Complaint Resolution Process

What happens when a complaint is received, and who plays what roles in the COD process.

Process Overview

The Committee on Discipline (COD) receives and acts on three types of complaints: academic misconduct, personal/general misconduct, and sexual misconduct.  There is a procedure to respond to each case that recognizes the elements unique to each type of case.  The procedures for responding to all three types of complaints are described in detail in the COD Rules.  The academic integrity process is described in detail here.  A summary of the process for responding to personal and sexual misconduct complaints is below.

The process followed by the COD in resolving general cases is outlined here.  This flowchart does not describe the process for sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, or stalking cases (see right), and it does not describe the process for faculty letters to file in an academic integrity case.

This flowchart summarizes the process used to resolve sexual misconduct, stalking, and intimate partner violence cases only.



Disability Accommodations

The Office of Student Citizenship is committed to the principle of equal opportunities for students with disabilities.  If you have a disability and need an accommodation to participate in the COD process or any program or service offered by the OSC, please contact Student Disability Services at 617-253-1674 or

COD Process Roles

  • Office of Student Citizenship (OSC): The Office of Student Citizenship serves as the initial recipient of information alleging violations by an MIT student or student organization. OSC communicates with both parties throughout the process, as well as provides general information about MIT discipline and conflict resolution processes to the MIT community. The OSC staff serves as staff to the Committee on Discipline.

  • Chair of the Committee on Discipline/Committee on Discipline (COD)The Committee on Discipline is an appointed group of students, faculty, and staff who hear and resolve some allegations of policy violations by students or student organizations at MIT. The COD is chaired by an appointed faculty member.  The Chair of the COD reviews all alleged violations and determines how they will be resolved and determines the outcome for low-level (administrative) violations.  The Chair also presides over all COD hearings and sanctioning panels.