A Safe Return to Campus

MIT has made a commitment to our students to offer a robust, in-person learning experience while protecting health and safety on campus. As a result, MIT has invested significantly in numerous measures, including our vaccine and mask requirements and testing protocols, in order to minimize on-campus transmission and keep the MIT community as healthy as possible in the upcoming academic year.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 is not going away as quickly as any of us would like. Knowing this, we need to find ways to live our lives while protecting each other, our families, and those around us.

Here's a snapshot of what life will be like on and off campus this fall. We look to each other to follow these measures, be open to reminders, and keep one another safe.

Note:  These guidelines are subject to change. Please bookmark and visit MIT Now for the latest information.

Start here:

  1. 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.
  2. Download and install the MIT Atlas mobile app to complete your health attestation, see your test results, and more.
  3. Complete a PCR test at the MIT Medical trailer (located in the large trailer between buildings E23 and the Media Lab) on your first visit to campus, and test at least weekly to maintain campus access. Students and campus residents must test twice weekly. Learn more about testing.
  4. Complete a brief health attestation using COVID Pass on any day you plan to be on campus.
  5. Report your vaccine status as soon as possible. Learn more about vaccines.
  6. Wear a mask indoors while on campus. Masks are required indoors except when alone in a closed-door setting or when actively eating in a designated area. Masks are no longer required outdoors on campus. Learn more about the MIT mask policy.

If you experience any issues with these steps, please contact the MIT Return to Campus team at sloan-access-support@mit.edu.

What else you need to know:

  • Accessing campus

    Students, faculty, and staff who have submitted proof of vaccination or been approved for an exemption and are active in MIT Covid Pass now have ID card tap-access to MIT buildings across campus.

    You must complete all specified requirements to get and maintain access to campus buildings. This includes acknowledging and agreeing to conditions, completing training, meeting MIT's vaccination requirement, submitting a daily health attestation, and testing regularly.

    Students are welcome on campus every day, even when they do not have class.

    Study spaces, including more than 60 study rooms in E51 and E62, are available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students must remain masked and may not eat or drink in study spaces, except through a straw under a face mask.

    MIT Campus map with access points

  • MIT Atlas App & COVID Pass

    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 sloan-access-support@mit.edu.


  • Testing requirement

    If you access campus buildings or live in an MIT residence hall, you must be tested at least weekly for COVID-19 by MIT Medical. Even if you are vaccinated, you must continue to test. Students and campus residents must test twice weekly, either on Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays.

    how often must I test at MIT?

    Observed Covid-19 Testing Location:

    • Observed self-testing is available at the MIT Medical trailer, located outside Building E23 and accessible from Ames Street, Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Visit covidapps.mit.edu/testing for the latest schedule.

    Unobserved Self-Testing:

    • Unobserved self-testing is available to all campus community members enrolled in Covid Pass. We recommend those new to the testing process become comfortable with observed testing prior to moving to unobserved.

    • You can pick up unobserved testing kits and drop off completed tests at Building E25 (MIT Medical atrium), Building 32 (Stata Center, near the MIT Ticket Office); Building E62 (for MIT Sloan students, faculty, and staff only); and Lobby 7. Testing kits may be picked up or dropped off at these locations Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. All of the above locations will be staffed. More unstaffed drop-off stations are planned to open in the near future.

    • Instructions for unobserved self-testing can be found on the kits, in the Covid Pass section of the MIT Atlas app, and online.


    Testing at MIT

    MIT Medical will never disclose individual test results to administrators or faculty without an individual’s consent but will share overall trends that are important to ensure safe campus operations, such as the potential emergence of clusters of positive tests. 

  • Mask policy

    Masks are required indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status, unless you are actively eating in designated dining areas or actively speaking in class.

    We know that all of the currently approved vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, but vaccinated people can still become infected with COVID-19 — often developing only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all — and may transmit the virus to others. This is even more likely with newer variants of the virus, especially the Delta variant. This means that even if you’re fully vaccinated, you could potentially expose others to the virus, especially those not vaccinated or not yet able to be vaccinated (for example, children under the age of 12 or those with underlying medical conditions). We must do all we can to prevent the spread of the virus.

    Students are required to wear masks in the classroom. Students may only lower their masks when they are speaking.

    MIT Mask Policy

  • Health attestation

    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. 

  • Dining on campus

    For the fall semester, retail dining service has resumed on weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

    • Hours of Operation:
      • Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 3:30pm
      • Friday: 8:00am – 2:30pm
    • A complete lunch bag is $13.00 inclusive of sides, beverage, and entrée, entrée is available for $10.00
    • Assorted hot breakfast sandwiches offered daily, plus eggs, breakfast potatoes, etc.
    • Expanded grab-and-go options, including yogurt and fruit cups, and salads
    • Grill cheese station: 
      • “Grilled Cheese,” Thickly Sliced Brioche, Aged Cheddar, Cheese American, Garlicky Aioli
      • “The Smokey Sloan,” Smoked Gouda, Smoked Turkey, Pickled Beet Slaw, Thousand Island, Rye Toast
      • “Spicy Pig,” Bacon Jam, Pickled Jalapenos, Caramelized Onions, Aged Cheddar, Brioche
    • Chef’s Daily Selection of hot proteins, vegetables, and starches
    • Salad station

    We have established designated, public eating areas for students, faculty, and staff as follows: E62 Café (within the stanchions only), the Executive Education dining room, Diebold Lounge in E51, and outdoors. In addition, we have asked units to set aside designated conference or meeting rooms for indoor eating for staff specifically.

    Eating is not permitted in classrooms, study rooms, or during seminars. Beverages may be consumed through a straw under your mask when not in a designated eating area.

    Please maintain distance from others while actively eating and follow marked signage for guidance.  Because indoor dining space is limited, please limit your time in indoor dining areas to 15 minutes so that others may use this space to eat.  Dining outdoors while distanced continues to be the safest way to limit transmission while eating.

  • Construction around E62

    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. 

    MIT Parking

  • Events

    MIT Sloan departments and student clubs may now host events on and off campus, including those with guest speakers.

    Event hosts must follow MIT COVID-19 policies, including mask wearing, registering and checking in all attendees, and guest policies.  At MIT Sloan, eating and drinking is not permitted inside classrooms. Hosts may offer to-go options for guests following their event. Attendees must take their food outside or to designated indoor eating locations. Guidelines on if food is permissible may vary by on-campus MIT venue (Walker Memorial, Samberg Conference Center, etc.) 

    MIT Events policy 

    MIT and MIT Sloan will not be restricting off-campus activities. Please follow the rules of the venue, the city, and the state for capacity, masking, etc.

    We are each individually responsible for making personal choices around how to organize safe personal, social, and travel activities off campus in accordance with local regulations.

  • Visitors

    Visitors, including family members of students, faculty, and staff, must be accompanied by MIT Covid Pass holders inside MIT buildings at all times. Unaccompanied visitors are only permitted outdoors.

    MIT Visitor policy

  • Travel

    As the pandemic remains a serious risk across the globe, a modified COVID-19 travel policy will remain in effect.

    MIT Travel Policy