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Cashier’s Office In 10-180 To Close

By Sophia Kamran

The MIT Cashier’s Office will be moving to a new location, most likely in building NE-49, in a few months. It is currently located along the infinite corridor in 10-180.

“The rumors that you’re hearing are true,” said Cheryl A. Whelan, assistant accounting officer. “The Cashier’s Office will be closing its doors.”

This move is the result of institute-wide budget cuts, which have led to staff reduction and a cut back in the amount of services offered by the Cashier’s Office, in turn reducing the demand for it.

Among the services traditionally provided by the Cashier’s Office that have already been eliminated is the distribution of T-passes, Harvard shuttle passes, and course notes. Discontinued services have been moved to other locations.

“We already see a lot less students in the office because we provide a lot less services than last year,” said Controller James L. Morgan.

The office expects to see a further reduction in services soon, as well as a reduction in the hours of operation.

For example, “We aren’t going to cash checks any longer, which is often done,” said Morgan, “but there are alternate resources to cash checks around campus.”

Services that will continue to be offered include petty cash, incoming cash dealing with student groups, and merchant services. The cashier’s office will also continue to monitor the checks that come to the university through the mail.

There has not yet been a decision as to what the space in 10-180 will be used for after it is vacated, Morgan said. The painting of the dollar bill that landmarks the office will most likely stay, but that decision isn’t final either. It was painted by two MIT graduates from the class of 1970.

The cashier’s office has been at 10-180 since 1942, when it first opened. Morgan said that though the new location will most likely be in building NE-49, the decision has not been finalized.

An official announcement of the new hours will be made in early October, and many of the current services will be eliminated in mid-November.