IDHR Data Dashboard

IDHR Data Dashboard

The Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response Office (IDHR) partnered with Institutional Research (IR) to create a new data dashboard in response to requests that information on incidents reported to IDHR be provided in a more accessible format. In addition to our annual reports, the data dashboard provides information about incident reports received by IDHR involving students, faculty, and staff during the preceding academic year. This initiative is part of IDHR’s continued commitment to provide information in a transparent and timely manner.

How to Use this Dashboard

There are three tabs that provide different types of interactive, filterable data collected in an academic year. Inside each tab, hover your mouse over the bubbles or bars to read definitions. You can also scroll below the dashboard for a list of definitions.

Tab 1: Incident Reports Summary 2015-2023

  • A count of incident reports to IDHR over the last eight academic years.
  • Use the drop-down menus in the top right to see different categories of data.

Tab 2: Reports by Location, Context, Respondent, and Complainant – 2022-2023 academic year

  • Use the drop-down menus in the top right to change between breakouts A and B.
  • Click on a bubble to filter the bubbles in the opposite chart. Re-click on the bubble to reset filters.
  • Clicking on the bubble also filters the bar charts at the bottom, showing a breakout of each category. You cannot click on the bar charts at the bottom to filter for the bubbles.

Tab 3: Reports by Allegation, Incident Category, and Response Type – 2022-2023 academic year

  • Use the drop-down menus in the top right to change between breakouts A and C.
  • Click on a bubble on the left to filter the bar charts on the right. You cannot filter by clicking on the bar charts on the right.
  • Bar charts on the right: A single incident report may contain multiple allegations and response types, and therefore may be catalogued by IDHR under multiple incident categories, so percentages in these drop-downs may sum up to more than 100%.


Please find definitions based on categories from dashboard breakouts A, B, and C. For a complete list of MIT policies and definitions covering discrimination and discriminatory harassment, go to IDHR's Prohibited Conduct page.

Complainant and Respondent

Complainant: Individual(s) reporting an alleged MIT policy violation.

Respondent: Individual(s) accused of violating an MIT policy.

Staff: Senior researchers, instructors, and all other staff except postdocs.

Faculty: Tenured and non-tenured faculty.

Undergraduate: First years, sophomores, juniors, seniors, including visiting students.

Graduate: Students completing masters and/or doctoral degrees.

Other: Alumni, non-affiliates, contractors, groups or Departments, Labs, and Centers (DLCs), and employees and students whose identity is unknown to IDHR.

Postdoc: Postdoctoral researcher or affiliate.

Context of Incidents Reported

MIT Academic/Workplace: Events that took place in an MIT academic or workplace context, though not necessarily on campus (e.g. an incident during a lab meeting or an off-campus dinner sponsored by an academic department).

Residential/FSILG: MIT Residential Hall and Fraternities, Sororities & Independent Living Groups.

Non-MIT: Events that occurred off campus & were not connected to MIT except for the involvement of member(s) of the MIT community.

Other/Unknown: We did not receive information about the context in which the events occurred or it does not fall under any of our other context categories.

Location of Incidents Reported

On-Campus: MIT-owned property, Lincoln Laboratories, Fraternities, Sororities & Independent Living Groups (FSILGs).

Off-Campus: Property not owned by or affiliated with MIT.

Online/Electronic/Phone: Includes harassment that occurred online, via electronic communication, or over the phone.

Other/Unknown: We didn’t receive any information about where the events occurred, or they occurred in multiple locations.

Response Type

Response Type: The type of resource provided by IDHR to the impacted party. The IDHR team’s process is guided by our commitment to equity, fairness, and adherence to Institute policies and procedures. IDHR strives to consult with the impacted party to identify resolution processes that best fit their needs. The goal is to provide the impacted person with as much control over the process as possible, while balancing MIT’s obligation to protect the community.

Information about Rights, Resources, and Resolution Options: Information about rights, resources, and resolution options was provided, and the reporting party requested no further action.

Supportive Measures: Non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without fee or charge to the parties.

Informal remedies: Actions IDHR may assist in implementing including an educational conversation with the person who caused harm; educational workshop for a community; notice to the community; or a Mutual No Contact Order.

Referral: Some reports fall outside of the scope or IDHR or are better served by other offices. In those instances, they are referred to Human Resources (HR) or the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS). Examples include an employee who reports that their supervisor is not permitting them to utilize sick or personal leave or a student who reports that a member of their residence hall was disruptive and damaged the floor lounge.

Investigation Process: One of two formal complaint pathways the Complainant can request to meaningfully address the harm they have experienced. The Investigation Process can be initiated to determine whether an MIT policy was violated. The process includes investigation, adjudication, and sanctioning, if appropriate.

Adaptable Resolution: One of two formal complaint pathways the Complainant can request to meaningfully address the harm they have experienced. Adaptable Resolution may take the form of mediation, restorative justice conferencing, or negotiated resolutions.


Other Inappropriate Conduct (non-IDHR): These are allegations brought to the attention of IDHR which are violations of MIT policy but do not involve protected class and therefore fall outside the scope of IDHR.

Discrimination or Discriminatory Harassment: Race/Color/Ethnicity: Discrimination based on an individual’s national or ethnic origin, and/or racism and racist conduct which undermines a person’s wellbeing and interferes with their work and academic progress or performance.

Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature when submission is a condition of employment or academic standing; or such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s working conditions, academic experience, or living conditions; or of creating a hostile working, academic, or living environment.

Sexual Misconduct: A range of behaviors including non-consensual sexual penetration, non-consensual sexual contact, and sexual exploitation.

Climate Concern: Concern over a pervasive aspect of a social, academic, work, or institutional environment that is felt to be detrimental to the wellbeing of the community. In such instances, there may not be a singular person responsible for this dynamic, and frequently this is the case. Nevertheless, harm is being done and when such issues are raised to IDHR, this is how they are categorized as we work with our community partners to respond to these concerns.

Stalking: More than one instance of unwanted attention, harassment, physical or verbal contact, use of threatening words and/or conduct, or any other course of conduct directed at an individual that could be reasonably regarded as alarming or likely to place that individual in fear of harm or injury.

Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment: Other Protected Class: Discrimination based on an individual’s age, disability, genetic information, religion or veteran status.

Discrimination or Discriminatory Harassment: Sex/Gender Discrimination based on an individual’s sex or gender (including discrimination on the basis of pregnancy), particularly sexual orientation and gender identity. This also includes other discrimination on the basis of gender, such as misgendering.

Intimate Partner Violence: Actual or threatened physical violence, intimidation, or other forms of physical or sexual abuse directed toward a partner in an intimate relationship that would cause a reasonable person to fear harm to self or others.

Retaliation: Any adverse action, harassment, threats, or other conduct that would discourage a reasonable person from making a report or participating in a complaint review process.


Consent means “effective consent” as defined in the Mind and Hand Book, Section II.