2020 Spring Makerspaces

Current MIT Makerspace Policies:

    • Undergraduates will not be allowed to access or use MIT makerspaces for any reason. This policy is inclusive of undergraduates who have received a special exception to remain in on-campus housing. (Makerspaces are defined as all machine shops, labs, assembly areas, student-run makerspaces, and other design/build facilities.)
      • Undergraduates should retrieve their belongings and project materials from makerspaces prior to leaving campus.
      • Should undergraduates find it impractical to do this for essential materials, they may request help from Project Manus, which will review requests and work to facilitate retrieval and shipping of essential materials.
      • In a similar fashion, students supported by the Edgerton Center shops and makerspaces should email the staff with any special requests.
    • Effective immediately, access to makerspaces for other MIT users including graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff is also suspended until further notice.
    • Individuals may petition for an exception in extraordinary circumstances and must satisfy two criteria, obtained in the following order:
      • Step 1: The individual’s research need is deemed to be critical research by the sponsoring DLC. Per the Institute’s guidance on scaling back on-campus research, critical research may be based upon local criteria, but some suggestions include:
        • Lab work where discontinuation would generate significant data and sample loss
        • Work to maintain critical equipment and safe standby mode in laboratories
        • Work to maintain critical samples and animal populations
        • Work that directly relates to COVID-19 that has a timeline for deployment that could address the current crisis
      • Step 2: The individual must receive special permission of the makerspace manager or shop manager. For student-run makerspaces, this special permission must be granted by the faculty/staff oversight. Permission will be granted on a case-by-case basis by the manager/faculty/staff using a process and criteria that they determine, and that protects the health and safety of all users and the broader community (e.g., strict occupancy limits to maintain recommended social distancing).
    • The Mobius app may be used to verify which graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff have been confirmed by DLCs to have an essential research need that makes them eligible to ask for special permission. Contact Prof. Martin Culpepper if you have questions on (i) how to be listed in Mobius as having an essential need, or (ii) how to check if someone has been confirmed in Mobius to have an essential need.
    • Facility managers must implement precautions, including: social distancing, new limits on maximum capacities, and posting hand washing reminders, etc.
      • Graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff are encouraged to bring their own personal protective equipment (PPE).
      • Facility managers should identify PPE that could spread disease and implement reasonable precautions. For example, PPE such as safety glasses, dust masks, respiration equipment, and other equipment that comes into close proximity with the face. Facility managers should consider (i) classifying these as “single-use” or (ii) implementing suitable sterilization processes.

Updated information on facilities that will be accessible to graduate students, and their new open hours, will be available by March 18th at:

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Spring 2020 Makerspace Schedules