MIT summer programming canceled or virtualized through Aug. 31

MIT’s April 24 guidance on summer programming has been extended through Aug. 31, according to an update on MIT’s COVID-19 Info Center website June 3. All “summer programming in which participants live in MIT residence halls will need to be virtualized, canceled, or rescheduled” and “all other summer programming will need to take place remotely.”

MIT-sponsored student domestic and international travel also “remains suspended” during this period, the update writes.

Affected activities include “admissions staff travel for recruitment purposes, K-12 programs, conference services/Samberg Center,” the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation, the MIT Museum, and UROPs, according to the update.

The update writes that the decision “does not apply to research activities or any programs associated with the start of the fall semester.” It is “possible” that “orientation and on-ramp programs scheduled for August could still move forward” and that a decision on fall-oriented programming will be “dependent upon the larger decision that is forthcoming about MIT’s approach to campus operations in the fall,” the update writes.

Faculty or staff may request an exception to use campus facilities, which may be granted in “rare instances,” according to the update. 

The extension was recommended by the MIT Summer Planning Team, which “considered available public health, state, and federal guidance, decisions on summer programming by Ivy+ peer institutions, and advice from MIT Medical and MIT Emergency Management.” The recommendation was “endorsed by MIT’s senior management team.”