VII (12). Ombuds Office

The Ombuds Office has temporarily relocated through November, 2018 to Building 10, room 359.

In December, 2018 the Ombuds Office will return to Building 10, room 213.


The MIT Ombuds Office works with all members of the MIT community to resolve disputes, manage conflicts, and develop more productive ways of communicating. The Ombuds Office serves as an independent, confidential, neutral and informal resource for faculty, staff of all kinds, students and post-docs. The Ombudsperson(s) will listen to your concerns impartially and discreetly. The Ombuds Office seeks to promote fair conflict management systems and supports systemic changes to achieve this goal.

The Ombudsperson(s) helps visitors examine options for dealing with a concern constructively. The Ombuds O ce does not accept formal complaints or notice of any claims to MIT. If a visitor wishes to make MIT formally aware of a particular problem, the Ombudspersons can provide information on how to do so. 

Common Issues Brought To An Ombudsperson:

  • Academic integrity
  • Advisor-advisee relations
  • Compensation, benefits
  • Ethical concerns and MIT values
  • Fear of retaliation or retribution
  • Grades, academic credit, intellectual property disputes
  • Harassment, discrimination, abuse of power, bullying, unfair treatment
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Performance appraisal; disciplinary action
  • Policy issues
  • Safety issues
  • Suggestions for improvement at MIT
  • Supervisor-supervisee relations
  • Working conditions 

Walk-in visits are possible but appointments are recommended. For more information, please see the Ombuds Office web site at, or call 617-253-5921.