MIT is committed to creating and providing a learning, living and working environment free from discrimination including sexual harassment and sexual violence. This website describes MIT's resources for preventing and addressing sexual misconduct and MIT’s policies and procedures for reporting and investigating complaints of sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual misconduct.
MIT complies with applicable state and federal statutes, including Title IX of the federal Higher Education Amendment of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex under any education program or activity receiving federal financial aid. Sexual assault and sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
Gender based discrimination, including sexual misconduct and sexual harassment, committed by MIT students, staff or faculty will not be tolerated. This applies to academic, educational, athletic, residential and other Institute operated programs. MIT encourages individuals who believe they have been sexually harassed, assaulted or subjected to sexual misconduct by an MIT student or employee to seek assistance. 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 investigations of complaints.
Any allegation of sexual misconduct brought against a MIT student or employee, regardless of where the alleged sexual misconduct occurred, will be taken seriously. Sexual misconduct 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.
Vice President for Human Resources Alison Alden and Senior Associate Dean for Student Life Barbara Baker serve as Co-Title IX Coordinators. Title IX coordinators are responsible for tracking and monitoring incidents of gender based discrimination, including sexual misconduct, to ensure that MIT responds effectively to each complaint, and, where necessary, to conduct an investigation of a particular situation. MIT has also designated Title IX deputy coordinators who have been trained to assist individuals with concerns of this nature.