Covid-19 Info Center

March 24, 2020

MIT Cambridge campus Limited Access Plan begins March 25

MIT will implement a Limited Access Plan (LAP) for all MIT Cambridge campus buildings effective Wednesday, March 25, at 8 a.m. These changes to building access are consistent with Governor Charlie Baker’s stay-at-home advisory issued March 23. Access to buildings and labs will be limited to designated personnel for continuity of approved critical research, remote education, and safe operation of the campus. This temporary change in campus access flexibility is part of a phased plan to continue aspects of MIT’s mission remotely while adapting to a quieter campus as described last weekend. This framework balances the contributions of the full MIT community to daily campus operations.

During this limited access period, designated personnel will access campus buildings with their MIT ID cards, and any individual on campus will be required to carry their MIT ID. Campus residents will also carry their MIT ID cards and will maintain card access to their assigned housing units.

Essential MIT personnel and vendors who will have LAP access have been identified through a rigorous review and approval process established by the Institute as noted in Vice President for Human Resources Ramona Allen’s message. Department heads, in coordination with Vice President for Research Maria Zuber and Provost Martin Schmidt, provided a list of designated personnel who are considered necessary to maintain safe and secure operation of the campus. The group of individuals who will continue to have access to campus buildings includes those involved with critical research, including Covid-19 research; animal care; MIT leadership and campus operations; residential population services support; and remote learning continuity support; as well as vendors of critical services and shipments.

Requesting access

Signs posted at each building entrance will provide information about LAP access as well as instructions for individuals to request access to a specific building. Individuals can request access online and should allow a day for review and processing. If an emergency access need arises, individuals should contact MIT Police at 617-253-1212.

Note that all MIT garages and parking lots remain open and accessible via MIT ID, though access to buildings from the Sloan garage will be closed.

The leadership of MIT appreciates the contributions of MIT faculty and staff teams who have developed this adjustment to our campus life together, including careful thinking about how this temporary change could minimize disruption to the important research and education efforts of our students, faculty, and staff.