Grad Campus Guide

Spring 2021 Graduate
Student Campus Guide

Getting to know new ways of life on campus

This guide is designed to provide helpful information about what to expect in the coming semester, and it will be updated as planning details are finalized.

Chancellor Barnhart announced the Institute’s plans for the spring term on November 2, 2020. Read the letter to the MIT community here​. On November 10, Chancellor Barnhart, Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz, and Vice President and Dean for Student Life Suzy Nelson shared additional perspectives about life on campus in Spring 2021​.

WHAT WILL LIFE ON CAMPUS BE LIKE?

One of the great joys of being an MIT community member is the vibrancy of campus life. Given the current pandemic, however, students should know that life at MIT during Spring 2021 will be very different than it was a year ago. Though this is disappointing for all of us, the measures described in this guide are similar to what was in place for Fall 2020 and are intended to protect the health and safety of those who live in and around the MIT community.

Quarantine, testing, and attesting

MIT’s plans for fall were founded on regular testing, and that will continue this spring. Upon arriving, on-campus students will be tested for Covid-19 by MIT Medical, followed by a seven-day self-quarantine until they receive a second negative test result. Graduate students' family members are also required to quarantine for seven days after they arrive on campus. As an extra precaution, the first two weeks of classes will be conducted entirely online to accommodate the self-quarantine period. As a term of their access permissions, all on-campus residents this spring will be tested twice a week for Covid-19, and they will have to attest to their daily well-being using ​COVID Pass​, even if they don't leaver their residence hall. Enrolled students who do not live on campus in the spring should ​consult this guidance from MIT Medical​ about how to seek patient care and receive a test if they believe they have been exposed to Covid-19.

Socializing and support

​It’s no secret that Covid has caused many of us, on campus and off, to feel isolated. As the on-campus community settled into a routine last fall, MIT carefully introduced ways for residents to interact that also kept the potential risk of transmitting the virus low. Institute leaders and staff are eager to work with students and House Teams to review policies and seek new ways to alleviate loneliness and isolation on campus. The key to enabling those conversations is following the rules that protect MIT from Covid: wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, test twice weekly, attest daily, and comply with all other MIT Covid policies.

If you need to talk with someone, the customary graduate student support resources will be available online and by phone, as they were to all students in the fall. Any student who is considering moving to campus and has concerns should reach out to one of MIT’s many student support resources. Check out ​https://ask.mit.edu​ to find the appropriate support for your needs.

Rooms, FSILGs, and events

To better enable physical distancing, many students living on campus will have a residence hall room to themselves. The majority of FSILGs will be closed for undergraduates, with the exception of a few organizations participating in a spring housing pilot. ​More information will be available soon on the Association of Independent Living Groups website​. As the events and gatherings policy states, the size of groups that can interact with each other in person is small. Please read the policy for more details.

Access to campus and interacting with friends

Only faculty, students, and family members who live on campus or students, faculty, and staff granted campus access through ​Covid Pass may be on MIT grounds or utilize MIT facilities (with certain restrictions). Everyone living on campus or accessing campus facilities must wear a face covering and keep six feet apart from each other at all times. MIT made significant updates to the graduate resident guest policy effective March 9​--please read the guest policy in full before making plans to meet up with friends or visit their residence.

What you need to know before arriving on campus

To ensure everyone understands their role in protecting themselves and each other, students returning to campus will be required to complete public health education and sign an agreement to live in MIT housing. Once they are on campus, residents must keep up with their twice-weekly testing and attest to their well-being each day using ​Covid Pass​ before entering any MIT facility. Under certain circumstances, students will be asked to share information about contacts with other people on and off campus should they test positive. See the policy on facilities access for more details.

Meal plan options and residence hall kitchens

Graduate students may purchase a block meal plan to be used at any time--breakfast, lunch, dinner, or brunch. The plan is $360 for 30 meals, and more than one block of 30 meals may be purchased for the fall. Visit the dining website for more information on dining on campus. Additionally, Dunkin' will be open in the Student Center. Check the retail dining page for updates.

