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)

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

  • All first- and second-year BA and BS students must participate in the Meal Plan while living at Tufts. First-year BFA and Combined Degree (BFA/BA or BFA/BS) students are also required to be on a Meal Plan. Second-year BFA and Combined Degree students may forego a Meal Plan if they have elected to live off campus. For more information about the Meal Plan, please visit the Tufts Dining website, which includes a full list of Meal Plan Options, as well as information about the SMFA Cafe.
  • Tufts recognizes that some students may have food-based allergies and will work to accommodate those needs. If you are a student who would like more information about the Tufts Alternative Meal Program please contact SAS.
  • Once SAS determines that you need dinning accommodations they will do the following:
  1. Connect students with our on-campus nutritionist
  2. Determine if students need access to the Allergen-Free Pantry
  3. Determine if students need access to the Alternative Meal Plan 
  • The Alternative Meal Program is allows students to pre-order their daily meals choosing from different allergen-free options. These meals are prepared separately and by dedicated staff who have gone through the Great Kitchens and Beyond Gluten training.
  • It is important to note, that while we have a dedicated meal preparation space, our kitchens are not gluten or allergen free.
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

Learn More About How We Help

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