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#7. Will all undergraduates living on campus in Fall 2020 be required to be on an MIT meal plan? How much will a meal plan cost, and will other food options be available? How will dining services work?
Out of an abundance of caution and following safe food-handling and enhanced cleaning guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the state public health department, 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 $1,300 for the fall term meal plan, bringing the total cost down from $3,200 to $1,900. So that students can supplement the 14 meals per week, the dining allowance offered in the financial aid award calculation will be $2,500 per semester – higher than the $1,900 cost of the meal plan.
TechMart, MIT’s at-cost grocery, will open after relocating to a new facility on campus, and LaVerde’s in the Student Center and several retail eateries across campus are expected to be open. These facilities will only be available to community members granted access to campus.
Dining service for undergraduates will be a combination of take-out and sit-down, depending on availability of seating in the residential dining halls, the Student Center’s Lobdell Dining Hall, and some house common spaces. Students who take their meals in dining halls will be required to maintain proper physical distancing and wear face coverings except while at their tables.
Lobdell will serve breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, and an east-side daytime dining location may open. Dinner will be served in the five residential dining halls seven nights a week, with brunch service on weekends. Where necessary, dinner and brunch will be delivered and served from a common space to cook-for-yourself communities. Additional serving locations and times may be added as necessary. Students may pre-order meals and reserve a dining hall table using a mobile application that will be announced soon.
#6. What is MIT’s plan for FSILGs in Fall 2020?
As in the spring and summer, FSILGs will be closed to undergraduate residents for the Fall 2020 semester. Graduate resident advisors and graduate students who have been living in an FSILG may continue to do so. MIT will work with FSILG alumni to subsidize costs for house operations so they can resume operations when it is safe to do so.
The FSILG Office will continue to work virtually with the FSILG governing councils, chapter presidents, and ILG students to advance their organizational programs and initiatives. FSILG student leaders are already planning for remote recruitment programs that will be complemented by in-person programs when all students can return to campus.
#5. Will MIT provide emergency housing for students who cannot leave campus when the fall semester ends?
Yes, but we will ask students to submit requests to the Student Housing Assistance Review Process (SHARP), and we will work with students on a case-by-case basis. Students who remain in emergency housing over breaks should anticipate moving to consolidated housing for the duration of the break.
#4 How will the undergraduate building and room assignments process work in Fall 2020?
Now that the fall plans have been announced, Housing & Residential Services (HRS), Residential Education, DormCon, room assignment chairs (RACs), area directors, and house operations managers will develop and implement the building and room assignment processes. The process will look different due to the lower density of students in residences and the compressed timeline. HRS will work with the house teams and RACs to make room assignments at the local level. Details about the housing process and how to apply will be communicated later in July to students invited to campus.
#3. Will undergraduates who live on campus in Fall 2020 be housed one to a room? And if they are, will they be charged a single-room rate?
To better enable physical distancing and to protect the health of individual students and residential communities, doubles, triples, and quads in MIT’s undergraduate residence halls will be converted to singles.
However, rates will be set at the 2020-21 double-room rate for each house, and the total cost will be prorated based on the shortened time on campus. All housing and dining costs will be included in students’ financial aid awards.
#2. Will the undergraduates who are invited to campus in Fall 2020 be required to live in one of MIT’s undergraduate residence halls in order to access in-person elements of an MIT education as well as MIT facilities?
Yes. To meet the public safety and health objectives of the Institute’s fall return plan, undergraduate students who are invited to return to campus in Fall 2020 must live on campus if they want access to campus.
#1. What agreements and community expectations will students who live in on-campus housing in Fall 2020 have to sign and follow?
Undergraduate students invited to return to campus will need to read, sign, and follow an agreement to comply with public health expectations and MIT COVID-19 policies. It will contain information about MIT’s new COVID-19 policies and protocols as well as how the Institute will address non-compliance. Students’ emergency contacts will also need to read and electronically sign an acknowledgement of this agreement. The agreement will be shared with returning students very soon.
In addition to the agreement, MIT has campus-wide Covid-19 policies and protocols. Current Covid-19 housing policies were put in place in March and are being updated for the fall semester. See undergraduate policies for students living in undergraduate residence halls.