Updated April 15, 2021

MIT is closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 situation and taking action to protect the health and wellbeing of MIT students, faculty, and staff, as well as our neighboring communities. Below are updated policies for graduate students that have been guided by MIT Medical and the Institute’s Emergency Management Team, and reviewed by graduate Heads of House, GSC members, and other campus partners.  MIT will continue to make policy adjustments and implement additional measures as necessary. Any updates to housing policies will be posted to this webpage.

We're in this together.

MIT encourages students to be attentive to building good communications with others who live near them, who are in the same lab, or with whom they share classes. If students are concerned about the behaviors of other students relative to COVID-19 and health risks, they can report this information through the COVID-19 Public Health Concern Report Form. Concerns about the behaviors of non-student members relative to COVID-19 and health risks may be reported to the MIT Hotline.

COVID-19 Student Policies

Students, and all other authorized occupants of MIT housing (i.e. student’s spouse, partner or children, postdocs) and FSILG pilot houses, must comply with all MIT policies and instructions adopted in response to COVID-19 concerning access to buildings and campus locations. These may include limiting access to certain buildings via designated entrances and exits, scanning of the MIT ID at designated access points, and signing in and out when reporting to or leaving campus buildings. Where a building has a designated entrance or exit, students must not enter or exit (or allow anyone else to enter or exit) the building through any other entrance or exit. In order to access MIT campus buildings, you must complete your daily health attestation and scheduled COVID-19 testing as described below.  

PLEASE NOTE:  All on-campus and FSILG pilot house residents are required to complete a daily health attestation through Covid Pass, even if they do not leave their residence hall or FSILG on a given day.  Failure to complete daily health attestation is considered noncompliance with COVID-19 student policies and may result in disciplinary action.

In the unlikely event of a fire or other need for a building evacuation, regular evacuation procedures that you have learned during fire drill procedures, including some of those listed below, remain in place. However, due to the need to maintain physical distancing, it may not be possible to gather together in the designated assembly area for your building.  It is most important that you move away from the building and remain at least 6 feet away from each other in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.  Please observe the following building evacuation procedure:

  1. Select the nearest exit
  2. Please wear your face covering (everyone)
  3. Do not take the elevator
  4. Activate the manual fire alarm if not already sounding
  5. Travel along the right-hand side of corridors and stairwells
  6. If you were unable to grab a mask, turn away from others passing to limit exposure.
  7. If possible, direct yourself to the designated assembly locations* for your building (indoor or outdoor), and away from fire lanes. If the space is too crowded, please move away and maintain at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other residents.
  8. As others begin to gather, please observe 6 feet (2 meters) physical distancing.
  9. Do not stand in front of the building entrance.  Firefighters require easy access to the building.
  10. If there is inclement weather, take shelter in nearby buildings wherever possible and maintain proper distance.
  11. Once the Cambridge or Boston Fire Department or MIT housing staff give the ‘all clear,’ you may return to your room, while continuing to keep 6 feet (2 meters) away from other residents.

*Assembly locations are reported on the Emergency Evacuation Plan posted on each floor next to elevators and stairs.

In an effort to maintain physical distancing, avoid taking the elevator to return to your room. If you have any questions about evacuation procedures, please do not hesitate to contact Division of Student Life (DSL) Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Program Manager, Alice Ursella, via e-mail at or via phone at (617) 253-4257 or the EHS Office at (617) 452-3477. Students living in the FSILG pilot houses should contact their Pilot Planning Team for questions about evacuation procedures. 

It is required that all students adhere to these policies as well as any other MIT COVID-19 policies.  Doing so is important not only for your own wellbeing, but for the safety and wellbeing of those around you—other students, faculty, staff, and our Cambridge-area neighbors, especially those who are elderly, immune-compromised, or otherwise vulnerable to COVID-19. Failure to comply with these policies may result in a referral to the Committee on Discipline.  MIT reserves the right to take interim measures—including immediate removal from Institute-approved housing—to protect MIT and surrounding community members.

  • The Committee on Discipline (COD) has authorized the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS) to use an expedited process to resolve suspected COVID-19 policy violations.  Please visit the OSCCS website for additional information and view this helpful document which summarizes the expedited process. 

In addition to these COVID-19 policies, the Mind and Hand Book is MIT’s guide for student conduct and behavior. The handbook contains standards, guidelines, regulations, and procedures pertaining to academic integrity and non-academic behavior, and policies for all undergraduate and graduate students. Specific information about other housing policies is available on the Housing & Residential Services website.  In the event of any inconsistency between the Mind and Hand Book and these COVID-19 policies, the COVID-19 policies govern.

The health, safety, and general welfare of MIT students are of the utmost concern to the Institute. MIT recognizes that there may be circumstances in which the potential for disciplinary action for violations of Covid-19 Student Life policies could act as a barrier to students who want to seek critical assistance for themselves or others and/or report an incident involving a serious violation of Institute policy.

