COVID-19 Updates

***Important General Update***

[Sep 26]: MIT is requiring flu shots by October 30 for all domestic students. Please see the General/Health Guidance page for more info.

If, for medical/disability reasons, the long line for COVID-19 testing is inaccessible to you, you can request an accommodation and receive documentation you can show to MIT Medical staff to bypass the line.

  • Students: Make your request to MIT Student Disability and Access Services at
  • Employees: Make your request to MIT Disability Services at

If the above resources do not resolve your access issue, you can e-mail and we will do our best to help. Here is a PDF summarizing some of the new resources created to provide student support and foster student well-being in these unprecedented times.

Please see the new COVID apps website for more info. And, if you’re curious what happens when someone tests positive, check out this presentation.

Navigate subject areas using the “COVID-19 Updates” drop-down menu above.

This menu will contain links and descriptions for information relevant to MIT graduate students during the COVID-19 crisis. This will include updates on the ongoing discussions about housing, research ramp-up and teaching, as well as opportunities for grad students to get involved.

For a birds-eye view of important policies enacted for grad students until now, see MIT’s COVID-19 Information Center. As another possible jumping-off point, see Chancellor Barnhart’s “Safe, gradual return to campus for graduate students” letter.

An overview of the content in our COVID-19 drop-down menu is given below.

Ways to get involved

A May letter from President Reif outlined some of the ways the campus is gathering input from stakeholders to plan our course through the remainder of the COVID-19 crisis.

Since then, various opportunities for grad students to make our voices have emerged – some one-time events and some committees seeking members.

General/Health Guidance

As we meet the challenge of responding to a novel and highly infectious virus, all campus activities should be guided by the current best guidance from our public health professionals.

This page will contain health guidance updates the GSC finds interesting, and health guidance updates being brought into decision-making discussions at MIT.

Research ramp-up

Following a painful but necessary period of ramped-down research, science and engineering labs are gradually increasing in-person hours. Meanwhile, the Thunder Committee is meeting multiple times per week to come up with guidelines for safe library use and human subjects research and other issues, so that SHASS, SA+P and Sloan students may resume research.

This page will contain updates about the ongoing ramp-up and info on tools you can use to stay safe at work – including MIT’s hotline where you can report problematic behavior from anyone, PIs included.

International Students

The pandemic, along with recent immigration policy changes coming from the federal government, has presented unique challenges to international scholars. Here we will start to gather key pieces of information and resources as they appear.

Graduate housing

Because most graduate housing is apartment-style, it presents a lower public health risk than dorm-style undergrad housing (where many students share a bathroom and floor kitchen). However, these are still dense, community-focused living situations and the campus continues to follow public health guidance to determine what occupancy is safe.

Here we will gather major updates to graduate housing policies and conditions.


Ever since the March evacuation, MIT has been intensively planning for many contingencies, exploring many creative ideas, to find a way to continue high-quality undergrad education during the pandemic. This page will catalog meeting materials and major announcements from that effort. It will also give resources for grad student TAs as they appear.


Past efforts

MIT’s Beat the Pandemic II hackathon series (May 29-31): form teams and take on the most critical unmet needs in the pandemic

Fall 2020: