Summer Session Extraordinary Housing Request Process

As you think ahead to summer plans, please remember that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, housing eligibility will be extremely limited at Tufts this summer. The only students who will be eligible for housing will be those who:

  • Are enrolled in summer courses at Tufts; or
  • Have exceptional personal circumstances and wish to petition the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.

In either case, you will have to apply for housing consideration on or before noon on April 23. We will begin to consider requests on April 23 and will make all decisions within 10 business days of that date.

Students approved for summer session extraordinary housing will have to move out of their regular rooms and into residence halls and rooms designated for this purpose. Students will also be required to continue to take COVID tests and observe COVID safety protocols, including limiting travel off-campus.

Students taking summer courses at Tufts

Tufts students enrolled in summer term courses will be permitted to apply for on-campus housing for only the duration of the summer course program. Note that only a limited number of summer session residents will be permitted to live on campus given housing capacity and COVID restrictions.

Summer Session Dates:

Session 1: May 26–July 2
Session 2: July 6–August 13

Students enrolled in summer courses will be required to continue to take COVID tests and observe COVID safety protocols, including limiting travel off-campus.

To apply for housing because you are taking summer courses, you must submit your housing application by noon on April 23. You will generally hear back from us within 10 business days after April 23 about whether or not your summer housing application has been approved.

Students with exceptional personal circumstances

The Summer Session Extraordinary Housing Request Process enables students in exceptional circumstances to seek on-campus housing during the summer term, which runs from May 16 through September 4, 2021.

The Summer Session Extraordinary Housing Request Process is not intended for students who simply want to remain on campus. This process is meant to assist students who:

  • Cannot return home due to travel restrictions, circumstances in their home state/country, or circumstances in their home life; or
  • Have no other place to live or for whom being at home would be unsafe given the circumstances of their country or home life.

Overview and Process

The Summer Session Extraordinary Housing Request Process is overseen by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs in conjunction with the Office of Residential Life and Learning. Specifically, the program is designed to help two groups of students:

  • If, after the university moved most operations online, you were previously approved for housing in Spring or Summer 2020, or you were approved for winter break housing, and the same circumstances still exist to the extent that you require summer term housing, you can submit an update.
  • If you believe you meet the criteria but have not previously requested a housing exemption, you should submit your application.

To be eligible to submit a request, you generally must:

  • Be enrolled in the Spring 2021 term in person;
  • Have a Spring 2021 housing assignment and a Fall 2021 housing assignment on campus;
  • Experience a significant and unusual circumstance that warrants an exception to the general housing timeline

The deadline for submitting a Summer Session Extraordinary Housing Request is noon on April 23.

If you are considering submitting a request for extraordinary summer session housing, please give careful thought to whether your situation meets the criteria above. Decisions about housing assistance will be aligned with public health guidance and the criteria that guide this process. If your situation does not meet the criteria, we ask that you refrain from applying.

All requests will be considered, and questions will be answered as quickly as possible. We ask that you check your email and respond promptly if we contact you with any questions or to request more information. We may also work with you to think about alternative options for your individual situation.

Only student support professionals who are directly involved in managing the process will have access to the information you share. They will not share information with individuals outside the review process.

We will begin to consider requests on April 23 and will make all decisions within 10 business days of that date. Although we know students will want rapid decisions, we will work as quickly as possible. Please note that it is possible more complex cases may take longer to work through with the individual student seeking assistance.

Please feel free to contact us at 617-627-3158 or at deanofstudentaffairs@ase.tufts.edu with any questions.