all visits must be approved by the Program Director. Visitor requests should be submitted in writing. Visitors are only permitted in the residence hall lobby, not in private rooms. Students are responsible for the conduct of their guests, including any damage caused to university property. Guests are not permitted to stay in the residence halls after 12 a.m. Sunday - Thursday and 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Fire Safety

The following behaviors are prohibited and may result in disciplinary action:

  • Producing open flames (candle burning for any reason)
  • Burning incense for any reason
  • Obstructing/blocking fire exits or escapes, corridors, or stairways
  • Not cooperating with university or emergency personnel during and alarm
  • Tampering with or misusing fire or life safety equipment (including extinguishers, exit signs, lighting, door alarms)      
  • Registering a false fire alarm or emergency call (including misuse of emergency telephone or "panic" button)
  • Placing clothing or other fabrics over lights or electrical fixtures
  • Operating a halogen light and halogen light bulbs
  • Propping open exterior or fire doors
  • Hanging or draping flammable tapestries or blanket-sized material as room dividers, or over lights, electrical outlets, or other fixtures


Fire alarms must be treated as indications that an emergency exists. Residents and guests should never assume that an alarm is false or a drill, as delay in responding could be fatal. Persons failing to vacate promptly during a building alarm are subject to disciplinary action up to expulsion from residency.

Health and Safety Inspection

In emergency situations, the university reserves the right to enter and inspect any student’s room without notice and to affect any other steps necessary and advisable in the interest of health and safety. Routine room inspections may be made by staff members who carry Tufts ID cards. Inspections may be made to check for fire and safety hazards and condition of university property. In cases of non-emergency inspections or maintenance calls, students will be given at least 24 hours advance notice.

Noise Disturbance

Within the residence halls, noise or sound of any type that clearly can be heard outside one’s immediate room that is found objectionable by any member of the community is unacceptable.

A system of “quiet hours,” which has been established, reflects times when students most often study or sleep. During these periods, noise should not be heard outside the room in which it originates nor should noise in the lounges or hallways be intrusive to those who have their doors closed. Violation of Quiet Hours as posted in the residence hall will be dealt with as a student disciplinary matter by the Resident Counselors.

“Consideration Hours” outside designated “quiet hours,” are also times when residents should consider their neighbors’ rights. Students may be cited for violating the noise policy outside the designated quiet periods.

Quiet Hours

Sunday - Thursday: 11 p.m. - 7 a.m.
Friday and Saturday: 1 a.m. - 8 a.m.

Overnight Permission

Students under the age of 18 are permitted to spend Friday and Saturday nights off-campus if their parents/guardians have authorized overnight sign-out privileges. Sign-out forms are available from the Program Director, and must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance of the desired date.

The request must include the name and telephone number of the supervising adult (who must be 26 years of age or older), the complete address and telephone number of your destination, and your departure and arrival information. The Program Director will contact your parents/guardians and the supervising adult to confirm the arrangements and will notify you as to whether your request has been granted.

Students under the age of 18 who do not have overnight sign-out privileges are not permitted to leave campus overnight. We will notify parents/guardians and the police immediately if we learn that a student has left campus overnight without the expressed consent of their parents/guardians, and/or without following sign-out procedures.

Roofs, Windows, Ledges, Porches, Balconies, and Fire Escapes

Students are not permitted on the roof of any residence hall. In addition to personal danger, walking on roofs creates damage that can result in leaks for top-floor bedrooms. Porches and balconies (above the ground floor), windows, ledges, fires escapes, and the like are not to be used as entrances or exits to the building – such uses compromise the security of the property.


Residence halls and their populations are held responsible for all university property assigned for their use and may be financially liable for its destruction or loss. In cases where Tufts property is damaged or lost, charges may be made to the entire hall population or to specific individuals or groups found to be responsible.

Additional Residence Hall Policies

The following behaviors are prohibited and will result in disciplinary action, and, where applicable, the full cost of repairs or replacement. This list is not all-inclusive and we expect students to use common sense.

  • Removing university-owned furniture and equipment from lounges, storerooms, kitchen areas, etc.
  • Painting walls, ceilings, doors, or any other university property
  • Removing screens or storm windows
  • Building, installing, or keeping a loft or platform other than one provided by the university
  • Installing personal locks or chains on bedroom doors, closet doors, or window sashes
  • Installing outside radio or TV antennas
  • Accidental damage to the property of another individual or the residence hall
  • Malicious or negligent damage to university or personal property
  • Sports play/roughhousing inside a residence hall (sometimes called "hall sports")
  • Using/connecting any cooking appliance in private bedrooms
  • Propping open exterior or fire doors
  • Hanging or draping flammable tapestries or blanket-sized materials such as room dividers
  • Installing/altering electrical wiring or fixtures
  • Using a gas, charcoal, wood, or electrical barbecue within ten feet of any residence
  • Throwing objects (including water balloons) inside the building or from a window, porch, etc.

Additional Information

Review the Consequences and Appeals Process