Commitment to Protecting Minors

All in-person programs for minors operated by MIT departments, labs, or centers are permitted to take place on and off campus in accordance with MIT Policy. Programs must require participants to complete a COVID-19 Acknowledgement in addition to other required forms.

All in-person K-12 programs sponsored or led by MIT students or student organizations are paused until further notice; this applies to both on- and off-campus in-person activities. Virtual or remote programming is still permitted. Third-party programs for K-12 students and minors continue to be prohibited at MIT.  

MIT is committed to protecting the safety of all members of its community, including minors who are on campus and/or participating in Institute programs.  Institute Policy 9.15 on the Protection of Minors describes this commitment in more detail.

This website provides information on what MIT expects of its staff, faculty, and students when interacting with minors. MIT’s goal is to provide a safe environment that protects children from abuse or neglect by encouraging its earliest possible detection and reporting.

Through this website, MIT strives to provide community members with the information and resources necessary for minors to be properly protected and so that appropriate reporting can be made promptly and effectively for any cases of suspected abuse or neglect. All MIT staff, faculty, and students are responsible for understanding and complying with this guidance. 

A minor, for purposes of this guidance, is anyone under the age of 18 who is not an enrolled MIT student.

A program is any organized event or activity that MIT operates or sponsors in which minors participate, and in which MIT faculty, staff, or students are involved through their Institute roles, whether occurring on or off campus. This includes both residential programs (involving an overnight stay) and nonresidential programs.  This guidance also applies to non-MIT organizations using Institute facilities.

Minors may also be at MIT as interns or employees in departments, labs, or centers.