Academic performance is the responsibility of every student.
This section provides detailed information regarding MIT academic
honesty policies, minimium academic standards and provides links
to resources to help you improve your performance.
Cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, and other forms
of academic dishonesty are considered serious offenses for which
disciplinary penalties can be imposed.
Some academic offenses by students are handled directly between
the faculty member and the students involved. In some cases, it
may be necessary for the department head to review, or otherwise
to assist in, the resolution of the matter. The faculty member
may choose whether to take direct action or to bring the matter
to the Committee
on Discipline. More information can be found in the MIT
Bulletin in the section on Complaint and Disciplinary
A policy statement on Academic Honesty is available in section
10.2 of MIT Policies and
Minimum Academic Standards and Ratings
Because of the individual nature of student academic performance
and differences in academic and grading policies among departments,
the Committee on Academic Performance
(CAP) cannot set forth rigid standards of academic performance
to be employed throughout the Institute. It is the responsibility
of the CAP, however, to see that the action on specific undergraduates
proposed by the individual departments is reasonably consistent
throughout the Institute.
The CAP normally expects a minimum academic record reflecting
the satisfactory completion of 36 units of credit with a term
rating above 3.0 at the end of any regular term, unless the committee
has specifically notified an individual student that a higher
level of performance is required. (The latter would only occur
as a result of a previously poor performance.)
The CAP considers each student's academic performance on an individual
basis. Consideration is given not only to the grades received,
but also to the total number of General Institute Requirements
(GIRs) and units beyond GIRs completed (in relation to the norm
for the student's class), the nature of the subjects themselves,
and those factors in the student's personal situation which may
have affected his or her academic performance in a given term.
If a department feels that the performance of a particular student
is below standard, it must recommend to the CAP some course of
action within the guidelines set out below.
Students should be reminded that some scholarship-granting agencies
(e.g., the ROTC programs) have stricter minimum academic standards
than those of MIT itself.
Academic Review for Regular
Students' academic performance is evaluated by their department
and then by the Committee on Academic
Performance (CAP) at the end of the fall and spring terms.
(The Academic Resource Center
serves as the department for freshmen and undesignated sophomores.)
Students are reviewed for possible academic deficiency as a result
of poor grades or low units. Upperclass students are automatically
marked for review if they have a term rating of 3.0 or less, or
they are registered for 35 units or fewer at the end of the term.
Freshmen are reviewed if they receive 39 or fewer units of credit;
the number of subjects they passed is considered since they do
not have term ratings.
In creating Exploratory subjects for sophomores it was not the
intent of the Committee on the Undergraduate Program that CAP
actions be affected by sophomores who change the status of Exploratory
subjects from credit to Listener after Drop Date. Students' decisions
to change to Listener status should not be a factor in CAP and
departmental decisions, nor should they be the basis for petitions
to revoke CAP actions.