What to do if you experience or witness a hate crime or harassment

Harassment of any kind is not acceptable behavior at MIT. Some forms of harassment may also violate federal or state law, or MIT policies on conflict of interest and nondiscrimination. We recognize that all people who witness or experience a hate crime or have a harassment complaint – including students, staff, faculty, and post docs – are entitled to fair grievance procedures.

Adressing Harassment at MIT

MIT provides individuals with several options for addressing a harassment concern so that they can choose one that is most suitable for them.

  • Options for addressing the problem
  • MIT resources
  • Resources outside MIT
  • Examples of possibly harassing behavior
  • Other considerations

The full guide is at Dealing With Harassment at MIT

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Massachusetts Attorney General

Massachusetts Attorney General’s new hot line to report witnessed or experienced harassment and intimidation of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, women, LGBTQ individuals, and immigrants.

Call 1-800-994-3228 or fill out a civil rights complaints online. People can also report through the attorney general’s office’s social media platforms.


Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may file a complaint with the The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Once you file a complaint, you will meet with an MCAD Intake Officer to determine if the agency can investigate your case. In all but a few cases, you have 300 days from the last discriminatory act to file a claim with the MCAD. Cases involving applying to schools only have a six month statutory filing deadline.


The Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center has a page to track hate crimes including news reports, accounts on social media and direct submissions to the site.