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Updates from MIT regarding recent events on campus, sharing relevant policies, and correcting misinformation.

Video: Update on campus tensions

November 14, 2023

President Sally Kornbluth addressed the MIT community in a video. “We need a community where we can all express our views,” she said. “But we also need MIT to be a place where we all feel safe and free to live, work, and study.” Kornbluth announced a new commission called “Standing Together Against Hate,” which will engage faculty, students, and staff to address antisemitism and other forms of hate.

Update on the Events of November 9

November 14, 2023

Unfortunate misinformation has spread regarding a recent protest at MIT. To provide clarity on recent events, and to answer some common questions, MIT has prepared this update in the form of an FAQ. It addresses what MIT is doing to keep students safe, fight antisemitism, and ensure our community can stay focused on learning, research, and discovery.

A campus protest and counterprotest

November 9, 2023

President Sally Kornbluth wrote to the MIT community to describe a disruptive protest and counterprotest on campus that day. Noting that the event took place with disregard for MIT guidelines and policies, Kornbluth outlined immediate consequences and ongoing disciplinary review.

Campus safety and policies around protests, postering and free expression

November 8, 2023

Suzy Nelson, Vice Chancellor and Dean for Student Life, wrote to all students to clarify MIT’s policies and procedures for keeping our campus safe. In particular, she noted that campus protests may not disrupt living, working, and learning spaces, and that violations would result in referral to the Committee on Discipline.

Video: How we treat each other

October 21, 2023

President Sally Kornbluth spoke to the MIT community by video about tensions following the recent violence in Israel and Gaza. Kornbluth called for everyone to be mindful of the impact their words have on others and said that targeting and harassment of individuals is unacceptable at MIT.

Timely reminders about safety and community

October 12, 2023

In a letter, Vice Chancellor and Dean for Student Life Suzy Nelson urged MIT students to embrace our values and stand by each other. She reinforced that harassing speech or behavior, as well as acts or threats of violence, are against MIT policy. Separately, and out of an abundance of caution, the MIT Police have increased patrols on campus, and are in regular contact with law enforcement partners.

Video: Our community and the violence in Israel and Gaza

October 10, 2023

In a video message to the MIT community, President Sally Kornbluth spoke to the situation in Israel and Gaza and expressed her concerns for our community.