MIT prohibits any member of the community from retaliating against any person for raising good faith concerns about conduct that violates MIT policy. MIT’s prohibition against retaliation includes retaliation against a person for reporting an incident, filing a complaint, cooperating in an inquiry or investigation, or participating in any other capacity in any of the Institute’s complaint resolution procedures, including the Committee on Discipline process or the complaint resolution process outlined in Institute Policies and Procedures Section 9.8.
Retaliation is any adverse action taken against a person in response to that person’s participation in any of the activities specified above. Retaliation can take many forms. Examples of possible retaliation include, but are not limited to:
- Adverse employment action (e.g., termination, demotion, reduction in pay, adverse change in schedule, adverse change in work location, etc.)
- Adverse action related to participation in any educational program offered by the Institute (e.g., adverse change to grades, class schedule, research opportunities, etc.)
- Stalking, harassment, bullying, intimidation, threats, or engaging in physical violence
- Adverse social actions such as exclusion or removal from a living group, student organization, or committee, or publishing personally identifiable information about an individual, including on websites or social media sites
- Encouraging or asking others to engage in retaliatory behavior on one’s behalf
A complaint alleging retaliation by a student may lead to action by the Committee on Discipline, up to and including suspension or expulsion from the Institute. A complaint alleging retaliation by faculty or staff should be directed to the faculty or staff member’s supervisor or human resources. The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards or the Ombuds Office are available as a resource for students with concerns about retaliation.