In instances where students may have violated Covid-19 student policies (Graduate | Undergraduate) related to another incident they wish to report or seek assistance for, the following apply:

  • If a student seeks medical attention for themselves or other(s) for an alcohol or prohibited substance-related medical emergency, MIT will apply the Good Samaritan Amnesty Policy and will also treat the violation of Covid-19 policies primarily as a health and safety matter, not as a disciplinary incident.
  • If a student reports or files a complaint or otherwise participates in the investigation or resolution (other than as a respondent) of serious violations of Institute policy (for example instances of sexual misconduct, hazing, possession of weapons or dangerous objects, etc.), MIT will not pursue disciplinary action against the student for violation of any Covid-19 Student Life policies.
  • If a student self-reports their own behavior that violates  Covid-19 policies to MIT Medical, the information is protected by HIPPA and will not be shared with the Committee on Discipline for disciplinary action. This includes contact tracing.

Students or student organizations who call for help or report violations under this policy may still be required to comply with wellness follow-up, including, but not limited to: educational requirements, guidance by medical or public health officials, and quarantine and self-isolation.

This statement of amnesty applies to violations of Covid-19 Student Life policies but does not preclude MIT from taking disciplinary action to address other serious or flagrant violations of MIT policy including, but not limited to, violence, sexual assault, harassment, serious property damage, hazing, or the manufacture, sale, or distribution of prohibited substances. It also cannot preclude or prevent action by police or other legal authorities. In cases where there have been other violations of Institute policy, calling for assistance for an individual in need of help may be considered a mitigating factor in any disciplinary process arising out of such violations.

Using COVID Pass, students must complete a health screening questionnaire each day to determine whether they have symptoms that may be associated with COVID-19 as established by the CDC. In addition, students will be asked to attest that within the past fourteen (14) days, they have not tested positive for COVID-19, and are not aware of coming into close contact with anyone who they know has COVID-19 symptoms or who has had a positive test for COVID-19.

Requirements when arriving or returning to campus.

Students are required to complete a SARS-CoV-2 test to be administered by MIT Medical when coming to campus or moving into a residence hall or one of the FSILG pilot houses. Students who do not complete this test at the time of move-in will be denied access to campus buildings, including their residence, unless provisional access is granted by Housing & Residential Services (i.e. a student arriving when surveillance testing is not available) or the FSILG Office.  Students will need to quarantine until their second negative test, taken seven days later, comes back negative (graduate students are encouraged to review guidance about vacation time and quarantine). 

Requirements to maintain access to campus

Students will also be required to comply with MIT’s COVID-19 testing expectations while living in Institute-approved housing or accessing campus facilities during the spring semester, as well as undergo additional viral testing as directed by MIT.  All residents of Institute-approved housing (students/spouses/partners) are required to test twice-per-week on either a consistent Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday schedule. 

If possible, use stairs rather than sharing an elevator.  When using an elevator, observe posted occupancy limits, avoid talking, stand as far apart as possible and face the doors.

If you have not done so already, please verify the emergency contact information you provided to the Institute. Review and, if necessary, edit your emergency contact information, as well as your term and home address, within WebSIS.

Anyone with a Kerberos ID and cell phone registered with Duo is automatically added to the MIT Alert system, which is used to send advisories and critical notifications associated with COVID-19.  Students are encouraged to also update their preferred email and phone number in the MIT Alert system to ensure notifications are also sent to that email and phone number. Community members who do not have a Kerberos ID or cell phone number in the Duo system should follow this link to register for MIT Alert notifications.

All events and parties within residence halls and FSILGs are prohibited until further notice. Additionally, MIT students are not permitted to organize or to attend events or parties off campus until further notice. Our biggest concern is students holding events and parties like the ones we read about in the news that have shut down other colleges and universities and undermined the wellbeing of thousands of community members. Boston mayor Marty Walsh said it succinctly: “Do not have parties.” 

The goal of these policies is to limit the spread of Covid-19. MIT has taken a conservative approach to the campus spring ramp-up by limiting access to campus, requiring daily attestations and regular testing for those who have access, and restricting interactions and the size of gatherings. While inconvenient, these policies are informed by science and public health guidance. For more information about risk factors that impact the spread of the virus, see these brief articles from MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS).

These policies will be revisited on an ongoing basis and will be adjusted as needed to reflect current public health guidance and conditions.


Students should apply good judgment and common sense when considering their social interactions. Factors that influence how Covid spreads include the number of contacts one has with others; the duration of time spent in the presence of others; the behavior of others (e.g., wearing face-coverings, physical distancing, personal hygiene), the size of a gathering; the location (e.g., indoors vs. outdoors); the ventilation and capacity of a space; and space cleaning. Whether one lives on- or off-campus, there are ways students may connect socially in a safe manner (see examples below). However, events and parties are prohibited by this policy. 

