UG Guide to Campus

2020
Undergraduate
Campus Guide

Getting to know new ways of campus living

PREPARING TO TRAVEL TO CAMPUS

Moving In - Selecting a date and what to know before you go

Additional information about life on campus, assigned move-in times, and steps to return to campus will be shared with returning students in mid-August. The Fall 2020 Housing Intent & Preference Form captures students’ preferred move date and time. However, students should plan to arrive on campus during their assigned arrival time on either Saturday, August 29 or Sunday, August 30. If you experience any travel delays, don’t worry – we’ll have staff available to assist you. Please see section 3 for details on off-hours arrivals.

Preparing Your Ready Kit

Before you depart for Cambridge, consider assembling a Ready Kit. If you are asked to isolate by MIT Medical, you may not be able to go back to your on-campus residence hall for supplies. Also, you will not be able to leave support housing until okayed by MIT Medical and/or the Cambridge Department of Public Health. Having these supplies packed and ready to go will ensure you have what you need if you test positive for Covid-19 or start to feel sick and need to move to support housing. Your Ready Kit should include the following:

Academic & Tech Needs

  • Computer and charger
  • Books
  • Notebooks and class materials
  • Cellphone and charger

Personal Needs

  • Comfortable clothes: Enough for a few days.
  • Hygiene supplies: Shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, menstrual products, etc.
  • Prescription medications: Pack two week’s worth of any prescription medications you need.
  • Self-care medications: Fever/pain reducers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin), lozenges for sore throats, or cough medications. Note: Avoid taking multi-symptom medications in combination with fever/pain reducers to avoid inadvertently ingesting too much of the same active medication.
  • Towels
  • Spare set of twin sheets – You can use your pillow and blanket from your current bed.
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Comfort food: Pack your favorite snacks and drinks. MIT will deliver meals to emergency housing each day, but sometimes a favorite snack can provide an emotional boost.

Covid Needs

  • Face coverings: While masks will be available in emergency housing, it’s a good idea to have some backups.
  • Thermometer: The best is a digital thermometer that works under your tongue, is easy to use, and not too expensive. And make sure that it’s equipped with new batteries.
  • Cleaning supplies: These EPA-approved disinfecting wipes can help you keep surfaces in your residence hall and emergency housing living space clean before, during, and after isolation.

Massachusetts Travel Notice Requirement

Per a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Travel Order, effective August 1, 2020, all returning residents and visitors entering Massachusetts (including college/university students and any parents/family members accompanying them) who do not meet an exemption are required to:

  • Complete a Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless they are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts.
  • If a COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.

Please find more information on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website, including the list of lower-risk states, exemptions, quarantine requirements, and other details.

MOVE-IN & CAMPUS ACCESS

Arriving on campus and parking

For students arriving to Boston's Logan Airport:
MIT Parking & Transportation will offer airport shuttles to campus by reservation only. Space is limited, as here will be physically-distanced seating on all vehicles. In the event that reservations for airport shuttle service are fully booked, students may need to take public transportation or arrange for private transportation to campus. Airport shuttles are for students only (not for guests or family members). Shuttles arriving to campus will drop-off at MIT Medical. Reservations must be made by Friday, August 21.

To make a reservation for airport shuttle service:

  • Complete a request form
  • Students should not consider a reservation final until they receive a confirmation email from Parking & Transportation

Airport shuttle service will be offered on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm only. Shuttles will arrive to Logan Airport every two hours (approximately), and will visit the terminals that students specified in their reservations. During Move-In Weekend, students can call 617-253-1440 to check the status of airport shuttles.

Once on campus, there will be increased campus shuttle service, picking up at MIT Medical and going around campus, near all residences. Please note that space is limited, as here will be physically-distanced seating on all vehicles. All shuttles are accessible.

