Tufts Disorientation Guide 2014


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So You’re a Freshman...
What the fuck do you do now??

So You’re a Freshman... 1
Radical Histories 3
Being a Queer Person of Color 6
Critical Toolkit 9
Friends Don’t Let Friends Go On Birthright 13
This is Privilege 17
Sexual “Misconduct” Policy 20
Defining Sexual Violence 21
Love Letters from Survivors 26 & 29
Sexual Violence Resources 30
Veganism 33
Drug and Alcohol Policy
Radical Professors
Cool Clubs and Spaces

Tufts Admissions is the single most effective arm of the university. Its
young, personable employees, snazzy admissions fairs, and infernal
optimism all do their job well - we’re all here now, aren’t we? But once
you get past the fancy veneer of the Admissions Office, reality sets in:
you’re stuck with a thousand other freshmen just like you, and you
have no idea what to do. What the fuck now?
It might be helpful to start by addressing a few myths that are had as
an incoming freshman:
1. That Tufts is in any way radical or leftist. Tufts is full of liberals,
yes. But one look beyond the Tufts Democrats (who don’t seem to do
much of anything of note on campus) will show you a pretty empty
landscape. Your new school is dominated by neo-liberal, center left
ideology - get used to it.
2. That people at Tufts are any different from people elsewhere. Walk
into any freshman dorm on a Friday night and you won’t find many
small groups of friends debating political philosophy; what you are
likely to find, however, is many excited people listening to pop music
and dressing up to go party at the frats. Which brings me to…
3. That Tufts isn’t dominated by mainstream culture. Our bros might
not be very good at football and everyone claims to be a nerd, but
Tufts provides a fairly typical college experience, with everything that
entails. Enjoy.
4. That Tufts is exceptionally diverse. Tufts isn’t as diverse as it tries
to market itself. Your classes will probably have lots of upper middle
class white kids. Other folks not fitting that description are around
though, but are not found on the surface level of Tufts’


dominant cultural narrative. If you’re feeling frustrated with that
narrative, a few good places to meet them might be some of the rad
classes and organizations recommended here or the Group of Six.
Well, shit. Everything sucks then, right? Not quite! Here are some
good things to do right away.
1. Takes some time to reconsider your plan to declare an IR major.
Seriously. I know you may have come here because Tufts is renowned
for IR and you want to get out of school to work for some globetrotting NGO or to give vague but uplifting TEDx talks half a world
away. I get it, and who knows, you might just get that. But you’ll also
get all the baggage of a conservative department with a saviour complex and a propensity to cheerlead for the global status quo. Remember: the current head of the department wrote NAFTA legislation in
a former life. And she is not exceptional in her all-but-full-throated
defense of a neoliberal capitalist model treats as the happily rising
tide that will bring all the boats up. If you’re the kind of person who
thinks that the socio-economic status quo developed here in the U.S.
and “exported” all over the world is more like a hurricane in which
culture (and much else) is violently uprooted and people are left to
drown, look elsewhere (“Studies” departments like American, Africana, Asian, or Women’s, or Anthropology may be good places to
start) for your major/minor.
2. Find some cool clubs/activities. Check out the Students for Justice
in Palestine, Tufts Labor Coalition, VOX, Freethought Society, the
Sustainability Collective, or just hang out at the Crafts Center! Your
mileage will vary, but there are some cool (and a few radical) spaces at
Tufts where you can find good friends (hint: your dorm room is likely
not one of these places).
3. Get a job on campus ASAP. Your monstrous student loans won’t
pay themselves, y’know.
4. Get off campus. Explore Boston, meet students from other schools,
go to concerts… whatever it is, just get out of the Tufts bubble.

5. Get involved (in activism). Surprisingly enough, Tufts does have
a pretty decent activist scene. Help Students for Justice in Palestine
force Tufts to stop bankrolling the Israeli colonization of Palestine,
help VOX fight sexism and rape culture. Just do SOMETHING
other than get obnoxiously drunk and listen to shitty music.
6. Try not to let the shitty things suck out your soul. Instead, fight
The more I make love, the more I want to make revolution.
The more I make revolution, the more I want to make love.

Radical History of Tufts
Every place has its historical legacies and, for better or for worse,
those legacies are forever its foundational base that can be ignored,
but never fully erased it at least one person dares to remember. It is
most likely that you have some understanding of Tufts’ history. Maybe you browsed through the university website and read that it was
the Universality Church that founded Tufts College in 1852 and that
a women’s college associated with Tufts, Jackson College, was founded in 1910. Upon further investigation you might have learned that
the character Elaine from Seinfeld was a Tufts alumni. While such
fun facts hold some historical relevance, we want to tell of a different
Institutional memory seeks to magnify its laurels and quel parental-based pocketbook fears assuring that their money will be put
to good use. We want to tell the stories of some of the people who

have crossed Tufts campus, and the blood, sweat, and tears - and
diminished GPAs - of those who decided to allocate their time and
effort into challenging something about Tufts.
We will give you a taste of that history, but we also encourage you
to make your own inquiries, do your own research, and maybe even
write a paper on the subject. As the saying goes, the struggle wouldn’t
be called the struggle if it was easy. Let’s not forget that the struggle
is ongoing and it is up to you to pick up the mantle and add another
chapter to the radical histories at Tufts.
A longer description of each of the events described below is available
at https://tuftsaac.wordpress.com/tufts-radical-histories
Native Americans: The land the Tufts campus occupies was once
Native American land, and it cannot be separated from that genocide.
Slavery: Near the Tufts gym on College Ave., there is the Royall
House, an 18th century family mansion, with a large slave quarters.
Black Civil Rights: In the late 1960s, Tufts Afro American Society
protested that Lewis Hall was being constructed by a company with
racist hiring practices. They were met with riot cops, and eventually
did a sit-in in the president’s office. During the same era, the Ex-college was created partially in response to demand for African American
Studies and Women’s Studies, and the Africana Center was established despite much resistance from the administration.

Africana Studies: In 2011-2012, the Pan-African Alliance occupied
Ballou Hall to demand concrete steps towards the Africana Studies
Department students for 42 years. They were assisted by Tufts Occupiers, a student group inspired by Occupy Wall Street. This sit-in
resulted in the establishment of the Africana Studies major and minor
as programs, and the Asian American Studies minor as a program.
Standing with Survivors: In the spring of 2014, Tufts was found
non-compliant with Title IX after a four year investigation with the
Office of Civil Rights. The OCR in Boston found tufts to be noncompliant with past practices and compliant in current practices.
However, the Federal OCR in DC, found Tufts to be noncompliant
in past and current practices. Tufts Legal Counsel and Vice President,
Mary Jeka, then proceed to “revoke” her signature from the Voluntary
Resolution Agreement, indicating the administration’s disagreement
with the findings. This action of denying accountability spark students to rally on the library of Tisch roof and then form a human
chain around Ballou. Students negotiated with administrators for
several hours, and together they released the Joint-Resolution Statement, which outlined changes that would be made to Tufts Policy
and practices and how those changes would be made.
For more information about radical history at Tufts University, be
sure to check our website at www.tuftsdisorientation.org

Gay rights: A few weeks before the Stonewall Uprising, the class poet
declared over the commencement microphone, “I AM A HOMOSEXUAL” and then the microphone went dead.
Support of dictators: The cannon was first painted in 1977 to protest
the honorary degrees Tufts was giving to Philippine Dictators Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos.



Being a Queer Person of Color
If you’re not white but happen to consider yourself gay, lesbian, bi,
trans, NGC or queer in any respect, you will find that the mainstream LGBT community at Tufts (like the entire campus) is overwhelmingly white. Compacting this reality is the fact that the white
gay community on campus is dominated by white, cisgender men,
many coming from wealthy and privileged backgrounds. This leaves
many queer students that are not white scratching their heads and
asking, rightfully so, “Where the fuck is the color?”
Trust us. It is here, friends, so don’t fret. But you will have to actively seek the community out and make your presence known, since
the QPOC (a blanket term which stands for queer people of color)
community at Tufts is minuscule compared to the QSA-card carrying
crowd, which tends to be very white, very male, and very uninterested
in talking about realities of racism, fetishism, and legitimate inclusion.
Queer identities for many white students on campus act as a privilege
camouflage, enabling issues of white supremacy, sexism, classism,
cultural appropriation, and bi/transphobia to go widely unchecked by
the LGBT community (“community” stands in for “mass of white gay
men”) at Tufts. Many of these individuals consider themselves socially progressive or radical and come from experiences that may have
solidified a victim lens through which all forms of oppression cannot
clearly be seen (i.e. I’m a white gay man and I have been treated badly
because of my sexuality so therefore I cannot be racist, sexist, ableist,
fat-shaming, etc.) In reality, of course, this is fucked logic.
While not all white (men) at Tufts follow this logic, beware: the denial is real.