Examples of acceptable social connections that are not events or parties:

A small circle of close friends, who socialize only with each other and who limit their interactions outside of the group, is generally safer than interacting with a broader group of people. The idea behind forming a small group of no more than six people is that people can relax adhering to physical distancing or wearing a face-covering when in the presence of those in the group. All members of the group agree to abide by an honor system whereby they will take several precautions, including limiting their interactions with others. See MIT’s IDSS analysis of pods for more information. 

  • Residential undergraduate students may form a pod in their residence hall (see Covid-19 Residential Pod Program). As a reminder, undergraduate pods participating in MIT’s testing protocol are strongly encouraged to maintain the integrity of their pod, and as such, socializing with friends outside of their pod is discouraged.
    • Undergraduates living in Site 4 or in the FSILG pilot houses can form pods. Note that the pod protocols may vary slightly from undergraduate residence halls. Students should contact Housing and Residential Life (Site 4) or the FSILG Office for more information. Residential graduate students are encouraged to review the graduate residence hall guest policy for additional information about guests and visitors. 
  • Off campus students may maintain a small group of friends. See MIT’s IDSS analysis of pods for more information.  Off-campus students are permitted to socialize in groups of 10 outdoors and six (6) individuals indoors; ideally, these indoor groups should remain intact and not involve different people or a rotation of different people under the limit.
  • Non-local off-campus students should follow the appropriate guidance and laws of their town, state, or country of residence for safe social connections. 

Students who live on- or off-campus may take a walk or engage in fitness activities outside in pairs or with small groups of friends unless quarantining or in isolation. Other examples of ways students can interact safely is by having a picnic or enjoying a coffee in an outdoor space with a few friends. 

Students may attend religious or family gatherings that are in compliance with state and local guidelines.  Students may also attend off-campus gyms or participate in recreational fitness activities that are in compliance with state and local guidelines. 

Students are able to meet in groups of 10 outdoors on campus [see the section “Outdoor Common Space” below].

Students with authorized access to residence halls or FSILG pilot houses can use pre-approved space as determined by Housing & Residential Services and the House Team or their FSILG Pilot Planning Team [see the section “Indoor  Common Space” below].  

Summary Chart:

Student status

Outdoor @MIT

Inside Residence Halls

Off campus

Residential undergraduates and students living in the FSILG pilot houses. 

  • Outdoor MIT space <10 per circle                                       
  • Outdoor designated West Campus space <10 per circle        
  • Outdoor residential space <10 per circle
  • No more than 25 total in any outdoor space.                                           
  • Designated spaces w/pods (<6 or max space capacity in residence hall)
  • Open common spaces up to posted capacity limit: Check with house teams or FSILG Pilot Planning Team

Not permitted to host or attend events or parties off campus

Residential graduate students

  • Outdoor MIT space <10 per circle                                       
  • Outdoor designated West Campus space <10 per circle       
  • Outdoor residential space <10 per circle
  • No more than 25 total in any outdoor space.                     
  • 2 guests can be on your guest list. Guests must live in other graduate residence halls. One guest can visit at a time in your apartment/room.               
  • Open, reservable designated spaces: Check with house teams.                                     

Not permitted to host or attend events or parties off campus

Off-Campus graduate students with Covid Pass-approved access to campus

Outdoor MIT space <10 per circle

No more than 25 total in any outdoor space.

No access to residence halls or FSILGs.

Not permitted to host or attend events or parties off campus

See guidance above for safe social connections

Off-Campus local students without Covid Pass-approved access to campus

No access to campus

No access to campus or FSILGs

Not permitted to host or attend events or parties off campus

See guidance above for safe social connections

MIT requires the use of face coverings while on campus or in one of the FSILG pilot houses, including in common areas and public spaces, and anytime you are around other people outside of your pod.  Disposable masks must only be worn for one day and then disposed of in the trash.

It is important to note that face coverings are used to protect others because you may be infected and asymptomatic.  Reports indicate that a significant number of individuals who are infected remain asymptomatic and COVID-19 is mainly transmitted from one person to another through respiratory droplets.  Use of face coverings, in combination with physical distancing and good hygiene, is a public health measure intended to reduce this community-based transmission pathway.  On the basis of published test data, bandanas are not acceptable face coverings because of unacceptably low protection.  

Face coverings will be provided to students upon residence hall or FSILG pilot house check-in.

Limited exceptions to this requirement include:

  • If it is after Quarantine Week "Q-Week" and you are a member of a pod in a designated space for studying or gathering (undergraduate houses or FSILG pilot houses only)
  • When communicating with a hearing-impaired person, who needs your mouth to be visible
  • Anyone with a disability or medical condition for whom wearing a face covering is not recommended by their healthcare professional*
  • When consuming food or drink
  • When you are alone in a private office or personal space with a closed door.

