Dispute resolution and community standards
Committee on Discipline
The Committee on Discipline resolves complaints of alleged violations of policies and/or community standards by a student, former student, or student organization in a way that is objective and educational, not legalistic or adversarial.
Conflict Management@MIT builds capacity within the MIT community to deal effectively with conflict by working with Institute students, faculty and staff to improve their conflict management skills and give them opportunities to practice and reflect on those skills. Conflict Management@MIT also offers dispute resolution services to graduate and undergraduate students.
Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS) Programs
The Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS) programs provide low-barrier, informal, and confidential peer-to-peer services to support, encourage, defuse, and informally mediate during times of uncertainty, stress, or conflict. REFS can provide information about appropriate resources and make informed referrals. MIT School of Science has four specific REFS programs in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.
Student Support Services (S3)
MIT’s Student Support Services provides personal, academic, and administrative support in an accessible and respectful environment. Student Support Services provides specific assistance with excuse notes, excused absences (OXs), Committee on Academic Performance advocacy, withdrawals, and readmissions. In addition, S3 is a hub of resources, referrals, and information across the MIT community and works closely with MIT Medical/Mental Health and Counseling to get students the support they need.