But you’ll have to find us first!
The newly improved LOQSOCA (loving ourselves as queer students of color in action) formerly QSOCA (queer student of color
and allies) provides a space, both physical and communal, where
the multi-faceted identities of non-heterosexual and non-cisgender
students of COLOR at Tufts University are free from attack. LOQSOCA aims to create a community that values the self-celebration,
self-care, affirmation, and love of these individuals, within their own
communities and throughout the Tufts community.
While demographics do not exist for how many students of color
identify as queer at Tufts, the community is small enough to know
most and large enough to not get bored easily. LOQSOCA operates
out of the LGBT Center and is the only Center sponsored group for
students that are not white, however, the social community of queer
people of color extends outside of LOQSOCA and outside of Tufts as
well. As a queer person of color in Greater Boston, you will find that
community is truly limitless if you seek it out (find one QPOC and
you’ll soon meet the rest). Now, some basic questions you may have.
Where to party:
Whether it’s a party in SoGo, a salsa party at La Casa, or an impromptu event thrown by Capen House or the Caribbean Club, most
QPOC at Tufts frequent social circles in which people of color exist
and are celebrated, included, and active.

Lesbians and queer women on campus also struggle with this issue of
in-community discrimination and are often good allies in the fight
for awareness of queer identities that are not 5’10, white, hard-bodied
Robert Pattinson stand-ins.


NOTE: This does not mean queer people of color on campus receive the warmest of welcomes in culture centers or spaces exclusively intended for non-white students—there is plenty of work
to be done to create space (physical, spiritual, and intellectual) for
queer students in these communities. LOQSOCA is a big part of
this work. Remember, Tufts at best is only a microcosm of the of
the world at large.
On Negotiating Whiteness/Sexuality:
Since the queer community at large at Tufts is so white, you may
often find yourself downplaying your racial or ethnic identity in super
white settings (see QSA, most LGBT Center groups) and downplaying your sexuality in other settings (sports, activist groups, arts
groups, etc.)
There is more than enough space for everything beautiful you bring
to Tufts—don’t hide. Be as vocal or active if you wish in your circles
AS a queer person of color—this is the only way our voices will be
heard. You should feel safe and loved and SEEN on campus anywhere
as a QPOC and if you don’t then let’s talk about it and raise awareness and support one another.
QPOC at Tufts and at large may feel like sometimes we have to shut
down parts of ourselves to be TOLERATED in certain spaces and
that shit has patriarchy/cisgender privilege/white supremacy ALL
OVER IT—don’t settle, this place is going to be your home for the
next 4 years and you deserve to experience it surrounded by people
that are not in denial of your dynamic existence.


Critical Toolkit

• Schooling: Who has access to pre-K education, K-12 education,
higher education? Who goes to well-funded schools? Who has
their history taught? Who sees themselves reflected in the curriculum, in the teaching staff, in the administration? Who gets placed
into “advanced” classes? Who gets sympathy and second chances
and who gets disciplined?
• Media: Who sees their experience reflected in the media? Who
is invisible? Who gets relegated to bit parts or stereotypes? Who
controls media? Who gets movies they want made? Who gets
funding for the arts? Who gets their product marketed and
pushed, and who is left to consume these products?
• Government: Which neighborhoods get attention during local
elections? Who can influence politicians? Who sets the priorities
of what the government works on?
• Law and criminal “justice”: Who has access to good legal representation? Who is seen as innocent in a courtroom? Who feels
comfortable calling the police? Who gets profiled on account of
their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender presentation, or
other characteristics?
• Healthcare: Who has insurance? Who gets misdiagnosed at higher
rates? Who has access to hospitals? Who has access to alternative
healing spaces? Who has access to therapy and resources for improving one’s mental health?
• Geography: Who has access to grocery stores? Who has more
liquor stores and polluting factories and highway intersections in
their neighborhood? Who has more parks and trees and libraries
in their neighborhood?
• Housing: Who has access to public housing? Who faces housing
discrimination? Who sees the legacies of red-lining and residential
• Employment: Who is more likely to get hired, to get promoted,
to get paid well? Who has pre-existing networks of people with
power in the economy? Who has an economic safety net?


These are mostly examples of tangible resource and access privilege,
but privilege and inequality also operate along intangible lines: Who
is seen as an individual? Who is seen as beautiful? Who is seen as
smart? Who is seen as funny? Who is seen as American? Who gets
second chances? Whose life is seen as valuable? Although here these
are divided into areas, and we often talk about each oppression as distinct (i.e. “racism” “sexism” “ableism”), they are all tied together and
all connected. No one is un-gendered or un-raced. These identities are
operating within all of us, all of the time. And they are connected to
this broader system all of the time, which informs each of our individual realities.
While none of us created these systems, we have inherited them and
we have a collective responsibility to dismantle them. That responsibility is especially strong for those of us who benefit from oppression,
because violence is done in our name and inequality is an outcome
that favors us. The transformation of our guilt into responsibility
often means taking action.
What to do?
Locate yourself: Who are you? What privileges do you have? How
have you come to understand the world and how does your past
inform your present? For example, if you believe the police are here to
protect you, how is that a reflection of your background? If you haven’t thought about where gender-neutral bathrooms are on campus,
how is that a reflection of your privilege? Recognize that you carry
all of these things with you all the time. In the spaces we recommend
within the guide, you will probably be asked to do this. For example, some groups expect introductions to include PGPs, or preferred
gender pronouns, like “he, him, his” or “they, their” or “she series.”
It’s important to locate yourself because we are all implicated in these
systems. Hold yourself accountable. Be self-critical.
Take responsibility for your own learning: You can request any
book from Tufts library. There’s also great online resources (I especially recommend the many great tumblr blogs on black feminism.)


Responsibility over your own learning also means that if you have
privilege in one area over another person, you shouldn’t immediately go ask that person lots of questions about their oppression.
It’s not their responsibility to educate you, and sometimes those
questions might feel exhausting and/or violent. Instead, seek out
other resources first. If you still have questions, and this person is
your friend, you could bring up that you’ve read/heard/watched this
and wondered about their thoughts and opinions. Some people still
might not want to discuss this with you. Others are more than happy
to sit down with strangers and talk about all sorts of things. Everyone
is different, so pay attention.
Listen: Listening is a critical part of paying attention. Lots of times
we listen while simultaneously thinking of our response. Try just to
listen. Lots of times we listen with just our ears. Try to listen more
fully. Try to hear where someone is coming from. It’s important how
you listen. And by that, I mean don’t just listen and consume other
people’s pain. Being an academic voyeur is violent. There is privilege in silence just as there is privilege in speaking. Striking a careful
balance between the two is hard. Be aware of when and where you
are taking up space. Think about how you are taking up that space.
Some groups call this “step up, step back” — step up if you’re haven’t
contributed or if you’re slacking, step back if you’ve been taking up
a lot of space. When talking, try to always speak from your position
and your experience, and if you’re privileged, try to find ways to do so
that doesn’t make you, your experience, and your pain the center.
Feel: This is real life we’re talking about, even though it can be
couched in academic mumbo-jumbo. As my friend says, “don’t let
dead men with books hold your heart hostage.” It’s okay to grieve.
It’s okay to be angry. It’s okay to love. It took me a long time to stop
policing my own emotions. And on that note, try not to police other
people’s emotions by telling them to “calm down” or that they are
“too angry.” Anger and sadness are rational responses to oppression.


Take risks: Feeling defensive and being uncomfortable are not necessarily pleasant feelings, but there will be no free and easy revolution.
Being uncomfortable does usually mean that you are learning and
challenging yourself. As one of my favorite professors here at Tufts
said about challenging oppression, “If you’re comfortable, you’re
doing it wrong.” I tell myself this all the time, trying to push myself.
See #1. Remember, dropping out is exercising your privilege. It is
an option reserved for people that we – as friends, as a school, as a
country – permit to be comfortable, at the expense of others. Yes,
grappling with these ideas and these emotions is hard. We don’t do
this work because it’s easy. We do this because it’s our responsibility.
And because we don’t want to be oppressors. We’re in the business of
reclaiming our humanity, which is the project of a lifetime. So keep
learning, keep working, keep fighting. You’ll get better at all these
balancing acts. Not perfect, but better.
Advice for when you mess up: and you’re probably gonna mess up.
We all mess up. As Audre Lorde writes, “The true focus of revolutionary change is never merely the oppressive situations which we seek to
escape, but that piece of the oppressor which is planted deep within
us.” It’s our responsibility to resist this internal oppressor with everything we have. But sometimes we make mistakes. When this happens,
someone else may call you on it. If you’re like most people, your first
reaction to being called out (e.g. someone tells you that you are being
privileged, that you are being oppressive, that you are being racist,
sexist, etc.) is likely to involve defensiveness. Remember that we are
all indoctrinated to operate within these systems and our mistakes are
made within that context. When overcoming defensiveness, recognize
that you were not attacked; in fact, it was probably pretty hard for
that person to call you out. I suggest actually feeling grateful that they
did so. They didn’t have to call you out, but they did, for your education and because they considered you worth it. I know that I do not
spend energy engaging people that I consider lost causes. I also often
feel afraid to call out people with more societal privilege than I, and
when I do, it’s almost always a sign of trust. I trust that you’re going
to listen to me and take me seriously.


