VII (5). Guidelines for Raising Complaints about Harassment

“Some of the people in my dorm refuse to stop making crude and tasteless racial jokes targeted at me. 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 them that I’m not interested, they keep 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 suffer silently and put up with or ignore such behavior. The Institute has a very strict policy on harassment. Harassment is defined as “unwelcome conduct of a verbal, nonverbal or physical nature that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to create a work or academic environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile or abusive and that adversely affects an individual’s educational, work, or living environment.” 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. 

If you would like more information before you talk with someone, MIT has complaint and resolution procedures. If you would like to make a complaint about a student, contact the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards at or the Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response Office at If you would like to make a complaint about an MIT employee, MIT has a website overviewing the complaint process and resolution: