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Policies and procedures at an institution as complex as Tufts University are regularly under review and subject to revision.

Standards of Professional Conduct and Integrity

The Standards of Professional Conduct and Integrity serve as a proxy for the University’s shared values: honesty, integrity, respect, and inclusion. The Standards provide a baseline for exercising good judgment, and guidance for using University resources prudently, in accordance with our students’ expectations and those of all members of our community.

Privacy Statements

Tufts University’s Privacy Statement and Terms and Conditions of Use disclose the privacy practices for and other Tufts websites that refer to the statement.  The University has also prepared several European Economic Area (EEA) and United Kingdom (UK) Privacy Statements that provide information about how Tufts collects, uses and otherwise processes personal data and about rights provided under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Act 2018.  Additional privacy statements have also been prepared by individual University departments and offices and are available from them.

Information Stewardship and Information Technology Policies

The Information Stewardship Policy outlines the actions all members of the Tufts community are expected to follow when working with university information. Supporting policies focus on using information systems, classifying and handling data, and roles and responsibilities for data. Additional policies establish requirements for using 2 Factor Authentication (2FA), email, the Tufts network and other IT resources, such as Tufts Box, cloud services, and passwords. The Information Security Program provides for the university’s compliance with the Massachusetts data privacy laws and regulations. 

Accessible Digital Technologies Procurement Protocol

The Accessible Digital Technologies Procurement Protocol is designed to make sure that any digital technology is evaluated for accessibility before the university enters into a purchase agreement. Please refer to the ADT Procurement Protocol.

Communications Policies

Communications policies, including domain name use, university branding, social media and web accessibility, provide guidelines for uniformity in messaging and visual identity across Tufts websites and social media channels.

Financial Policies

Financial policies include those for all employees, such as the Business Conduct Policy, designed to serve as a guide to appropriate business behavior, as well as specialized policies for controllers, bursars, accounting, treasury and purchasing, which provide comprehensive guidelines to fulfill financial tasks in a uniform, secure manner.

Department of Public and Environmental Safety Policies

Public and Environmental Safety policies help to keep Tufts’ campuses a safe and healthy learning environment. Requirements for emergency notifications, conducting business with minors on campus, video security, weapons, and use of drones/unmanned aircraft systems on campus are listed within the policies and enforced on all campuses.

Office of Equal Opportunity Policies

The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) administers policies, including discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, to ensure a safe and welcoming learning and working environment for all members of the Tufts community.

Preferred Names Policy and Process

Tufts University allows individuals to select a preferred name for use in certain university systems and under certain circumstances. A preferred name may better reflect one’s gender identity, better reflect a current surname, or allow an individual to select a nickname or professional name that better reflects their personal identity. While some systems, such as financial records, Tufts username, public safety ID, and official university records are required to use legal names, the Preferred Names Policy and Process provides guidelines for the use of preferred names at Tufts University in general communications, in the university white pages, and email communication information.

University Counsel Policies

University Counsel policies are used for broad spectrum of legal issues including operations, litigation, student issues, real property and construction, fundraising, environmental and other government regulations, intellectual property, employment, tenure, finance and investment, academic affiliation, trust administration, use of drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems),and general legal policy.

University Records Policy and Related Policies

The University Records Policy, administered by Digital Collections and Archives (DCA), defines university records and outlines responsibilities for managing them. DCA also maintains related policies and guidelines which support the University Records Policy. These include guidance for creating, storing, and handling university records, as well as approved retention periods and disposition procedures.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Policy

The University’s FERPA Policy applies to all of the University’s schools. This policy is designed to help students and, in some cases, their parents, understand how to access their education records, how to amend them, and, if they wish, how to prevent their disclosure to third parties. Tufts University complies with FERPA through this policy and other school-specific practices.  

Review the FERPA Policy

Student Grievance Policy

The Student Grievance Policy outlines the processes and procedures students can take to appeal decisions made by University administrators, faculty and staff, and by committees and student governing groups. Any questions regarding appeal procedures should be directed to the individual department or committee involved or to the Office of the Dean of Students of the applicable School.

Review the Student Grievance Policy

Employee, Faculty and Student Handbooks


The Employee Handbook details the responsibilities of staff members and explains the university’s commitment to staff.


Each school’s Faculty Handbook details the responsibilities of faculty members and explains the university’s commitment to excellent faculty. 


Each school’s Student Handbook establishes standards of behavior for students and student organizations.