Complaint Resolution Process
What happens when a complaint is received, and who plays what roles in the COD process.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Who is a Complainant?
A student, faculty, student, and others who submit documentation and information about alleged violations to the Office of Student Citizenship.Click for more information
Who is a Respondent?
A student or student organization alleged to have violated MIT policy. A respondent responds to allegations made by the complainant.Click for more information
Who is a Witness?
Somebody other than the complainant and respondent who provides information during the course of a case.Click for more information
Who is an Advisor?
Any person of the student's choice, except a member of the media or an attorney, with the exception that attorneys are permitted to serve as advisors to complainants and respondents in cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, or stalking, who provides support to an advisee (respondent or complainant). The advisor may assist the student they are working with prepare their case and accompany the student to a meetings, hearings, and sanctioning panels.Click for more information