Updated June 11, 2021
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 monitoring health policies can access non-residential campus buildings through access points they used prior to Covid, rather than through fixed, assigned access points.
Residents in campus housing and the FSILGs can access the residences as they did prior to Covid and must be in compliance with Covid health monitoring policies. Residents in campus housing who are out of compliance may be restricted from access to the residence hall.
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 protect MIT and surrounding community members.
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.
The health, safety, and general welfare of MIT students are of the utmost concern to the Institute. MIT recognizes that there may be circumstances in which the potential for disciplinary action for violations of Covid-19 Student Life policies could act as a barrier to students who want to seek critical assistance for themselves or others and/or report an incident involving a serious violation of Institute policy.
In instances where students may have violated Covid-19 student policies (Graduate | Undergraduate) related to another incident they wish to report or seek assistance for, the following apply:
- If a student seeks medical attention for themselves or other(s) for an alcohol or prohibited substance-related medical emergency, MIT will apply the Good Samaritan Amnesty Policy and will also treat the violation of Covid-19 policies primarily as a health and safety matter, not as a disciplinary incident.
- If a student reports or files a complaint or otherwise participates in the investigation or resolution (other than as a respondent) of serious violations of Institute policy (for example instances of sexual misconduct, hazing, possession of weapons or dangerous objects, etc.), MIT will not pursue disciplinary action against the student for violation of any Covid-19 Student Life policies.
- If a student self-reports their own behavior that violates Covid-19 policies to MIT Medical, the information is protected by HIPPA and will not be shared with the Committee on Discipline for disciplinary action. This includes contact tracing.
Students or student organizations who call for help or report violations under this policy may still be required to comply with wellness follow-up, including, but not limited to: educational requirements, guidance by medical or public health officials, and quarantine and self-isolation.
This statement of amnesty applies to violations of Covid-19 Student Life policies but does not preclude MIT from taking disciplinary action to address other serious or flagrant violations of MIT policy including, but not limited to, violence, sexual assault, harassment, serious property damage, hazing, or the manufacture, sale, or distribution of prohibited substances. It also cannot preclude or prevent action by police or other legal authorities. In cases where there have been other violations of Institute policy, calling for assistance for an individual in need of help may be considered a mitigating factor in any disciplinary process arising out of such violations.
All students are required to upload proof of their Covid vaccination in the MIT Atlas App or at covidvaccine.mit.edu and report their vaccination status in Covid Pass by July 30, 2021. Students needing a medical or religious exemption should contact MIT Medical.
A Covid-19 vaccination is required for community members seeking to participate in MIT-sponsored international or domestic travel, unless the traveler has an approved medical or religious exemption.
Using COVID Pass, students must complete a health screening questionnaire each day to determine whether they have symptoms that may be associated with COVID-19 as established by the CDC. In addition, students will be asked to attest that within the past ten (10) days, they have not tested positive for COVID-19, and are not aware of coming into close contact with anyone who they know has COVID-19 symptoms or who has had a positive test for COVID-19.
Requirements when arriving or returning to campus.
Students are required to complete a SARS-CoV-2 test to be administered by MIT Medical if coming to campus or moving into a residence hall or one of the FSILG pilot houses. Students are required to test within 24 hours of arriving on campus or during the next available testing period if testing is unavailable at the time of arrival to campus.
Students need to remain in quarantine* until they receive a confirmed negative test result and follow all Covid Pass requirements, including testing again 5 to 7 days after their first test.
*Fully vaccinated residents are not required to quarantine.
Requirements to maintain access to campus
Students are required to comply with MIT’s COVID-19 testing expectations while living in Institute-approved housing or accessing campus facilities, as well as undergo additional viral testing as directed by MIT.
All residents of Institute-approved housing (students/spouses/partners) are required to test once-per-week and follow COVID Pass instructions about their testing cadence. Should conditions change, students must follow MIT Medical’s updated recommendations on testing cadence.
Undergraduate summer residents in MacGregor should contact the area director and resident advisor staff if interested in planning house events.
Face coverings at events held in Institute-approved housing (see below for face covering policy for individuals):
- Residents and guests are encouraged to wear face coverings at registered residence hall events. Individuals who are not vaccinated are expected to wear face coverings at residence hall events.
Food service guidance (see below-Food Service at Events and Gatherings)
POLICY EFFECTIVE STARTING MONDAY JUNE 14, 2021
Wearing face coverings is optional for fully vaccinated students. Members of the community who prefer to wear face coverings in certain settings are encouraged and welcome to do so. It is recommended that residents of Institute-approved housing wear face coverings when in common spaces and corridors. Unvaccinated residents and individuals who visit MIT residence halls are expected to wear a face covering. [Note: Non-residential staff members are required to continue wearing face coverings when in the residence halls].
POLICY EFFECTIVE THROUGH SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2021
MIT requires the use of face coverings while inside campus buildings regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are not required to be worn in residence halls or FSILGs unless a resident has a guest who is not authorized to access campus buildings in Covid Pass or who is attending an event where guests are not in Covid Pass. Unvaccinated students should wear face coverings whenever around other people.
It is recommended, though, that residents of Institute-approved housing wear face coverings when in common spaces.
Limited exceptions to this requirement include:
- When consuming food or drink
- When you are alone in a private office or personal space with a closed door.
- When communicating with a hearing-impaired person, who needs your mouth to be visible
- Anyone with a disability or medical condition for whom wearing a face covering is not recommended by their healthcare professional*
See Events in Institute-Approved Housing Policy for face covering expectations at events in Institute-approved housing.
If food is being provided at events and gatherings in an undergraduate residence hall or other campus facility, the following protocols are required:
Food service protocols
The following food service protocols must be followed:
- Food must be provided in single servings and all food items must be individually wrapped.
- Buffet or common food service (e.g. pizza) cannot be included in food service for house events.
- Food preparers need to wash their hands between each step in food preparation.
- 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 over time depending on state and local guidance. This policy will be updated as needed.
SHARP students can have a guest list of close friends and significant others who can visit them in residence hall.
- Sharp students can establish a guest list of up to five (5) guests. The guest list protocol is based on an honor system and, at all times, residents are expected to use good judgment and to make reasonable decisions about the number of guests who will be in their room or suite. Residents are expected to talk to their suitemates about when they will have guests, for how long guests will visit, and which space(s) in the suite will be used.
- Face coverings
- Unvaccinated residents and individuals who visit MIT residence halls are expected to wear a face covering. It is recommended that residents of Institute-approved housing wear face coverings when in common spaces and corridors.
- Guest visitation protocols for residents using a guest list
- All guests need to be on the resident’s guest list and leave a phone number and email at the MacGregor desk for contact tracing purposes. Guests can voluntarily provide their vaccination status.
- Guests need to sign in upon arrival and sign out upon departure.
- Residents may have up to five (5) guests visit at the same time.
- Events and gatherings are not permitted in the residence hall until further notice. The house team will work with students to coordinate and sponsor house programs and events.
- Overnight guests must continue to follow the residence hall overnight guest policy (see below).
- Guests may include community members in Covid pass, and significant others, friends, and family members who are not in Covid pass.
- Residents may have in-house visitors (other residents in the same building). In-house visitors may visit at the same time as non-resident guests, up to five (5) people at a time.
- Resident hosts must be up-to-date with all Covid Pass requirements to be eligible to host guests.
- All residents and their guests must follow all MIT Covid policies (e.g. wear a face covering where required).
- Residents and their guests may access the residence hall courtyard and other outdoor spaces in accordance with house-specific plans.
- Resident hosts and guests are encouraged to visit outdoors whenever possible and as weather permits.
- Covid testing and health monitoring for guests
- All guests who are over the age of 16 are expected to be vaccinated.
- Guests who are in COVID Pass must be in compliance with MIT health monitoring policies for testing and attestations.
- Daytime guests who are not in COVID Pass must take a COVID-19 test with a negative result within a week before entering the residence hall.
- If the guest is not vaccinated and gets a negative test result, they need to stay away from others in the residence hall (other than their host) for the duration of their stay.
- Overnight guests who are not in COVID Pass must take a COVID-19 test with a negative result within a week before entering the residence hall and follow the residence hall overnight guest policy (see below).
- If the guest is vaccinated and gets a negative test result, they do not need to quarantine.
- If the guest is not vaccinated and gets a negative test result, they need to quarantine for seven (7) days.
- If the guest is unable to get a test for COVID-19, before arrival, or does not have access to COVID-19 testing, upon arrival, the guest must test as soon as possible, and quarantine and stay away from others in the residence hall (other than their host) until they have a negative test result. If the guest receives a positive test result while visiting, they should depart the residence hall and contact their healthcare provider.
- Overnight guests are permitted. In accordance with standard MIT residential policies, residents may not have overnight guests for more than three nights in a seven-day period. In a multi-occupant unit, roommates are expected to coordinate overnight guests. Residents must obtain, in advance, the permission of all students of the suite in which the overnight guest is visiting or staying. Consideration should be given to the reasonable expectations of a roommate(s) at all times.
- Guest Check-In
Upon arrival, guests must immediately visit the MacGregor House desk to:
- Sign-in, including name, phone, email, arrival time, and anticipated departure time, and voluntarily provide their vaccination status;
- Be met by the resident host at the desk or enter the residence hall with their host and be escorted to their destination;
- Be escorted to the desk and main exit by the resident host to sign-out before departure; and
- Daytime guests are welcome to visit between the hours of 9:00 am and 11:00 pm (see above for information about overnight guests).