Shared kitchens are potential hotspots for spreading the virus. As a result, residence hall floor and country kitchens will remain closed for cooking. However, students may use the sinks, refrigerators, and microwaves, and dispose of food waste in trash barrels in designated kitchens. Even with these restricted kitchen uses, occupancy limits apply.

Wear your MIT ID at all times on campus

Because access to MIT facilities will be closely managed, everyone on campus must carry their MIT ID at all times. ​Most buildings will be accessible through one or two access points​. Many working spaces have been reconfigured and schedules changed to allow for adequate physical distancing. Stepped-up cleaning protocols will remain in effect across campus.

Varsity athletics, other sports, and on-campus recreation

Unfortunately, MIT varsity sports teams will not compete this winter. Likewise, club sports and intramurals will be paused for the winter and their status for spring will be reviewed based on Covid conditions and public health guidelines. DAPER will provide more information to anyone affected by these cancellations directly.

Faculty, staff, students, and family members living on campus and graduate students accessing campus using Covid Pass will have access to DAPER outdoor and indoor fitness facilities this spring. The facilities have been reconfigured to limit the potential spread of Covid, occupancy has been reduced, and new policies have been introduced for the well-being of staff and those who use DAPER facilities. Please ​visit the MIT Recreation website​ for more information.

PREPARING TO TRAVEL TO CAMPUS

Move-in date, confirmation, and more instructions

With guidance from MIT Medical, MIT Emergency Management and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Housing & Residential Services (HRS) has developed a multi-prong approach to move-in that aligns with established density restrictions in on-campus graduate housing and COVID-19 graduate student policies.  

Most graduate students with a spring 2021 on-campus housing assignment will have already received an assigned move-in date and time. Students who have not received this information may submit a request with their preferred arrival date here. The team at HRS will follow-up with to confirm students’ arrival date and to provide additional information. Please refrain from making travel arrangements before you receive a confirmation email.

Information detailing the steps you must take prior to moving onto campus, and to help plan for your arrival, are available on the HRS webpage. Please take note that arrivals on Fridays and Saturdays cannot be accommodated due to COVID-19 testing availability.

Preparing your Ready Kit

Before you depart for Cambridge, consider assembling a Ready Kit. If you are asked to isolate by MIT Medical, you may not be able to go back to your residence for supplies. Also, you will not be able to leave support housing until okayed by MIT Medical and/or the Cambridge Department of Public Health. Having these supplies packed and ready to go will ensure you have what you need if you test positive for Covid-19 or start to feel sick and need to move to support housing. Your Ready Kit should include the following:

Academic & Tech Needs

  • Computer and charger
  • Books
  • Notebooks and class materials
  • Cellphone and charger

Personal Needs

  • Comfortable clothes: Enough for a few days.
  • Hygiene supplies: Shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, menstrual products, etc.
  • Prescription medications: Pack two week’s worth of any prescription medications you need.
  • Self-care medications: Fever/pain reducers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin), lozenges for sore throats, or cough medications. Note: Avoid taking multi-symptom medications in combination with fever/pain reducers to avoid inadvertently ingesting too much of the same active medication.
  • Towels
  • Spare set of twin sheets – You can use your pillow and blanket from your current bed.
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Comfort food: Pack your favorite snacks and drinks. MIT will deliver meals to emergency housing each day, but sometimes a favorite snack can provide an emotional boost.

Covid Needs

  • Face-coverings: While masks will be available in emergency housing, it’s a good idea to have some backups.
  • Thermometer: The best is a digital thermometer that works under your tongue, is easy to use, and not too expensive. And make sure that it’s equipped with new batteries.
  • Cleaning supplies: These EPA-approved disinfecting wipes can help you keep surfaces in your residence hall and emergency housing living space clean before, during, and after isolation.

Massachusetts Travel Notice Requirement

Per a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Travel Order, effective August 1, 2020, all returning residents and visitors entering Massachusetts (including college/university students and any parents/family members accompanying them) who do not meet an exemption are required to:

  • Complete a Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless they are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts.
  • If a COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.

