Update effective: March 14, 2022

Events are allowed and welcomed on and off campus.

NOTE: Effective immediately, the use of the Tim Tickets system is optional for all MIT-sponsored events. However, Tim Tickets are required for visitors and event attendees who require unescorted campus access.


In order to access MIT’s campus and MIT-sponsored events via the Tim Tickets system (MIT’s visitor pass system), invited visitors and event attendees must provide contact information and attest to being up to date with their vaccination against Covid-19, including a booster shot for eligible individuals, or having a religious belief or medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine.

All other campus visitors and attendees of MIT-sponsored events are strongly encouraged to be up to date with their vaccination against Covid-19 unless they have a religious or medical exemption.

General policies

Events must follow Institute rules and protocols. Please note that:

  • Face coverings are optional for all attendees of indoor events.
  • Food and drinks are allowed – and may be provided and consumed – at MIT-sponsored events and meetings, including gatherings held on and off campus. For more information about food and drinks at MIT-sponsored events and programs, see the guidance on eating indoors and FAQs for Event Planners.
  • Children under 12 years of age may visit MIT’s campus and attend MIT events but must be either accompanied by a parent or guardian or participating in a registered MIT K-12 program. Please see MIT’s policies on K-12 students and programs for more details on programs and events involving minors.

See also additional resources for event planners.

Events must also follow pre-Covid event requirements, including any registration requirements. Events held in specific spaces (residence halls, CAC-managed, Samberg, etc.) or by certain groups (FSILGs, student organizations) may be subject to additional rules or requirements. Please check with the appropriate entity to determine what other rules may apply.

Events organized by external groups must follow MIT Policies and Procedures and be sponsored by recognized student groups or faculty and staff with departmental approval.

Tim Tickets for events

Tim Tickets, MIT’s visitor pass system, allows event organizers to invite event attendees to an MIT-sponsored event and issue them a digital pass referred to as a “ticket”.

Use of the Tim Tickets system is optional for all indoor and outdoor events, including indoor and outdoor K-12 programs.

Any MIT current MIT employee can issue a Tim Ticket to an invited visitor who does not have an MIT ID and Kerberos account, using the Tim Tickets feature in the MIT Atlas mobile application (available for iOS 13+ and Android 7+) or via the Tim Tickets visitor administration website.

In order to be issued a Tim Ticket, event attendees and visitors who are not in Covid Pass must:

  • Provide their contact information (name, phone number/email address).
  • Accept MIT guidelines for campus access and agree to adhere to MIT rules/protocols.
  • Submit a daily health attestation.
  • Attest that their Covid-19 vaccines are up to date (including boosters) or that they have a religious belief or medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine.

Event attendees and authorized visitors will be given a QR code that grants access to MIT buildings and/or events.

Additional resources

If you have questions about events, or any other Covid-related policies, please email covidapps-help@mit.edu.