Student Outside MIT Dome

Undergraduate
Student
Policies

Updated August 9, 2022


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 undergraduate students that have been guided by MIT Medical and the Institute’s Emergency Management Team, and reviewed by undergraduate Heads of House, DormCon, 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
 

All individuals in Covid Pass and who are in compliance with Covid vaccination and booster requirements can access campus buildings, including residence halls and FSILGs. 

It is required that all students be knowledgeable about and adhere to MIT’s current 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.  

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 mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the MIT and surrounding community.  

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

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. 

Students are required to comply with MIT’s COVID-19 testing policy while living in Institute-approved housing or accessing campus facilities, as well as undergo additional viral testing as directed by MIT. 

All students and residents of Institute-approved housing (students/spouses/partners) or accessing campus buildings who are in COVID Pass are required to test for COVID using MIT’s testing system if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms during weekday business hours (8-4). After hours, and on weekends and holidays, they should test using their personal supply of rapid antigen tests. Students and residents who test positive with a personal rapid antigen test are required to upload their positive result into Covid Pass. 

Should conditions change, students must follow MIT Medical’s updated recommendations on testing cadence. 

Indoor athletic events are open to spectators. All non-MIT DAPER members will be required to attest to receiving the booster shot in accordance with MIT health and safety protocols in order to utilize DAPER recreation facilities. Wearing face coverings on campus is welcome but optional for all students, faculty, staff, and friends of MIT in most indoor campus areas. 

RESIDENCE HALLS AND FSILGS 

All residence hall and FSILG events must be registered using the Atlas event registration system

Residence hall and FSILG access:    

  • Event attendees may access MIT’s residence halls and FSILGs if escorted by a resident.  

  • All event attendees need to sign in to the residence.  

  • For residence halls only:  For events with guest pre-registration, event planners need to provide the security desk/front desk with the list of attendees one hour before the event begins. Any additions to the guest list should be provided to the desk as soon as possible. 

For food service guidance, please see Food Service Policy below. 

 
 

STUDENT GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS 

Events and activities held by student organizations may now be held on and off campus. Events and activities organized and sponsored by recognized student groups and organizations must be in compliance with general MIT and SOLE office policies and procedures

  • Tim Tickets: Tim Tickets (or Engage) may be used for events at the event sponsor’s discretion or if deemed necessary by SOLE (e.g., to facilitate campus access, ticket sales, or to keep track of attendance). 

  • All student organization events must be registered using Engage or Atlas (depending on event type). Students must follow all event policies and protocols as noted in the student organization event registration system. 

Off-campus events sponsored by student organizations must follow SOLE policies regarding off-campus events/activities and should also follow the rules of the local jurisdiction and the event venue’s guidelines. 

All students and on-campus residents 

Wearing face coverings on campus is welcome but optional for all students and on-campus residents in most indoor campus areas. Face coverings are required in MIT Medical facilities.   

Unvaccinated individuals and individuals who are not up to date on their vaccinations are strongly encouraged to continue to wear face coverings.   

Students can visit Dining Services for information about dining halls and retail food service.  For students who need meal support, Swipe Share information is available here

Kitchen stewards program to enhance food safety 

  • Role of the kitchen steward: Kitchen stewards have an important role in supervising house and community events where food is produced and/or served. Each residence hall and FSILG should identify 1-3 kitchen stewards who will be responsible for ensuring that food service at house events follows specified guidelines (see below). One kitchen steward is required to approve the food service plan for each event in coordination with the staff member approving the event. We encourage multiple kitchen stewards to be present at larger events. 

  • Required training: All kitchen stewards need to complete an online module to introduce critical food safety concepts and knowledge about safe food handling. The online training module covers:  

    • The Importance of Food Safety 

    • Health and Hygiene 

    • Temperature Control 

    • Avoiding Cross Contamination 

    • Cleaning and Sanitizing 

  • To receive a training link, please contact Campus Dining at foodstuff@mit.edu with “Kitchen Steward” as the subject line. You will receive a link to complete the American National Standards Institute-accredited training program. The time commitment is approximately 1.5 hours. 

  • When requests are submitted through the registration process for events that include food service, the event approver will confirm that a kitchen steward is managing the food service for the event. 

Food service protocols 

The following food service protocols must be followed. Food preparers need to: 

  • Wash their hands between each step in food preparation. 

  • Wear disposable gloves. 

  • Wear a hat or tie back hair. 

  • Remove hand jewelry. 

  • Work surfaces must be sanitized. 

  • Separate cutting boards must be used for raw meats, vegetables and produce, and cooked foods. 

  • Foods should be cooked to safe temperatures. 

  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. 

Food policies may change based on State and local guidance. 

Undergraduate residence halls and FSILGs 

Residents of Institute-approved housing should follow the Housing and Residential Services policies and protocols and the specific protocols of their residence hall or FSILG with the following modifications: 

  • For residence halls only:   

  • All guests on guest lists must check-in at the desk before going to the host's room/apartment/suite.  

  • All guests on Express Guest Lists must tap their MIT ID when entering and cannot bring in additional guests with them.   

  • Non-guest list visitors must check-in at the desk and be escorted by their hosts when entering the building. 

  • FSILGs should follow their pre-Covid chapter house guest protocols.  

  • Guests in residence halls and FSILGs must follow all MIT and Covid-related policies. 

 

Programs with Overnight Stays in MIT Residence Halls and FSILGs 

  1. 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.” 

  1. 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.   

  1. 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. 

  1. 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. 

  1. 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/

Students should attest in COVID Pass if they are experiencing COVID 19 symptoms as established by the CDC. This attestation will initiate a COVID testing requirement. Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms should not go to classes, lab,  work, athletic or social events and should avoid contact with others. 

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 de-identified 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. 

Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, even if minor, must immediately notify MIT Medical by completing an attestation in COVID Pass. 

If you test positive for Covid through MIT, the MIT Atlas app and an associated email will immediately direct you to complete a form to provide more detail to MIT Medical’s student health team. You must complete this form as soon as possible. Your prompt response will help the MIT Medical Team determine next steps. You can find more resources after testing positive here.  

If you test positive for Covid with a rapid antigen test, you must immediately report the positive test through Covid Pass, complete the form, and begin isolation. 

If you test positive, it is your responsibility to notify anyone who was a close contact (link to CDC definition) in the 48 hours prior to the positive test. MIT Medical will no longer be performing contact tracing activities. 

If you are identified as a roommate of someone who is positive, you will also be notified and directed to information and resources made available by the Covid Support Team. 

MIT Medical advises all community members to practice personal hygiene habits such as frequent hand washing and sanitizing. 

Students should refer to the travel policy on MIT Now for policies and protocols related to travel. All MIT-related travel must be registered and students are encouraged to register personal travel.