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Filming Guidelines

UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 2021

In accordance with updated guidance for campus access during the fall of 2021, which may be subject to change, MIT community members continue to be permitted to participate in interviews related to their research and other MIT work with outside media on campus, both indoors and outdoors.

Per the latest update on August 30, regardless of vaccination status, well-fitted face coverings remain required in all MIT buildings except when an individual is eating, drinking, alone in a fully enclosed space, or if they are the only person speaking in a group setting. If only one person is being interviewed, they may remove their mask during filming, provided the rest of the group remains masked. If multiple people are being filmed at once, they must all remain masked, even on camera. Changes to this policy will be posted to this page as they become available.

While they are in campus buildings, all crews must be escorted by a member of the MIT community who is actively enrolled in Covid Pass. In approving any shoots, the MIT community member being interviewed should understand that they are responsible for ensuring that the visit adheres to our guidelines and that crews leave the buildings after the interview.

All film crews are still required to follow our standard process for submitting requests to film on campus, which is detailed below. In addition to completing MIT’s standard filming agreement and providing a certificate of insurance, all members of a visiting crew will now also be required to complete a Covid-19 health attestation form on the day of their visit and comply with any Covid-19 related policies.      

As per our usual policy, filming remains prohibited in certain indoor spaces, including the Infinite Corridor, Lobby 7, Lobby 10, and all residence halls. All other indoor locations – with the exception of the first floor of the Stata Center – require explicit permission from the owner of the space, which must be obtained ahead of the shoot. 

The MIT News Office Media Relations team is responsible for approving requests for non-commercial filming on the MIT campus. If you are not a member of the media, please send your request to Peter Bebergal in the MIT Technology Licensing Office.

Once the details of a given request have been agreed upon, a location agreement must be signed and returned to the MIT News Office prior to the crew's arrival. MIT does not sign outside location agreements. Once our location agreement is finalized, film crews are welcome to film on campus property, as long as the reporting activities do not disrupt Institute activities, interfere with the privacy of students, faculty or staff, or jeopardize the safety of Institute personnel, visitors or facilities.

Guidelines

Filming is permitted in any location specified on your location agreement. We ask that you keep this with you during a shoot. Filming is not permitted in certain indoor spaces, including the Infinite Corridor, in Lobby 7, Lobby 10 and in all residence halls. In the Stata Center, filming is allowed on the first floor (or "student street") and in individual offices and labs, with permission from occupants.

When filming students, we ask that the media respect the right of students not to be interviewed, if they so decline. Media may not take or use pictures of students or film students without first getting their permission to be filmed. Students must also be given complete details about what is being filmed and how their photograph might be used.

All other locations/subjects must be approved prior to filming.

Submitting Requests

Please e-mail requests to film on campus to Sarah McDonnell with at least 72 business hours (three business days) of advanced notice, and include the following information:

Name and description of the organization or individual making the request.

Name, address, and phone number of the contact person.

Project description and the intended use of the resulting material.

Date(s) and time(s) requested.

Requested location of shoot.

Number of people, and amount and type of equipment involved.

Proof of adequate insurance coverage and indemnity.

Contact

Sarah McDonnell 
Deputy Director of Media Relations
s_mcd@mit.edu 
617-253-8923