Tufts University, its schools, departments, and units frequently enter into memoranda of understanding and other signed agreements with both domestic and international partners. A list of current, active agreements is available to members of the Tufts community on a UTLN protected website. For more information about active and lapsed agreements, please contact MOU@tufts.edu.
The policy for the approval of memoranda of understanding, affiliations, and other agreements is in place to make faculty, staff, and students’ interactions with others, both locally and around the world, easier. The Office of the Provost approves and tracks affiliations and memoranda of understanding to:
All agreements of Tufts University and its units with universities, non-profit organizations, or other entities, both international and domestic, must go through an internal review process prior to signing to ensure compliance with university policies and confirm institutional approval and support.
If you have any questions during this process, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). You are encouraged to reach out to the Office of the Provost at any time.
The following documents are available for download:
Affiliation Agreements Routing Form (v. 11. 18) (Microsoft Word format)
Sample Cooperation Agreement (Microsoft Word format)
For more information, please contact MOU@tufts.edu, or the Office of the Provost directly at 617-627-3310.
Does my agreement need to be approved by the Office of the Provost?
Your agreement needs to be approved if it involves:
Your agreement does not need to be approved it if involves:
If you still do not know if your agreement needs to be approved, please email MOU@tufts.edu.
Why do I need to do this?
This approval process ensures coordination and compliance across Tufts’ schools, units, and departments. Specifically, it is designed to:
My agreement does not involve any payments. Does it still need to be approved?
There are many instances in which an agreement that does not involve payments must be approved by the Office of the Provost. This includes, for example, agreements for faculty, scholar, staff, or student exchange, university-level agreements to host regularly occurring joint conferences or events, and agreements with any for-profit institution of higher education.
How long does the approval process take?
Generally, it takes the Office of the Provost up to two weeks to approve an agreement, once the completed draft and signed Routing Form have been received. Agreements requiring substantial edits may take additional time.
Will you accept a scanned copy of the agreement and routing form?
Yes. Please send a high quality scan with legible text and signatures.
I have questions about an agreement, and I would like to talk to someone on the phone. Who can I call?
Please reach out to Celia Campbell at 617-627-3313 or Celia.Campbell@tufts.edu.