Our Role

Common Issues Brought to an Ombuds

In general you might bring any issue about which you think something should be doneā€”but you are not sure where to go or what to do. (See What Do We Do?) Common issues include:

  • Academic integrity
  • Advisor-advisee relations, supervisor-supervisee relations
  • Compensation, benefits
  • Ethics issues and MIT values, any kind of misconduct
  • Fear of coming forward or of acting to stop unacceptable behavior
  • Fear of retaliation, retaliation
  • Grades, academic credit, intellectual property disputes
  • Harassment, discrimination, abuse of power, bullying, unfair treatment
  • Help in writing a reference, evaluation, commendation, a letter of concern, or help in writing responses
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Performance appraisal, disciplinary action
  • Policy issues
  • Safety issues
  • Suggestions for improvement at MIT
  • Working conditions