This page provides information for those living and working on campus, including health and safety protocols, what’s open on campus, and essential services.
- Testing and quarantine protocols for returning to campus after winter break – January 3
- Gloves, face coverings, personal protective equipment (PPE) policy – November 6
- Access to MIT academic and research buildings is only permitted through assigned access points – October 14
- Covid-19 policies on events, parties, and space for students, faculty, and staff – October 13
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.
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.
- 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.
- All students, faculty, and staff living and/or working on campus receive routine testing for Covid-19. If an individual tests positive for Covid-19, MIT Medical conducts contact tracing and will notify both EHS and the Custodial Services team (via Marty O’Brien, senior manager of Campus Services) of any spaces on campus that might require additional cleaning. Deep cleaning and disinfection of specific spaces is arranged if necessary. In most cases, the enhanced daily cleaning of spaces has already occurred and no additional cleaning is required.
- 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 and/or cleaning wipes at key locations across campus, including at the building entrances, near elevators, and in restrooms. 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. If a wipe station in any of the central MIT locations is empty, please contact Facilities Customer Service Center to report the location at 617-253-4948, or submit a service request via Atlas.
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.
The Atlas Service Center is providing most services remotely. In-person I-9 verifications are available by appointment only. View details on the I-9 Process at MIT site. Parking & Transportation staff remain available via the online, email, and phone contacts provided on the Commuter Connections pages and via the Atlas website.
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 collections and services.
Due to Covid-19, MIT Medical has suspended the Urgent Care and Student Mental Health & Counseling Services walk-in system. A “call-first” model has been implemented for Urgent Care (patients must call ahead to schedule a time to be seen). Student Mental Health & Counseling Services are available by telehealth appointments only.
If you have general questions about these changes, email email@example.com.
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).
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. MIT Medical will conduct contact tracing and will notify both EHS and the Custodial Services team (via Marty O’Brien, senior manager of Campus Services) of any spaces on campus that might require additional cleaning. In most cases, the enhanced daily cleaning of spaces has already occurred and no additional cleaning is required. After contacting MIT Medical, any cleaning questions may be directed to Marty O’Brien via email or phone (office: 617-253-6728; cell: 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.
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 March 2021. 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.