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November 8, 2016 | Category: Announcement

TO: Faculty and Staff, All campuses

Please note that the following message references hazing and sexual misconduct.

Dear Members of the University Community:

We are writing to follow up on a report in the most recent issue of the Tufts Observer recounting and alleging profoundly troubling behavior in our fraternity system.  We first learned of many of these allegations yesterday from the article in the Observer.  The conduct described in the article is deeply disturbing and violates our policies, the university’s values, and, potentially, a variety of laws including those against hazing and sexual misconduct.  The university immediately launched an investigation into those allegations in the article that had not been previously reported and addressed.

We encourage any member of the Tufts community with information about these or any similar events to come forward with that information.  You may report such information directly to the Tufts University Police Department, to the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity, or to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.  You may also report online through the university’s EthicsPoint reporting system, which is available from the website of the Office of the Equal Opportunity and includes an option for anonymous reporting.  University policies provide for protection from retaliation for any individual who comes forward to report potential violations of university policy or applicable laws.

We encourage those who are affected by the report or by these issues to take advantage of resources available in the university and local communities.  Students in need of support may contact the Tufts University Chaplaincy, the CARE Office, Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Services, or the Dean of Student Affairs Office.  Faculty and staff may contact the Tufts University Chaplaincy or the Tufts Employee Assistance Program.

We take these allegations, and others like them, extremely seriously and will continue to keep the community informed.


James M. Glaser, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
Jianmin Qu, Dean of the School of Engineering
Mary Pat McMahon, Dean of Student Affairs
Kevin Maguire, Executive Director of Public Safety
Jill A. Zellmer, Executive Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX/504 Coordinator

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