Please review the PPE policy statement for guidelines and best practices.

Residents should also abide by and be aware of guidance from the City of Cambridge (or guidance from the cities/towns where they live), and Massachusetts laws* regarding face coverings when in those areas. For certain city/town orders, those who violate may be subject to fines by the city.  Within the City of Cambridge, the following guidance regarding the City's face covering policy has been provided by the Director of Environmental Health at Cambridge Public Health Department regarding eating and/or drinking in outdoor residential spaces:

"Eating and drinking requires flexibility and it is expected that staff and students will pull down their masks during meals. The provision related to multi-use housing and workplace both allow for eating and drinking as exempt activities."  

Consistent with guidelines from public health agencies and state and local guidelines, MIT recognizes there may be limited circumstances in which exceptions to wearing a face covering may be necessary and appropriate. If a student believes they are unable to wear a face mask or covering due to a disability or health condition, they may request an accommodation through the Disability and Access Services Office and an individualized assessment will be made. Decisions will be made in conjunction with the student’s health care provider and MIT Medical, taking into account both the student’s needs and the risk to the community.  Requests that are deemed by MIT to create a risk to the campus community will not be approved.

MIT will work diligently to review these requests in a timely manner, but students may need to delay access to certain areas while requests are reviewed.  If the request for an exemption to the wearing of a face covering is approved, access to certain areas/activities on campus may remain restricted.

*NOTE: Face coverings are required in all public spaces across Massachusetts, even if you are able to maintain six feet of physical distance from others, which is similar to the policy already in effect within the City of Cambridge.  While our current COVID-19 policies already require face coverings in all residential common spaces and public areas of campus, please make sure you’re wearing a face covering in all other public areas (on and off campus), regardless of physical distancing.  Failure to comply may result in a fine from Massachusetts of up to $300 and potential disciplinary action by the Institute.

This policy also applies to individuals, couples, and families living in graduate residence halls, including students, postdocs, and visiting students/researchers. It also applies to Graduate Resident Advisors living in undergraduate residence halls.

The guest policy is informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on individual interactions: “the more people an individual interacts with…, and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading.” The policy is designed to reduce risk, but also to allow residents of graduate housing to connect socially with a small circle of close friends and significant others. It is the responsibility of all residents to follow this policy and demonstrate care for the wellbeing of roommates, other residents, and members of the MIT community.

At all times residents are expected to use good judgment and make reasonable decisions about the number of guests who will be in their room or apartment. Residents are expected to talk to their roommate(s) about when they will each have guests, for how long guests will visit, and which space(s) in the apartment/suite will be used.

The graduate residence hall guest policy will be reviewed and adjusted as needed to reflect current public health guidance and conditions.

The following policy is in place, effective April 15, 2021:

General Policy



Residents in Graduate Housing for Single Students (“Singles”)

Residents in Graduate Family Housing

Resident Couples in Single or Family Graduate Housing

On your list

Single residents may have up to two (2) people on their guest list. Both guests may visit at the same time. All guests  must be in Covid Pass with access to campus.

Graduate families living in Site 4 or Westgate who have children living with them may have two (2) other families on their guest list. Only one (1) family may visit at a time. Children do not need to be in Covid Pass to visit. Adults visiting must be in Covid Pass with access to campus.

Graduate resident couples may have two (2) other couples on their guest list or two (2) individuals. Only one (1) couple may visit at a time. Both individuals may visit at the same time. All guests  must be in Covid Pass with access to campus.



  • All guests must be MIT graduate students or postdocs who are residents living in Institute-approved housing, or be graduate students, postdocs, or staff who reside off-campus and who are in Covid Pass and have been granted access to campus buildings.  CovidPass users who only have access to test at MIT Covid testing sites are not eligible to be on a guest list. 
  • To be eligible to be included on a resident’s guest list, guests must be in full-compliance with MIT Covid health and testing policies.


  • Residents may have two (2) guests on their guest list, who meet the above criteria, and both guests may visit at the same time. Guest lists do not have to be mutual.
  • Graduate resident families living in Site 4 or Westgate who have children living with them may have two (2) other families on their guest list. Only one (1) family may visit at a time. Children do not need to be in Covid Pass to visit; adults visiting must be in Covid Pass with access to campus buildings.
  • Graduate resident couples may have two (2) other couples on their guest list or two (2) individuals, who meet the above criteria. Only one (1) couple may visit at a time. Both individuals may visit at the same time.
  • Residents may have two (2) in-house visitors (other residents in the same building) at a time who are not on their guest list. In-house visitors may visit at the same time or one (1) in-house visitor may visit with one (1) of the guests on a guest list.
  • Undergraduate students cannot be included on a graduate resident’s guest list.


