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The following protocols have been put in place to lower the risk of infection on our campus. Here, you’ll find guidelines related to what will be expected of you as a member of our community, and you can also learn what MIT is doing to safeguard overall community health.

Staff, faculty, students, and visitors accessing the MIT Cambridge campus need to complete the required steps outlined in the MIT Covid Pass access management system, which may include a Covid-19 test at MIT Medical and daily health attestations. Learn more about Campus Access.

You are required to wear a face covering outdoors and indoors on campus, in accordance with an amended temporary emergency order issued by Cambridge on September 25, 2020:

  • Starting on October 2, 2020, you must wear a face covering at all times when on or in public places, including sidewalks, streets, parks, plazas, bus stops, non-residential parking lots and garages, and any other outdoor area or non-residential parking facility that is open and accessible to the general public.
  • When you are indoors, wear your face covering in all public places, such as lobbies, hallways, elevators, stairwells, and restrooms.
  • You may temporarily remove your face covering if you are alone in a private office or personal space with a closed door, or if you are in a residence with family members.

Read the MIT PPE policy statement for full details.

Everyone returning to campus and using campus facilities is required to be tested for Covid-19 before returning to work. See the Covid Apps site for the latest information on testing times at MIT Medical.

Learn more about Health & Testing.

The safety of the community depends on each individual’s personal hygiene and adoption of the current Covid-19 related procedures and principles. Each individual will be asked to assume some responsibility for this.

Recommended procedures for individuals include:

  • Washing hands frequently and/or using hand sanitizer.
  • Whenever possible, wiping down high-touch surfaces in your personal workspace.
  • Whenever possible, using cleaning supplies to disinfect any space or equipment you use, particularly high-touch surfaces (i.e., copiers, conference room tables, kitchen equipment).

For details about these and other health and safety protocols, visit the FAQ.

Individuals should be aware of specific protocols for spaces such as elevators, restrooms, and conference rooms:

  • Wear face coverings and be mindful of physical distancing in all indoor spaces, particularly smaller spaces.
  • New maximum occupancy rules are posted on the elevators.
  • Departments, labs, and centers (DLCs) may set occupancy limits for their own spaces (conference rooms, restrooms, break rooms).
  • Whenever possible, individual users should clean shared spaces before and after using the space.

Learn more about MIT cleaning protocols.

All high-touch surfaces (handrails, elevator buttons, door handles, etc.) in all common areas on campus (main corridors, main lobbies, elevators, restrooms) are now cleaned and disinfected twice daily, Monday through Friday, and once on Saturday. Also note that:

  • Additional cleaning is conducted in the Stata student street and the Infinite Corridor throughout the day, Monday through Friday.
  • If an individual in an MIT building is suspected of having Covid-19 (is being tested or is awaiting results) or has been confirmed positive, the Custodial Services team will arrange for a deep cleaning and disinfection of the spaces around the individual’s workstation and/or other spaces in the building as necessary.
  • The Office of the Associate Provost has been in communication with landlords and property managers of leased buildings occupied by MIT staff and has confirmed that they are utilizing enhanced cleaning and hygiene protocols, have established building access and circulation protocols, and have posted signage encouraging healthy practices.

Learn more about MIT cleaning protocols.

MIT provides hand sanitizer at the entrances of MIT buildings. DLCs are responsible for obtaining sanitizer and cleaning supplies and formulating policies for their own areas. Administrative officers and designated staff may obtain supplies from the MIT Covid-19 Store.

Currently, the MIT shuttle vehicles are cleaned once a day using a Covid-19 approved fogging process along with enhanced cleaning procedures. In addition, shuttle drivers clean high-touch surfaces at every shift change.

The Department of Facilities and DLCs have posted signage around campus to encourage healthy practices that comply with city and state Covid-19 guidelines. An online toolkit is available for DLCs to download or order signage.

Administrative officers (AOs) and DLC-authorized individuals may obtain items including face coverings and cleaning supplies from the MIT Covid-19 Store. The supplies are available at no charge to DLCs.

View a list of Covid-19 Store items and details on how to place an order on the VPF site.