For students arriving to campus by car:
All students who are arriving to campus between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. should go directly to MIT Medical to complete testing prior to going to their residence halls. The closest parking lot to MIT Medical is the Tang Center (E51) Lot. (Students arriving after 5:00 p.m. should go to their residence hall and complete testing at MIT Medical as soon as possible the next morning.)

If driving to residence halls, please note:

  • Cars should not park along Amherst Alley for any reason during Move-In Weekend.
    • Returning students are not permitted to bring parents/family into residence halls.
    • First-year students may have up to two (2) parents/family members accompany them into their residence hall for move-in. Parents/family members should stay for no more than two (2) hours.
    • Parents/family who are accompanying students for move-in should drop off students and belongings outside of residence halls and then proceed to the nearest parking lot:
  • Taxis or rideshare vehicles can drop-off students near their residence halls.

All parking lots will be open (with gates up) and free of charge during Move-In Weekend.

The day you move in

Fall 2020 Move-In will look a little different than it has in past years, but MIT DSL staff is as excited as ever to welcome you to campus for the 2020–2021 academic year!

Undergraduate students testing requirement and off-hours arrivals

If you arrive on campus between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. please go directly to MIT Medical to complete your testing requirement. An outdoor testing trailer has been set up and is located between the MIT Medical building and the Media Lab. (Click here to see the location on a campus map.) You will see a Welcome Tent located next to the testing trailer, and you can stop in there for move-in directions, to ask questions, or to store your luggage while you complete testing. Make sure that you have your MIT ID handy, as you may need to provide it for testing. If you have a smartphone, make sure it is sufficiently charged so that you can access the COVID Pass app.

After you’ve completed your testing requirement, you can go to your assigned residence hall. There will be extra Tech Shuttles running during Move-In Weekend, as well as standby parking areas near the residences. Returning students will not be permitted to bring guests into the residence halls. First-year students will be permitted to bring up to two guests with them for move-in, and guests may stay in the residence halls for a maximum of two hours.

During move-in, all residents and guests will be expected to follow all health and safety policies, including wearing a face mask or covering, practicing physical distancing, and hand-washing or sanitizing upon entering and leaving the residence. Students will receive a Fall 2020 Welcome Bag, which will include a face mask, an ID badge holder, and hand sanitizer. House Teams will be present to welcome you, and desk staff will help you check in and get a key to your room. Please note that, before receiving your room key, you will be required to show proof of testing from MIT Medical through the COVID Pass app.

After arriving on campus, students are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days or until receiving a second negative test at MIT Medical. Subsequent testing can take place a minimum of 5–7 days after arrival.

Off-hours arrivals. If you arrive on campus after 5:00 pm, when MIT Medical testing has concluded for the day, you can go directly to your assigned residence hall. Staff will be on hand to give you access to your room, though you will not receive your room key at this time. You will need to quarantine in your room until you are able to visit MIT Medical as soon as possible the next day for testing. Upon proof of testing, you will complete the check-in process at your residence hall and receive your room key.

Quarantine Week - Watch our new video! Added 8/25/2020

From August 29 through September 7, all students arriving to live on campus will have to self-quarantine while taking their classes online. That means you cannot have direct contact with anyone else and you must stay in your room except to use your assigned bathroom or to get packages or meals while wearing a face covering (more on food below). During Q-Week, resident's bedroom doors must remain closed. You can leave the building for about an hour to exercise each day, wearing your face covering the entire time. You must keep six feet apart from other people at all times, including people you know.

Support for Students Who Test Positive - Updated 9/7/2020

We must be prepared for some of our community members to test positive for the virus or to get sick. If you are experiencing potential Covid symptoms, call MIT Medical’s Covid-19 hotline at 617-253-4865 and follow their instructions precisely. Any resident who tests positive for Covid-19 will have the full support and dedicated resources of the MIT community. Campus partners, including staff from MIT Medical and the CARE Team, have developed a comprehensive approach to supporting residents diagnosed with Covid-19 until they recover fully. This may include a temporary on-campus housing relocation during the self-isolation period, meal delivery, and other assistance. To be fully prepared, we suggest packing a Ready Kit as described above.