  • Graduate residents and their guests may access the residence hall courtyards, roof decks, and other outdoor spaces when house-specific plans are in place that meet Institute guidance. Guidance for developing house-specific protocols for use of residential outdoor spaces will be shared with heads of house. All residents and their guests must follow all physical distancing and face covering requirements.  

Guest lists are maintained by Housing & Residential Services (HRS). Residents who are on a guest list must be active in COVID Pass and be fully compliant with all COVID Pass requirements. Resident hosts must be up-to-date with all COVID Pass requirements to be eligible to host guests.

guest registration form  

Guests must wear a face covering and practice physical distancing in all residence hall common spaces (e.g. while walking to the resident’s apartment) and in common areas of apartments/suites. Residents and guests are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing when visiting in the resident’s room.

Resident hosts and guests are encouraged to visit outdoors whenever possible and as weather permits. If indoors, resident hosts and guests may only visit in the resident’s apartment/suite/room and not in indoor common spaces.

Daytime Guests

Residents may have daytime guests on their guest list visit between 9:00am and 11:00pm. House teams, in consultation with House governments, may choose to shorten these hours as needed or establish more restrictive guest requirements. In-house policies may not be less restrictive.

Overnight Guests

Overnight guests are permitted if they are listed on a resident’s guest list. In a multi-occupant unit, roommates are expected to coordinate overnight guests. In accordance with standard MIT residential policies, residents may not have overnight guests for more than three nights in a seven-day period.

Some residence halls may have an overnight guest policy that may be more restrictive. It is the resident's obligation to check with the House Team (Heads of House, House Operations Manager) to determine if house-specific protocols exist, and to abide by all applicable policies. Residents must obtain, in advance, the permission of all students of the room/suite in which the overnight guest is visiting or staying. Consideration should be given to the reasonable expectations of a roommate(s) at all times.

Guest Check-In

Upon arrival, guests must immediately visit the house desk to:

  • Show the desk staff their COVID-Pass status indicating compliance with all requirements;
  • Sign-in, including name, phone, arrival time, and anticipated departure time;
  • Be met by the resident host at the desk and escorted to their destination;
  • Be escorted to the desk and main exit by the resident host to sign-out before departure; and
  • Sign-out upon departure.

Resident hosts are expected to present their COVID Pass status (i.e. on a smartphone) to front desk staff to verify compliance with COVID Pass requirements during the guest check-in process. 

Desk staff will note guests who do not sign out and the house team or the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS) will follow up with the resident host. As needed, guest logs will be used for contact tracing. Information about the guest policy, logistics, and expectations will be available through the desk staff and the house team.

Amending a Guest List

A resident can amend their guest list once every three (3) weeks, but must wait one (1) week to establish a new list of up to two (2) guests. Details about how to amend the names of individuals listed as guests will be provided by Housing and Residential Services (HRS).  To minimize contacts across social groups, residents should think carefully about who they want to place on their guest list. It is also encouraged that guest lists be mutual among friends and significant others.

guest change form  

Graduate Family Extended Guest Protocol (Westgate and Site 4)

An extended guest exception may be requested if a graduate student family is in need of emergency support from a family member. (e.g. following the birth of a child).  An extended guest must be a family member who is not a dependent of the resident and who wishes to stay in the residence for longer than three consecutive days in a seven-day period (current overnight guest policy).

Extended guests may stay in residence up to 14 days with approval from the Associate Dean for Graduate Residential Life. A graduate family can request to have up to two (2) extended guests visit at the same time and may make one (1) extended-guest request during a calendar year.

The following expectations apply:

  • Extended guests must be registered and approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Residential Life. Graduate families must contact Associate Dean Naomi Carton via e-mail to request an extended guest.
  • Extended guests must acknowledge MIT policies and residence hall expectations and agree to abide by them.
  • Extended guests must have taken a COVID-19 test with a negative result within a week before arrival. If the guest is unable to get a test for COVID-19, before arrival, or does not have access to COVID-19 testing, upon arrival, the guest must self-quarantine and stay away from others in the residence hall (other than their host) for the duration of their stay or until they get a negative test result.
  • Guests staying overnight for one week or more need to get a COVID-19 test at least once a week during the visit. Tests are taken at the guest’s expense and cannot be provided at MIT Medical.
  • Residents are responsible for their guest and any damage caused by the guest will be billed to the resident.
  • Guests must sleep in the host’s apartment. Guests are prohibited from sleeping in common spaces or other public spaces.
  • Extended-stay guests will not be provided keys or temporary IDs to access the residence hall and are expected to stay with their host.
  • Violations of the extended guest policy may result in a range of actions, including removal of an extended guest from campus housing.

Exceptions to the Graduate Resident Guest Policy

Exceptions to the graduate student guest policy are permitted for the reasons noted below:

  • Pre-approved friends or family members who are helping residents move in or out of on-campus housing; and
  • Childcare or healthcare providers who need to access graduate students’ Site 4 or Westgate apartments during working hours to provide essential support for graduate students’ health or wellbeing, or who allow graduate students to continue their research or teaching duties.