Please find more information on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website, including the list of lower-risk states, exemptions, quarantine requirements, and other details.

MOVE-IN & CAMPUS ACCESS

Anyone authorized to be in MIT housing (e.g., students, spouses/partners, children, and staff), must follow all MIT policies and instructions related to campus and building access. New access policies may require limiting access to certain buildings via designated entrances and exits, scanning of MIT IDs at designated access points before entry, and signing in and out when reporting to or leaving campus buildings. Where a building has a designated entrance or exit, students must not enter or exit (or allow anyone else to enter or exit) the building through any other entrance or exit. In order to access MIT campus buildings other than your residence hall, you must complete a daily health attestation and scheduled Covid-19 testing as described on the Covid Pass website (certificates required).

The day you move in

Graduate students are expected to arrive on campus during their confirmed move-in day, and can proceed directly to their graduate residence. Students will be provided access to their room on their confirmed arrival date, however, room keys will not be issued until a COVID-19 test has been administered by MIT Medical within 24 hours of arrival (proof of test will be provided by MIT Medical through the Covid Pass health monitoring system).

Graduate student testing requirement and off-hours arrivals

Students (and their spouse/partner or other adult authorized occupants) must complete testing from MIT Medical within 24 hours of arrival. See Covid Pass requirements below for testing locations and hours. Make sure that you have your MIT ID handy, as you may need to provide it for testing. If you have a smartphone, make sure it is sufficiently charged so that you can access the COVID Pass app.

During move-in, all residents will be expected to follow all health and safety policies, including wearing a face mask or covering, practicing physical distancing, and hand washing or sanitizing upon entering and leaving the residence. As noted above, please remember that you will be provided access to your room upon your arrival, but your room keys will not be issued until MIT Medical confirms that you completed testing.

After arriving on campus, residents are expected to self-quarantine until receiving a second negative test at MIT Medical. Subsequent testing can take place a minimum of 5-7 days after arrival.

Off-hours arrivals. If you arrive on campus after MIT Medical testing has concluded for the day, you can go directly to your assigned residence hall. Staff will be on hand to give you access to your room, though you will not receive your room key at this time. You will need to self-quarantine in your room until you are able to visit MIT Medical as soon as possible the next day for testing. Upon proof of testing (through the Covid Pass system), you will complete the check-in process at your residence hall and receive your room key.

Arrival and self-quarantine

If you live in on-campus housing, you have to get a Covid test at MIT Medical as soon as you arrive on campus. After the test and you move into your room, you will have to self-quarantine in your room for about a week, until a subsequent Covid test comes back negative. That means you cannot have direct contact with anyone else and you must stay in your room except to use your assigned bathroom or to get packages or food while wearing a face covering (more on food below). You can leave the building for about an hour to exercise each day, wearing your face covering the entire time. While outside your room, you must keep six feet apart from other people and wear a face covering at all times, including around people you know.

Support for students who test positive

We must be prepared for some of our community members to test positive for the virus or to get sick. If you, your partner, or a family member are experiencing potential Covid symptoms, call MIT Medical’s Covid-19 hotline at 617-253-4865 and follow their instructions precisely. Any resident who tests positive for Covid-19 will have the full support and dedicated resources of the MIT community. Campus partners, including staff from MIT Medical and the CARE Team, have developed a comprehensive approach to supporting residents diagnosed with Covid-19 until they recover fully. This may include a temporary on-campus housing relocation during the self-isolation period, meal delivery, and other assistance. To be fully prepared, we suggest packing a Ready Kit as described above.

Piece by Piece Movers and stored items

Students who stored items with Piece by Piece Movers may arrange to have their belongings delivered to their 2021 room assignment. See HRS's moving and storage page for details.

