After criticisms, MIT vows to aid students with legal resource

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Members of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology community are applauding the university’s president after he announced plans to establish an independent legal resource for students tangled in court issues as a result of their innovative work.

Rafael Reif’s announcement came after members of MIT’s faculty wrote a letter last week, signed on by more than 800 others, that pushed for the institution to provide support to four undergraduates under investigation for fraud by the state of New Jersey because of a project that won them an award at a programming competition — a controversy haunted by the memory of Internet activist Aaron Swartz.

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