Review of Complaint
Upon being notified of an allegation of sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, or stalking a Title IX Investigator or designee will meet with the Complainant to provide the Complainant with a copy of the applicable policy, to provide information on the available forms of support, to explain the various options for pursuing the matter, including going to the police, and to discuss any accommodations that may be appropriate concerning the Complainant’s academic studies, housing, and employment. At this meeting, the Title IX Investigator or designee will seek to determine how a Complainant wishes to proceed (i.e., whether the Complainant wishes to pursue a formal complaint with the COD, informal resolution, or does not wish to pursue any resolution). In all reports of alleged sexual misconduct, regardless of whether the Complainant wishes to pursue the disciplinary process through the filing of a formal complaint, MIT will undertake some type of review to determine what happened and to assess whether any action need be taken to end the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.
The Investigator will investigate the incident by separately questioning the Complainant, the Respondent and any identified witnesses. The Investigator may also request written materials from the parties and witnesses and has the discretion to confer with others as needed. At the conclusion of the investigation, the Investigator will report to the Title IX Coordinator. Investigations shall be conducted as expeditiously as possible and normally shall be completed within forty Institute (40) days after receipt of the complaint, except where written policy says otherwise or when there is a legitimate reason for a different timeline, as long as the Complainant and Respondent are notified. A report may also be prepared and submitted to the Chair of the Committee on Discipline (“COD”) if a Complainant wants to pursue a formal complaint against the Respondent. The Chair of the COD will then decide whether a hearing by the COD is warranted. If a Complainant does wish to pursue a complaint, the Dean for Student Life or Dean for Graduate Education may be informed for any further action that might be taken.
Interim Measures Available
After receiving and initially reviewing a complaint of sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, or stalking, MIT may take interim measures to protect a complainant and/or the safety of the MIT community. MIT may impose a “no-contact” order, which typically will instruct the parties to refrain from having contact with one another, directly or through intermediaries, whether in person or via electronic means, pending the investigation and, if applicable, the COD hearing. MIT may also take any further protective action that it decides is appropriate pending resolution of the matter, including, without limitation, changing a Complainant’s or Respondent’s academic and/or living situation if those changes are requested by the Complainant or Respondent and are appropriate and reasonably available. Failure to comply with any interim measures is a violation of this policy and may lead to additional disciplinary measures.
During any stage of the investigation, if MIT reasonably suspects that a Respondent poses a threat of harm or disruption to the campus community, MIT may take immediate action, including removing a Respondent from housing (including FSILG), restricting the Respondent’s movement on campus, and/or temporarily suspending the Respondent from MIT.