Letter regarding action on the Media Lab

Listed here e-mail ended up being sent today to the MIT neighborhood by President L. Rafael Reif.

Towards the members of the MIT community,

Yesterday, the newest Yorker published a write-up which contains profoundly distressful allegations towards engagement between individuals at Media Lab and Jeffrey Epstein.

Because the accusations in tale are really severe, they need an instantaneous, comprehensive and independent examination. This morning, I inquired MIT’s General Counsel to activate a prominent attorney to design and conduct this procedure. I anticipate the firm to carry out this analysis as swiftly that you can, and also to report returning to me personally and the Executive Committee associated with the MIT Corporation, MIT’s governing board.

Today, Joi Ito presented their resignation as Director of this Media Lab so that as a teacher and worker of the Institute.

As I described in my own previous letter, the acceptance of the Epstein gift ideas involved an error of view. We are earnestly evaluating exactly how better to enhance our guidelines, processes and processes to totally reflect MIT’s values and prevent such mistakes later on. Our internal analysis procedure continues, and what we learn from it will inform the trail ahead.


L. Rafael Reif