MIT ID: Your key to campus

Wear Your MIT ID. All students (plus partners and family members), faculty, and staff who are granted access to campus must have their MIT IDs visible when in classrooms, labs, and on other Institute property. You do not have to wear your ID in your residence hall. To access your residence hall, simply tap your ID on the card reader at the entrance and/or security desk, and make sure no visitors follow you into the residence. Click here to read the policy prohibiting the sharing your MIT ID with anyone.

Covid Pass requirements

To continue residing in on-campus housing, all residents over age 14 must be tested as required by MIT Medical and attest to their well-being on a daily basis using Covid Pass online or through the Atlas app (for iOS or Android). Read the policies on diagnostic testing and campus access.

COVID-19 testing is available at two locations! 

  • Johnson Athletic Center (W34): Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • MIT Medical trailer: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., located in the large trailer between buildings E23 and the Media Lab. Enter from Amherst Street along the plaza adjacent to Building E15 (Wiesner Building); you do not need to enter MIT Medical (E23).

Learn more about the Covid Pass system by visiting the IS&T website. Any questions regarding Covid Pass may be directed to covidapps-help@mit.edu.

CLEANING AND PERSONAL HYGIENE

Hygiene requirements: Face-coverings, hand washing, and more

MIT requires the use of face-coverings while on campus, including in common areas and public spaces, and anytime you are around other people. On the basis of published test data, bandanas are not adequate face coverings beacuse of the unacceptably low levels of protection they provide. Disposable masks must only be worn for one day and then disposed of in the trash. Please review the PPE policy statement for additional guidelines and best practices.

Use of face-coverings in combination with physical distancing and good hygiene is a public health measure intended to reduce the potential for virus transmission. Face coverings will be provided to students upon residence hall check-in and available from MIT Police in Lobby 7 (MIT ID required).

On-campus residents should also know and follow state and local guidance regarding face coverings when away from campus. Failure to follow those ordinances can result in significant fines.

Enhanced hygiene practices

MIT Medical advises all community members to practice enhanced personal hygiene habits:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you feel sick
  • Wear a face-covering when around people who are not in your pod
  • Wash surfaces frequently, especially where food is being prepared or others are exercising

And make sure to practice physical distancing. An article that shares more information about physical distancing may be found here.

Cleaning protocols

In an effort to protect the health and wellbeing of MIT students, faculty, and staff, as well as our neighboring communities, the HRS team is cleaning on-campus residence halls with increased frequency, especially public areas with high foot-traffic and high-touch surfaces (e.g., front desk, door knobs, handrails, and elevators).

Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at residence hall entrances, and HRS has trained the entire operations staff--including managers, housekeepers, mechanics, security personnel, and evening operations--on cleaning standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the MIT Environment, Health & Safety Office (EHS).

LIVING ON CAMPUS

Your house team

The MIT campus residential experience encourages students to make connections with their peers outside of the classroom, and there are a number of in-house faculty, staff, and graduate students who are there to help every step of the way. All residence halls have a live-in house team that cultivates community among their residents:

  • Heads of House and Associate Heads of House: Houses are led by these live-in faculty who offer academic and personal support to residents. Heads of house and associate heads of house often live with their families, and lead the house team.
  • House Operations Manager: Full-time HRS staff member who is responsible for the operations and facilities of a residence. They supervise the front desk, cleaning, and maintenance staff.
  • Student House Governments: Residents of each house elect a government to work with the heads of house, staff, and the GSC to enhance the experience of students living in the house.
  • House Compliance Staff: Additional staff will be available in the buildings to hand out masks and other helpful items (like hand sanitizer) while also helping to ensure compliance with MIT’s Covid-19 policies.

Community expectations and agreements

MIT is closely monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and taking action to protect the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, and neighboring communities. To clarify students’ role in keeping the virus at bay, MIT published updated policies for on-campus graduate housing that were shaped by MIT Medical and the Institute’s Emergency Management Team, and reviewed by undergraduate and graduate heads of house, the Graduate Student Council, and other campus partners. MIT will continue to adjust policies and implement additional measures as necessary, and post updates here.

