Options Available to Raise a Complaint Against an MIT Student

Reporting and Resources

Students are encouraged to report sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape), intimate partner violence, or stalking that is perpetrated against them or other members of the MIT community. Students have numerous options for reporting and obtaining support. For information about reporting, campus resources, and grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Office in person (located in W31-220), via phone (617-324-7526), or via email (TitleIX@mit.edu). In addition, this handout was developed to provide students with an overview of the available resources and reporting options.

There are several options available to raise a complaint:

File a Confidential Report

Individuals who wish to confidentially inform the Institute of a case of sexual misconduct by an MIT student or employee may report an incident by contacting the following:

Although MIT will not know your identity, depending on the nature of the information provided, MIT may conduct an investigation or otherwise take action in response, although its ability to respond may be limited by the confidential nature of the report.

 

Informal Options

  • The Title IX Office at MIT can assist with a variety of measures including a no contact order, academic support, and housing accommodations, whether or not there is a formal complaint filed. Email TitleIX@mit.edu for assistance or more information.
  • Conflict Management@MIT offers mediation services for students involved in certain misconduct situations. Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process (unless there is a threat of harm to self or others or planned commission of a crime that comes out in the mediation, in which case confidentiality will be breached to connect parties to Institute resources) in which both the complainant and the respondent engage in a facilitated conversation about what they would like to do to move forward. An agreement may not be reached in mediation unless both sides agree. Mediators are trained to be neutral and not to take sides with either party. Resolutions reached may be put into writing at the parties' request and kept by the Office of Student Citizenship but they are not monitored or enforced by the Institute. Mediation can be especially useful where there are differences in perception or values or when the complainant wants to protect privacy. This is a voluntary process for everyone involved and will be pursued only with the consent of both parties. It is important to note that mediation is not appropriate for certain cases, including those involving allegations of sexual assault, even on a voluntary basis.

    In cases where mediation is deemed to be an option, a complainant wishing to pursue mediation should contact the Office of Student Citizenship at 617-253-3276. If the parties are unable to reach a resolution, the complainant may elect to file a formal complaint with the Committee on Discipline.

File a Formal Complaint

  • Against Student: An individual can elect to pursue a formal complaint against another student with the Office of Student Citizenship. A formal complaint investigation will be conducted by the Title IX Investigator. If the Chair of the Committee on Discipline (“COD”) decides that a hearing is appropriate after review of the complaint and investigative report, a formal hearing will be scheduled before the COD. Every effort will be made to convene a hearing as soon as practicable following the conclusion of the investigation and, ideally, within 60 calendar days (when MIT is in session) after the receipt of the complaint. If a formal hearing takes place, the hearing procedures set forth in the COD’s Rules and Regulations will apply. A copy of the COD Rules and Regulations can be viewed at http://web.mit.edu/committees/cod/
  • Against Employee: An individual student can elect to pursue a complaint against a Department or an MIT employee with a Title IX Coordinator or with Central Human Resources. The procedures can be found at web.mit.edu/policies/9.6.html

Good Samaritan Amnesty Policy

In a situation where students seek medical attention for an alcohol or prohibited substance-related medical emergency, MIT will treat the students’ use of alcohol or prohibited substances as a health and safety matter, not as a disciplinary incident. This policy, which is intended to reduce barriers to getting help, will be extended not only to the student receiving medical attention, but also to the student(s) who call for help. In addition, to encourage reporting and seeking help, this policy will be extended to any students who report in good faith that they witnessed or are the victim of a crime or a significant violation of MIT policy (e.g., sexual misconduct, hazing) even though they may have been under the influence of alcohol or prohibited substances at the time of the incident.

Click here for the full text of the Good Samaritan Amnesty Policy.