COVID-19 Policies

Due to the pandemic, life in Ashdown will be a little different from normal this fall. Keep reading below to learn about policies that will directly affect Ashdown residents and find links to more information about all of MIT’s Fall 2021 COVID-19 policies.

Policy Compliance
If residents do not comply with these policies, they may be referred to the Committee on Discipline and/or immediately removed from MIT housing. As usual, the policies in the Mind and Hand Book also apply, and if there are inconsistencies between those policies and the COVID-19 policies, residents should follow the most updated COVID-19 policies.
Building Access
CovidPass currently permit residents access to Ashdown even if they miss the daily attestation, but we still recommend that they complete the daily attestation on time to avoid any unexpected lockout. Residents should carry their MIT ID with them at all times to ensure they are able to enter the building. As usual, residents should not share their ID with others and may not allow visitors to follow them inside Ashdown.
COVID Pass and Daily Health Attestations
Residents must go to https://covidpass.mit.edu, report their vaccination status, and fill out a health screening questionnaire each day to continue accessing Ashdown. In this questionnaire, they will have to attest whether:
– They have symptoms that may be associated with COVID-19,
– They have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or has had a positive COVID-19 test result, and
– They have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks.
Physical Distancing and Face Coverings
Face coverings are required in all indoor common areas and public spaces, including, but not limited to, the laundry room, floor kitchens, and the lobby. Face coverings may be removed while residents are outdoors. Face coverings are not required in limited situations, which are described in more detail on MIT’s website, but include when residents are within their own apartments or suites.

Residents should also be aware of the policies put in place by the City of Cambridge and the state of Massachusetts, which include wearing face coverings in public establishments and limits on the number of people that can gather indoors and outdoors.

If a resident believes they are unable to wear a face covering due to a disability or health condition, they may request an accommodation through the Disability and Access Services Office, and an individualized assessment will be made.

Testing for COVID-19
When moving into or returning to Ashdown, residents must take a SARS-CoV-2 test at MIT Medical before they may be able to access their room, unless they arrive at a time when MIT Medical is closed, in which case, they may be granted temporary access to their room and be expected to complete a test as soon as MIT Medical is open again. Following their arrival, residents must self-quarantine in their room until they receive the first negative test.

All residents will be required to follow MIT’s testing expectations, which may include completing a test up to twice a week while living in Ashdown, in addition to other viral testing.

Mandatory Reporting and Self-Quarantining
Should a resident exhibit symptoms of, test positive for, or come into close contact with someone positive for COVID-19, they must stay in their room, self-isolate, immediately notify MIT Medical at covid19reports@mit.edu, and await further instructions. Residents must work with MIT Medical to determine who they may have come in contact with and follow any directions to quarantine.
Common Spaces
Indoor common spaces are fully reopen to their full capacity. Residents are still required to wear mask indoor. Residents may use outdoor common spaces without a face covering.
Inventory
Front desk inventory are now available for check out.
Floor Kitchens
Floor kitchens are now fully open.
Social Events
Social events are returning! Look out for announcements from AHEC and the five committees.
Guests
Guest policies are back to normal. More details can be found on https://studentlife.mit.edu/housing/housing-policies/guests.
Building Evacuation Procedure
In case there is a fire or other emergency in Ashdown that requires residents to evacuate, residents should do so with mask on. As usual, residents should not take elevators to evacuate and should move away from the building and not stand in front of the building’s entrance. Residents may only return to their rooms once the Cambridge Fire Department signals that it is okay to do so.
Important Contact Information
To ask Ashdown-specific questions about COVID-19 policies
– Ashdown Heads of House: ashdown-hoh@mit.edu

To suggest events to bring together the Ashdown community during the pandemic
– AHEC: ahec-five@mit.edu

To report your COVID-19 symptoms, positive COVID-19 test, or contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
– MIT Medical: covid19reports@mit.edu

Links to Additional COVID-19 Updates and Policies
MIT’s Graduate Student Policies: https://studentlife.mit.edu/covid19gradpolicies

City of Cambridge COVID-19 Updates: https://www.cambridgema.gov/covid19

Massachusetts COVID-19 Updates and Info: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information

MIT Medical COVID-19 Updates: https://medical.mit.edu/covid-19-updates
Important Contact Information

To ask Ashdown-specific questions about COVID-19 policies
– Ashdown Heads of House: ashdown-hoh@mit.edu

To suggest events to bring together the Ashdown community during the pandemic
– AHEC: ahec-five@mit.edu

To report your COVID-19 symptoms, positive COVID-19 test, or contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
– MIT Medical: covid19reports@mit.edu