Piece by Piece Movers and stored items


If you stored any items with Piece by Piece Movers in March, you will find your belongings already transported to your new room assignment. If you need to retrieve belongings from in-house storage, please ask your House Operations Manager. If you stored items in a house-sponsored PODS container, please see your Area Director. There will be moving staff on-hand during Move-In Weekend to assist you and to promote physical distancing throughout the move-in process.

MIT ID: Your key to campus

Wear Your MIT ID. All students, faculty, and staff who are granted access to campus must have their MIT IDs visible when in classrooms, labs, and on other Institute property. You do not have to wear your ID in your residence hall. To access your residence hall, simply tap your ID on the card reader at the entrance and/or security desk, and make sure no visitors follow you into the residence. Click here to read the policy prohibiting the sharing your MIT ID with anyone.

Covid Pass Requirements - Updated 9/17/2020

To continue residing in on-campus housing, all undergraduate residents must be tested as required by MIT Medical and attest to their well-being on a daily basis using Covid Pass online or through the Atlas app (for iOS or Android).

There are now two Covid testing locations! Come to MIT Medical’s walk-in testing trailer outside Building E23, Monday–Friday, 6 a.m.–6 p.m. or to the Johnson Athletic Center, Building W34, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. No appointment needed, but bring your MIT ID.

Learn more about the Covid Pass system by visiting the IS&T website. Any questions regarding Covid Pass may be directed to covidapps-help@mit.edu.

CLEANING AND PERSONAL HYGIENE

Hygiene requirements: Face coverings, hand washing, and more

MIT requires the use of face coverings while on campus, including in common areas and public spaces, and anytime you are around other people. On the basis of published test data, bandanas are not acceptable face coverings beacuse of unacceptably low protection. Disposable masks must only be worn for one day and then disposed of in the trash. Please review the PPE policy statement for additional guidelines and best practices.

Use of face coverings in combination with physical distancing and good hygiene is a public health measure intended to reduce the potential for virus transmission. Face coverings will be provided to students upon residence hall check-in and available from MIT Police in Lobby 7 (MIT ID required).

On-campus residents should also know and follow state and local guidance regarding face coverings when away from campus. Failure to follow those ordinances can result in significant fines.

Enhanced hygiene practices

MIT Medical advises all community members to practice enhanced personal hygiene habits:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you feel sick
  • Wear a face covering when around people who are not in your pod
  • Wash surfaces frequently, especially where food is being prepared or others are exercising

And make sure to practice physical distancing. An article that shares more information about physical distancing may be found here.

Cleaning protocols

In an effort to protect the health and wellbeing of MIT students, faculty, and staff, as well as our neighboring communities, the HRS team is cleaning on-campus residence halls with increased frequency, especially public areas with high foot-traffic and high-touch surfaces (e.g., front desk, door knobs, handrails, and elevators).

Hand sanitizer dispensers have been  installed at residence hall entrances, and HRS has trained the entire operations staff--including managers, housekeepers, mechanics, security personnel, and evening operations--on cleaning standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the MIT Environment, Health & Safety Office (EHS).

LIVING ON CAMPUS

Your House Team

The undergraduate residential experience encourages students to make connections with their peers outside of the classroom, and there are a number of in-house faculty, staff, and graduate students who are there to help every step of the way. All residence halls have a live-in house team that cultivates community among their residents:

  • Heads of House and Associate Heads of House: Houses are led by these live-in faculty who offer academic and personal support to residents. Heads of house and associate heads of house often live with their families, and lead the house team.
  • Area Directors (ADs): These full-time professional staff members are student-outreach and support experts. They assist with the transition to college and general navigation through MIT.
  • House Operations Manager: Full-time HRS staff member who is responsible for the operations and facilities of a residence. They supervise the front desk, cleaning, and maintenance staff.
  • Graduate Resident Advisors (GRAs): They provide academic support to students on many residential floors and/or wings.
  • Resident Peer Mentors: Trained undergraduate students who serve as community-builders, leaders, and resources. They will offer direct support for the small cohort of on-campus first-year students in Fall 2020.
  • House Compliance Staff: Additional staff will be available in the buildings to hand out masks and other helpful items (like hand sanitizer) while also helping to ensure compliance with MIT’s Covid-19 policies.

