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Community Relations

  • Personal Conduct and Responsibilities Toward Students and Employees

    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.

    MIT is committed to continuing attention to the structure of opportunity afforded to those who spend time here -- opportunity for individual satisfaction and self-fulfillment, for employment and subsequent advancement. All who study and work here stand to benefit from attention to these basic human needs. Persons employed at the Institute require ready access to opportunites for advancement, as well as attention to their needs for personal and career development. Those who study here deserve an education that enriches the essential lifelong process of growth and educational self-renewal and places a premium on self-sufficiency and intellectual independence.

  • Institute Policy on Harassment

    Harassment of any kind is not acceptable behavior at MIT; it is not consistent with the committment 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. Harassment may therefor lead to sanctions up to and including termination of employment or student status. Read full policy.

    Complaint & Grievance Process

    Guidelines for Raising Complaints about Harassment

    Dispute resolution resources for Employees
    Department Head, Lab or Center Director, Administrative Officer or Assistant Director, or the Human Resources Administrator for your Department, Lab, or Center.

    Dean, School of Science, Marc A. Kastner, 617-253-8900, mkastner@mit.edu
    Associate Dean, School of Science, Hazel Sive, 617-258-8242, sive@wi.mit.edu
    School of Science Assistant Dean for Human Resources & Administration, Heather Williams, 617.253.8904, heatherg@mit.edu
    School of Science Human Resources Officer, Jennifer Walsh, 617.253.4275, jwalsh@MIT.EDU
    Alison Alden, Vice President of Human Resources, Room E19-215, 617-253.6512

    Ombuds Office
    The MIT Ombuds Office Helps people express concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflicts, and learn more productive ways of communicating. The Ombuds Office serves as an independent, confidential, neutral and informal resource to the diverse MIT community -- it is a resource for staff of every kind, students and post-docs.  The Ombuds can help address any MIT-related concern, except for matters covered by a union-MIT contract or special by-laws.

    Stopit is confidential method for members of the MIT community to ask for help if they find themselves being the target of, or witness to, harassment. http://web.mit.edu/stopit

    Dispute Resolution Resources & Community Standards for Students

    Mediation@MIT Program through the Office of Student Mediation

       - Stop IT for help with misuse of MIT's computer systems and harassment
       - Student Support Services and Student Life
       - Committee on Discipline
       - Personal Conduct and Responsibilities toward Students and Employees

    Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS) Programs:
       - Department of Biology
       - Department of Chemistry
       - Department of Physics