Graduate residents must contact Associate Dean Naomi Carton via e-mail to request an exception.

Health Monitoring

MIT may seek to perform additional health monitoring of students, including, for example, taking the temperature of students, if MIT determines that such measures are prudent to maintain a safe campus environment.

Privacy and Disclosure of Health Information

MIT will take appropriate measures to ensure the confidential and private nature of the diagnostic testing and health monitoring information it obtains from students. MIT (including MIT Medical) may, however, share the testing results and health monitoring information with certain MIT community members who have a legitimate need to know this information, including those with whom a student may have been in close contact.

All community members are required to have their ID visible at all times when accessing campus spaces. Students and residents living on campus are not required to wear their ID when inside their residence hall.

Residents may enter their residence hall by tapping their valid MIT ID. It is a resident’s responsibility to ensure that visitors do not follow them inside.

Per the Proper Use of MIT ID Policy, ID sharing is prohibited.

Use of indoor common space, including lounges, kitchens, gyms, music rooms, and dining halls is restricted. Protocols on the use of residence hall common spaces are developed at the house level, but the facilities will remain closed until the protocols are approved (see below).

In working with Housing & Residential Services and their house team, residents are permitted to reserve spaces in their hall that have been designated for use. Each house is required to review the occupancy limits, ventilation, and other factors for their indoor spaces before determining which house spaces may be open for student use, and in what capacity and at what occupancy level. For more information on how students may use indoor spaces within the house, students should consult their house team. Occupancy of designated spaces may not exceed the size of gatherings permitted indoors by the Institute.

Kitchens in Graduate Houses: 

Floor kitchens in graduate residence halls are closed, unless permitted under the following circumstances: floor kitchens may only be used by those students who do not have their own in-unit kitchens (i.e. residents of single rooms in 70 Amherst and 3-bedroom suites in Ashdown). Posted capacity limits must be observed. Kitchen utensils must be cleaned thoroughly after use, and all surfaces must be wiped down. House Operations Managers will ensure that proper cleaning supplies are available.

Open common spaces: Individuals may occupy open indoor common spaces according to the appropriate capacity for each approved space. Residents are required to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing.

Please follow all posted regulations in the laundry room and practice physical distancing while doing laundry in the laundry room, leaving six feet between you and others.

Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. To help keep clothes free of germs, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting and dry your clothes completely. For more information about environmental cleaning and disinfecting, visit the CDC’s website.

Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, or who come into close contact with someone they know has tested positive for COVID-19, must stay in their room, suite, or apartment and immediately notify MIT Medical [], and await further instructions.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 need to isolate in their room, suite, apartment or an identified space that they will be moved to until they are cleared by MIT Medical and cannot leave the room, suite, apartment, or other isolation space unless they are advised to by MIT Medical.  MIT ID card access will be turned off for at least 10 days for positive individuals, or until MIT Medical provides clearance. Students must cooperate with MIT Medical for all activities necessary to rapidly identify those with whom they may have had close contact, and follow any directions by MIT Medical, the Division of Student Life, or public health authorities to quarantine or isolate in their suite or apartment or a temporary alternative on-campus living space arranged by the Institute. If a positive student is asked to go to MIT Medical because they are ill, they need to email their head of house and copy so that they can regain entry to their residence hall upon their return. FSILG pilot students should email the FSILG Office at and copy

Students who are determined to be a “close contact” of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 need to quarantine in their room, suite, or apartment until they are cleared by MIT Medical. Their MIT ID card access will be turned off for at least 14 days or until MIT Medical provides clearance. If a student in quarantine is asked to go to MIT Medical for an appointment, they need to email their head of house and copy so that they can regain entry to their residence hall after their appointment. FSILG pilot students should email the FSILG Office at and copy

Special Note for Graduate Students: Graduate students are encouraged to review guidance about vacation time and quarantine.

In general, it is recommended that outdoor spaces be places where students can connect safely. Students in MIT residence halls may access their residence hall courtyards, roof decks, and other outdoor spaces when house-specific plans are in place that meet Institute guidance. Guidance for developing house-specific protocols for use of residential outdoor spaces will be shared with heads of house. 

Undergraduate houses and FSILG pilot houses may open outdoor spaces (if applicable) on or after February 22, 2021, when quarantine week has ended. Graduate houses may open when ready.

Posted occupancy limits must be observed for the entire space, and residents may only socialize in groups of 10 or fewer within the space. Face coverings may be removed when outdoors, however all residents are required to follow physical distancing requirements.

There are also designated outdoor spaces on West Campus for gatherings of 10 or fewer resident students and house team members. House Teams and residents may reserve the West Campus spaces through the CAC. At this time, non-residential students with access to campus are not permitted to use designated outdoor spaces for resident student use.

