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Responsible and Ethical Conduct at MIT

Relations and Responsibilities

Personal Conduct

All members of the MIT community are expected to conduct themselves with proper respect for one another and for each other's property. The Institute fosters the attitude that every person brings unique qualities, talents, and dignity to the community and that every individual deserves to be treated, judged, and accorded both common decencies and all the benefits of society in an evenhanded and respectful manner. When working for or representing the Institute or when on Institute premises, an employee's conduct should meet acceptable standards of the community and demonstrate respect for the law and rights of others.


Harassment of any kind is not acceptable behavior at MIT; it is inconsistent with the commitment to excellence that characterizes MIT's activities. MIT is committed to creating an environment in which every individual can work, study, and live without being harassed.


No one shall be retaliated against for participating in the Institute’s Complaint Resolution procedure in good faith as a complainant, a witness, an investigator or in any other capacity. Retaliation is typically a significant adverse employment action taken against an employee because the employee participated in the complaint resolution process. For some individuals, retaliation may include a significant action that adversely affects that person’s academic status. Retaliation is a serious offense. A complaint of retaliation may be investigated and may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment or otherwise terminating the individual’s relationship with the Institute. If any individual has concerns about retaliation, he or she should contact a human resources officer.

It is also the Institute's policy to recognize and respect the rights of any individual against whom a complaint has been brought.

Responsibilities of Supervisors

Many persons at MIT have, as supervisors, responsibility for organizing and directing the work of others. Supervisors should seek to be sensitive to the feelings and attitudes of those they supervise and reach for a mutual understanding of the tasks, terms, and conditions of work. At the same time, they have the obligation to set high standards of performance, to require matching achievement, to reward those who perform well, and to terminate those who are unable or unwilling to meet the expected standards.