- Residents are expected to talk to their roommate(s) about when they will each have a guest, for how long a guest will visit
- Sign-out upon departure.
Resident hosts are expected to present their Covid Pass status (i.e. on a smartphone) to front desk staff to verify compliance with Covid Pass requirements during the guest check-in process.
As needed, guest logs will be used for contact tracing. Information about the guest policy, logistics, and expectations will be available through the desk staff and the house team.
This guest policy will be reviewed and adjusted as needed to reflect current public health guidance and conditions.
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 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.
All Covid-era maximum capacity limits for residential common areas--including fitness areas, kitchen and lounges--are fully lifted. Please note, however, that capacity limits due to building and fire code regulations will remain in effect. This means that common areas may be utilized by residents who are not from the same household.
It is recommended that residents of Institute-approved housing wear face coverings when in common spaces
Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, must stay in their room, suite, or apartment and immediately notify MIT Medical by completing your attestation in COVID Pass and await further instructions. Students who come into close contact with someone they know has tested positive must follow the advice of MIT Medical. If you are a close contact, the COVID Support Team will also contact you and stay in touch if you need to quarantine
In general, it is recommended that outdoor spaces be places where students can connect safely. Residents of Institute-approved housing may access their courtyards, roof decks, and other outdoor spaces as indicated by house-specific protocols.
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.
Student & Resident Campus Agreement
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 for our residential community.
To make an informed decision about returning to MIT for the Spring 2021 semester, it is important that all students who are invited to campus to reside in an MIT residence hall or an FSILG pilot house, or to participate in academic and research activities, 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-19 policies.
This agreement applies to students’ partners and spouses and postdocs and their partners and spouses who live in a MIT residence hall or an FSILG pilot house. Students’ and postdocs’ partners and spouses are also required to review and acknowledge the agreement in COVID Pass.
PROCESS TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND SUBMIT INFORMATION
Students who will live in a MIT residence hall, an FSILG pilot house, and/or be on campus for the Spring 2021 semester are required to read and acknowledge the COVID-19 Student and Resident Campus Agreement in COVID Pass. Students’ spouses and partners who will live in a MIT residence hall or an FSILG pilot house are also required to read and acknowledge the agreement.
Undergraduate students and graduate students who are coming to campus for the Spring 2021 semester must read and acknowledge the agreement before coming to campus. You will not be able to check-in to your residence hall or FSILG pilot house if this agreement has not been acknowledged.
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 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.
As a MIT student choosing to attend MIT in-person for the Spring 2021 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.
- 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.
- Unless for health reasons the vaccine is contraindicated for me, I have had a flu vaccination, as is required by MIT for all students living in the United States.
- If I am living in a residence hall, I have signed my Housing License Agreement.
- If I am living in an FSILG pilot house, I will sign any additional house requirements as needed.
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 COVID Pass.
- If I live in a residence hall or an FSILG pilot house, I will complete the online education module about COVID-19 and review Institute expectations for access to campus, as indicated in COVID Pass.
- I am aware of the risks and responsibilities related to COVID-19, including information for those in higher-risk categories.
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.
- 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 isolate in my on-campus room, suite, apartment, FSILG pilot house room, or off-campus residence. I will notify MIT Medical via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through COVID Pass 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 isolation or quarantine protocols. Please see COVID-19 Student Amnesty Policy (graduate | undergraduate).
PHYSICAL DISTANCING, FACE COVERINGS, AND BEHAVIOR REQUIREMENTS
- I will wear my MIT ID 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 anyone unauthorized access to MIT buildings.
- If I live in a residence hall or FSILG pilot house, I will clean my residential space, including (if applicable) the bathroom within my apartment and I will follow MIT’s or my FSILG pilot house’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.
- I will remain in the community where I live, whether in MIT’s Institute-approved housing or off-campus. If I must travel during the spring semester, I will follow MIT’s COVID-policies and protocols upon return, which may include testing and quarantine. I will register any travel with the COVID Travel.
- 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 or FSILG Pilot Houses)
- I will comply with MIT and residence hall and FSILG pilot house guest policies [graduate | undergraduate].
- I will comply with MIT and residence hall and FSILG pilot house 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 or FSILGs.
- When accessing dining services, I will only dine in my building of residence for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch with the option to dine in W20 for weekday lunches. (MIT meal plan students). If I need accommodation for special dietary needs, I will work with the Office of Disability and Access Services. I will utilize the dining services provided by my FSILG pilot house and work with my FSILG Pilot Planning Team to accommodate special dietary needs (FSILG pilot students).
- 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-approved housing if I live in a residence hall or an FSILG pilot house.
- 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’s Instituteapproved housing or a restriction from campus—may also be taken to protect MIT and surrounding community members.