Physical distancing and face covering guidelines must be met and posted occupancy limits must be observed.

MIT Medical advises all community members to practice enhanced personal hygiene habits and to practice physical distancing. You should make every effort to avoid contact with others. An article that shares more information about physical distancing may be found here.

With the re-opening of the residential community playgrounds, updated playground policies have been developed that are based upon public health guidance to prevent potential exposure to COVID-19 and to reduce risks to residents.  These updated policies, which are presented in this brief video, are in addition to the preexisting playground policies already in effect.

  1. Only members of the immediate residential community are allowed to use the playground area.
  2. All playground visitors must wear face coverings while using the outdoor playground space.
  3. Families at the playground must observe physical distancing practices of at least 6-feet of separation.
  4. The playground capacity is limited to 6-8 families at a time unless otherwise posted.
  5. No toys are allowed within the playground area (existing toys have already been removed).
  6. Please do not leave any of your personal belongings in the playground or common areas.
  7. Please observe enhanced personal hygiene practices such as washing hands and using hand sanitizer which is available at entryways and exits.
  8. Children and adults who feel sick or are recovering from an illness may not visit the playground.


MIT has suspended all Institute-sponsored travel, and is strongly discouraging personal international and domestic travel for all community members. Students should adhere to MIT’s guidance on travel as indicated in the MIT COVID-19 Return to Campus FAQ.

Residents of Institute-approved housing and students authorized to access campus who travel outside Massachusetts, even for personal reasons, must register their trip through COVID Travel and follow return to campus protocols.

Graduate students may request a waiver for essential domestic travel from the High-Risk Travel Committee.

Students living on campus are encouraged to stay in the immediate Boston and Cambridge area. If a student leaves Massachusetts, MIT Medical has determined that they will require a COVID-19 test immediately upon return. Students should go to MIT Medical for a test at one of the times when testing is available. They should then quarantine until they receive a negative test result.  Students will be able to access campus buildings once they receive their result.

Residents who have been completely vaccinated for Covid-19, having waited two weeks since their second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or two weeks after their single dose of the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccine — and who do not have symptoms — can return to their residence without quarantining but should still test on their first day back.

Students should stay current with Massachusetts state guidance for travel. Please note that travel guidance and restrictions are subject to change as COVID-19 cases increase or decrease in various parts of the country. Students should always refer to the MIT COVID-19 Return to Campus website for the most up to date guidance.

Student & Resident Campus Agreement

MIT's mission is to advance knowledge and to educate students in science, technology, and other forms of scholarship. Through a residential experience, the Institute is also committed to the development of a welcoming, safe, and inclusive living and learning community, while providing a safe environment for students during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

COVID-19 student policies have been developed and informed by public health guidance. In this era of COVID-19, each of us has a critical role in supporting the health and wellbeing of the entire MIT community. This shared responsibility is particularly significant for our residential community.

To make an informed decision about returning to MIT for the Spring 2021 semester, it is important that all students who are invited to campus to reside in an MIT residence hall or an FSILG pilot house, or to participate in academic and research activities, read, acknowledge, and agree to abide by the COVID-19 policies, as well as general student policies as outlined in the Mind and Hand Book. It is also important to note that these policies may change as MIT receives updated guidance from city, state, and federal agencies, and it is everyone’s responsibility to stay informed of changes to COVID-19 policies.

This agreement applies to students’ partners and spouses and postdocs and their partners and spouses who live in a MIT residence hall or an FSILG pilot house. Students’ and postdocs’ partners and spouses are also required to review and acknowledge the agreement in COVID Pass. 


Students who will live in a MIT residence hall, an FSILG pilot house, and/or be on campus for the Spring 2021 semester are required to read and acknowledge the COVID-19 Student and Resident Campus Agreement in COVID Pass. Students’ spouses and partners who will live in a MIT residence hall or an FSILG pilot house are also required to read and acknowledge the agreement. 

Undergraduate students and graduate students who are coming to campus for the Spring 2021 semester must read and acknowledge the agreement before coming to campus. You will not be able to check-in to your residence hall or FSILG pilot house if this agreement has not been acknowledged.

Reporting concerns: MIT encourages students to be attentive to building good communications with others who live near them, who are in the same lab, or with whom they share classes. If students are concerned about the behaviors of other students relative to COVID-19 and health risks, they can report this information through the COVID-19 Public Health Concern Report Form. Concerns about the behaviors of non-student members relative to COVID-19 and health risks may be reported to the MIT Hotline.

