I. Introduction

Welcome to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology! As the Institute’s mission states, MIT is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s greatest challenges. An MIT education combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community.

The Mind and Hand Book takes its name from Mens et Manus, MIT’s Latin motto meaning “mind and hand.” It will serve as a guide for you in navigating the community expectations that make this educational community so vibrant.

MIT expects that all students come to the Institute for a serious academic purpose and expects them to be responsible individuals who conduct themselves with high standards of honesty and personal conduct. It is MIT’s philosophy to maintain rules and regulations consistent with efficient administration and the general welfare of the MIT community.

Fundamental to the principle of independent learning and professional growth is the requirement of honesty and integrity in the conduct of one’s academic and nonacademic life. Maintenance of a healthy living and learning environment requires that all members of the community exercise due respect for the basic rights of one another.

Each student is responsible for reading and understanding the Institute’s expectations which are documented in the Mind and Hand Book, and the Academic Integrity Handbook. By enrolling at MIT, students voluntarily agree to comply with the standards of performance and behavior that are described in the Mind and Hand Book and the Academic Integrity Handbook