MIT IMs operates on a 3 tiered Affiliation Structure
A team that registers to play an IM sport at MIT does so under one of three possible status-levels:
- Provisionally Affiliated
- Fully Affiliated
These status-levels are determined simply by whether or not that team is part of an organization (such as FSILG, Academic Department, Club, etc.) that sent a representative called an athletic chair to the IM Council meetings at the beginning of each semester. Here's what it all means --
These teams did not send an athletic chair (to represent their organization) to the IM Council meeting at the beginning of the semester. Therefore, they chose not to be part of the administrative body of MIT IM's. As a result, an independent team must pay $75 + team entry fees (when relevant) to the IM office. This money can be picked up following the completion of the season (see IM Handbook for exact procedures).
This status level is the intermediary level between organizations that once used to be INDEPENDENT and desire to become fully AFFILIATED & organizations that dropped from being fully AFFILIATED because they missed an IM Council meeting. Organizations that are PROVISIONALLY AFFILIATED can enter and register as many teams as they would like into IM's for that entire semester for a $75 refundable deposit fee submitted at the beginning of the semester + team entry fees (when relevant).
This status level applies more to an entire organization than specific teams. For those organizations that send an athletic chair to the IM Council meeting at the beginning of each semester FOR 2 CONSECUTIVE SEMESTERS, they will be considered fully AFFILIATED. The privilege associated for these organizations is that they can enter and register as many teams as they would like into IM's for $0 per team + team entry fees (when relevant) for that entire semester.