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 individuals listed here.
Download the Guide to MIT's Investigation and Resolution Process for Student Cases of Gender-Based Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, and/or Gender-Based Bullying or Hazing here.
These procedures generally apply to any allegation of sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, or stalking brought against an MIT student 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.
Initial Assessment of Reports Concerning Gender-Based Discrimination
Upon an initial report to the Title IX Office claiming gender-based discrimination, the Title IX Coordinator will make an initial assessment of the reported information and respond to any immediate health or safety concerns raised by the report. In this initial assessment, the Title IX Coordinator will:
- Assess the Complainant’s safety and well-being and offer the Institute’s immediate support and assistance;
- In cases involving recent physical or sexual assault, inform the Complainant of the right to seek medical treatment, and explain the importance of obtaining and preserving forensic and other evidence;
- In cases involving allegations of criminal conduct, inform the Complainant of the right to contact law enforcement, decline to contact law enforcement, and/or seek a court ordered protective order;
- Assess the information provided regarding the gender-based discrimination, including whether it provides the names and/or any other information that personally identifies the Complainant, the Respondent, any witness, and/or any other third party with knowledge of the reported incident;
- Inform the Complainant about Institute and community resources, the right to seek appropriate and available interim measures, and how to request those resources and measures;
- Inform the Complainant of formal and informal resolution options; determine the Complainant’s expressed preference at this time for pursuing informal resolution, formal resolution, or neither; and discuss with the Complainant any concerns or barriers to participating in any Institute investigation and resolution under this process;
- Explain the Institute’s prohibition against retaliation and that the Institute will take prompt action in response to any act of retaliation;
- Ascertain the ages of the Complainant and the Respondent, if known, and, if either of the parties is a minor (under 18), determine whether to contact the appropriate child protective service agency; and
- Assess the information provided to determine if it triggers any Clery Act obligations and, if so, submit a Clery Report Form to MIT Police.
The Title IX Coordinator (or designee) may take interim actions/measures intended to address the short-term effects of harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation. In order to respect the privacy of the parties, the Institute will limit providing notification of interim actions/measures to those who need to know to implement, or are otherwise affected by, the actions. Depending on the circumstances, these interim actions may be available regardless of whether a Complainant files a formal complaint.
Individualized services may be offered as appropriate to either or both the Complainant and Respondent prior to an investigation or while an investigation is pending.
Interim actions/measures will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may include, but are not limited to:
- Referral to counseling and health services
- Altering the housing situation of the Respondent or the Complainant, if desired and if such changes are reasonably available
- Altering work arrangements
- Providing campus escorts
- Restricting access to certain areas of campus
- Providing transportation accommodations
- Implementing contact limitations between the parties
- Offering adjustments to academic deadlines, course schedules, etc.
- Providing academic support and assistance
- Assisting with Visa or immigration status concerns
- Education to the community
- Leaves of absence
- Increased security and monitoring of certain areas on campus
The Institute Title IX Coordinator will fairly assess the need for a party to receive interim actions/measures and will ensure that any measure is individualized and appropriate based on the information gathered. The Institute Title IX Coordinator will communicate with the Complainant and the Respondent throughout the investigation to ensure that any interim actions/measures are necessary and effective based on the parties’ evolving needs.
As set forth in the COD Rules, among other interim measures, the Institute may occasionally be required to take immediate action in order to protect the health, safety, or wellbeing of individuals or the community; to maintain academic integrity; to uphold Institute values; to end ongoing or prevent further misconduct; to separate individuals involved in a case; or for other similar reasons may temporarily suspend a student or organization pending the completion of an investigation and resolution.