The Atlas Service Center is providing most services remotely. In-person I-9 verifications resumed as of June 29; an appointment is necessary. Parking & Transportation staff remain available via the online, email, and phone contacts provided on the Commuter Connections pages and via the Atlas website.

Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD) is available to meet remotely or by phone and is offering virtual programs all semester, including the Virtual Career Fair, currently planned for the week of September 21 – 25.

Visit the CAPD site for more details, and get more information on CAPD resources.

Campus Campus Activities Complex facilities, including Walker Memorial, MIT Chapel, and Religious Activities Center, are currently closed.

MIT Copytech is open for business and available for print requests via their website or email.

Select DAPER outdoor facilities are open, and some indoor facilities will open this fall. The DAPER outdoor facilities are open to members of the MIT community who have been approved to reside or work on campus for the 2020 fall semester. Check-in is required for use of these facilities, which include:

  • Steinbrenner Stadium
  • Roberts Field
  • Sherie and Don (1961) Track
  • Jack Barry Field
  • DuPont Tennis Courts
  • Wood Sailing Pavilion

Visit the DAPER website for more details about hours and access.

TechMart, MIT’s at-cost grocery, will relocate to Lobdell in August. Some retail eateries across campus are expected to be open. These facilities will only be available to community members who are granted access to campus.

Many MITAC vendors are open in a limited capacity; discounted tickets may be purchased online at MITAC’s website and shipped free of charge. Check out MITAC’s upcoming virtual events, K-12 resources, and YouTube archives. As MITAC’s physical ticket offices at the Stata Center and Lincoln Lab remain closed, the MITAC team is available by email Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or you can leave a voicemail at 617-253-7990.

The MIT Federal Credit Union branch at 700 Tech Square is open during regular hours for ATM/VTM usage and by appointment Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

All locations are closed, including 24-hour spaces. The Libraries staff is available remotely to help the community access online resources and services.

MIT Medical has moved away from the Urgent Care and Student Mental Health & Counseling Services walk-in system and is implementing a “call-first” model. Patients must call ahead to schedule a time to be seen, including for Urgent Care and Student Mental Health & Counseling Services.

If you have general questions about these changes, email medical@mit.edu.

If you have questions about an existing appointment or would like to be seen, call MIT Medical at 617-253-4481.

To reach the MIT Police, dial 100 from any campus phone, or call 617-253-1212 from a cell phone or off-campus phone (24 hours a day).

Virtual appointments with the Ombuds Office are available. Email Kalina Schloneger or call 617-253-5921.

All four TCC locations are open. Please review the TCC re-opening FAQ for more information.

Custodial staff remain on campus and will continue to provide services. Requests for additional cleaning beyond the twice-daily protocol can be submitted via Service Requests in Atlas.

If your office has a possible exposure related to Covid-19, please first contact MIT Medical, and then contact Marty O’Brien, senior manager of Campus Services, who can arrange for specialized cleaning services. He can be reached at 617-253-6728, mobrien@mit.edu, or on his cell at 617-593-8997.

Mail Services continues to provide the Institute with all services. Collection times have been limited to once a day, at noontime, Monday – Friday. Visit the Mail Services site for details and a list of limited pickup locations.

Recycling staff are on campus to remove recycling and bulk waste. The team continues to serve academic buildings and residence halls Monday – Friday. Visit the recycling services page for details.

Repair and Maintenance staff continue to conduct scheduled and emergency work on campus. Services may be requested via Atlas Service Requests. Learn more about repairs and installations.

To assist those who will continue commuting to the Cambridge campus, most MIT parking facilities on the Cambridge campus are free of charge and available to all MIT ID cardholders through December 2020. Learn more on the commuter site.

The MBTA is running modified schedules on many of the commuter lines. Visit the MBTA site for details.

Commuter rail and LinkPasses
With the temporary closure of the Atlas Service Center location in E17, passes that are usually picked up at the Center or distributed via interoffice mail will be mailed to home addresses or distributed via house managers.

For details and cancellation procedures, visit the Public Transit page on the commuter site.

Several of the campus shuttle services have transitioned to reduced schedules or have been suspended. For details and updated shuttle schedules, visit the shuttles page on the commuter site and view real-time information on the MIT mobile app.