The following letter was sent to the MIT community by the Office of the Chancellor.
With the declaration of a state of emergency by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the doubling of Covid-19 cases in the Greater Boston area, the Institute is increasingly concerned for the safety of the community and is therefore taking extraordinary steps.
First, we are cancelling all classes tomorrow, Friday, March 13. This decision was made after consultation with Academic Council, the faculty officers, and MIT Medical.
We are also strongly advising all undergraduate students to accelerate their move out plans. MIT will reimburse travel change expenses and new reservation costs up to $500 for undergraduates who move up their departure to before Sunday, March 15, at midnight. Additional resources for an accelerated move out, including free pick up and storage of belongings, can be found here.
All students who have requested an exception from moving off-campus and have not yet received a determination will be contacted tomorrow with a decision.
Thank you in advance for your swift attention to and cooperation with this advisory.