COVID-19 Information and Resources

UPDATED September 16, 2020

Informed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, MIT is acting to keep our community safe and stop the spread of COVID-19.

While the situation is changing rapidly, please be assured that every effort is being made to keep the DMSE community informed. MIT offices are sending emails to instructors, PIs, Department Heads and AOs; please share as appropriate with your groups and students. The Institute has set up a website for COVID-19 news and updates Accurate and up-to-date information for students, staff, faculty, and visitors is found there.

A few notes below:


Many members of the MIT community have participated in planning for the 2020-21 academic year. Some classes will be remote and others on campus. President Reif provided an update on June 17. DMSE's procedural changes and updates are posted on the Undergraduate and Graduate sections of our website.

Human Resources

DMSE's HR is working remotely. New information on procedural changes and updates for appointments (including visiting scientists, postdocs, UROPs, visiting students, and minors) are posted on our Resources pages. 

Facilities and Access

As reopening proceeds,DMSE is following policies and procedures for accessing departmental spaces and labs. Phase 2 of the research ramp-up is underway. Our departmental policies and procedures follow those set forth by MIT senior leadership and the School of Engineering; however, we’ve included additional information specific to DMSE. Please take a moment to review this document.

Responding to Cases

MIT Medical will contact individuals who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus at MIT or who are identified through their contact tracing as close contacts of people who have tested positive.

Please contact MIT Medical directly if you are symptomatic, have tested positive for the coronavirus outside MIT, or have had close contact with a case and have not been in touch with MIT Medical. 

Methods to contact Medical regarding known or suspected cases include:

  • Calling the MIT COVID-19 Hotline at 617-253-4865. Do not use this number for more general questions about COVID or access. 
  • Emailing
  • Using the Daily Attestation in the Atlas COVID Pass App to report your situation.   

DMSE has developed procedures following current MIT protocols for a situation in which a member of the DMSE on-campus community tests positive for the COVID-19 virus, is a close contact of a positive person, or is symptomatic. Please contact Jeff Grossman (, Mary Lindstrom (, or Magdalena Rieb ( for details or to report any potential DMSE cases or close contacts. Note that individual names should only be provided if individuals have given permission to disclose their identity.


Please remember, as with any medical information, confidentiality about our staff, students, and families must be maintained at all times.

Managing Stress around COVID-19

MyLife Services provides MIT faculty, staff, postdocs – and families – 24/7 access to a network of experts who are available to help with life concerns. Consultations are available in-person or by telephone, video, or text-message.

MIT Wellness site also has many resources.

Student Support Services (S3) is committed to continuing to support students in a virtual environment. If you need help or support during this time, please email s3‑ and someone will respond to you as soon as possible. You can also call 617-253-4861 and leave a voicemail. 

Moving Forward 

An outbreak of a virus or illness can be very unsettling for us. Keeping everyone informed, safe, and healthy remains our priority. This situation is evolving and we encourage everyone to monitor:  and 

Anyone who is ill should remain at home and we ask that you please consult with your primary care physician if you have any questions or concerns about your health and that of your family.

We will continue to keep you informed as this situation evolves.

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