MIT: Disclose Whether Confidential Mental Health Data Was Used For Punitive Actions

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Tara Ebsworth
5 years ago
The MIT administration needs to be held accountable for its actions and their affect on the MIT community and MIT's reputation.

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Whitney Erin Boesel
5 years ago
I couldn't have said it any better than Jonathan did, below:

"The (appearance of) unethical collection and use of data is a stain on the reputation of MIT. Furthermore, I resent the effect it has on my own reputation as an alumnus and former resident of Senior House."

As a social scientist & researcher myself, I am deeply disappointed in how MIT has handled this entire affair.

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Tamara Tasoff
5 years ago
I disagree with the institutes actions and reasoning for the actions.

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Kara Presbrey
6 years ago
Over and over, MIT has shown a lack of respect for students by betraying trust and undermining carefully negotiated agreements. How can they claim to stand for anything other than treachery???

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Jasmine Florentine
6 years ago
If MIT really wants to tackle mental health problems it needs to be transparent and work with students. Many MIT students are (rightfully!) suspicious enough of the administration and on-campus mental health to not speak up when it could help them and the community, and now they're even more likely to keep quiet.

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Joan Hinsdale
6 years ago
I stayed in Senior house with my brother.
I Am a health professional and believe confidential mental health information needs to be kept confidential. No punitive measures should ever be taken.

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Anvita Pandit
6 years ago
I wrote an open letter to the Chancellor about this survey, sent to the email address meant for community concerns. That was three weeks ago. No response.

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Kathleen Mahoney
6 years ago
I am deeply troubled by the apparently questionable ways this data was obtained and used. Their refusal to respond to these transparency requests reflects badly on the institution.

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Anna Gladstone
6 years ago
confidentiality when promised, and clarity of communication regardless, are crucial to successful recovery, both for people and for institutional bodies of people, when under duress. MIT's administration are hired partly by the students, and must come clean about their use of student data.

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Diana ben-Aaron
6 years ago
1. I am concerned about the Institute's ethical behavior falling short of its high standards and undermining trust for studies in general. This is a teaching moment to discuss what happened and roll back the actions taken.
2. Every city needs its Greenwich Villages. MIT in particular needs the leavening of concentrated diversity to offset the Institute Grey of conformity that could otherwise prevail in an institution whose historical strengths have been in defense and industrial fields. Senior House has been one of MIT's Greenwich Villages for more than four decades and it is important to us as alumni and members of the MIT community that it continue in that role. At the same time it seems clear that it is necessary to find ways to support students better. These must rely on trust and that trust must be rebuilt, starting with honesty about the survey and its uses.