preparing for a hearing
To the COMPLAINANT:
complaint is all you need to do to prepare for a hearing. As a
matter of fairness, please remember that all evidence which you plan
to introduce as well as the names of any witnesses you plan to call
must be disclosed in the complaint. The respondent and hearing
panelists will receive an advance copy of the complaint in order to
prepare themselves for the hearing.
To the RESPONDENT:
The respondent will receive a copy of the complaint, including
all evidence the complainant will present, and the names of all
witnesses the complainant plans to call.
The respondent is entitled and encouraged to select an advisor,
called an MIT Associate, to help him/her
prepare the best possible defense. The Associate attends the hearing
but does not represent the student and may speak only with the
permission of the Chair. Associates must be current members of the MIT community, but not an
attorneys, or family members. Typically the
Associate is a person who does not have direct involvement in the
matter in question. Typical choices include Advisors, Housemasters
The respondent is entitled and strongly encouraged to submit a written
response to the
complaint before the hearing and to attend the hearing, both to
question the complainant (and complainantís witnesses) and to
offer his/her own statement and witnesses. If, however, the
respondent declines to answer or to appear, the Hearing Panel
may and usually will proceed to decide the case in the respondent's absence.
MIT policy absolutely prohibits any reprisal or retaliation
against a person bringing a complaint. Reprisal may be grounds
for serious action. You would be wise to control your behavior to
eliminate any possible claim of reprisal.