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Policies

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

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 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. 

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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.

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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.

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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 and weapons on campus are listed within the policies and enforced on all campuses.

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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. 

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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, and general legal policy. 

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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.

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Employee, Faculty and Student Handbooks

Employees

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

Faculty

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

Students

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