The Institute promotes the principle that every person brings unique qualities and talents to the community and that every individual should be treated in a respectful manner. All members of the MIT community are expected to conduct themselves with professionalism, personal integrity, and respect for the rights, differences and dignity of others. These standards of personal conduct apply to all communications, whether oral, written, or in gestures. Community members are also expected to treat the property of both the Institute and other community members with appropriate care and respect.
Among the standards of personal conduct that apply to all faculty and staff are the Institute’s conflict of interest policies found in Section 4.4. More detailed information on the responsibilities of supervisors can be found at Section 7.3. See also MIT’s website on responsible and ethical conduct, which summarizes these policies in Sec. 9.0 as well as other Institute policies regarding standards of conduct.