Any on-campus student who is concerned about the behaviors of other students relative to Covid-19 health risks can share that information using this online form. Concerns about the behaviors of non-student community members relative to Covid-19 and health risks may be submitted using this online form.

All students, living on or off campus, must follow MIT’s Covid-19 directives. All students, partners, and family members living in on-campus housing must also follow the housing policies and MIT Covid-19 directives. Doing your part is important for your own wellbeing and for the safety and wellbeing of those around you, especially those who are elderly, immune-compromised, or otherwise vulnerable to Covid-19. Disregard of MIT Covid-related policies may result in a referral to the Committee on Discipline. MIT reserves the right to take interim measures—including removing non-compliant students from MIT housing—to protect the on-campus community.

In addition to 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 students. Specific information about other housing policies is available on the HRS website. In the event of any inconsistency between the Mind and Hand Book and these Covid-19 policies, please follow the Covid-19 policies.

Indoor and outdoor spaces, kitchens, and laundry

Indoor Residential Spaces and Visitors. Residents may work with their house team to reserve spaces in their residence hall for group use. The number of people in a designated space must not exceed occupancy limits, and everyone in the space must wear face coverings and keep physically distant from others.

Residence Hall Outdoor Spaces. After the mandatory quarantine period, students living on campus may access their residence hall’s courtyards, roof decks, and other outdoor spaces. Posted occupancy limits must be observed (50 people max), where groups of up to 10 may socialize together. If following physical distancing requirements - keeping at least six feet of separation from others - face-coverings may be removed when outdoors. 

Reservable West Campus Spaces. On-campus residents may also reserve several spaces on West campus--the Student Center Garden (between the Student Center and DuPont Gym), barbecue pits near Kresge Auditorium, and an area near the DuPont Tennis Courts (See Campus Activities Complex webpage).

Other Non-Residential Outdoor Common Areas. On-campus residents and faculty, staff, and students with a valid Covid Pass may use designated spaces in outdoor common areas (e.g., Killian Court, Hockfield Court) marked by fencing or circles painted on the ground. Spaces will have a posted occupancy limit (Max 50, groups of up to ten people). 

Massachusetts or Cambridge may have less restrictive guidelines on face-coverings and physical distancing when outdoors, particularly for construction workers who mostly work outside. Whatever the state or city may say, MIT reminds you to wear a face-covering if you cannot remain six feet apart from others at all times when outdoors.

Kitchens. All floor kitchens are closed except to residents whose living units don’t have kitchens (e.g., single rooms in 70 Amherst and three-bedroom suites in Ashdown). Observe capacity limits, and clean kitchen utensils and surfaces thoroughly after use. House operations managers will ensure that cleaning supplies are available.

Laundry. Laundry rooms remain available to residents. Please follow all posted regulations in the laundry room, including practicing physical distancing and wearing a face covering. Students may use the Washlava app (available for iOS and Android) to reserve machines and monitor laundry cycles. Watch this video to get a sense of how Washlava works. For detailed guidance on how to best clean your clothing and personal spaces, visit the CDC’s website by clicking here.

Visitors to graduate residence halls

You may have one friend who also lives in your house visit your private room. If you live with other people (e.g., in a suite), please discuss this with your suitemates before your visitor arrives and be mindful of their situation and concerns. Students in quarantine are not permitted visitors at any time during isolation. Additional exceptions for graduate student visitors are for the reasons noted below:

  • Pre-approved friends or family members who are helping residents move to an off-campus location; or
  • A childcare or healthcare provider who comes to graduate students’ Eastgate or Westgate apartments during working hours to provide essential support for graduate students’ health or wellbeing, or who allows graduate students to continue their research or teaching duties.

Graduate residents should contact Associate Dean Naomi Carton via e-mail at naomic@mit.edu to request an exception.

STAYING WELL AND GETTING SUPPORT

Care for Your Mind

Taking care of your mind is critical to managing your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and also allows you to reason, innovate, practice self-compassion, empathize, and develop insight.

