Institute Procedures

Members of the MIT community are strongly encouraged to promptly report all incidents of sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Prompt reporting of such incidents makes investigation more effective and enhances the ability of MIT to take action. Any MIT student who believes he or she has been subjected to sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, or stalking by another MIT student may initiate a complaint by speaking to any of the Title IX Coordinators or Deputy Coordinators or the Title IX Investigator.

Any MIT employee (such as faculty, dean or other administrator, residence life staff or supervisor) who is informed of an allegation of sexual misconduct involving an MIT student must notify the Title IX Office of the disclosure for further follow up and possible investigation. Certain MIT officials who serve in a privileged professional capacity (i.e., medical providers, clergy, mental health and rape crisis counselors and ombudspersons) are not bound by this requirement. See the Resources section for a complete list of on and off campus resources and their confidentiality level.

These procedures generally apply to any allegation of sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, or stalking brought against an MIT student or employee regardless of where the alleged misconduct occurred. There is no geographical limitation to invoking the policies for members of the MIT community who believe they have been subject to sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, or stalking by another member of the MIT community.

With respect to any complaint by a person who is not a member of the MIT community and/or involves conduct occurring at a significant distance from campus, MIT will determine whether the conduct described in the complaint constitutes a sufficient risk to the MIT community to warrant further review of the complaint.

In addition to raising a complaint within MIT, individuals may also file a criminal complaint with the MIT Police, Cambridge Police, or the local law enforcement agency where the misconduct occurred. The standards for finding a violation of law are different from the standards used by MIT in determining whether there has been a violation of MIT’s policy. The filing of a complaint of sexual misconduct with MIT is independent of any criminal investigation or proceeding (although MIT’s investigation may, in some cases, be delayed temporarily while the criminal investigators are gathering evidence) and MIT will generally not wait for the conclusion of any criminal proceeding to start its own investigation.

Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator,, and/or the United States Department of Education:
United States Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights, Region I
5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02109-3921