II (7) (A). Freedom of Expression/Academic Freedom

 A. Freedom of Expression/Academic Freedom

Please note that the principles set forth in the Institute’s policy on Freedom of Expression for students, found in the Mind and Hand Book, Section II (10), may be considered in evaluating potential instances of discrimination or discriminatory harassment that are speech-based in nature.

Further, in an academic community, the free and open exchange of ideas and viewpoints reflected in the concept of academic freedom may sometimes prove disturbing or offensive to some. The examination and challenging of assumptions, beliefs or opinions is, however, intrinsic to the rigorous education that MIT strives to provide. MIT policies are not intended to compromise the Institute’s traditional commitment to academic freedom or to education that encourages students to challenge their own views of themselves and the world.