Residence hall assignments and accommodations

Housing is a very important part of undergraduate life at MIT. Students choose where to live, and each living group is a community unto itself. Students invited to live on campus during Fall 2020 were asked to complete the Fall 2020 Housing Intent & Preference Form within the MyHousing portal to share their building and living preferences. In turn, HRS used this information to assign students to a residence hall based on their top-ranked preferences. Building assignments were shared with returning students at the end of July.

HRS worked collaboratively with room assignment chairs (RACs) in each House to develop a process for this fall’s room assignments. After receiving living preference and group selection information from students, HRS shares details with RACs to facilitate individual room assignments for each residence hall in coordination with the house team. Confirmed room assignments are scheduled to be shared with returning students by the middle of August.

Student and Resident Agreement and rules for living on campus - Updated 9/7/2020

MIT is closely monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and taking action to protect the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, and neighboring communities. To clarify students’ role in keeping the virus at bay, MIT published updated policies for on-campus undergraduate housing that were shaped by MIT Medical and the Institute’s Emergency Management Team, and reviewed by undergraduate heads of house, DormCon, the Undergraduate Association (UA), and other campus partners. MIT will continue to adjust policies and implement additional measures as necessary, and post updates on this site.

Any on-campus student who is concerned about the behaviors of other students relative to Covid-19 health risks can share that information using this online form. Concerns about the behaviors of non-student community members relative to Covid-19 and health risks may be submitted using this online form.

All students must follow the MIT Covid-19 directives from MIT. Doing your part is important for your own wellbeing and for the safety and wellbeing of those around you, especially those who are elderly, immune-compromised, or otherwise vulnerable to Covid-19. Disregard of MIT Covid-related policies may result in a referral to the Committee on Discipline. MIT has instituted an expedited COD process for COVID-19 policy violations and reserves the right to take interim measures—including potential suspension, loss of housing, or loss of campus access—to protect the on-campus community.

In addition to 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 students. Specific information about other housing policies is available on the Housing & Residential Services (HRS) website. In the event of any inconsistency between the Mind and Hand Book and these Covid-19 policies, please follow the Covid-19 policies.

Forming a Pod - Updated 9/9/2020

In a collaborative effort between the Division of Student Life, DormCon, the Undergraduate Association, House Teams and other campus partners, an initiative for undergraduate students to form social groups, or “pods,” has been developed.

Please note that the process to form pods is separate from the group requests within the Fall 2020 Housing Intent & Preference Form, which relates to requested placement in the same residence hall. The pod program allows committed groups of up to 6 students who are living in the same residence hall to socialize in certain settings that do not require 6 feet (2 meters) physical distancing, or the use of face coverings. Settings may include students' private rooms, dining, and designated reserved common spaces within the residence hall.

The program is grounded in an honor system of self- and mutual- accountability. Students will still be expected to practice personal hygiene practices and will be required to follow all residential and COVID-19 student policies. Students forming a pod will all sign pod agreement which outlines community expectations as well as student’s expectations for themselves and each other.
 
Please view the pod FAQ page for additional information.

Indoor and outdoor spaces and kitchens - Updated 9/7/2020

Residence Hall Outdoor Spaces. After Q-Week, students living on campus may access their residence hall’s courtyards, roof decks, and other outdoor spaces. Posted occupancy limits must be observed. If residents follow physical distancing requirements, keeping at least six feet of separation from others, face coverings may be removed when outdoors. Check the policies page for the latest.  

