In May of , Tufts administrators charged several seniors with various allegations including indecent exposure, sexual exploitation, and sexual misconduct after they were found to have participated in the Naked Quad Run NQR , an event held on May 3 this past spring. NQR had been an annual tradition for Tufts students for decades until the practice was ended in due to concerns over student health. When asked, TUPD spokesperson Kevin Maguire declined to confirm or deny that video footage was used to identify students. According to Director of Community Standards Kevin Kraft, video evidence is sometimes used in dealing with student breaches of the university code of conduct and other internal, non-criminal investigations. Tufts has been using video surveillance since , when it spearheaded a program to improve the video security on all three campuses.
Students at Tufts University who are used to running around naked have now been stripped of the tradition. Tufts University President Lawrence Bacow decided on March 14 to cancel the annual Naked Quad Run because of safety concerns and the inability to manage the event, according to an article published in The Tufts Daily on March The university cannot allow a student to die from the tradition and had to stop the run before that happened, Bacow said in the article. The Naked Quad Run marked the end of fall semester classes and the start of the reading period and finals, when Tufts students — typically nude — ran around the residential quad in the late night hours, said Kim Thurler, director of public relations for Tufts. The run usually lasts about an hour. The official name of the university-sanctioned portion of the event is called the Nighttime Quad Reception, according to the Naked Quad Run Facebook page.
After decades of Tufts University students running naked, a nude tradition has ended after Tufts President Lawrence Bacow announced Monday he would end the decades long saga of the Naked Quad Run. The only question is whether a student has to die first. We cannot allow this to happen, and the Naked Quad Run will not continue. In , Bacow said he had his first encounter with the annual event, reportedly begun in the s by male students and joined by female students in the s. I was persuaded otherwise by students and alumni who argued that the run was a cherished tradition at Tufts and that it could be managed to make it safe.
I mention that because I find it terribly interesting that Fitzgerald seems comfortable snarking at our web policies while lacking enough savvy to link to the story on the WickedLocal. Dan Kennedy, a generally reasonable, savvy and experienced media commentator and journalism professor in Boston is more pointed in his criticism seemingly calling me out along the way to weigh in myself, which is fine by me. How do we know? The run is pre-D. We spend way too much time on he-said, she-said local political scandals and deadly dull town council meetings and not enough time really showing what people in our communities are doing.