MIT prohibits hazing by individuals or groups and defines it as follows: Any action or activity that causes or intends to cause physical or mental discomfort or distress, that may demean, degrade, or disgrace any person, regardless of location, intent, or consent of participants, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group, organization, or living community. Hazing includes, without limitation, behaviors that do or could emphasize a power imbalance between members of a group and behaviors that violate Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 269, Sections 17-19.
Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts and constitute hazing as prohibited by this policy. Additionally, failure to report incidents of hazing is a violation of MIT policy and may be a violation of Massachusetts State Law (M.G.L. c. 269 Section 18). Students and other members of the Institute community must report incidents of hazing that they witness or for which they were present. Incidents of hazing shall be reported to an appropriate law enforcement official, as required by state law, and the Office of Student Citizenship.
Any retaliation against any person who reports, is a witness to, is involved with, or cooperates with the adjudication of hazing is strictly prohibited.
The sanction of disciplinary suspension or disciplinary expulsion will be strongly considered for individuals or groups found responsible for hazing.
In addition to the foregoing, MIT adheres to and enforces Massachusetts State Law that prohibits the practice of hazing. Students are advised that the Massachusetts State Law on hazing is available here.