Viewing of Presidential Inauguration

January 16, 2009

Dear MIT Community,

In response to employee requests, and due to the historic nature of this presidential inauguration, on Tuesday, January 20, cable viewing of the inaugural swearing-in and speech will be available in rooms 10-250, 3-270, 4-270, 32-123 and E51-151.

We request that supervisors and managers be flexible in allowing employees to use their lunch breaks to watch the inaugural swearing-in and speech. In addition, for those who wish to watch more of the inauguration than their lunch breaks allow, or whose lunch breaks do not coincide with the time of the inauguration, the Institute will allow employees to supplement their lunch breaks with release time of no more than 1 1/2 hours, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m..

The scheduling of lunch breaks and use of release time should be granted only where this would not cause undue hardship to the department, lab or center. Employees who use some release time should receive pay as usual from their departments for that release time (though not, of course, for any lunch break that is typically unpaid). For employees who choose to view the inauguration and speech, no overtime will be accrued or paid. Any questions about pay should be directed to each department's Human Resources Officer.

Phil Clay and Alison Alden


Professor Phillip L. Clay

Alison Alden
Vice President for Human Resources