So, if you feel like you can move past defensiveness and use this experience as fuel to do better later on, here are some examples of constructive things to say: I hear what you are saying. You’re right. Thank
you for telling me. I’m sorry. I’ll do better in the future.
Then, take steps to actually do better in the future.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Go On
We are writing this piece as seven students who identify as Palestinian.
We were born into different religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism,
and Atheism, although none of this should matter. What matters is
that all of us identify as Palestinian because our parents and/or our
grandparents were born there. We cannot include our names because
we fear being denied entry to the West Bank where some our families
still live.
Today we are asking you, our fellow Tufts students, to kindly read
this with an open mind. Some of you may simply not care about a
conflict so distant, but some of you may want to know: Why is Tufts
hosting the National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference this
Fall? What is our role as students in response to the recent massacres
in Gaza? We are writing to you, the curious, compassionate, and
questioning Tufts student. We hope that our words resonate with you
and form a deeper understanding of what it means to be Palestinian
on this campus.


Consider this:
None of us carry a Palestinian identification card. Because we do
not have this ID card, we cannot live in Palestine as our parents and
grandparents did before the creation of the ID card and the state
of Israel. Some of us are refugees because our families were expelled
from the land in 1948 and never received an ID. Some of our families
fled the wrath of the largest open-air prison in the world, Gaza, and
live as Palestinian-Americans in the diaspora. Meanwhile, some of us
have lived in Palestine for our whole lives but still enter the territory
as tourists because our families’ identification cards were stolen when
they were child prisoners.

However, if we did have Palestinian IDs, the chances of us attending Tufts would be slim. If you carry a Palestinian ID, you are not
allowed to go into Israel, which means you don’t have access to the
only airport in Israel/Palestine. There are ways around this, of course,
but to be a Palestinian means that you have to get permission to leave
your country’s territory in order to move freely.
So why mention this?
Well, imagine what it is like to walk by a Birthright poster on this
campus, knowing that you have never, and perhaps will never, see
the very house your grandparents were expelled from in 1948. Yet,
over one fourth of the Tufts population can see that house. They can
even buy that house. Why? Simply because they are Jewish, they are
offered a free trip to historic Palestine as part of what is marketed as
their “Birthright”.
To us, Birthright is the erasure of our right to our homeland, and
it promises our homeland to one in four students at this university.
Birthright is marketed as apolitical. Participants are led to believe
that it is an innocent trip of camel rides, hiking, clubbing, and swimming in the Dead Sea. It offers tourists a chance to “reconnect” with
a country to which they have never been, and often times, to which
they have no immediate familial ties.

Yet for us, Birthright is not only political; it is violent. That may
sound dramatic, but it is our reality. To make Birthright “fun” and
“safe” means eradicating an Arab populace. It means erecting illegal
walls and vanishing the Occupation. It means exiling our brothers
and our sisters to refugee camps, prisons, or worse. It is important
that students at this university understand the implications of their
so-called right. Kind reader, understand that our hearts ache when we
see photographs of friends and acquaintances swimming in the sea
our grandparents once swam in. Our hearts ache when we see photographs of classmates posing in front of the mosques and churches
our grandparents once prayed in, but now pray to one day see. Our
hearts ache when we see pictures of peers eating the fruits of the land
we have grown up hearing of, but never tasted. Our hearts ache when
we see our classmates posing next to exotic camels and mysterious
Bedouins in a grotesque charade of our culture. Our hearts ache each
time we are reminded that we do not share this birthright.
That being said, we hope Tufts students who go on Birthright realize
the privilege and power they possess. For you, these events may be
innocuous, exotic, and enjoyable. For us, your photos create a feeling
we hope no one will ever have to endure, no matter where they are
from. We feel the weight of our lives that could have been, but never
If you are not eligible to go on Birthright and are still feeling rather
distant from this “conflict”, know this: this year alone, $3.1 billion of
your tax money will be sent to Israel’s military courtesy of the United
States. This money is not going to Israeli hospitals, animal shelters,
or orphanages. Your money is likely spent on tear gas canisters and
guns. On this campus, we are equals, but in the Holy Land we are on
the opposite sides of the barrels of those guns. This is not an ALLIES
military simulation or an abstract euphemism; these are our lives and
yours too.
Nor can we forget that we are the “lucky ones.” Thanks to certain
twists of fate, hard work, and dumb luck in our families’ histories,


we have the opportunity to attend a top-tier American university and
live in a relatively stable environment. This privilege is a mere dream
for millions of Palestinians living under the crippling effects of occupation, expulsion, and persecution. More globally than simply denying human rights to your fellow jumbos, “Birthright’s” foundational
concepts deny human rights to your fellow humans.
So we hope that when you walk by a direct action that people call
“extreme” or attend one of our events that will be reported as “polarizing,” you understand this: We are here to foster tension. As Martin
Luther King Jr. once famously wrote, “Nonviolent direct action seeks
to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community
which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the
issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue so that it can no longer be
ignored.[1]” We hope that our direct action brings discomfort, but
does not cause harm.
All of us writing this have at some point questioned our involvement
in Students for Justice in Palestine. We do not want to be seen as
inflammatory by conveying the truth of our lives. We do not want
targets on our heads. Given the choice most of us would rather learn
to play a new instrument, take up rock climbing, write poetry, or fall
in love. But for now, our primary passion and goal is to live as free
people. So long as programs like Birthright exist, so long as apartheid
exists in our homeland, we, as Palestinians, do not have a choice. We
did not choose to be a colonized people. Our bodies are political,
whether we like it or not -- and so are yours.
When you see us building mock apartheid walls, asking difficult
questions, and fostering discomfort in place of passive acceptance on
this campus, please realize that we see it as our moral obligation: not
only for us and our families, but for the silenced who cannot be here
and for those who desire to live a life in solidarity with the oppressed.
We are fostering this tension to build a community; a community in
which we are truly treated as equals; a community where no student
has a “birthright” at the expense of another person’s freedom.


This is Privilege
Disclaimer: This is not intended as a be-all and end-all definition of
privilege, but hopefully will serve as a useful guide in understanding it.
So what is “privilege”?
• In a social justice context, privileges are constant benefits that
people experience in society based on aspects of their identities.
Each person has various aspects of identity, and so every person
has a unique set of privileges that they experience.
• Just because someone benefits from one form of privilege does
not mean they benefit from all forms of privilege. Depending
on the context that a person is in, different aspects of their
identity can give them privileges. Generally, people don’t have a
say in whether they “have” privilege or not; our privileges are a
result of various factors outside of our control. Privilege can’t be
“erased”, but it can be countered, starting with awareness.
Aside from daily personal interactions, privilege also affects people
on an institutional and macro level. For example, studies show that
job applicants with names that “sound” African-American are less
likely to receive interview offers compared to job applicants with
“white” names, even when they have the exact same qualifications.
How privilege manifests in our lives as Tufts students:
• Racial privilege: A white man walking down a street late at
night or through a high-end store without fear of being labeled
“suspicious” or “out of place” is an example of white privilege.
• Class privilege: Being able to plan which tropical country you’ll
be spending your spring break in rather than how you’ll eat
when the dining halls close for the week is an example of class
• Gender privilege: Being able to go out in public in a tank top
and shorts on a hot summer day without worrying about getting catcalled is an example of male privilege.

• Cisgender privilege: Being able to immediately identify the “correct” restroom without having to worry about being mistaken for
the wrong gender or harassed for using the restroom you identify
with is an example of cisgender privilege.
• Sexual Orientation Privilege: In many states, someone can be
evicted by their landlord purely based on their sexual orientation
or gender identity. Straight people generally don’t have to worry
about this, while LGBTQ people often do.
• Languagae Privilege: Being able to hold a conversation without
being mocked, misunderstood, or marginalized because of an
accent or “improper” English is an example of language privilege.
• Able-bodied privilege: Being able to take the stairs to visit your
friends on the fourth floor of Tilton is an example of able-bodied
• Citizenship Privilege: Only having to worry about getting your
textbooks before classes start rather than whether your visa will be
renewed on time is an example of citizenship privilege
Privilege dos and don’ts: Suggestions for effecting change and discussing privilege respectfully
• Do be aware of your own and others’ privilege, and realize that it
has played a part in the opportunities that you have or have not
been afforded. Your privilege doesn’t define you, but it does make
a difference in your experiences and the experiences that you share
with others.
• Don’t dismiss someone’s accomplishments and personal effort
simply because they have some type of privilege. We all worked
hard to get into Tufts, and we owe it to our fellow Jumbos to be
respectful towards each other.
• Do encourage and actively participate in discussions about privilege. College is your best opportunity to be challenged and to
broaden your horizons, so make it happen!
• Don’t shut someone down or ignore their opinions because they
don’t fully understand the privileges that they have. You can help
them understand what privilege is!