Care for Your Body

Caring for your body is foundational to wellbeing and includes getting good sleep, physical exercise, and eating well.

Build Healthy Relationships

Healthy relationships and meaningful connections help create thriving communities where everyone feels valued and respected.

Find a Sense of Purpose

A sense of purpose helps you make sense of your experience in the world, discover what is meaningful to you, and figure out who you want to become.

Get Support

Support resources, including resources that are available after hours and 24/7, are available to support you wherever you are in the world when you are faced with a challenge.

DINING AND FOOD

Meal plan options

Graduate students may purchase a block meal for $360 comprising 30 meals. More than one block of 30 meals may be purchased for the spring. Visit the dining website for more information on dining on campus,

Retail dining

Campus residents and students Covid Pass access can visit Dunkin' and TechMart in the Student Center. Visit the retail dining section of the Student Life website for more details.

ATHLETICS, RECREATION, FITNESS, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, AND SPORTS

Winter and spring athletics

MIT and DAPER complied with the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference’s (NEWMAC) unanimous vote on November 2 to cancel all winter athletics. Though this news is disappointing, we know that close-contact athletic activities create unacceptably high risk for Covid transmission. DAPER will be working closely with the conference to assess conditions and options for spring athletics.

Recreation facilities and what to expect

To provide the safest experience possible, DAPER is following federal, state, local, and MIT Medical health and safety guidelines. Students, staff, and faculty living on campus and students granted access to campus through Covid Pass and an active membership may access DAPER facilities.

Facilities and Hours. The following facilities will be open this spring: Zesiger Center; Johnson Athletic Center; Alumni Pool/Wang Fitness Center; DuPont Tennis Courts; J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble; Steinbrenner Stadium; Jack Barry Field; Sailing Pavilion; Sherie and Don (1961) Morrison Track; and DuPont Gym.

Click here for operating hours, which are subject to change. Please visit www.mitrecsports.com for more information.

Please remember that all students are responsible for bringing their own face-coverings, their MIT ID, a towel, water bottle, and personal sports equipment (e.g., tennis racquet or soccer ball). When visiting any recreation facility, students should follow posted rules, venue occupancy limits, new reservation requirements, and guidance provided by the MIT Recreation staff. Towel services and equipment checkout will be suspended for the spring semester, and locker rooms will remain closed except to swimmers, who will be able to shower before and after their time in the pool.

Indoor Facilities. Students should arrive dressed for their workout and, once checked in, go directly to their workout venue. MIT Recreation will have the equipment appropriately spaced out to comply with physical distancing guidelines. Students are asked to leave equipment where it is and to thoroughly clean the equipment before and after use with cleaning materials provided. Once their workout is finished, students are asked to proceed directly to the exit. Additionally, Z-Center staff have stepped up general cleaning protocols to limit the potential for Covid-19 to spread through contact with equipment and in DAPER facilities.

Outdoor Facilities. Face coverings must be worn upon entry to any outdoor facility, but they may be removed temporarily when a physical distance of at least six feet can be maintained. Students should try to limit their use of restrooms and should also wash and sanitize their hands before, during, and after exercise and using equipment.

Remote and self-guided fitness tools

Virtual fitness classes will remain FREE for all members of the MIT community. To register, visit the MIT Group Exercise webpage and click on the class you wish to attend. You will then be directed to log into your membership account. If you do not have an account at this time, click the “Become a Guest” option. (Guests will only have access to virtual classes). Once logged in, select “Group Exercise” and then register for the class you wish to attend. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the guidelines for in-person classes, as well as the link for virtual classes. Registration is also available on the MIT Recreation app under “classes.”

Note: Registration for a class can only take place within 48 hours of that class’ start time. In-person classes are limited to a maximum of 11 participants, and all participants must pre-register to attend.

Physical education

DAPER will offer live and recorded online options for students to complete the coursework needed to fulfill their Physical Education and Wellness General Institute Requirement, including the swim test. More information is available at physical education and wellness.mit.edu.

