VII (6). Guidelines for Raising Complaints about Harassment

“Some of the people in my dorm refuse to stop making crude and tasteless racial jokes in my presence. They recently pulled a few hacks, which embarrassed and humiliated me. I am fed up with their brand of humor!”


“One of my professors propositioned me. Even though I told him that I’m not interested, he keeps hinting around that it might make a difference in my grade.”

If any person or group of people is unreasonably bothering you, tell someone. You don’t have to just suffer silently and put up with or ignore such behavior. The Institute has a very strict policy on harassment, which is defined as “verbal or physical conduct which has the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s educational and/or work performance at MIT, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational, or work, or living environment on or off campus.” The intent and effect are both important because if someone is hurting you, even if they don’t mean to, they should be made aware of it and stopped.

If you can’t get the offensive behavior to stop on your own, speak with someone at the Institute about it. Resources include Student Support Services and the Ombudspersons, listed in this Handbook.

If you would like more information before you talk with someone, MIT has posted Guidelines for Raising Complaints about harassment.