• Do keep in mind that everyone has various aspects to their identity. Just because someone is privileged in one way doesn’t mean
they’re always privileged in others.
• Don’t attack other people based on their privilege. Remember, we
don’t get to choose which privileges we benefit from.
• Do own up to your mistakes; everyone slips up but that doesn’t
mean you have failed. Keep practicing and you’ll get better.
• Don’t feel guilty about the privileges that you have. Guilt won’t
create meaningful change, but taking action and being aware will.
• Do practice the “step up, step back” principle. In short: step up
when your voice is generally not heard much, and step back if it
is. But throughout, make sure to listen.
• Do get out there and make a difference. At Tufts, intellectual discussions about privilege and social justice can happen all the time,
everywhere. You can make positive changes by getting involved
and speaking up!
When all is said and done, the best advice of all when thinking about
privilege is to always be kind, listen, and strive for empathy.


Sexual “Misconduct” Policy

Defining Sexual Violence

Tufts, unfortunately, has a dark history both of sexual violence and of
failed attempts to address sexual violence. Tufts was found non-compliant with Title IX in April of 2014, and actually “revoked” its
signature from their voluntary resolution agreement, saying that the
administrators did not agree to the Office of Civil Right’s findings. In
response, students rallied together to stand with survivors and succeeded in making some changes.

The next 10 pages may be difficult to read; they contain graphic descriptions of sexual violence and may trigger survivors. These are some
of the most basic detail of the misconduct policy.The policy itself has
specific examples of these act, and explains them in other words. If
you have any questions, please go to http://oeo.tufts.edu/wp-content/

The term “sexual misconduct” is itself problematic and speaks volumes to how Tufts prioritizes its reputation over the health and safety
of survivors. At Tufts, when someone is found responsible of rape
or sexual assault, there are a range of possible consequences. Tufts
students can only be safe if predators are expelled, however, assailants can be suspended for just a semester or even put on probation.
Punishments for plagiarism and cheating often are more serious than
those given to people found responsible for sexual assault. Sexual
violence is not misconduct or misbehavior or a mistake; it is violence.
It traumatizes people, it changes their lives forever, and treating it as
misconduct instead of violence trivializes and invalidates the lived
experiences of people. It’s disrespectful.
Tufts is getting better, and many people leave the adjudication process feeling more empowered. Yes, non-compliance with Title IX is
scary, but that means Tufts has been publicly shamed into getting its
shit together. It’s not just Tufts: all colleges are beginning to be held
accountable for the ways in which they treat sexual violence on and
off campus. There are even cool radical Tufts alumni, former students
and current students actively involved in this (look up Zerlina Maxwell, Wagatwe Wanjuki, and John Kelly for starters). Below we’ve
included information about Tufts policy and reporting to best inform
YOUR decision to do what is right FOR YOU. We also have listed
several on and off campus resources, that are both confidential and
not confidential. There are so many people who want to help you, let
them if you need or want it.

Love, a fellow survivor

Consent is an informed, knowing, and voluntary decision to engage
in mutually acceptable sexual activity. Consent is active, not passive.
Signals of consent must be part of a mutual and ongoing process, offered freely and knowingly. Consent can be given by words or actions
as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable permission regarding the conditions of sexual activity. It is the responsibility of the person who wants to engage in the sexual activity to
make sure that he/she has consent from any other person(s) involved.
• Silence, by itself, cannot constitute consent.
• Consent to one sexual act does not constitute or imply consent to
a different sexual act.
• Previous consent cannot imply consent to future sexual acts.
Consent is required regardless of the parties’ relationship status or
sexual history together.
• A verbal “no,” even if it may sound indecisive or insincere, always
indicates a lack of consent
Consent can never be given by:
a. Someone who is incapacitated. A person can be incapacitated
through the use of drugs, alcohol or any other intoxicating substance,
or when they are unconscious or asleep. It is a violation of the Sexual
Misconduct Policy (and Massachusetts law) to engage in sexual activity with someone you know or should know is incapacitated.
b. Someone under the legal age of consent. The legal age of consent in
Massachusetts is sixteen (16). It is a per se violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy (and Massachusetts law) to engage in sexual activity


with a person who is under the age of consent, regardless of whether
the person was a willing participant in the conduct.
c. Someone who is mentally disabled. Certain mental disabilities can
cause a person to be unable to knowingly consent to sexual activity.
It is a violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy to engage in sexual
activity with a person whose mental disability renders them incapable
of giving consent and the disability is known or should have been
known to the non-disabled sexual partner. Under these circumstances, the conduct is non-consensual regardless of whether the person
appeared to be a willing participant.
A person who has consumed alcohol and/or drugs still has a responsibility to obtain ongoing consent for any sexual activity with
another person. The use of alcohol or other drugs by the person
initiating sexual activity will never be accepted as an excuse for
failing to obtain consent.
Force may never be used to make someone submit or to complete
sexual activity. The use of force to cause someone to engage sexual
activity is, by definition, non-consensual contact. The term “Force”
includes the use of any of the following:
• Physical Force, Violence, the Presence of a Weapon
• Threats or Harassment
• Intimidation, Abuse of Power or Authority, Implied Threats
• Coercion or Duress
Incapacity is a mental or physical state in which a person cannot
make a rational, reasonable decision because they lack the ability to
understand the consequences of their actions. Incapacity literally
means the inability to fully understand what is happening. First responders will assess someone’s capacity or incapacity through the use
of common questions such as “What is your name?”, “Do you know
where you are?”, “Do you know what day it is?”, and “Do you know
how you got here?”. This is called being oriented to person, place,
time and event. Someone who cannot answer some or all of these
questions accurately may lack the ability to make rational, reasonable
judgments as a result of consuming alcohol, drugs

or other intoxicating substances. A person may also be incapacitated because they are unconscious or asleep. In all of these situations,
a person is incapacitated and therefore unable to consent to sexual
activity. It is a violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy (and Massachusetts law) to engage in sexual activity with a person who is incapacitated, regardless of whether the person appeared to be a willing
participant. If there is any question regarding whether a person may
be incapacitated, it is best not to engage in sexual activity with that
Sexual Assault is the act of committing unwanted physical contact
of a sexual nature, whether by an acquaintance or by a stranger. Such
contact is unwanted when it occurs without the consent of one or
both individuals, when one of the individuals is incapacitated or incapable of giving consent, or occurs with the use of force. An “acquaintance” can include close friends, intimate partners, family members,
classmates, or can be someone you just met. Victims/survivors and
the accused can be of any sex/gender, sexual orientation and/or sexual
identity. There are many degrees and forms of sexual assault including, but not limited to, the following:
• Non-Consensual Sexual Contact/Activity
• Forced Sexual Contact/Activity
• Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse/Penetration (Rape)
• Forced Sexual Intercourse/Penetration (Rape)
Sexual Exploitation occurs when a person takes non-consensual,
unjust, or abusive sexual advantage of another, for his/her own advantage or benefit, or for the benefit or advantage of
anyone other than the one being exploited and that behavior does not
otherwise constitute non-consensual sexual contact/activity, non-consensual sexual intercourse/penetration, or sexual harassment.
• Photographing or Video/Audio Taping Of Sexual Contact/Activity (without consent)
• Voyeurism
• Inducing Intoxication/Incapacitation For the purpose of sexual


Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that involves unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can include unwelcome sexual
advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical or verbal
conduct of a sexual nature or conduct directed at a person because
of his or her sex/gender when such conduct is made an explicit or
implicit condition of an individual’s academic status or employment;
or refusing or submitting to such conduct is used as basis for academic or employment decisions; or such conduct has the purpose or effect
of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic
performance, i.e. it is sufficiently serious, pervasive, or persistent as to
create an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, demeaning, or sexually
offensive working, academic, residential, or social environment under
both an objective (a reasonable person’s view) and subjective (the
complainant’s view) standard.
Sex and/or gender discrimination is the unfair or unequal treatment
of an individual (or group) based on sex or gender which violates federal and state law (including Title IX). Tufts University also prohibits
discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and/or
gender expression. Tufts is committed to providing an educational
and work environment that is free from sex and/or gender discrimination. For more information on this this type of Sexual Misconduct,
please see Tufts’ Non-Discrimination Policy.
Stalking involves an intentional course of repeated conduct or behavior over a period of time, directed at a specific person, which causes
a person to feel alarm, annoyance, emotional distress and/or fear.
Stalking and cyberstalking are behaviors prohibited by Massachusetts
law. Stalking can also constitute a violation of the Sexual Misconduct
Policy when the conduct involves a Tufts student and is gender-based.

Relationship violence occurs in all type of relationships (i.e.
heterosexual, same sex or any other type of relationship). Relationship violence may constitute a violation of the Sexual Misconduct
Policy when it involves a Tufts student and the conduct is
Retaliation is an adverse or negative action taken against an individual for raising concerns about conduct which is prohibited by law
or policy. Any member of the University community has the right
to raise good faith concerns about or file a good faith complaint of
sexual misconduct without fear of retaliation. It is unlawful and it is
a violation of University policy to retaliate against an individual for
filing a complaint of sexual harassment or for cooperating in a sexual
harassment investigation. Retaliation against anyone who reports an
incident of sexual misconduct, brings forward a complaint or who in
any way participates in an inquiry or
investigation of sexual harassment is strictly prohibited. Retaliation
is also prohibited against anyone who in good faith opposes, in a
reasonable manner, an act or policy believed to constitute a violation
of the Sexual Misconduct Policy. Any person who retaliates against
an individual reporting sexual harassment, filing a sexual harassment
complaint, or participating in a sexual harassment investigation is
subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion or termination by the University.
If you or anyone you know has become subject to anything defined above, you are protected under the Tufts Sexual Misconduct
policy and if you so choose, there are resources on and off campus
for you to get the justice and help you want or need. It is never
your fault and you are not alone.

