Campus Access this Summer
Updated June 10, 2021
As you have seen, COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts are at the lowest levels since March 2020. Positive cases at MIT are also nearly zero. In response, MIT released revised guidelines on Monday, June 7, intended to move the Institute toward full operations by the start of the fall semester.
We are currently working to make buildings safe for occupancy and ensure campus access for those faculty, staff, PhD students, and ORC who may want to come to campus this summer. We plan to complete this initial work and provide the option for anyone in the community to access their workspace and public spaces in MIT Sloan buildings beginning on June 21, including campus buildings as well as leased spaces in E70, E90, and E94. Please note that there is no requirement to work on campus for most staff this summer; these guidelines are only for those who wish to access campus during the summer. If your department has needs that require you to be on campus regularly before September 7, your supervisor will discuss those with you directly.
Faculty and staff who choose to work on campus this summer should expect only basic services, limited on-site support, and the continuation of all existing remote services.
Below, please review the steps you need to take if you’d like to access campus between June 21 and September 7.
- All MIT Sloan faculty and staff will be added to COVID Pass by June 18, 2021. There is no action required on your part.
- After June 18, 2021, visit https://covidpass.mit.edu and agree to the conditions for campus access and complete the required training. Please access this link via a desktop/laptop computer as the training course is not mobile-friendly.
- Download and install the MIT Atlas mobile app to complete your health attestation, see your test results, and more.
- Complete a PCR test at the MIT Medical trailer (located in the large trailer between buildings E23 and the Media Lab) or at Johnson Athletic Center (W34) on your first visit to campus, and test once a week to maintain campus access.
- Complete a brief health attestation using COVID Pass on any day you plan to be on campus.
- Report your vaccine status as soon as possible.
- Wear a mask indoors while on campus. Masks are required indoors except when alone in a closed-door setting or when eating/drinking. MIT requires masks for in-person teaching this summer. Masks are no longer required outdoors on campus. Learn more.
If you experience any issues with these steps, please contact the MIT Return to Campus team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All external doors to buildings will be locked. Access points will require a valid MIT ID for entry. Anyone in COVID Pass can use their ID to tap in on the external card readers at these entrances so long as they had access to these buildings prior to the pandemic.
The COVID Pass feature within the MIT Atlas mobile app is the easiest way to complete your health attestation on the days you are coming to campus, receive updates about testing requirements and results, and check in to the MIT Medical testing location. If you experience any issues with these steps, please contact the MIT Return to Campus team at email@example.com.
PCR testing will be required once per week to maintain access to campus this summer. Please follow the guidance in COVID Pass for testing frequency and requirements. If more than one week lapses between tests, your COVID Pass will prompt you to take a test before regaining access to campus. You will not be required to wait for a result.
Complete a PCR test at the MIT Medical trailer (located in the large trailer between buildings E23 and the Media Lab) Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at Johnson Athletics Center (W34) Monday–Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on your first visit to campus, and test once a week to maintain campus access.
You must complete a brief health attestation using COVID Pass on any day you plan to be on campus. It can take up to 30 minutes from the time you submit a health attestation until you can gain entry to campus buildings. Many people have found it is easiest to submit the attestation before leaving home or even the night before visiting campus.
By July 30, all staff and faculty must either have submitted proof of vaccination or be granted an exemption by MIT, in order to maintain access to campus.
Since May 23, the attestation process has been simplified for those who reported they were vaccinated. However, currently, there is no enforcement of vaccination reporting or proof of exemption in order to gain campus access. MIT has published the deadline of July 30 for staff and faculty to submit proof of vaccination, or have been granted an exemption. Students must submit proof of vaccination before the beginning of the fall semester.
If you have difficulty registering your proof of vaccination, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will continue to offer grab-and-go food at no cost to MIT Sloan students, faculty, and staff over the summer. There is no need to pre-order.
- Iced coffee will be available between 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the E62 Café
- Lunch will be available between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the E62 Café
Eating outdoors is strongly encouraged. There will be designated indoor eating spaces in the E62 Café area and Diebold Lounge in E51. Please follow occupancy and distancing guidelines, as posted. Please observe a minimum 6-foot distance when eating and not wearing masks indoors.
Construction has begun on the demolition and replacement of Eastgate. Please plan extra time for entering and exiting the E62 garage, follow all guidance by the police details on site, and exercise caution when approaching by foot, bicycle, etc. Updates will be provided as available on construction activity. Parking in the E62 garage will continue to be open and free of charge through the end of June. An MIT parking account will be required for on-campus parking beginning July 1. No further announcements on policies and plans have been released at this time.
Program and department events are now permitted, but must be registered and sponsored by the school. To register an event, please access the Event Planning link in Atlas. We anticipate that student club events will resume in the fall.
Please do not order food deliveries or external catering on campus. Any on-campus catering needs should be managed through Restaurant Associates (RA). RA will customize all menus to suit the needs of any department and budget. Due to summer schedules and staff availability, orders should be placed at least seven days prior to the event and can be submitted to Brian Rice at email@example.com.
Visitors, including family members of students, faculty, and staff, must be accompanied by MIT COVID Pass holders. All visitors must follow pre-pandemic visitor restrictions and guidelines and current campus policies. Unaccompanied visitors are only permitted outdoors. More information about visitor policies for the fall semester should be released later in June.
All MIT-related travel must be registered. Travel to CDC level 3 or 4 countries must comply with the existing exception process.