Roles & Relationships

The principles that underlie guidelines for Institute roles and relationships are open communication and respect.

Graduate students and the other members of the MIT community share responsibility for adhering to these principles, and for embracing MIT’s values. Graduate students are expected to follow policies on academic integrity and conflict of interest.

Additionally, all members of the Institute community should be aware that MIT has a comprehensive policy regarding consensual sexual or romantic relationships in the workplace or academic environment.

Students and faculty are encouraged to manage conflicts and seek assistance through a variety of MIT resources and offices. These include the list below, and can help you identify others:

Department/Program Graduate Officer

Department/Program Heads

Ombuds Office

Independent, confidential, and neutral resource that helps MIT community members express concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflicts, and learn more productive ways of communicating.
Room 10-213, Phone 617-253-5921

Office of Graduate Education (OGE)

Provides advice and counsel on faculty/student relationships, conflict negotiation, funding, academic progress, interpersonal concerns, a student’s rights and responsibilities, and more.
Room 3-136, Phone 617-253-4860, Email

Resources for Easing Friction and Stress: REFS

REFS students are trained by Conflict Management@MIT to provide low barrier, confidential services to their peers in the form of support, coaching, listening, de-escalation, and informal mentoring and mediation.

Institute Discrimination & Harassment Response Office (IDHR)

Contact this office for information about resources and reporting options for all bias-related incidents, including gender, sexual harassment, sexual assault, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or other identify. This is the central contact point for incidents involving any MIT community member.
Room W31-223, Phone  617-324-7526, Email

Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards

Resource for helping students to develop and enforce community standards and values.
Room W20-507, Phone 617-258-8423, Email

Institute Community & Equity Office

The mission of the Institute Community & Equity Office (ICEO) is to advance a respectful and caring community that embraces diversity and empowers everyone to learn and do their best at MIT.
Room 4-250, Phone 617-324-7319, Email

Community Wellness @ MIT Medical

Helps students to make healthy choices by offering classes, programs, and resources.
Room E23-205, Phone 617-253-1316, Email

MIT Medical

Central resource for all things related to physical and mental well-being.
Building E23, Phone 617-253-4481

Student Mental Health & Counseling @ MIT Medical

Support for students dealing with personal concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, stress, or other issues. For urgent concerns, call to speak to a Mental Health clinician.
Building E23, 3rd floor, Phone 617-253-2916 weekdays, 617-253-448 nights/weekends