News & Updates

News & Updates

Check back here for the latest MIT Title IX news.

April 10, 2019. On April 10, members of the MIT community came together to recognize and celebrate the achievements of select students, student groups, faculty, and staff for being “Change-Makers” in their corners of MIT. Read about the award recipients here

November 27, 2018. Title IX Institute Coordinator and Director of the Title IX and Bias Response Office, Sarah Rankin, updates MIT on the Department of Education's proposed regulations governing sexual harassment and misconduct under Title IX. Read her letter here

November 8, 2018. The Tech covers the Title IX and Bias Response (T9BR) Office's annual report of sexual misconduct on campus. They highlight this office's effort to collect a deeper and broader pool of data. You can dig in to the full report here.

October 4, 2018. Chancellor Barnhart announced that her office would administer the Association of American Universities (AAU) 2019 Campus Climate Survey to undergraduate and graduate students during the upcoming spring 2019 semester. Read the full article here.

September 17, 2018. In MIT News' "3 Qs," Sheila Widnall, MIT Institute Professor and former secretary of the U.S. Air Force, discusses her role as a co-chair for a major report on sexual harassment of women in sciences, engineering, and medicine. Read the about it here.

September 1, 2018. Starting this year, all faculty and staff will join all incoming students and new hires in participating in foundational online sexual misconduct prevention and response training. MIT is also implementing a new consensual relationships policy, which prohibits certain relationships in which academic and/or supervisory authority are present. Read the news letter here.

November 29, 2017. Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart answers "3 Qs" about MIT's efforts to address sexual assault. She writes, "Against the backdrop of the national dialogue that’s happening right now, I believe we can double down on our commitment to addressing all types of sexual misconduct at MIT." Read it here

November 29, 2017. In a letter to the community, President L. Rafael Reif urges MIT to "to actively build a culture that treats sexual harassment, coercion and assault as taboo, absurdly out of bounds — unthinkable for anyone, of any age, in any context." Read the full text here

September 28, 2017. Title IX Coordinator and Director of the Title IX and Bias Response Office Sarah Rankin updates MIT on the Department of Education's upcoming, revised recommended guidelines on sexual misconduct. Read her letter here

April 26, 2017. MIT community members honored for work to prevent sexual misconduct. Read more here

February 27, 2017. Answering "3Qs," Vice president and Dean for Student Life Suzy Nelson affirms her and the Institute's committment to transgender students' rights and protections on campus. Read more here

See below for additional steps the Institute has taken to address sexual misconduct in recent years:

  • President Rafael Reif sends a letter to the community and issues a call to action in response to the story “Breaking Silence” published in the student newspaper, The Tech
  • Newly appointed Chancellor Cindy Barnhart makes sexual misconduct a priority and is asked to assess efforts at MIT and deliver recommendations for improving response and education
  • A "climate survey" is created to assess prevalence of sexual misconduct, attitudes and beliefs regarding sexual violence, knowledge of reporting options, and prevalence of help-seeking behavior. 
  • Chancellor Barnhart conducts a series of “Conversations” with various MIT constituent groups to hear their perspective of sexual misconduct at MIT
  • Freshmen Orientation is revised with a more robust online training program for incoming students to complete over the summer and a new performance workshop about sexual assault and bystander intervention is planned for the Fall 2014 New Student Orientation
  • An online training is created for all new employees to complete during new employee orientation
  • An online training is selected and implemented for all incoming graduate students and an in-person module is created for the Fall 2014 central Graduate Student Orientation program
  • New Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking Policies are developed
  • Chancellor Barnhart appoints a committee to review the Committee on Discipline’s Sexual Misconduct procedures and make recommendations for changes and updates
  • Chancellor Barnhart appoints a committee to make recommendations for a comprehensive Education and Prevention plan
  • Student Title IX Working Group creates the "It's On Us MIT" education campaign to engage the entire community in a commitment to bystander intervention 
  • Chancellor Barnhart provides an update to the community on progress made to prevent sexual assault one year after release of the CASA survey data