Club sports and intramurals

Like varsity athletics, intramural and club sports activities are paused for the winter. We will assess the public health situation and pandemic trajectory during the winter and make a determination about spring intramurals and club sports in the new year.

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES, EVENTS, AND COMMUNITY

Intercultural communities

Social Justice Programming & Cross Cultural Engagement Intercultural Center (SPXCE, pronounced "space") works to foster a more inclusive, equitable, and affirming MIT campus climate. As a collaborative initiative between the Office of Multicultural Programs and LBGTQ+ Services, the SPXCE provides intersectional social justice education, support, community-building, and leadership development. The SPXCE serves as a place where students can feel at home and exist in their wholeness while exploring all of their identities authentically with compassion and care.

In the midst of COVID, our team is working hard to create a virtual presence that allows you to find community, learn about available resources, discuss hot topics and interact with your peers. Please visit LBGTQ+ Services and the Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP) for more information on virtual events and offerings!

Religious Life

The Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life (ORSEL) is available for anyone who needs support. Chaplains are available by phone, email, and remote video conferencing to listen, talk, and be present for you.

If you would like to speak with a chaplain, please email askachaplain@mit.edu and include brief information about the support you are seeking from ORSEL. An ORSEL staff member will connect you with a chaplain as soon as possible.

The MIT Chapel, Religious Life Center (W11), and Walker Memorial quiet space will not be available to use for personal prayer and reflection in spring 2021. We encourage students to pack and bring what they need to conduct religious practices in their rooms. If you need any assistance do not hesitate to contact us at askachaplain@mit.edu. The chaplain list is available at https://studentlife.mit.edu/orsel.

On- and off-campus parties, gatherings, and events

Since the 2020 spring semester, MIT has prohibited on-campus parties, gatherings, and events. Additonally, don’t organize or attend off-campus events, parties, or gatherings until further notice. They are a leading cause of Covid hotspots on college campuses. Small on-campus gatherings are permitted under specific circumstances (See section on indoor and outdoor spaces in the “Living On Campus” section above).

MIT will take swift disciplinary action in response to noncompliance with MIT Covid policies and the Student and Resident Campus Agreement through an expedited COD process for COVID-19 policy violations. Students who attend or host off-campus parties, events, or gatherings may face disciplinary action including potential suspension, loss of housing, or loss of campus access.

Student groups and their gatherings

MIT has instituted a moratorium on in-person student organization events, whether on-campus or off-campus. Student Organizations, Leadership, and Engagement (SOLE) recommends that student organizations focus on virtual events this Spring. The event moratorium includes business and social gatherings, dance and theatre performances, sporting events, concerts, meetings, conferences, tours, workshops, and K-12 programming. Additional details are available at https://studentlife.mit.edu/sole/covid19.

Office Use and Storage Guidelines. At this time, student organization offices are closed and may not be used for meetings, events, or other in-person programming. However, student groups may be able to pick up stored items necessary for their operations by requesting access through the form available on Engage and following these guidelines:

  • No more than two students may be present for the scheduled item pick-up time.
  • Only students with COVID Pass access to campus may be present during the pick-up time.
  • In order to address concerns around contamination and sanitization, items may not be returned (or new items may not be stored) in student group offices.
  • Anyone present for pick-up must follow all MIT COVID-19 guidelines.
  • If your request is approved, your organization will be contacted by a staff member to coordinate a pick-up time during regular business hours, which are 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays.
  • Visit https://bit.ly/orgroomacces to request a pick-up time.

Additional details on financial and shipping processes can be found at https://studentlife.mit.edu/sole/covid19.

HELPFUL LINKS

Policy Links

Support and Wellbeing

  • Prioritizing your wellbeing is important to becoming your best self. The resources on this page are provided to help you maintain a healthy physical and mental lifestyle that includes staying connected with others and finding a sense of purpose.
  • Sometimes, students face challenges and need to ask for help. When you find yourself in this situation, there are many resources available to help support you.

Covid

Food & Dining