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Discipline at MIT

For reporting purposes, the 2007-8 year extends from June 9, 2007 to June 6, 2008 (from the day after Commencement 2007 to Commencement 2008). The 2006-7 year is also measured from Commencement to Commencement. There is “some overlap in cases where the offense occurs in one year and the COD addresses it in the following,” said David Kennedy, director of the Office of Student Citizenship and staff member to the COD.

In 2007-8, these 23 charges were referred to variously as “hacking”, “breaking and entering”, or “unauthorized access.” They were treated only as “unauthorized access” in 2008-9.

An undisclosed number of students were found not responsible in 2006-7.

* A student’s COD “file” contains discipline records which may be seen by the COD during future hearings but which are destroyed upon graduation.

2006-7

2007-8

Total cases

70

50

Undergraduate

65

41

Graduate student

5

9

Male

49

36

Female

21

10

Unauthorized access ¶

23

9

Other personal misconduct

14

22

Academic misconduct

33

19

Selected outcomes

Suspensions

5

8

Expulsions

1

0

Probations

18

18

Community service

6

2

Restitution

6

2

Counseling

6

2

Student found not responsible

2

Letters to student’s file *

37

27