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Tufts AS&E Committee on Faculty Work/Life

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Much of the content on this wiki is now available in more formal contexts on the following sites:


AccessTufts:; also search for particular terms, such as caregiver leave, childcare,, lactation. Please note: some of the policies are clearly intended for staff rather than faculty; for example, policies requiring you to use sick or vacation time do not make sense for AS&E faculty, who accrue neither of those. But have no fear, you are probably still eligible, but you'll need to get faculty-oriented policy info from the deans.


The main source of faculty-oriented work/life policy in AS&E is the Secretary of the Faculty website. As of May 2019, the faculty work/life pages were not available as an update was in process. Until the site is back up and running, please contact your dean to ask about current policies.


For quick access to information on work/life programs and policies on the Medford Campus, please see the table at the bottom of this page. 

The AS&E Committee on Faculty Work/Life issued its report on the results of the Medford Campus Dependent Care Needs Assessment Survey on February 5, 2016. Click here to see the report.

The AS&E Work/Life Balance Task Force issued its written report on February 11, 2012.  Click here to see the report.


Need to pump while away from Boston at a conference? You can ship breastmilk back home to your baby and be reimbursed by Tufts. Find out more on Access Tufts at

How can you support students and postdocs through pregnancy and after, and help Tufts be in Title IX compliance? Unofficial info from the committee

As a faculty member, you may be a frontline person for a pregnant student or postdoc. You may also have a student who needs pregnancy-related accommodations in your class. Know your student or postdoc's rights, and know your responsibilities so that you do not unwittingly engage in pregnancy discrimination, which violates Title IX. Visit, and in particular check out the site's Title IX Basics, handout on supporting your pregnant students in the classroom, and Faculty FAQ

Medford Campus dependent care needs assessment survey results

The AS&E Committee on Faculty Work/Life issued its report on the results of the Medford Campus Dependent Care Needs Assessment Survey on February 5, 2016. Click here to see the report. The report is on the agenda for the February 24, 2016 AS&E faculty meeting.

Faculty work/life page on Secretary of the Faculty website

In October 2015, the Secretary of the Faculty's website was revised to include an official faculty work/life page. Thanks to Jillian Dubman for hosting the first official website about work/life issues at Tufts University!

New lactation rooms opening on Medford Campus fall 2015

In the spring of 2015, Dean Jim Glaser (A&S) and Dean Linda Abriola (SoE) invited the committee (along with HR and OEO) to become involved in rolling out and communicating about three new lactation rooms on the Medford Campus, supplementing the existing two rooms. The rooms are open to all members of the Tufts community and visitors to campus as of September 1, 2015. Some details about administration are being worked out during the first few weeks of fall semester, and more information will be communicated once those details are settled. Click here for more information and for a map of the lactation rooms on the Medford Campus.

Dependent care needs assessment survey spring 2015

The committee administered a dependent care needs assessment survey to the Medford Campus community in March, 2015. During the summer of 2015, the data were being analyzed with the hope of producing a report during fall 2015.

Open letter to the Tufts administration on the decision to cease operating the Tufts Educational Day Care Center

On September 16, 2014, the committee sent the central and A&S administrations an open letter about the decision to cease operation of TEDCC and to lease the center to Bright Horizons. Over two hundred members of the Tufts community signed the letter. See it here.

On September 29, 2014, President Monaco and the other members of the central and A&S administrations to whom the open letter was addressed responded to that letter. See it here.

AS&E By-Law Committee on Faculty Work/Life

You can find more information about the committee on its Trunk site and on the Secretary of the Faculty's faculty info website.

Initial Administration response to TF report, October 2012

See the AS&E Deans' response to the Task Force's report, presented at the October 31, 2012 AS&E faculty meeting.  This spreadsheet shows progress made on the Task Force's recommendations up to October 2012.

Faculty Work/Life Policies and Supports

The following links are designed to answer questions for AS&E faculty, although many of the resources mentioned here are available to all members of the Tufts community.  Policies may differ substantially for staff and for faculty in different Schools at Tufts.  If you are a staff member with questions about many of the policies below, you may find it useful to call the main HR number, 617-627-6272.  If you are a faculty member outside of AS&E, please contact your Dean's office.  These resources represent our best effort to bring together useful information, but they are not official policy; the Committee does not make, interpret, or implement university policy.

Elder/Adult Care, Child Care, and Faculty Mothers E-Lists:

To support members of our community who want to find or share information about adult/elder care and child care, we have established two e-lists.  These lists are open to faculty and staff.  We also maintain an e-list for faculty mothers of young children. If you would like more information about the lists, or if you would like to join one of the lists, please email us at

How to Reach Us:

If you'd like to contact us about work/life issues at Tufts, or to make a suggestion for the Committee, please email us at  You can also contact any member of the Committee individually.  Our names are all listed under "Members" at the top of this page.

Members | Meetings & Calendar | Documents & Links

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