Statement from the Ad Hoc Faculty Committee
on Guidelines for Outside Engagements
The members of the Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on Guidelines for Outside Engagements were selected by Faculty Chairs Susan Silbey and Rick Danheiser because of their experience with the relevant issues and their attentiveness to the MIT mission. The committee members have received requests to participate in and support grass-roots efforts, many of which coincide with our current deliberations.
Because we wish to continue our deliberations with open minds and to avoid any appearance of bias, we will abstain from signing any public letters or making any public declarations of support for such efforts. The absence of individual committee member support should not be construed as agreement or disagreement with the views expressed in those letters. That said, the faculty on the committee play important roles at MIT and will freely articulate their own independent views on important issues beyond the purview of the committee charge in their respective communities and the greater MIT community.