Indoor Residential Spaces and Dedicated Pod Space. Residents may work with their house team to reserve spaces in their residence hall for group use. The number of people in a designated space must not exceed its occupancy limit, and everyone in the space must wear face coverings and keep six feet apart. Approved pods of up to six residents may have a dedicated lounge. Pod members can relax face-covering and physical distancing requirements in each other’s rooms and their lounge. However, they cannot visit other pod lounges or other pod members’ rooms. Keep in mind that everyone in your pod will have to quarantine if one of your podmates tests positive for Covid 19.

Reservable West Campus Spaces. On-campus residents may also reserve several spaces on West campus--the Student Center Garden (between the Student Center and DuPont Gym), barbecue pits near Kresge Auditorium, and an area near the DuPont Tennis Courts (See Campus Activities Complex webpage).

Other Non-Residential Outdoor Common Areas. On-campus residents and faculty, staff, and students with a valid Covid Pass may use designated spaces in outdoor common areas (e.g., Killian Court, Hockfield Court) marked by fencing or circles painted on the ground. Spaces will have a posted occupancy limit (Max 50, groups of up to ten people). 

Please note: Massachusetts or Cambridge may have less restrictive guidelines on face-coverings and physical distancing when outdoors, particularly for construction workers who mostly work outside. Whatever the state or city may say, MIT reminds you to wear a face-covering if you cannot remain six feet apart from others at all times when outdoors.

Floor Kitchens. Stoves and ovens will not be available for everyday cooking. However, houses may allow students to use sinks, refrigerators, food waste receptacles, and microwaves in a limited number of floor kitchens. Residents must observe posted occupancy limits and cleaning protocols. Check with your house team if you have questions.

Visitors to Undergraduate Residence Halls

Daytime and overnight visitors from other residence halls or outside the MIT campus are not permitted in undergraduate residence halls at any time.

FSILG: Fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups

FSILG facilities will not be open for the fall, but FSILG organizations will continue to operate. More information will be forthcoming about FSILG activities and programs. MIT is working with FSILG alumni/ae to subsidize costs for house operations so they can resume operations once it is safe to do so.

Laundry

Laundry rooms remain available to residents. Please follow all posted regulations in the laundry room, including practicing physical distancing and wearing a face covering. Students may use the Washlava app (available for iOS and Android) to reserve machines and monitor laundry cycles. Watch this video to get a sense of how Washlava works. For detailed guidance on how to best clean your clothing and personal spaces, visit the CDC’s website by clicking here.

STAYING WELL AND GETTING SUPPORT

Care for Your Mind

Taking care of your mind is critical to managing your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and also allows you to reason, innovate, practice self-compassion, empathize, and develop insight.

Care for Your Body

Caring for your body is foundational to wellbeing and includes getting good sleep, physical exercise, and eating well.

Build Healthy Relationships

Healthy relationships and meaningful connections help create thriving communities where everyone feels valued and respected.

Find a Sense of Purpose

A sense of purpose helps you make sense of your experience in the world, discover what is meaningful to you, and figure out who you want to become.

Get Support

Support resources, including resources that are available after hours and 24/7, are available to support you wherever you are in the world when you are faced with a challenge.

DINING AND FOOD

The Campus Meal Plan

Out of an abundance of caution and following safe food-handling and enhanced cleaning guidelines from the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, all undergraduates living on campus will be required to purchase a 14-meal-per-week meal plan. To defray the cost, all undergraduates living on campus will receive a Covid subsidy of $984 for the fall term meal plan, bringing the total cost of $2,468 down to $1,484. So that students can supplement the 14-meals-per-week plan, the dining allowance offered in the financial aid award calculation will be $2,500 per semester, giving students additional financial flexibility and choice. Visit the dining website for more information about the Fall 2020 dining experience.

Meal plan locations and hours - Updated 8/25/2020

Nightly dinner and weekend brunch will be served in each residence hall, including those without dining facilities. Breakfast and lunch will be served on weekdays in Lobdell Dining Hall in the Student Center starting on September 8. (See hours below.)

