The Data Behind Being TEMS-ed

TEMS-ed (v.) — to receive medical attention from Tufts Emergency Medical Services

How much do you really know about TEMS? How much of that knowledge is accurate? TEMS has a mystified reputation on campus, and there are so many things that are unclear about the organization to the Tufts community. For example, let’s look at the Good Samaritan or Medical Amnesty Policies — how many of us can truly say that completely understand them? Furthermore, how many of us can say that we trust and believe in them?

Through this project, we sought to answer two questions: first, what are the general opinions regarding TEMS on the Tufts campus? Finally, what are some common misconceptions regarding TEMS, and how can we remedy this confusion?

Our Survey

We created a 19 question survey and received 125 responses. Our optional, anonymous survey emphasized  that participants were not required to answer any questions that they were not comfortable with, and the survey aimed to gather information about participants’ opinions on all things TEMS-related as well as actual TEMS incidents. Below are the results from our survey:

Tufts’ Policy

In order to address common misconceptions regarding TEMS, we created these infographics and met with Dean of Judicial Affairs Mickey Toogood to gain information.

What do you think about the results from people’s alcohol experiences? Is there something about the alcohol policy that you didn’t know about before this article? How would you describe your experience with TEMS?

Comment below with your thoughts on TEMS or Tufts’ alcohol policy along with any suggestions you have to expand on our research in this topic!

Research, analysis, and infographics contributed by Stephanie Wong, Kate Zheng, and Andrew Jefferies


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Calvin Liang is a junior majoring in Engineering Psychology and minoring in Computer Science. He can be reached at