The number of reported cases of student misconduct on MIT’s campus more than doubled in the 2011-2012 academic year, although officials largely attributed the jump to better reporting by students and professors.
The number of cases, which include academic misconduct, harassment, alcohol-policy violations, and assault, rose to 64, compared with 30 the previous academic year, according to a new report prepared by a faculty panel. The number of students who were sanctioned shot up from 27 to 57.
MIT has also recently been the subject of a variety of hoaxes this spring. In March, students received a fake e-mail telling them classes were canceled due to an “Aaron Swartz situation.”
Swartz committed suicide in January, after a two-year legal battle during which he faced 13 felony charges and up to 35 years in prison. He was accused of hacking into the JSTOR archive system on MIT’s network, allegedly downloading more than 4 million articles, some of which were behind a paywall.
In the months since his death, his case has become a rallying point for internet activists and others who say prosecutors overreached.
Since Swartz’s death, MIT’s computer system has been hacked at least three times.
A hoax caller in late February claimed there was a gunman on campus. The university later disclosed that the caller claimed it was in retaliation for Swartz’s death.
Pictured: A State Police k-9 cruiser was parked near yellow police tape at Masschussets Ave on the MIT campus after a lockdown when a person with a gun and body armor was reported.