From August 31 to September 4 (during Q-Week), a complimentary box breakfast will be available from 7 to 10 am and lunch will be served from 11 am to 2:30 pm in the residence halls.

Lobdell will not be open during Q-Week. Additional serving locations and times may be added as necessary.

Dining hours for Q-Week and beyond:

Residences:
Dinner - 5 pm to 8:30 pm
Brunch - 9:30 am to 1:00 pm (weekends only)
Complimentary box breakfast (August 31 to Setpember 4) - 7 to 10 am
Lunch (August 31 to September 4) - 11 am to 2:30 pm

Lobdell (W20) - Beginning September 8:
Breakfast - 7 to 10 am
Lunch - 11 am to 2:30 pm

Retail dining - Updated 9/8/2020

After comopmeting Q-Week, students living on campus can visit TechMart in the Student Center starting September 8. The store will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays only, and closed on weekends. Visit the retail dining section of the Student Life website for more details. Please note that only people living on campus are permitted to use the Student Center.

Additionally, the reopening of Dunkin' and Cambridge Grill is delayed. Please watch this space for more information. 

RECREATION, FITNESS, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, AND SPORTS

Recreation: Open facilities, hours, and what to expect - Updated 9/7/2020

MIT Recreation and DAPER are excited to welcome on-campus residents back to the indoor and outdoor facilities. In order to provide the safest experience possible, DAPER is following federal, state, local, and MIT Medical health and safety guidelines. Only students, staff, and faculty living on campus and graduate students granted access to campus through Covid Pass and an active membership may access DAPER facilities.

The following facilities will open on September 8: Zesiger Center; Johnson Athletic Center; Alumni Pool/Wang Fitness Center; DuPont Tennis Courts; J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble; Steinbrenner Stadium; Jack Barry Field; Sailing Pavilion; Sherie and Don (1961) Morrison Track; and DuPont Gym.

Click here for operating hours, which are subject to change. Please visit www.mitrecsports.com for more information.

Please remember that all students are responsible for bringing their own face coverings, their MIT ID, a towel, water bottle, and personal sports equipment (e.g., tennis racquet or soccer ball). When visiting any recreation facility, students should follow posted rules, venue occupancy limits, new reservation requirements, and guidance provided by the MIT Recreation staff. Towel services and equipment checkout will be suspended for the fall semester, and locker rooms will remain closed except to swimmers, who will be able to shower before and after their time in the pool.

Indoor Facilities. Students should arrive dressed for their workout and, once checked in, go directly to their workout venue. MIT Recreation will have the equipment appropriately spaced out to comply with physical distancing guidelines. Students are asked to leave equipment where it is and to thoroughly clean the equipment before and after use with cleaning materials provided. Once their workout is finished, students are asked to proceed directly to the exit. Additionally, Z-Center staff have stepped up general cleaning protocols to limit the potential for Covid-19 to spread through contact with equipment and in DAPER facilities.

Outdoor Facilities. Face coverings must be worn upon entry to any outdoor facility, but they may be removed temporarily when a physical distance of at least six feet can be maintained. Students should try to limit their use of restrooms and should also wash and sanitize their hands before, during, and after exercise and using equipment.

Remote and self-guided fitness tools

Virtual fitness classes will remain FREE for all members of the MIT community. To register, visit the MIT Group Exercise webpage and click on the class you wish to attend. You will then be directed to log into your membership account. If you do not have an account at this time, click the “Become a Guest” option. (Guests will only have access to virtual classes). Once logged in, select “Group Exercise” and then register for the class you wish to attend. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the guidelines for in-person classes, as well as the link for virtual classes. Registration is also available on the MIT Recreation app under “classes.”

Note: Registration for a class can only take place within 48 hours of that class’ start time. In-person classes are limited to a maximum of 11 participants, and all participants must pre-register to attend.

