¡¡¡Retired Faculty Alert!!!
To The Faculty Newsletter:
When I recently attempted to renew my annual membership and locker fee at the DAPER desk, I was told it would cost over $800. As that was considerably more than what I paid last year, I asked why. They said that was the fee for “Affiliates.” When I said that I wasn’t an affiliate but a professor emeritus, they showed me the “Affiliate” indication on my ID card.
I then went to the ID desk in the Student Center and asked what was going on. They told me to obtain confirmation about my emeritus status from the Human Resources staff person in the office. He confirmed my emeritus status to an ID staff member, who said that they usually gave retirees “Affiliate” ID cards, and that once a card specifies a status it can’t be changed. (I had lost my ID card last year and the new one contained the “Affiliate” designation, a change I didn’t notice.)
I explained the difference in DAPER membership fees. The ID staff person then agreed to change my card.
DAPER subsequently charged me what I’d paid the previous year.
So, if you’re retired, examine your MIT ID card. If it indicates “Affiliate” you may be paying more for MIT services than you need to.