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.

Frequently Asked Questions

On-Campus and Remote Work

Pay Policies

MIT is open for business, and pay and benefits will continue uninterrupted during this period of social distancing. See details on pay (MIT Touchstone login required) during this unprecedented time when MIT is open but many staff are working remotely. 

Other Updates

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 will be free and open for employees who must report to campus for their jobs. 

At this time, MIT Medical advises against using public transit, taxis, or ride shares.

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. The deadline for canceling May MBTA passes is April 15.

To cancel or suspend your Link Pass:

  • Visit Atlas by midnight on April 15
  • 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 Work-Life Center 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