Relationship Violence is intentionally violent or controlling behavior
by a person who is currently or was previously in a relationship with
the victim. Relationship violence includes actual or threatened physical injury, sexual assault, psychological abuse, economic control,and/
or progressive social isolation.



How To Not Rape:

A List Written by Zerlina Maxwell
Shared with you today in her own words by a Tufts survivor
1. First it is important to know what legally is rape
Gaining legal consent is vital because having sex with someone who is
asleep, unconscious, or intoxicated, resisting, telling you no, or saying
nothing at all is against the law and is undoubtedly rape. Honestly,
how absolutely wonderful is it to know that the person you want to
sleep with really wants to fuck you too! We should not go for the absence of a “no” but you must obtain an enthusiastic “YES!” Consent
isn’t that hard to figure out. It isn’t gendered; it’s for all of us. It is the
responsibility of each and every one of us to ask.
Now I think it is very valid to discuss the issue that many people
drink to lower inhibitions so they can get it on. That could be great
and fun for you but also make sure that this other person is into that
as well! The fact is a lot of people get drunk and fuck but if you cannot respect other people’s bodies and force yourself onto others, you
should not drink that much. Stop catcalling and touching others inappropriately; go home you are drunk. If it looks like they may need
a bucket; respect their boundaries and give them a fucking bucket.
Don’t try to have sex with them. Personally, that doesn’t sound sexy or
desirable to have someone who can’t give consent. And let’s be real, it
is more difficult to orgasm if you are drunk.
2. Guess what! Women are not sexual objects as much as our society
and culture makes them out to be.
We know why survivors are shamed into silence; the dehumanization
of women, trans folk, prisoners, persons of colors and queer men
spans all areas of American life. Rape culture exists everywhere from
TV shows to the news to our campus. Rape occurs too often not because the perpetrators are necessarily notorious criminals, but because
they have not been taught to see those they harm as full, autonomous
Do not take away our bodies; they are not for your entertainment or
amusement. You are not entitled to; it so respect boundaries. We are
not a commodity to be won, a virginity to be stolen,

a purity to be taken away. We are your brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, and nephews but that shouldn’t matter because can’t you see we are
It’s not just women: persons of color, queer men, queer women and
trans* folk are more likely to be survivors than most people. It isn’t
just the oversexualization and dehumanization of women, it’s also the
dehumanization and commodification of these bodies. Sexual violence is intersectional, and ignoring that is actively participating in a
racism, homophobia, and transphobia.
Do not take away our agency. Allow our voices to be heard. Freud be
damned, yes means yes and no means no. Just ask.
3. Sometimes Gender Is LITERALLY the Worst
Ok, that might sound strange especially for a lot of the freshmen. Let
me try and explain what I’m thinking in some basic terms. We are
born and the world puts us into one of two categories where you are
either male or female? If not, a doctor can assign you a sex through
a terrible surgery. The males are expected to be masculine and the
females are expected to be feminine. We all know what those words
mean and so think about what you associate with each. Often masculinity is associated with power and physical strength.
This idea isn’t helping men or women. Our society needs to start
teaching men how to express healthy masculinity because, “Rape is
not about evil in the world. It’s about power and control, in relationships and in the world. The messages that men get around masculinity from a young age are too often about violence and about exerting
power and control. We need to challenge the definition of masculinity as inherently violent,” says Pandit. There is a lot of talk in bro-culture (I even hate saying it) about “getting some” and what-not-- you
all know what I mean and I’m not sure if that is healthy for everyone.
When my friends and acquaintances are hurt and traumatized by this
mentality, I think it’s time to rethink it. It is time to acknowledge the
power you do have and to be fucking sensitive about it.
4. Believe when survivors disclose to you.
It does not mean that this is something you want to hear. If it upsets
you to hear a close friend disclose, take care of yourself.

But that does not mean that you can’t believe them and believe in
them. You are not a judge or a lawmaker and no you weren’t fucking
there. We live in a society that blames its victims. I think we have all
seen that too recently. I urge you to stand on the side of the hurt and
of the oppressed. On the side of the person who trusted you enough
to tell you their experience. I will throw out the statistic that people
lie about rape as often as people lie about theft. When you start believing in survivors and stop blaming them, we come a little closer to
ending the silence and to ending rape culture.
Make sure you do not judge the choices of the survivors! Not everyone feels comfortable going through the OEO, or the criminal justice
system: that is OK. Your job as a friend and ally to survivors isn’t to
take away another choice from a survivor, it’s to actively support and
love and cherish that person. Help provide resources if needed, but
listen to them to be best possible supporter in their journey. Pressuring someone only retraumatizes them and forces them to inflict self
blame. Stop. Listen to survivors, let us have our voices when we feel
like so much else has been taken away.
5. And the tough one: By-stander intervention
There is a lot to say about this step and its quite hard. Does the DO
Guide trust you to use your own judgment? Maybe. Let me say this:
It is about community accountability and it is important that we have
networks that hold assailants accountable. Hopefully that hits home
to you, Freshmen, but I also want the Tufts administration to hear
that one. YOU must hold rapists accountable.
Back to you students I give you a quote from Monika Hostler: “It’s
also about first calling people out for sexist jokes about women and
girls. It’s not just the intervening act, it’s about all of the things that
lead up to it. We degrade and oversexualize women and girls and this
contributes to sexual violence. We must be consistent to get society
to understand how sexist jokes are connected to sexual violence.”
So don’t fidget uncomfortably. Intervene and make a social and cultural change.


Consent: Trying to peel back the
layers of Silence and Shame about
Sex and Love from a survivor

Once, I was in a hyper consensual relationship. It started with a
discussion in Dewick. “So when’s the last time you’ve been tested?” As
simple as that. It moved on to “I want to do this. Do you?” <-- Insert
sexual act. The dirty talk was fantastic and it really got me going. We
talked about sex on walks, on the T, during a meal, and even while
doing the dirt. We were comfortable with each other’s language and
bodies which created a very intimate relationship.
Let’s be real, though. That does not work for everyone and I might
not even do that again. In the heat of the moment, a question might
turn you off or even be triggering to some folk. We all express what
we want or don’t want in different ways, but that’s where the trouble
is. One person’s line might be “Condom?” while another might think
they get their point across by using more tongue. Until we become
comfortable with a sexual partner there is a lot of uncertainty about
how everyone can have a good and enjoyable sexy time together. Consent cannot be assumed and is best to receive when you know yourself
and your personal and sexual boundaries.
Knowing yourself and setting boundaries is no easy task. There is a lot
of shame surrounding sex and pleasuring ourselves so much so that
we don’t want to talk about it with the person we desire to have sex
with. Breaking boundaries could even be liberating or you might set
boundaries later in the night for acts that you might have done earlier.
Regardless, if it is a one night stand or a long-term partner, learning
about what you want and being able to express that can lead to some
awesome sex whether that means cunnilingus, intimate cuddling,
penetration, or the best smooching session ever.


We should all be aiming for safe sex which is much more than latex.
Before hand it is important to discuss STI prevention and for you
breeders, contraception, but it is also important to talk about what is
ok for your body. Maybe later you change your mind. That’s ok too.
Communication is the best way to stay safe, even if it is uncomfortable. And at first it can definitely be uncomfortable but hopefully
it makes the sex more enjoyable. You are allowed to talk about your
desires but you must also acknowledge that you are not entitled to
them. You have the right to ask but do not feel embarrassed if you get
turned down. There maybe be other things your partner wants to do.
Just fucking ASK!

