How Covid-19 Isolation Will Work This Semester

September 4, 2020

Dear Residents,

We are writing to share a video from the Division of Student Life (DSL) detailing the isolation process and how the DSL team, along with MIT Medical and other campus partners, will support residents who are diagnosed with Covid-19. We encourage you to take a moment to watch this important resource.

We also thought it would be helpful to share a little bit about the precautions we are taking to ensure the health and safety of the entire community. Residents who live in self-contained apartments, and who are asymptomatic or have only mild Covid-19 symptoms, may remain in their current private apartment. In situations where a resident is living in a shared space, the isolating resident may be required to move to a designated space within their residence hall to isolate. Isolation rooms, which were strategically selected, have been designated in your residence hall. These in-residence spaces will help reduce demand on the Institute’s central isolation space, Burton-Conner House.

This distributed isolation plan was developed during the summer with input from heads of house and student leaders from each residence hall. MIT Medical, MIT Emergency Management, the Covid Space Planning Working Group, staff across DSL and MIT faculty, including Prof. Peko Hesoi, Associate Dean of the School of Engineering and researcher in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, all contributed to the plan.  

Our comprehensive protocols ensure isolating residents will receive the direct support they need from the CARE Team, and MIT Medical will be in regular contact with the students throughout their isolation period. The protocols include delivery of meals, packages, and mail directly to the isolating resident’s room and specialized, extensive cleaning precautions employed during their isolation and after their recovery.

MIT Medical will continue to report aggregated data about members of the MIT community who test positive for Covid-19. MIT is also following contact-tracing protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as isolation and quarantining guidance from local and state health authorities. If you are suspected to have been exposed to a Covid-19 positive individual, you will be directly notified and provided additional guidance by MIT Medical.

If you have any questions about distributed isolation in your residence hall, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Senior Associate Dean
Housing & Residential Services

Senior Associate Dean
Student Support & Wellbeing