MIT IM Frequently Asked Questions

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What exactly is the MIT IM Program?

The MIT Intramural Athletics Program involves thousands of students, both undergraduate and graduate (and some alumni, too), in a wide variety of sports. As of November 2006, the program offers competition in nineteen sports. To ensure every student's chance for participation, each sport consists of leagues of varying skill levels. One of the main goals of the program is to provide students with the opportunity for recreation as an outlet from academic endeavors.

Who organizes the program?

Students play a significant role in the administration of the Intramural Program. The Executive Committee makes policy and disciplinary decisions, student sport managers organize leagues, and other students officiate games. While some of these positions are paid, many require students to volunteer their time. Without the efforts and support of these students, the MIT Intramural Sports Program would suffer significantly.

Who can play?

MIT students (both undergrad and gradudate students), faculty, and alumni are eligible to play MIT intramurals.

Who governs the program?

The MIT IM Executive Committee is the group of five that makes the executive decisions for the Intramural Council.

What are the requirements to hold an IM office?

There are no formal requirements. The job does not take a lot of time. We like to see people who are actively involved in the MIT Intramural Program and who are willing to exercise their leadership abilities.

When are elections?

Elections for Chairperson and Vice Chairperson are held during the Intramural Council meeting in February. Elections for the Members-at-Large are also held during the February meeting.

Who is on the Intramural Council?

The Intramural Council consists of all athletic chairs, the sport managers, and the members of the Executive Committee.

What does "affiliated" mean?

If your group (usually a department, lab, club, or FSILG) is affiliated, if means you have agreed to participate in the administration of the Intramural Program. The group designates an athletic chair to act on their behalf. The athletic chair is required to attend meetings of the Intramural Council, at which information about upcoming sports will be distributed and elections may be held for Executive Committee officers.

In return for this participation, affiliated groups are given certain privileges. One of these is an exemption from the deposits certain sports require. Although all teams must pay entry fees as required by certain sports, unaffiliated teams must also pay a depost to cover fines they may accrue. This depost is refunded in full at the end of the season. (See the Intramural Handbook for information on obtaining your refund.)

How can my group become affiliated?

The affiliation process is simple:

  1. Attend the first Intramural Council meeting of each semester.
  2. Pay any outstanding fines.
  3. Fill out the necessary paperwork.

Additionally, if you were not affiliated during the previous semester, you must pay a $75 refundable deposit. You will then be considered "provisionally affiliated", which affords the same privileges as being fully affiliated.

When and where are the Intramural Council meetings?

Four mandatory council meetings are held during the academic year, including two affiliation meetings at the beginning of each term during the second week of September/February and two general meetings during the second week of November/April. Additional meetings may be called if necessary. The meetings are typically on a weeknight around 7:30pm in a classroom on campus, but check this website for details.

Failure to attend an "affiliation meeting" will result in a $15 fine for your group AND, more importantly, will result in demotion of one level of status for your organization for that semester (i.e. affiliated members drop to provisional status, and provisionally affiliated members drop to unaffiliated status). Failure to attend a "general meeting" will result in a $15 fine for your group.

Where can I find out more information?

Additional informaton about the Intramural Program or specific sports can be obtained in the athletic offices on the second floor of the Zesiger Center.

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