Office of Equal Opportunity

Tufts seal on outside of Sackler building

Tufts Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) is guided by a commitment to ensuring equal opportunity is provided for all members of the Tufts community. We further this work by ensuring that the University maintains compliance with all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to affirmative action, anti-discrimination, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. OEO serves the University to resolve complaints of discrimination and harassment and to set forth University policies and guidelines that pertain to these areas.

The Sackler School has provided links to the most current policies below, but please feel free to contact the OEO web page for more information.

OEO Website weblink

Nondiscrimination Statement

Tufts does not discriminate in its educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct including acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and coercion), gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Retaliation is also prohibited.

Tufts will comply with state and federal laws such as M.G.L. c. 151B, Title IX, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other similar laws that prohibit discrimination.

Detailed Tufts policies and procedures may be found in the OEO Policies and Procedures Handbook  info

Unlawful discrimination has no place at Tufts University and offends the University’s core values which include a commitment to equal opportunity and inclusion. All Tufts employees, faculty members, students and community members are expected to join with and uphold this commitment.

Any member of the Tufts University community has the right to raise concerns or make a complaint regarding discrimination under this policy without fear of retaliation.

Any and all inquiries regarding the application of this statement and related policies may be referred to

Jill Zellmer, MSW  Send an e-mail
Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, Title IX and 504 Coordinator
196 Boston Avenue, 3rd floor
617-627-3298

Anonymous complaints may also be made by reporting online weblink 

As set forth in our policies, individuals may also file complaints with administrative agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”).

The contact information for the local office of OCR is:

Office for Civil Rights, Boston Office
U.S. Department of Education, 8th Floor
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109-3921
617-289-0111

OEO Policies

  • OEO Policies and Procedures Handbook info
  • Nondiscrimination Policy info
  • Americans with Disability Act Policy info
  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policies info
  • Sexual Misconduct Adjudication Process Summary info
  • Sexual Misconduct Brochure info
  • Sexual Misconduct Reporting Liaisons (Title IX) By Campus info
  • Reporting Incidents of Any Misconduct info

Apply to the Sackler School

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research