Sexual Violence Resources
Below is a list of resources available for people who have experienced
sexual trauma or for their loved ones. Please do not hesitate to ask for
help. Many of these services are available 24/7, and are here specifically for you. For a complete outline of Tufts Sexual Misconduct Policy,
please go to oeo.tufts.edu/policies-and-procedures/sexual-misconduct-policy/
Tufts Resources (Not-Confidential)
Tufts University Police Department operates as the police force for
the Medford/ Somerville Campus. (617) 627-6911 or x66911 for
Tufts Office of Equal Opportunity conducts investigations of sexual
misconduct on all Tufts campuses.
The Sexual Misconduct Prevention Specialist (Alexandra Donovan) is
responsible for coordinating education on issues of sexual misconduct
across Tufts’ campuses. Alexandra.Donovan@tufts.edu, Location:
Basement of Health Services


Tufts Resources (Confidential)
Ears for Peers is confidential peer support hotline of Tufts University,
available from 7 PM to 7 AM. They can help to provide you with
resources about the sexual misconduct policy.
Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Services can provide you with
free and confidential counseling services. 617.627.3360. In addition
you can reach the on-call counselor by calling TUPD.
Tufts Health Services can provide you with free STI testing, and
emergency contraception after an assault. They cannot collect evidence, however, they can provide you with a cab voucher to take you
to a hospital with SANE nurses. 617.627.3350
The University Chaplains are also available as confidential resources
on campus 617.627.3427
Non-Tufts Resources
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center offers a 24-hour hotline, free counseling, and legal support. 800.841.8371
Victim Rights Law Center offers free legal support to college students
with experiences of sexual trauma. 617.399.6720
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network offers a free 24-hour online hotline 800.656.4673
Fenway Community Health Center offers medical resources for LGBTQ individuals. 617.267.0900


Veganism confuses a lot of people. How can someone expect to be healthy without
meat protein and dairy calcium? What does it matter if we use eggs and milk, when
the animals produce those things anyway? And why in the world would someone
ever deprive themselves of such wonderful foods as cheese and steak?
These are all really good questions. Allow me to answer them.
1. Nutrition
The short answer is, plants have all the protein and calcium that you need, provided
that you don’t eat the same thing all the time. And as Tufts students, especially those
of us on a meal plan, getting that diverse diet is not hard at all.
2. The animals
The supermajority of eggs and milk used in the United States come from factory
farms that are terrible for animals and the environment. According to the UN
report Livestock’s Long Shadow livestock are responsible for 18% of the greenhouse
gases that cause global warming, more than all other forms of transportation put
3. The taste
After eating a big ‘ol three-bean burger with guacamole, ketchup, mustard tomato
and onion, a side of seasoned fries with BBQ sauce, some vegetables dipped in
hummus, and a slice of apple pie in a margarine-based crust, I couldn’t care less
about meat and dairy. And best of all, vegan meals never leave you feeling bloated.
Being Vegan At Tufts:
If you have a meal plan, being a vegan at Tufts is incredibly easy. Both Dewick and
Carm have vegan selections every day, marked with a “VG”. Outside of a meal plan
veganism can be more expensive, but it can be easily managed with a little creative
In the area:
I love Boston’s vegan restaurants. True Bistro, Veggie Planet, Veggie Galaxy, Grasshopper; I have taken my non-vegan friends to all of them, and they have all said it
was some of the best food they’ve ever tasted.
True Bistro- Vegetarian Bistro
1153 Broadway, Somerville
(617) 627-9000

Grasshopper- Vegan Asian Food
1 North Beacon St, Allston, MA
(617) 254-8883

Veggie Galaxy- Vegan Diner & Bakery
450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA More:
www.HappyCow.net (Search “Boston”)
(617) 497-1513





If you’re going to do drugs at Tufts, here’s a few tips:

Know your limit: Early in the year, pick out a good night to a) drink
some alcohol but b) not chug it all in at once and c) be in the presence of good, trustworthy company. Size up your tolerance shot by
shot at a reasonable pace (the recommended rate to achieve functional
drunkenness is one 1.5 oz shot of 40% alcohol per hour but rarely do
people follow that, so find a pace you’re comfortable with). Note until
what stage you feel good and stick to that limit: People who drink
until they puke, get violent, or cry hysterically are no fun for anyone,
and if they’re at a Tufts event they threaten to get it cancelled. (RIP
Naked Quad Run).

If you’re going to smoke, it’s better to do it off campus. Marijuana is
decriminalized in Massachusetts, meaning that up to an ounce will
only get you a $100 citation, and a first offense won’t go on your
Whenever smoking outside, use rolling papers so you can throw it
away quickly, and just bring what you’re going to smoke. Make sure
to do it away from buildings and in a place where you can see people
coming. If you get caught you’ll usually just get a warning.
The most risky place to smoke is in the dorms, but if you’re going to,
take precautions: It takes a fair bit of smoke to set off a detector, but
if you’re worried you can bag it. Just know bagging and tampering
are a federal offense and will get you directly onto probation 2. If you
bag, always unbag right away when you’re done, just in case there’s
an actual fire later. Put a towel at your door, spray some febreeze, and
blow out the window. Keep your private drug use private because if
it’s not disturbing the people around you, chances are they won’t even
know you’re doing it.
Tufts has both a Good Samaritan policy and an Amnesty policy,
meaning that if someone needs medical assistance because of drugs
or alcohol neither they nor the person who calls for help will get in
trouble. So always make the call.
Read the rest of the Tufts policy on drugs here, it’s short and worth
your time:


Make a plan, stick with it: Know how much you want to drink before you start and before you get to a dark loud and/or alcohol filled
environment. Then tell your friends so they can help you stick with it.
Eat something: Unlike most foodstuffs and many liquids, a significant part of the alcohol you take can already be absorbed in the stomach, which means an empty stomach is more susceptible to efficient
alcohol absorption, which means you will get drunk faster if you’re
hungry. Eat something before a night out; even better if that something contains fats. If you’re in a real hurry, one teaspoon of butter
would be a great help.
Get your own drinks: As a rule of thumb, don’t take drinks from
strangers or people you don’t know well enough: you never know
where they get it from or what they put into the cup or punch.
Date-rape drugs, hallucinogens, and gross things are all possibilities,
and open you up to real possibilities of a sexual assault, regardless of
gender. It’s not worth the risk.
…and take them with you
Unless there’s a buddy nearby who can take care of your cup, if you
can’t bring it along, finish it up or throw it out.


You can always come back for another glass, but you can’t come back
on a drink with something extra slipped into it. Plus, in near complete darkness and furniture that won’t stay in place, there’s a chance
you will pick up somebody else’s drink, which would be awkward.
Don’t drive when you drink: You’ve heard this a billion times, but it
never hurts to be extra careful when an automobile (or anything that
takes up fuel, really) is involved. Get yourself a designated driver or
grab a cab – better be safe than sorry, right?
You can stop whenever you want: Nobody, repeat, NOBODY has
the right to force you to drink or do anything without your consent.
Drinking games can be fun, so are drinking competitions; however,
when you start feeling uncomfortable with the amount of alcohol
you’re taking in, know that you can say ‘no’ and people must respect
your decision. Drinking capabilities don’t say anything about you as
a person. In that vein, don’t taunt or force people to drink more than
they want to – it’s not fair game.
Lie on your side…when you’re horizontal and mad drunk. If your
body doesn’t like the alcohol, that position will help direct the vomit
sideways, reducing the chance of you choking from whatever you ate
before. A high pillow might be of good service too. Also, if you need
to take care of a drunken friend, turn him/her to the side as well.
WHERE TO DRINK: Dorms (KNOW YOUR RA’s), Frats (go with
friends and read up on the consent section of this guide), and, while
its warm, outside! House Parties also are an option that require you to
be respectful. Consistent non-greek options include Arts House, International House, La Casa and Crafts House, but the list is endless.
NOTE: many of the places above are dominated by white males. If
you’re sick of that, or just want to kick back and watch a movie over
free food, check out the group of six – they are the Africana center,
Asian American Center, International Center, Latino Center, LGBT
Center and Women’s Center.

The Tufts administration would prefer if you didn’t drink or use drugs
– it’s a massive liability and a horrible statistic. They don’t want any
lawsuits and more importantly they don’t want any prospective applicants/parents turned off by the idea of mass consumption.
If you’re going to drink, it’s smart to know what the consequences
could be. I recommend reading the alcohol section of the student
handbook: http://uss.tufts.edu/studentAffairs/documents/tuftsStudentHandbook.pdf
Tufts University Police Department (TUPD)
There are only a dozen or so officers on campus and most of them
are pretty laid back. Honestly, they have no desire to write you up
or even deal with you for that matter, so make it easy for them: Try
not to be belligerent, don’t drink from an open container on pro row
before you’re 21, don’t get caught on roofs, and don’t smoke in your
dorm without hiding it well. If you avoid those four things you’ll
likely avoid the police. Or, if you’d rather not avoid those four things,
the best advice I can give is to get to know them. If you have a conversation, be sincerely nice and offer some gesture of goodwill, they
will begin to like or at least tolerate you.
Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS)
They offer a good service, fast rides and immediate care. Just know
that if you require an ambulance from this campus you get a type B
violation right away (see alcohol policy in the link above). That means
when you are terribly drunk, overdosed, or just hurt while drinking, your friends are left to gauge how badly you need medical help,
because if they call and you’re not actually in that bad shape then they
just got you in trouble for nothing. Here the administration’s policy
has often caused students to push the boundaries on life or death
situations. If a friend is in bad shape, but not to the point where an
ambulance would be required, one option is to call a cab and send
them Lawrence Memorial Hospital or Somerville Hospital, which
neither the school nor your friend’s parents will find out about.


Alcohol provision to minors
If you’re 21, congratulations – no more hiding for you! However,
that’s only for your consumption. If you’re going to play the middleman, be warned that MA law prohibits alcohol furnishing to minors
unless the provider is a parent or grandparent (find the whole deal
here: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/
Chapter138/Section34). Violation of this law, if found, results in up
to one year in jail and/or up to a $2,000 fine. If you’re an international student, your F1 visa could be in grave danger. Also, Tufts will
suspend you. It’s your choice, but think real hard before you go down
that road.

