To safeguard the health and well-being of our entire community, let’s approach the challenges of this academic year together. All members of the MIT community who come to campus must follow the guidance and processes outlined in Health & Testing and Campus Access.


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MIT is currently in Phase 2 of the research ramp-up. Plans to move laboratory facilities to 50 percent capacity, per Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidance, were announced July 17, 2020. Additional guidance allowing for office space use at up to 50 percent capacity was released on August 18. MIT maintains the policy that every MIT staff member who can work successfully from home will need to continue doing so. All plans to use laboratory or office space, or to get access to offices to pick up materials needed at home, must be approved by the DLC. For detailed guidance and planning information, see Covid-19 related information for the MIT research community.

Access to campus buildings during the research ramp-up is controlled by Covid Pass via the Covid Access System, both part of MIT’s Covid-19 Response System (MCRS).

Guidance to restart direct person-to-person human subject research was released on September 11, 2020. All requests to restart human subject research must be submitted through COUHES Connect and must be approved by COUHES before restarting. Please note that COUHES approval is necessary but not sufficient for the resumption of human subject research; additional policies may also apply.

In order to maintain low building density and to allow faculty, staff, postdocs, and students to have increased capacity to campus as safely as possible, visitor access to campus will be significantly limited and discouraged through the end of calendar year 2020. See the research visitor guidelines for the latest information.

MIT has extended the suspension of MIT-related international travel for students, faculty, postdocs, and staff until further notice. MIT-related domestic travel also remains suspended for most travelers. See the MIT travel policy for more information.