COVID-19 Return to Work on Campus Policy

MIT's campus reopening policies for employees are described below.

More Covid 19 information and resources for employees:

Returning to Work on Campus

Under its Emergency Closing policy (Employment Policy Manual Section 5.8), in the case of a pandemic, MIT may announce special leave, pay, and other related policies.  As we all acknowledge, returning to work on campus in this pandemic has risks. As part of the comprehensive measures MIT is taking to manage the risks of returning to on-site work, MIT has established a Return to Work on Campus Policy, effective August 11, 2020. 

As MIT is gradually reopening, the Institute is committed to taking reasonable measures to protect the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and the surrounding community. MIT is following the guidance and advice from the federal, state and local public health officials, the expertise of the Institute’s Medical Department staff, and other medical and public health experts. Based on this advice, MIT may limit or revoke access to its campus and buildings at any time, or take any other measures against its employees or others who fail to comply with this policy.

This policy will remain in effect but the Institute has discretion to make any changes to this policy at any time.

Daily Health Attestation

Employees must complete a health screening questionnaire each day that they come on campus to determine whether they have symptoms that may be associated with COVID-19 as established by the CDC.  Employees will be asked to attest that within the past 14 days, they have not tested positive for COVID-19, and are not aware of coming into close contact  with anyone who they know has COVID-19 symptoms or who has had a positive test for COVID-19. They will also be asked to attest that they have not traveled to another state other than a “lower risk” state as specified in the Commonwealth’s Covid-19 Travel Order, unless they had a negative COVID test since that travel.

Mandatory Reporting and Self-Quarantining

Employees who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, or come into close contact with someone who they know has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19, must stay at home, self-quarantine, notify the Occupational Medicine/Student Health Department of MIT Medical at and await further instructions. Employees must cooperate with MIT Medical for all activities necessary to rapidly identify those with whom they may have had close contact, and follow any directions by MIT Medical or public health authorities to quarantine. They must also self-quarantine for 14 days if they have traveled to another state other than a “lower risk” state as specified in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Covid-19 Travel Order, unless they had a negative COVID test since that travel.

Use of Face Mask or Covering

Well-fitted face coverings, such as cloth coverings or masks, must be worn at all times indoors on campus, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are not required outdoors on campus.

For more guidance, see the EHS statement on use of gloves, face coverings, and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Diagnostic Testing

Employees are required to complete a test for COVID-19 (technically, SARS-CoV-2) to be administered by MIT Medical prior to returning to campus. Employees who fail to complete this test will be denied access to campus buildings. Employees may also be required to undergo additional viral testing as directed by MIT.

Health Monitoring

MIT may seek to perform health monitoring of employees, including, for example, taking the temperature of employees, if MIT determines that such measures are prudent to maintain a safe campus environment.

Privacy and Disclosure of Health Information

MIT will take appropriate measures to ensure the confidential and private nature of the diagnostic testing and health monitoring information it obtains from employees. MIT (including MIT Medical) may, however, share the testing results and health monitoring information with certain MIT community members who have a legitimate need to know this information, including those with whom an employee has been in close contact, and with public health officials.

Access to Buildings

Employees must comply with all instructions and prohibitions in regard to access to buildings and campus locations. Instructions may include restricting access to certain buildings via designated entrances and exits, scanning of the MIT ID at designated access points, and signing in and out when reporting to or leaving campus. Where a building has a designated entrance or exit, employees must not enter, or allow anyone else to enter, the building through any other entrance or exit.

Reporting of Concerns

Anyone who is concerned that others are not abiding by this Return to Work policy is encouraged to raise the issue directly with the individual, or with a supervisor or other manager. Concerns may also be reported anonymously to the MIT hotline. MIT will not retaliate against anyone who raises a concern in good faith about compliance with this Return to Work policy.

MIT has also established an expedited process to address complaints of alleged violations of the Return to Work on Campus policy.

Have Questions?

See MIT Now, HR's COVID-19 FAQ, or contact your Human Resources Officer.