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Providing Security Services to the MIT Community

The Security and Emergency Management Office (SEMO) strives to provide safe work environments to the entire MIT Community. The security and privacy issues raised by modern electronic information systems are numerous and SEMO continuously works to address the concerns generated by this fast-paced technology age.

SEMO operates in collaboration with “Gatekeepers” from each Department/Lab/Center (DLC) to ensure that only authorized individuals are able to enter MIT spaces. Although SEMO operates the access control system, access authorization to a secured space is controlled at the DLC level by the Gatekeepers.

Card Services

The MIT Card Office is located in the basement of the Stratton Student Center, Building W20-021. The Office is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday except on the first and third Friday of every month when the hours of operation are 9:30 AM to 4:30PM. Passport photo service is available between 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday-Friday.

To apply for an MIT ID card you must present a valid picture ID (a passport, or US Government issued ID, such as a driver's license). Driver's licenses from foreign countries, college or university IDs from other institutions, credit or bank cards, or insurance cards are not accepted.

Key Distribution

Keys are picked up at the Customer Service Center in Room 7-019. Pick-up times are from 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.  Anyone picking up keys must provide a valid MIT ID card.

There are several steps required to obtain a key through the MIT system. The first step for an individual is to obtain approval from a Key Authorizer for your DLC. After filling out the appropriate form, a Key Authorizer will forward the PDF file to

MIT Alert

MIT Alert is the Institute’s emergency notification program, designed to provide information and advisories for the safety and security of the MIT community. The advisories are sent via a number of communication channels including Institute voicemail, email and text message. To improve MIT's ability to contact you in an emergency, please add your emergency notification information to MIT Alert, including the phone number for your personal cell phone or mobile device and your non-MIT email address, if you have one.

Request a Service

To order technology services including access card readers, alarms, and video and life safety systems go to Service Requests in Atlas. Go to Create Request, then Security & Emergency Management.

More info? Visit the SEMO website.





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