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Graduate
Student
Policies

Updated October 28, 2020


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.

Read President Reif's announcement about Fall 2020 by clicking below.  The message shares additional information that may be of interest to you.

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Answers to frequently asked questions about Fall 2020 are available by clicking below.   

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Students who have housing-related questions about Fall 2020 may email Housing & Residential Services by clicking below. 

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COVID-19 Student Policies


Student and Resident Campus Agreement (Updated 9-14-20)

Fall 2020


 

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 in our residential community.

To make an informed decision about returning to MIT for the fall 2020 semester, it is important that all students who are invited to campus 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 policies.

This agreement applies to students’ partners and spouses who live in a MIT residence hall and they are also required to review and sign the agreement. 

 
 

PROCESS TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND SUBMIT INFORMATION

Students who will live in a MIT residence hall and/or be on campus for the fall 2020 semester are required to read and sign the COVID-19 student return to campus agreement. Students’ spouses and partners who will live in a MIT residence hall are also required to read and sign the agreement. Each student’s emergency contact must also read and sign the agreement so that MIT knows that a significant person in their life is also familiar with these expectations.

 

Undergraduate students and graduate students who are coming to campus for the Fall 2020 semester must read and sign the agreement before coming to campus. You will not be able to check-in to your residence hall if this agreement has not been signed.

Graduate students who currently live on campus must read and sign the agreement as soon as possible, and before they register for classes. Graduate students who have not signed the agreement will be restricted from accessing all campus buildings, including residence halls.

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 here. Concerns about the behaviors of non-student members relative to COVID-19 and health risks may be shared here.

 

As a MIT student choosing to attend MIT in-person for the fall 2020 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.

 

STUDENT INFORMATION

  • 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.
  • If I am living in a residence hall, I have signed my housing agreement.
  • I understand that my emergency contact will be notified of the contents of this agreement and will also need to review and sign the agreement.
 
 

REQUIRED TESTING, EDUCATION, AND CONTACT TRACING

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

SELF-ISOLATION, QUARANTINE, AND PREVENTIVE HEALTH MEASURES

  • 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 or where I visit.
  • 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 stay in my on-campus room, suite, or apartment, or off-campus residence, self-isolate, notify MIT Medical [covid19reports@mit.edu], 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 self-isolation or quarantine protocols.
  • Unless for health reasons the vaccine is contraindicated for me, I will receive the seasonal flu vaccine when one becomes available at MIT Medical.
 

PHYSICAL DISTANCING, FACE COVERINGS, AND BEHAVIOR REQUIREMENTS

  • I will carry my MIT ID with me 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 access to MIT buildings to anyone.
 

HYGIENE

  • If I live in a residence hall, I will clean my residential space, including (if applicable) the bathroom within my apartment and I will follow MIT’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.
 

TRAVEL

  • I will remain in the community where I live, whether on MIT’s campus or off-campus. If I must travel during the fall semester, I will follow MIT’s COVID-policies and protocols upon return, which may include testing and quarantine.
  • 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)

  • I will comply with MIT and residence hall guest policies [graduate | undergraduate].
  • ​I will comply with MIT and residence hall 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.
  • When accessing dining services, I will only dine in my building of residence for dinner and brunch and W20 for breakfast and lunch. If I need accommodation for special dietary needs, I will work with the Office of Disability and Access Services.

 

AGREEMENT

  • 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 housing if I live in a residence hall.
  • 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 housing or a restriction from campus—may also be taken to protect MIT and surrounding community members.