MIT encourages individuals to seek assistance for incidents involving sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, or stalking. MIT provides a variety of options available to an individual, so that each person may choose a path for response best suited to his or her particular situation. MIT procedures are intended to protect the rights of the complaining party (“the complainant”), the accused (“the respondent”), and other participants in review of complaints.
View a flowchart of support and reporting options here.
Procedures for making a complaint against an MIT faculty or staff member can be found here.
Any allegation of gender discrimination including sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, or stalking brought against an MIT student or employee, regardless of where the alleged incident occurred, will be taken seriously. Incidents alleged to have occurred off the MIT campus may be more difficult to investigate. If a person who is not a member of the MIT community notifies MIT of alleged sexual misconduct by an MIT student or employee, MIT will determine whether the conduct described is a sufficient risk to the safety of the MIT community to review further.
Except in those cases where the Complainant has contacted a strictly confidential resource, the Institute will conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation and will take appropriate measures to terminate the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. This response may include formal disciplinary action, which may be initiated by an individual complainant or the Institute itself. The sanctions of disciplinary suspension and disciplinary expulsion will be strongly considered when a student is found to have violated any part of the nonconsensual sexual contact, nonconsensual sexual penetration, sexual exploitation, or retaliation provisions of this policy, and for severe violations of the sexual harassment provision.
Reporting to the Institute
The Institute encourages anyone who experiences or becomes aware of an incident of gender-based discrimination to immediately report the incident to the Institute by notifying the Institute Title IX Coordinator or any Deputy Title IX Coordinator:
Sarah Rankin, Title IX Coordinator
120 Massachusetts Ave., Building W31-223
Cambridge, MA 02139
See here for a list of Deputy Title IX Coordinators and contact information.
Individuals may also make a report using the online Harassment, Discrimination, Bias, and Hate Incident Reporting Form found here.
Additionally, 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.
Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
Reporting to the Police
A Complainant may choose to make a report to the Institute to pursue resolution under this process and may also choose to make a report to law enforcement; both options may be pursued simultaneously. A Complainant who chooses to pursue possible criminal action can contact law enforcement directly. An advocate from Violence Prevention & Response (VPR) is available to assist in contacting law enforcement (VPR’s 24-hour hotline is 617-253-2300). Law enforcement can be contacted at the following numbers:
- 911 (for emergencies)
- MIT Police (617-253-1212 or 100 from any MIT phone)
- Boston Police Department (617-343-4400)
- Cambridge Police Department (617-349-3381)
While an investigation or grievance proceeding is pending, MIT will take interim measures MIT concludes is appropriate under the circumstances to assist or protect persons who were or may have been subjected to sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, or stalking, as well as to protect the MIT community from the misconduct reoccurring. Interim measures may include, for example, changing the living arrangements, class schedule, or work schedule of the Complainant or Respondent. 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. Interim measures may also include offering the Complainant and Respondent counseling, health care, academic support, or other resources.