Event registration

Event registration

The process of registering campus events is handled through Atlas (MIT certificates required). The application opened in July 2014 as part of the new Atlas release and replaced the paper-based system.

If you are an event planner or if you schedule space, approve alcohol expenditures, assign police details, or review events for compliance with MIT policies and procedures, you may complete these steps online from the digital events application.

Watch a video introduction to the digital events registration application

Whether you are a host or an event planner, you will find within the application a searchable space inventory that includes many campus venues and links to campus offices that provide event support. Please keep in mind that not all MIT spaces are accessible within this inventory and that you should schedule all campus venues directly through the designated department that manages the space.

How do you know whether your event must be registered?

Registration is required when

  • you are expecting more than 100 attendees at an event
  • more than 20% of attendees are not members of the MIT community
  • events are cosponsored with a non-MIT partner
  • alcohol will be served
  • minors will be in attendance

A few things to keep in mind when registering your event online

  • How it works—Based on the details you enter about the event, requests for approvals are routed automatically to the appropriate departmental designates.
  • Host confirmation—Event hosts must read the ‘MIT host policies’ and accept the responsibilities outlined to continue the registration process.
  • Room confirmation—Room coordinators must confirm that the space has been reserved for this event.
  • Alcohol approval—The designated approvers for various areas (assistant deans for academic areas, the Dean for Student Life for student-sponsored events, and directors from administrative areas) must approve events when MIT funds are used for alcohol or to cover alcohol-related expenses.
  • Overall approval for event—Either the Information Center, the Student Activities Office, the MIT Sloan Student Life Office, or the Office of Residential Life will review all relevant details and approvals and determine whether the event meets guidelines. These offices direct the planners to obtain the appropriate licenses and permits from the City of Cambridge or other organizations, as warranted.
  • Police approval—MIT Police determine whether police details or metal detectors are required, review issues around public safety, assess parking requirements, and recommend further support, as needed.  

Questions? Please contact us. We appreciate hearing about your experiences with the event registration process so we can provide the best information to our community.

Events with more than 100 attendees must be registered.

Serving alcohol at your event? Be sure to complete the event registration form for official approval!

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