MIT's policies on Relationships and Responsibilities within the MIT Community is found in Section 9 of Policies & Procedures.
It is MIT's policy to have as few rules and regulations as are consistent with efficient administration and general welfare. Some departments and laboratories may have specific rules which reflect their own situations and which must be consistent with any generally applicable rules and regulations. For some policies, such as generally applicable standards of conduct, exceptions are not appropriate. In other cases, exceptions to specific rules may create more problems than they resolve. Those exceptions should therefore be made only for important and clearly understood reasons. Managers and supervisors should consult with their Human Resources Officer before making significant exceptions.