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

If you would like to talk about Tufts policy, want to discuss your options for submitting a complaint, need to respond to a complaint, or have other questions about the community standards process, please us at 617-627-3158 or

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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, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, 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.

Students may seek confidential support and resources for concerns related to sexual misconduct through the Center for Awareness, Resources, and Education at Tufts (CARE). CARE also provides a wide range of educational information about sexual misconduct prevention and sex health on their website.

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.
  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
  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
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
The Committee on Student Conduct

The Committee on Student Conduct (CSC) is a standing committee of the faculty of Arts and Sciences and Engineering. The CSC is composed of students, faculty, and staff and operates according to the Student Conduct Resolution Procedure. The primary function of a member of the Committee on Student Conduct is to act as a hearing panelist. Hearing panels are created to resolve complaints of alleged violations of University policy by a student, former student, or a student organization. The process is objective and educational, not legalistic or adversarial. The hearing panels apply Tufts' policies and the University’s values to reach fair outcomes. A&S and SoE students, undergraduate and graduate, and all affiliated student organizations can be referred for alleged violations of policy, including personal and academic misconduct. Sexual misconduct is handled through another process and is not the responsibility of the CSC.

Download the Committee on Student Conduct (CSC) Application for Students