This policy also applies to individuals, couples, and families living in graduate residence halls, including students, postdocs, and visiting students/researchers.
Residents of Institute-approved housing should follow the Housing & Residential Services policies and protocols and the specific protocols of their residence hall with the following modifications.
All guests must check-in at the desk before going to the host’s room/apartment/suite. If there is no desk attendant, guests must sign-in on the list provided at the desk.
Guests must follow all MIT and Covid-related policies.
Programs with Overnight Stays in MIT Residence Halls and FSILGs
Programs should encourage but may not require pre-arrival testing for all participants planning to stay overnight as guests of MIT students.
Sample language to share: “MIT strongly encourages you to take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of coming to campus, preferably before you arrive. You can take either an over-the-counter antigen (rapid) test or a PCR test. You are not required to report your results to MIT Medical, but if you are positive, you must follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regulations and avoid travel for at least 10 days after your positive test result.”
MIT’s PCR testing will not be available to program participants or overnight guests who are not in Covid Pass, nor will MIT provide rapid antigen tests to program participants. Participants who wish to test should come prepared and bring their own rapid antigen tests from home.
Face coverings are optional in most indoor spaces at MIT. Programs may provide masks to participants who wish to wear them but may not require that masks be worn. If programs do not plan to provide masks, participants should be advised to bring an adequate supply from home if they wish to wear a mask while on campus. Note that programs may not establish their own policies or requirements related to face coverings; please see MIT’s face coverings policy for more detail.
All program participants must register via the Tim Tickets system and attest to being up-to-date on vaccinations or having a medical condition or religious belief that prevents them from receiving the vaccine.
MIT is not responsible for program participants who become ill, exhibit symptoms, or test positive for Covid while staying on campus. Before arriving on campus, participants (and/or their parent or guardian if the participant is a minor) should make a plan to leave MIT’s campus if they become symptomatic or test positive for Covid. Participants are responsible for any costs associated with their early departure from campus.
Programs hosting participants who are minors must also register on the MIT’s Protection of Minors website at least 30 days in advance and follow protocols outlined there (background checks, parental consent, Covid Acknowledgement Form, etc.): https://minors.mit.edu/.
Graduate Family Extended Guest Protocol (Westgate Apartments and Graduate Tower at Site 4)
An extended guest may/may not 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 cannot change their status to dependent residents. For the purposes of MIT housing, dependent residents are the minor-age children of the student resident.
Extended-stay guests may stay in residence up to 14 days, with approval from the Associate Dean for Graduate Residential Life. A graduate family may 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.
Guests must sleep in the host’s apartment. Guests are prohibited from sleeping in common spaces or other public spaces on campus.
Extended-stay guests will not be provided keys or temporary IDs to access the residence hall and are expected to stay with their host.
Extended guests must be registered and approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Residential Life. You may/should complete this form. (up to two guests with the same arrival and departure date).
Always ensure your guest/s abide by all policies during their stay.
While we recognize that certain familial relationships or cultural norms may extend beyond that of a dependent, non-dependents may not remain in MIT family housing beyond the maximum permissible stay of 14 days because it will jeopardize the tax-exempt status of MIT student housing, drain resources, facilities and services that are not intended for use by non-MIT students, create additional liability (and potentially uninsurable) risks, and is not sustainable from a parity perspective. Any violation or abuse (including, without limitation, stay beyond the time authorized by MIT Housing) of this extended stay policy, may result in any or all of the following consequences:
- Suspension of extended-stay guest privileges for the remainder of your license term
- Immediate termination of your license
- Ineligibility to apply for MIT campus housing in the future
- Charges for unauthorized guests beyond the time permitted by MIT, equivalent to double the daily rate of your license fee until the unauthorized guest leaves or is escorted off premises.
We expect and appreciate your compliance with MIT’s guest policy.