HR has up-to-date information and resources to help MIT faculty, staff, and postdocs stay safe and participate in social distancing while allowing core Institute operations to continue. Visit this page for the latest updates:

COVID-19 Guidance for MIT Employees

MechE Contact

If you have any questions about the latest HR updates and policies, please email

On-Campus and Remote Work

In this section:
  • Information for Employees
  • Information for Managers
  • MIT Employees Working Outside Massachusetts 
  • Return to Work on Campus Policy

Information for Employees
All employees who can work from home are expected to do so, to the extent possible. For those employees who are required to work physically on-site, social distancing and individualized work plans are in place to minimize close contact. This may require changes in shift times or normal working schedules or locations.  

For updates please visit the following page:

Guidelines for Remote Work for Employees

Information for Managers
Working remotely offers a unique set of opportunities and challenges. As a manager, you play a critical role in supporting employees who may be new to working remotely. HR is pleased to provide services and resources to help managers develop skills and confidence in leading an organization, managing a team, and engaging staff who are working remotely.

Find tips and resources for managing employees and teams when the members are working remotely:

Managing Remotely

MIT Employees Working Outside Massachusetts (Domestic or International)
If your work location is outside Massachusetts, please notify so we can advise you on ensuring compliance with applicable laws and/or regulations (such as tax implications).

For an overview on MIT-wide policies related to employees who are working outside of Massachusetts please visit the following link:


Return to Work on Campus Policy
MIT issued a Return to Work on Campus policy, detailing the safety requirements for being on campus, such as completing the daily health attestation and the wearing of face coverings. Please refer to this policy link for specific requirements of all staff returning to campus to complete their work. This link also details where to report observed safety violations for an expedited review and follow up should you find yourself in a position where you believe MIT safety requirements are being violated.

View MIT's COVID-19 Return to Work on Campus Policy

Pay Policies

Pay and benefits for MIT staff are continuing, as set forth in this policy, during this period when many staff are conducting their work remotely. See details on pay (MIT Touchstone login required) at the following link:

Pay Policies in Response to COVID-19

International Scholars

In this section:

  • Major Immigration Updates
  • Incoming Faculty Visas
  • Non-faculty/Instructional Staff Visa Requests

Major Immigration Updates
For the latest on major immigration updates, visit the International Scholars Office’s website at:

Major Immigration Updates

Incoming Faculty Visas
The International Scholars Office will, on a best effort basis, work with Departments on processing visas for incoming faculty. ISchO will not accept any new non-faculty visa requests until further notice. Visiting scholars to whom MIT has already issued documents must postpone their start dates indefinitely until further notice. More information.

Non-faculty/Instructional Staff Visa Requests
No new visa requests will be accepted by ISchO for non-faculty/instructional staff positions until further notice. Start dates for incoming scholars who already possess visa documents but have not yet arrived should also be postponed until further notice. ISchO will continue to provide advising and visa services for Incoming international faculty and other instructional staff, as well as extensions of stay and changes of status for current international scholars. For further details on this and other topics, visit the ISchO Q&A and the ISchO Continuity Plan.