As a MIT student choosing to attend MIT in-person for the Spring 2021 semester:

  • I recognize that my actions will affect other students, faculty, staff, and the MIT community at large. As such, I commit to doing my part to reduce the spread of infection.
  • I will abide by any federal, state, and local public health guidelines, as well as policies, protocols, and guidelines established by the Institute. I recognize that these expectations will likely change, sometimes abruptly and with short notice, and I agree to keep myself current and informed about community and MIT requirements and expectations.
  • I understand that Institute COVID-19 policies, protocols, and guidelines were developed with public health and safety in mind.
  • I will comply with all Institute COVID-19 policies, protocols, and guidelines including student life, residence hall, FSILG, and department expectations, as an essential step in minimizing the spread of COVID-19.


  • I will confirm or update the following information in WebSIS. I understand that if I do not do so, a registration hold will be placed on my account.
    • Emergency contact, phone, e-mail
    • Home Address
    • Term Address
    • Parent/guardian (undergraduates)/family member (graduate students)
    • Cell phone
  • For newly matriculating students: I will submit my completed Medical Report Form to MIT Medical, or a registration hold will be placed on my account.
  • Unless for health reasons the vaccine is contraindicated for me, I have had a flu vaccination, as is required by MIT for all students living in the United States.
  • If I am living in a residence hall, I have signed my Housing License Agreement.
  • If I am living in an FSILG pilot house, I will sign any additional house requirements as needed.


  • I agree to comply with COVID-19 testing requirements, health monitoring practices, and to complete a daily health attestation using COVID Pass.
  • If I live in a residence hall or an FSILG pilot house, I will complete the online education module about COVID-19 and review Institute expectations for access to campus, as indicated in COVID Pass.
  • I am aware of the risks and responsibilities related to COVID-19, including information for those in higher-risk categories.


  • I will prioritize both my safety and the safety of others. I agree to follow protocols to limit exposure for others established by MIT and the Cities of Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline, or by the city or town where I live.
  • If I exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, or come into close contact with someone who I know has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19, I will isolate in my on-campus room, suite, apartment, FSILG pilot house room, or off-campus residence. I will notify MIT Medical via email at or through COVID Pass and await further instructions.  I will also comply with public health and Institute guidelines and instructions. This includes sharing truthful information with contact tracers as requested and following all isolation or quarantine protocols.  Please see COVID-19 Student Amnesty Policy (graduate | undergraduate).   


  • I will wear my MIT ID when on campus.
  • I will follow MIT’s physical distancing expectations in all settings, including residential, classroom, co-curricular, and social environments, both on and off-campus.
  • I will wear a face covering while on campus in accordance with MIT COVID-19 policies, including the student policies. [graduate | undergraduate]
  • I will not provide anyone unauthorized access to MIT buildings.


  • If I live in a residence hall or FSILG pilot house, I will clean my residential space, including (if applicable) the bathroom within my apartment and I will follow MIT’s or my FSILG pilot house’s posted protocols for cleaning.
  • I will practice good hygiene, including thorough and frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer, especially when returning from outside, after using a restroom, and before meals.


  • I will remain in the community where I live, whether in MIT’s Institute-approved housing  or off-campus. If I must travel during the spring semester, I will follow MIT’s COVID-policies and protocols upon return, which may include testing and quarantine. I will register any travel with the COVID Travel.
  • I will develop a personal departure plan so that I am prepared to leave campus quickly if the Institute shuts down due to COVID-19. (undergraduate students only)
  • I understand that I am responsible for preparing for travel and housing arrangements should I need to depart the Institute due to a partial or full COVID-19 campus shutdown.
  • I understand that limited need-based emergency assistance funds will be available.

GUESTS, SECURITY, AND ACCESS (For Students Living in Residence Halls or FSILG Pilot Houses)

  • I will comply with MIT and residence hall and FSILG pilot house guest policies [graduate | undergraduate].
  • ​I will comply with MIT and residence hall and FSILG pilot house policies regarding social gatherings [graduate | undergraduate].
  • I will comply with campus access expectations, including any building access and time-restrictions.
  • I will only access my own residential building and will not access other residence halls or FSILGs.
  • When accessing dining services, I will only dine in my building of residence for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch with the option to dine in W20 for weekday lunches. (MIT meal plan students). If I need accommodation for special dietary needs, I will work with the Office of Disability and Access Services. I will utilize the dining services provided by my FSILG pilot house and work with my FSILG Pilot Planning Team to accommodate special dietary needs (FSILG pilot students).


  • I acknowledge that COVID-19 policies and protocols may change depending on public health and Institute guidance and that I am responsible for reviewing all communications about such changes.
  • If at any point I find I am unable to comply with MIT’s COVID-19 policies, protocols, and guidelines, I will remove myself from campus and complete my semester remotely. I understand that if I do not do this voluntarily, I may be subject to removal from campus and Institute-approved housing if I live in a residence hall or an FSILG pilot house.
  • I understand that failure to comply with the expectations above may result in a referral to the Committee on Discipline. I also understand that interim measures—including immediate removal from MIT’s Instituteapproved housing or a restriction from campus—may also be taken to protect MIT and surrounding community members.