COVID-19 Guidance for MIT Employees

HR has up-to-date information and resources to help MIT faculty, staff, and postdocs stay safe and participate in social distancing while allowing core Institute operations to continue. 

Employees should continue to refer to MIT's COVID-19 Response website for Institute guidance. Also see the Massachusetts state safety standards for reopening workplaces.

Frequently Asked Questions

On-Campus and Remote Work

Pay Policies

Pay and benefits will continue uninterrupted during this period of social distancing. See details on pay (MIT Touchstone login required).

Other Updates

MIT Staff Emergency Hardship Fund

The MIT Staff Emergency Hardship Fund provides financial assistance to MIT staff and postdoctoral scholars (associates and fellows) who are experiencing an immediate, severe, and temporary financial hardship due to a sudden or non-recurring emergency (e.g., serious illness or injury, family crisis, natural disaster). 

Information from MIT Medical and Blue Cross Blue Shield

See updates for MIT faculty, staff, and postdocs on medical care and coverage during the COVID-19 situation.

Parking and public transit

All MIT parking facilities are free and open to all MIT ID cardholders free of charge through September 1, 2020. MIT will re-evaluate this emergency policy for the fall term. All MIT ID cards have been activated to allow access to all MIT lots and garages, regardless of whether the individual is a current parking account holder.

  • Please note that parking rules continue to apply and signage regarding reserved spaces must be observed.
  • For information regarding parking locations, view a printable map or interactive map. Email with specific questions.

For those of you who purchase MBTA Link Passes and are working remotely, please know that you have the option of cancelling or suspending your Link Pass. 

To cancel or suspend your Link Pass:

  • Visit Atlas at
  • Click “About Me” in the top navigation bar
  • Click “Commuting Benefits” in the left hand navigation
  • In the MBTA T-Pass Subsidy block click “Manage Account”
  • Choose Cancel or Suspend

To resume your Link Pass:

Note that the MBTA process to resume your T-Pass enrollment requires placing the order at least one month and one day in advance of the month you need. If employees need to return to MIT before they are able to enroll for a new MBTA pass, you will be directed to purchase your own MBTA passes and submit your receipt for reimbursement.

To receive Your Link Pass:

All MBTA commuter rail and LinkPasses usually picked up at the Atlas Service Center or distributed via interoffice mail will be mailed to home addresses on record with MIT Human Resources. If you have recently changed your address, please email Robynn Cruz-Walker at

Further information is available on the Parking and Transportation site.

Please note that no action is required for employees who have the Access MIT chip embedded in your MIT ID and your ability to utilize the free local bus and train will continue.

Community support resources

The MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing has compiled resources and information to support MIT employees and their families during these challenging and uncertain times. Help is available!

Recognition during the COVID-19 situation

Have you observed members of our community who are taking extraordinary measures to help maintain business operations, assist students and staff in transitions, and ensure the safety of all of us at MIT? Tell us about it—it takes only seconds to say thank you!

See the recognitions we've posted so far here.

Need Help or Have Questions?

If you have specific questions on any of the above, please send an email to