The Ombuds Office can help you make sense of the network of available resources at MIT and decide which, if any, is best able to help address your concern.
Please keep in mind that communication with other offices may not be treated as confidential and that email is never a fully confidential means of communication. If confidentiality is a concern, bring that up in your initial conversation.
MIT’s internal Audit Division evaluates academic, research, and administrative processes and offers recommendations for improvement. Their website includes information on how to prepare and what to expect.
Environment, Health & Safety Office
The Environment, Health & Safety Office supports personal health and safety, environmental stewardship, and sustainability on campus. Their website offers in-depth information about regulations, responsibilities, and best practices around construction, chemical safety, radiation protection, and more.
Division of Student Life
- The Dean on Call responds to emergency issues involving students and MIT affiliates after hours, on weekends, and any time the Institute is closed. The DOC provides immediate response as well as follow up in the event of an emergency or crisis.
- The Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life is composed of more than 20 chaplains and 40 student groups that offer opportunities for worship, meditation, prayer, and study. They can provide or refer you to services that provide faith-informed counseling and crisis support.
- Student Disability Services helps students with disabilities—visible or invisible, temporary or permanent—fully access all of MIT’s programs and services.
- Student Support Services (S3) promotes the academic success and holistic experience of students. They offer advice, advocacy, resources, and referrals to help navigate life at MIT.
- Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) is MIT’s primary on-campus resource for preventing and responding to interpersonal violence including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment—no matter when or where it happened. Their services are free, confidential, and available 24/7
Ethicspoint is a third-party vendor that provides anonymous reporting for non-emergency complaints about wrongdoing and violations of Institute policy. Reports can be filed online or by phone.
Human Resources advances a vibrant and diverse work community where individuals and groups thrive and contribute to MIT's excellence. They offer support, services, and programs related to careers, benefits, work and life, and community and inclusion.
Disabilities Services and Medical Leaves Office
The Disabilities Services and Medical Leaves Office helps employees with documented disabilities access and effective reasonable accommodations.
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion initiatives promote a workplace of inclusion that welcomes and supports people of varying backgrounds, different viewpoints, experience, talents, and ideas.
Institute Community and Equity Office
The Institute Community and Equity Office advances a respectful and caring community that embraces diversity and empowers everyone to learn and do their best at MIT.
MyLife Services provides MIT faculty, staff, postdocs, and their families with free, confidential, 24/7 access to short-term counseling, consultation, research, and referrals for emotional and work-life balance issues.
Institute-wide Resources for Easing Friction & Stress
institute-wide Resources for Easing Friction & Stress (iREFS) are graduate students formally trained and certified in conflict management skills.
LBGTQ+ Services supports student, employee, and alumni groups and other campus departments and initiatives that aim to foster equity, intersectionality, and the continuum of social justice.
The MIT Police is a service-based department that offers the MIT community patrol operations, investigations, and crime prevention services.
Office of the General Counsel
The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice, counseling, and service to MIT and represents MIT in its legal matters. Because the it represents the Institute, the OGC cannot offer advice or representation on personal matters.
Office of Graduate Education
The Office of Graduate Education (OGE) supports and serves individual graduate students, programs, and schools in order to make graduate education at MIT empowering, exciting, holistic, and transformative.
Office of the First Year
The Office of the First Year is the first-year headquarters and a resource during students’ undergraduate years.
Office of Minority Education
MIT’s Office of Minority Education promotes academic excellence, builds strong communities, and develops professional mindsets among students of underrepresented minority groups, with the ultimate goal of developing leaders in the academy, industry, and society.
The MIT Postdoctoral Association supports the more than 1,500 postdoctoral trainees appointed in 50 departments at MIT during their professional research training and career development.
The Institute Discrimination & Harassment Response Office
The Institute Discrimination & Harassment Response Office serves as the central office to address discrimination and discriminatory harassment (including sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, and stalking) for faculty, staff, postdocs, and students.
Stopit is a confidential venue for reporting electronic-based harassment and other inappropriate behavior at MIT. It is available to all students, staff, and affiliates.
Working Group for Support Staff
The Working Group for Support Staff offers advocacy, professional development, networking, and fellowship to the 2,000+ support and administrative staff members both on and off campus.