Physical Education

DAPER will offer live and recorded online options for students to complete the coursework needed to fulfill their Physical Education and Wellness General Institute Requirement, including the swim test. More information is available at physical education and wellness.mit.edu.

Club Sports and Intramurals

Club Sports and Intramurals will be available in the fall semester only to MIT students (both undergraduate and graduate students) who are invited back to campus and all club sports travel and competition has been cancelled for the fall semester. Decisions on the spring semester will be made later in the fall semester. On-campus options for club sports, as well as programming for intramurals, are still being developed and the updated information will be available at clubsports.mit.edu and intramurals.mit.edu.

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES, EVENTS, AND COMMUNITY

Intercultural communities

Social Justice Programming & Cross Cultural Engagement Intercultural Center (SPXCE, pronounced "space") works to foster a more inclusive, equitable, and affirming MIT campus climate. As a collaborative initiative between the Office of Multicultural Programs and LBGTQ+ Services, the SPXCE provides intersectional social justice education, support, community-building, and leadership development. The SPXCE serves as a place where students can feel at home and exist in their wholeness while exploring all of their identities authentically with compassion and care.

In the midst of COVID, our team is working hard to create a virtual presence that allows you to find community, learn about available resources, discuss hot topics and interact with your peers. Please visit LBGTQ+ Services and the Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP) for more information on virtual events and offerings!

Religious Life

The Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life (ORSEL) is available for anyone who needs support. Chaplains are available by phone, email, and remote video conferencing to listen, talk, and be present for you.

If you would like to speak with a chaplain, please email askachaplain@mit.edu and include brief information about the support you are seeking from ORSEL. An ORSEL staff member will connect you with a chaplain as soon as possible.

The MIT Chapel, Religious Life Center (W11), and Walker Memorial quiet space will not be available to use for personal prayer and reflection in fall 2020. We encourage students to pack and bring what they need to conduct religious practices in their rooms. If you need any assistance do not hesitate to contact us at askachaplain@mit.edu. The chaplain list is available at https://studentlife.mit.edu/orsel.

On and off-campus parties, gatherings, and events - Updated 9/7/2020

Since the 2020 spring semester, MIT has prohibited on-campus parties, gatherings, and events. Additonally, don’t organize or attend off-campus events, parties, or gatherings until further notice. They are a leading cause of Covid hotspots on college campuses. Small on-campus gatherings are permitted under specific circumstances (See the space questions in the “Living On Campus” section above).

MIT will take swift disciplinary action in response to noncompliance with MIT Covid policies and the Student and Resident Campus Agreement through an expedited COD process for COVID-19 policy violations. Students who attend or host off-campus parties, events, or gatherings may face disciplinary action including potential suspension, loss of housing, or loss of campus access.

Student Groups. At this time, public health and MIT policies prohibit student gatherings. Student Organizations, Leadership and Engagement (SOLE) and the Campus Activities Complex, in consultation with student leaders from the Association of Student Activities, the Graduate Student Council, and the Undergraduate Association, are working on an approach that will enable student groups to function in ways that follow public health guidelines and MIT policies including the option to gather outdoors. If you have any questions you may contact SOLE by emailing us at SOLE@mit.edu.

Student groups

Student groups may be able to request access to their offices and storage to get specific items needed for their operations. However, the spaces may not be used for meetings or events. The process for requesting access to student group offices and storage will be managed through the Engage system.

With regard to music, dance, and theatrical events, research suggests that the risk of spreading the virus may be elevated when people sing, speak loudly, or engage in close-contact physical activity like dancing. As a result, no music, dance, or theatrical performances will be allowed on campus.

HELPFUL LINKS

Support and Wellbeing

  • Prioritizing your wellbeing is important to becoming your best self. The resources on this page are provided to help you maintain a healthy physical and mental lifestyle that includes staying connected with others and finding a sense of purpose.
  • Sometimes, students face challenges and need to ask for help. When you find yourself in this situation, there are many resources available to help support you.

Covid

Food & Dining