Personal Conduct and Responsibility

Certain behaviors are not acceptable or permitted in the United States. You could be arrested by the police if you commit such offenses, or you may file legal charges against anyone who commits these acts toward you:

  • Verbal or physical abuse
  • Spousal abuse
  • Leaving children unattended in your home, car, or other location, even if it is just for a short period

MIT has strict policies about personal conduct and responsibility. See HR Policies and Procedures.The Institute does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, violence or inappropriate behavior. You have a right to a workplace free of situations that undermine your well-being or interfere with your work, progress, and performance.

There are several ways to address complaints and resolution to problems.

If you want to speak with someone in an in informal, confidential place, you can discuss what to do with one of the MIT Ombuds Office representatives. You can also make an anonymous report through the Ombuds Office. The MIT Ombuds officers are neutral, independent, informal complaint-handlers. All information you discuss with them is completely confidential.

You can also follow the Human Resources (HR) Complaint and Resolution Process. Please see the HR website for informal and formal procedures.

As always, the International Scholars Office is available to help you. Do not hesitate to consult us for any matter, large or small.

Page updated May 2023