Cool Clubs and Spaces

Action for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP)

ASAP, or Action for Sexual Assault Prevention, is a club at Tufts
that works to spread consent awareness, distribute information on
rape and sexual assault, and educate the school population on the
sexual assault policy and resources on campus. Our goal is to end
rape culture and promote consent and healthy relationships among
young people. We are currently involved in various consent awareness
projects, including student videos, a new ASAP website, new consent
posters for campus, and much more. We hope to be and to create
a safe space for survivors and allies. We also advocate to improve
resources for sexual assault survivors on campus, University practices
in sexual assault cases, and education and preventative services on
campus. We’re always eager for more members to join in the movement to end rape culture at Tufts! Go to www.tuftsasap.org or email
asaptufts@gmail.com to get involved.

Consent Culture Network (CCN)
Action For Sexual Assault Prevention | Consent Culture Network.......39
Crafts House | Crafts Center......40 | Asian American Alliance
Pan-African Alliance......41
| Mujeres........42
Queer Straight Alliance |
Students for a Sensible Drug Policy........43
First Generation Council..........44
| Divest | Tufts Freethought
Society..........45 | Students for Justice in Palestine.......46 | Tufts Labor Coalition | Students Acting for Gender Equality........47 | VOX:
Voices for Choice........48 | AppleJam.....49


The Consent Culture Network was created as a coalition between
student groups all over campus that want to create a culture where sex
is an act of enthusiastic consent, not of silence, coercion or trauma.
In other words, the group’s goal is to smash rape culture by building
a consent culture in its place, starting right here at Tufts. Two years
ago we developed a consent workshop that we were invited to teach
at clubs, fraternities, and sororities all over campus. That year we sang
consent themed songs and handed out “Ways to ask consent” cards at
Winter Bash (a school dance). Later we joined with Action for Sexual
Assault Prevention to make the video “Asking for Kale” (now on YouTube) to help explain issues of consent and victim-blaming. We hope
to continue all of this and more this year, and we’d love your help!
You can email nathaniel.matthews@tufts.edu for more info.


Crafts House Co-op

The Crafts House is a cooperative living and learning household
located on the Tufts Medford campus. We are an anti-oppressive
community of activists, artists, musicians, engineers, creators, innovators and scholars that collectively operate the Crafts Center—the
university’s arts and crafts makerspace. In addition to volunteering
our time in the Crafts Center, we share weekly household responsibilities of cooking, food shopping, and cleaning. We buy food as a
house, and we eat communally the (normally vegetarian) dinners we
all take turns preparing five nights a week. Between the house and
center, we also host a ton of events each year, from folk concerts, craft
workshops and barbecues to absurdly themed costume parties—most
recently a David Bowie glam rock masquerade. So join us for dinners
at 6pm, Sunday through Thursday, or anytime you’re feeling the need
for some glitter and facepaint!
Check out our website and facebook page.

Crafts Center

The Crafts Center is TCU-funded, student-run arts and crafts makerspace at Tufts University. It is located on campus in the basement
of Lewis Hall, with the entrance on the side of Lewis facing Tilton.
Although this kick-ass art space is run primarily by members of the
Crafts House, anyone can apply to join and help volunteer! Members
of the Crafts Center are dedicated to supporting and promoting the
teaching, learning and practicing of craft knowledge and techniques,
including woodworking, ceramics, sewing, soap making, button
making, jewelry making and screen printing, among other things. We
offer workshops throughout the semester and are open 5 to 6 days
a week for anyone in the Tufts community to use for FREE! Come
check us out!

Asian American Alliance (AAA)

Our mission is to bring all members of the Tufts community together
by fostering an environment for instituting political changes concerning Asians and Asian Americans, enhancing social interactions among
all students, and creating a better understanding of Asian and Asian
American identity at Tufts. Interested students can contact tuftsasianamericanalliance@gmail.com for more information.
Check out our website and facebook page.

Pan-African Alliance (PAA)

The umbrella organization of the university’s cultural groups that
advocate for the concerns of students of color. The purpose of the
Pan-African Alliance is to promote solidarity and awareness among
members of the Black community and teach others about the Black
experience. The Alliance provides social, educational, cultural and recreational activities to help enhance the quality of student life at Tufts.
The Pan-African Alliance serves as a voice by which the concerns of
Black students can be articulated to the university as a whole. Most
importantly, the Alliance provides for a cultural and spiritual link to
Africa. PAA is open to everyone, but it is not a space for white education. That means if you are a white person, you are expected to taking
responsibility for your own learning and checking your own privilege.
Decolonizing one’s mind is a long, on-going process that we are all
in the middle of, but PAA needs white people who are prepared to
be effective, not just well-intentioned, allies. Interested students can
contact tufts.pan.african.alliance@gmail.com for more information.
Check out our facebook page.

Check out our website and facebook page.




As the only space on campus dedicated to the multiracial experience,
our goal is to create and promote a community for the mixed population at Tufts while spreading awareness about the about the issues
faced by this unique and rapidly-growing demographic. We host frequent social events including potlucks, movie nights, and mixers, as
well as more serious stuff like academic discussions with mixed faculty
and staff and events with other universities. If you’re looking for and
fun and welcoming space to meet new people and talk identity, race,
and food (we really love talking about/eating food), come join us!
We’re unaffiliated with the Center of Six and independently run by
a board of mixed students looking to fill an important gap in campus discourse, preferably while having a good time and a good meal.
Whether you’re looking to make changes on campus or to celebrate
and explore your background, stop by one of our events or e-mail our
co-president at Zoe.Uvin@tufts.edu. Facebook: /TuftsHapa

Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA)

BECAUSE we are women of color and allies

Queer or questioning? Lesbian or gay? Bisexual or pansexual? Trans*
or genderqueer? Or maybe you are just interested in being an informed and effective ally? There are many options at Tufts to explore
and discuss these identities.
One of them is the Queer Straight Alliance, which serves as a general
forum for dialogue and discussion, community support and social interaction. QSA meets every week to discuss issues relevant to different
facets of the queer community, including sexuality and spirituality,
fetishism and racism, and the role of allies within the queer movement. QSA also hosts an annual drag show with both student and
professional performers (including Jujubee from RuPaul’s Drag Race!)
as well as Tufts’ annual Coming Out Day Rally.
While QSA is a great place for discussion about the social aspect of
queer identity, the group has not recently been about the political
implications of queer identity. Currently, there is a lack of this awareness and activism in most of Tufts’ queer groups, but there are many
other activist groups (almost all of which are mentioned in this guide)
where you can find the radical queer activists at Tufts! Check out our
facebook page.

BECAUSE we believe in the strength, power, courage, and beauty of
all women

Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)


BECAUSE we recognize the challenges that we face as women of
color, including misogynistic violence against women, discrimination,
sexism, classism, homophobia, and racism
BECAUSE we reject the overly sexualized and subjugated images of
Latinas imposed on us by societal institutions and media outlets
We propose a free, open and safe space for all women to come together to fight for and appreciate the interests of Latinas through honest
dialogue, campus exchange, community outreach, and critical analysis of our roles as Latinas. For further inquiries please contact lesly.

Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) at Tufts is a club for
students who want to fight against unjust policies and consequences
of the War on Drugs. Our meetings involve planning club events and
discussing current topics in the war. Club members in the past have
been a major presence during meetings designed to create a medical
amnesty policy at Tufts, and have worked towards the decriminalization of marijuana on campus. Past speakers brought to Tufts by SSDP
have included Jack Cole, founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and award-winning documentary filmmaker Kevin
Booth. If you want make your campus–and your country–a place
with sensible policies, while creating the friendships and memories
that will fill your college experience with sunshine and love, please
contact ssdp.tufts@gmail.com.


First Generation Council

What is the definition of a 1st generation college student? Well, on
paper in order to be reviewed by universities as a 1st gen. college
student both parents did not receive his/her associate’s degree (or any
type of degree actually) in the states. This is a very limiting definition
and many other students may identify with being a 1st gen. college
student even if it isn’t marked on paper.
The struggles of a 1st gen. college student are real. Transitioning from
home, filling out the financial aid application, picking classes, what
major is right for you and more are very new concepts to you. Tufts
has many resources out there for students who need them but it is
the student’s job to go seeking for these resources. In order to facilitate and make 1st generation college students’ lives easier, a group of
students came together to create the 1st Generation College Student
The council is still very new and in the working but certain things
that we aspire to create this year are:
• Having Financial Aid/ w2 Workshops consisting of students and
faculty coming together so we can go through our own forms but
be together if we have any questions
• Other workshops such as study abroad, alumni, career services
but specifically for 1st gen college students
• 1st generation college student dinners in order to celebrate our
achievements but also as a bonding for our community
• Mini celebrations for graduates as well as freshmen
• Creating the council as a student group
• Creating a website that includes financial aid help, other links
that would be helpful for 1st generation college students
• Mentorship programs with the welcome project which is an organization that has Youth Aspirations Program and has a program
for 1st generation college students in high school
• Connecting with other colleges that have 1st generation college
student groups to expand our network and support
There are going to be many new experiences and the council is here
for any support that is needed. We will have our name out there and
make sure that we reach out to the student body, 1st gen. or not.


We are not a student club, and we are not your typical environmental
group. Tufts Divest is a collective of world changers and earth warriors, taking a revolutionary approach to tackle the crisis of global
climate changes and climate injustice.
Did you know Tufts invests at least $70 million dollars in the fossil
fuel industry? These fossil fuel companies are a rogue force…they currently have 5 times as many fossil fuel resources in their reserves as we
know are safe to burn to avoid runaway climate change. Tufts invests
its $1.5 billion dollar endowment recklessly, by putting it in the very
companies who threaten a livable and sustainable future on earth.
Higher education institutions like Tufts exist to further the human
condition and model good global citizenship. Tufts educates future
leaders, and employs top scholars and scientists to research issues such
as climate change. Yet, while investing in our future, Tufts simultaneously invests its money in corporations that threaten our future and
the future of every other human being on earth.
Tufts Divest is a non-hierarchical, anti-oppressive organization. We
have open meetings and encourage anyone who feels called to come
and lend your energy to this fight. This fall, we will be planning
teach-ins and rallies, holding a campus-wide referendum on divestment, meeting with Tufts officials, and participating in the greater
climate justice movement beyond our campus. To learn more, go to
tuftsdivest.com or email tuftsdivest@gmail.com.
Check out our website, twitter, and facebook page.

Tufts Freethought Society

The Tufts Freethought Society is an intentional and inclusive community at Tufts of humanists, atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers,
the nonreligious, the spiritually questioning, and friends. We strive to
build a safe space for the nonreligious and for the spiritually questioning.
Freethought as a community can be hard to describe, but that fluidity itself is something we value. It might be easier to talk about what
we do: We hold weekly discussion meetings on Thursdays at 7:30pm
where we talk about a wide variety of topics, from science and politics

to ethics and spirituality. But we’re not just all talk -- we hang out at
jam sessions, movie nights, community dinners, hiking retreats, and
parties throughout the year. We believe in coming together around
service, and work with several organizations that serve the local community.
And while we’re not explicitly an activist community, many of our
members come from various corners of campus activism and we’re
social justice-minded when the time calls. We are also committed to
giving a voice to the nonreligious in institutions around campus, and
along with our secularism, we have a firm commitment to pluralism.
To that effect, we are active in organizing and participating in interfaith work with other religious and philosophical communities at
So if you’re looking for a community to fall back on, where you can
talk and learn and share in values and action, feel free to shoot us a
message or just drop by one of our meetings!
-- TFS (tuftsfreethoughtsociety@gmail.com) (www.tuftsfreethought.
org) (facebook.com/tuftsfreethought)

Students for Justice in Palestine

Every generation has their battles to fight and win. Our parents
fought against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, and succeeded.
Our grandparents fought against Jim Crow. Their parents fought
against the hydrogen bomb. Today, we once again come together to
Boycott, Divest from, and Sanction the Israeli state until it extends
equal rights to Palestinians wherever they reside, whether in the
diaspora as refugees, in the occupied territories, or in ‘Israel proper’. On campuses all over the world, students have come together in
outrage at the $3 billion of no-strings-attached aid the US government supplies to Israel to fuel its war machine, military occupation,
and settler-colonial system of segregation. In this vein, in solidarity
with hundreds of other campuses across the globe, we designate
one week of our academic year “Israeli Apartheid Week”. We host
speakers, hold demonstrations, and build momentum for our various

campaigns to end all facets of our institution’s complicity in Israel’s
oppression of Palestinians. Join the Students for Justice in Palestine, a
diverse group of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Arab, American, International, Gay and Straight students in demanding unequivocal equal
rights for all, regardless of race/ethnicity, religion, gender, class, or
sexual orientation. Check out our website, twitter, and facebook page.

Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC)

When many students think of a campus they think only of students
and professors. They often forget many other people are vital to this
community. Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) is a student group dedicated to working with all members of the community, including the
janitors, dining hall workers and other tufts employees. This group
arranges social events that include students and campus workers.
TLC also works to ensure fair working conditions on campus and
encourage all students to respect the employees that make the campus
run smoothly. Recently TLC has expanded its goals to include global
labor concerns. In past years they started petitioning for Tufts to
affiliate with the Worker’s Rights Consortium (WRC), which would
ensure that no merchandise sold by Tufts was made in sweat shop
conditions. TLC plans to continue to work to make this a reality.

Students Acting for Gender Equality (SAGE)

SAGE, Students Acting for Gender Equality, is a collaborative based
out of the Women’s Center that meets weekly to discuss gender-based
issues at Tufts and in the Boston area. SAGE seeks to create a feminist
space on campus, and while you absolutely do NOT have to identify
as a feminist to be part of SAGE, we ask that everyone recognizes the
ways that oppressions (all the –isms) affect our lives. At our meetings
we get to know each other, we discuss current events through a social
justice lens, and we take action to change problematic structures at
Tufts. In the past we’ve worked on getting open housing, rewriting
the sexual assault policy, improving student relationships with Tufts
police, and more equal representation for women artists at Spring

For freshmen and all new students, we have a really cool First-Year
Program called “SAGE advice to new students”. This is a weekly
peer-mentoring group where we discuss all kinds of topics: transitioning to college, Tufts campus, being a feminist in college, hooking up,
alcohol, homesickness, classes, etc. The group is open to ALL genders
of course! It’s a fun way to meet other new students who might have
similar interests as you, meet upperclassmen and ask them whatever
questions you have, drink coffee and eat snacks, or even just vent
about your roommate. Come by the Women’s Center (free coffee,
seriously) to ask about either SAGE or SAGE advice or just show up
to a meeting! Anyone is welcome at any point during the year.

VOX: Voices for Choice: Feminism, college, and sex… oh my!

VOX: Voices for Choice is the Planned Parenthood affiliated student
organization at Tufts. We work to promote sexual health, advocate
for reproductive rights and destigmatize sexual pleasure here on Tufts’
campus as well as in the greater community. During the 2012-2013
academic year, VOX and its 40 core members organized multiple
events that drew in between 200-400 students. From hosting OhMegan’s sexual pleasure workshop to organizing the annual Sex Fair in
the Campus Center, VOX’s often controversial events have effectively
pushed back against societal pressures to silence honest and open
sexual discourse. VOX meets once a week in the Women’s Center to
address a wide variety of topics including but in no way limited to
sexual health resources on campus and in the surrounding area, sexual
pleasure education, consent, rape culture, pro-choice initiatives, STIs,
access to birth control, hook-up culture, and gender. VOX attempts
to create a safer space for students to organize, learn, meet new people and share knowledge, with no oppressive language or behavior
tolerated at meetings. New members to VOX have equal power to
influence group decisions and propose/organize brand new projects
with funding and the support of other VOX members. The revolution
starts at home…which is why we at VOX view sexual health, knowledge, and empowerment as foundational to a just society. So come on
by a meeting where you will find good people and goodies including
free snacks, coffee, condoms, and lube. Check out our website, twitter, and facebook page.


AppleJam is Tufts’ own student-run, DIY booking agency, and the
hub of the campus music scene. We bring up and coming bands and
musicians to Tufts and give Tufts bands a chance to play on campus.
While we first united to book punk and hardcore acts, our shows
pair gypsy funk with surf rock, R&B with shoegaze. We partner with
venues such as Crafts House and Fort Warner to offer an alternative
social experience geared towards obsessive music-geeks and casual
fans alike. Come to our meetings to help with booking, share your
music with us, or join our ever-expanding, always incestuous milieu
of bands.
See you at the show,
AppleJam Productions (applejamproductions@gmail.com)

Sa’ed Atshan (Anthropology, Peace
and Justice Studies)
Amahl Bishara (Anthropology)
Sarah Pinto (Anthropology)
Alexander Blanchette (Anthropology)
Kamran Rastegar (Arabic, ILVS)
Adriana Zavala (Art History)
Jonathan Garlick (Biology)
Marianne Wolf (Child Development)
Sergiy Kryatov (Chemistry)
John Lurz (English)
Modhumita Roy (English)
Elizabeth Ammons (English)
Greg Thomas (Africana Studies,
Anna Hardman (Econ)
H. Adlai Murdoch (French)
David Proctor (History)

Kris Manjapra (History)
Peter Winn (History)
Jeanne Penvenne (History)
Peniel Joseph (History)
Steven Marrone (History)
Gary Leupp (History)
Charles Inouye (Japanese)
Jean Wu (American Studies)
Lisa Lowe (American Studies,
Zbigniew Nitecki (Mathematics)
Nancy Bauer (Philosophy)
Joseph Walser (Religion)
Kata Hull (Studio Art)
Ujayyant Chakravorty (Economics)
Ben Shapiro (Computer Science,
Penn Loh (Urban and Environmental Planning)

Why the
Disorientation Guide?
BECAUSE Tufts won’t tell you everything you
need to know.
BECAUSE every upperclassment has said
“I wish I knew that as a freshman” about
something at some point.
BECAUSE if you ever think “What the
hell is this place? Do I belong here?”
You are NOT alone.

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