UPDATED ON 3/24: DAPER Announces Major Changes to Programming Due to COVID-19

View of Roberts Field with the DAPER logo.

Cambridge, Mass. (March 11) -- As the public health situation related to COVID-19 continues to unfold, MIT has provided additional guidance on steps being taken to limit the spread of the virus. The MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) is affected in a number of areas, and the latest details and information for each area is listed below.

Recreation, Private Instruction, and Zesiger Center Hours

In keeping with this new guidance and for the well-being of our community members, all recreation programs and activities will be cancelled from March 16 until further notice. This includes group and private swim lessons, golf, squash and ice skate lessons, personal training, group exercise, massage therapy, nutrition coaching, and instructional classes.

In addition, the Zesiger Center (including DuPont, Rockwell, Johnson and the Tennis Bubble) and the Alumni/Wang Center will close at 3 p.m. on March 16 and remain closed until further notice.

All DAPER students and members will have FREE access to Wellbeats, an on-demand virtual fitness platform, through April 30. Click here for sign-up information. Wellbeats offers 30 channels and hundreds of virtual fitness classes with something for every age, stage, and ability. The user-friendly filters make it easy to find exactly what you're looking for. Wellbeats meets participants where they're at with tutorials, basics, and a variety of other classes up to 50 minutes in length.

Daily and monthly passes will be discontinued, Nonstudent memberships will automatically be put on hold for the duration of the closure. Members that were billed on March 1 will be credited appropriately on their next payment, and members typically billed on the 15th will not be charged until operations resume. Anyone that elected to pay for their membership in full will receive an automatic extension based on the number of closure days. All lockers (student and nonstudent) will either be extended or their next billing date will be credited. 

Intercollegiate Athletics

The remainder of the 2020 spring sports season has been cancelled. MIT's participation in the winter championship events for NCAA track and field, swimming and diving, and fencing has also been cancelled as the NCAA cancelled all of the winter and spring championships.

Physical Education and Wellness

Physical Education and Wellness has gone online offering conceptual education focusing on fitness, nutrition and stress management.

Physical Education and Wellness Quarter 3 Students – All in-person classes ended March 12. Enrolled students were marked present for classes March 16-19 and as usual students need to attend 11 classes to earn points. To verify your attendance; go to the class Stellar site. Students may request and complete virtual make-up assignments by emailing virtualmakeup@mit.edu. The make-up assignments will take approximately 40 minutes to complete and are due April 3. Because of the extended quarter to allow students to complete make ups for Quarter 3, posting of grades will be delayed. It is expected that make-ups will be entered and grades posted by April 17. 

Physical Education and Wellness Quarter 4 Students - Online courses will be offered April 13-May 8 since in-person Quarter 4 classes have been cancelled. The courses are asynchronous and will run for 4 weeks with two 60-minute lessons each week that can be completed any time but by 12noon on Friday. Online course options will be posted on our website under quarterly schedule (Q4) and registration will open after spring break on Monday, March 30th at 8 a.m. and will close on Friday, April 3rd at 1 p.m. All students are invited to register at https://physicaleducationandwellness.mit.edu/. Note: Deficient May 2020 degree candidates must earn points through online option(s) during Quarter 4 by May 8th in order to graduate May 29, 2020.

Email quarter4@mit.edu with any questions.

Club Sports and Intramurals

As of Friday, March 13, all intramural games and activities will be suspended for the rest of the spring semester. The Intramural Office will be in touch with participants about refund procedures.

As of Friday, March 13, all on-campus and off-campus club sport practices, games, and events will be suspended for the rest of the spring semester. The Club Sports Office will contact club officers with updates about starting back up as they become available.


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