The MIT Personnel Policy Manual is a resource document containing employment policy for employees in the nonacademic payroll groups, specifically the administrative, sponsored research, support and service staffs.

Employment policies applicable to all staff – academic and nonacademic – are found in Policies & Procedures: A Guide for Faculty and Staff Members. Throughout the Personnel Policy Manual, individuals have been referred to generically as "employees," regardless of the staff group in which they work.

Some of the policies apply to employees who are represented at the Institute by labor unions. In the event of a discrepancy between the manual as it applies to these employees and the applicable labor agreement, the latter shall govern. Some departments, laboratories and centers have additional policies, procedures, or protocols that apply to employees working in those areas.

In This Manual

A detailed table of contents is included at the beginning of each section containing the main topics under each policy statement.

It is expected that MIT supervisory personnel will administer these policies in a consistent and equitable manner. Employment questions that cannot be answered by this manual or Policies and Procedures should be referred to the Human Resources Officer for the department. Comments or suggestions regarding this manual may be submitted to the Human Resources Department at hrpolicies@mit.edu


While we try to ensure that this document reflects current MIT Personnel Policy, at times there may be a lag between a change in policy and an update of this document. You should contact your Human Resources Officer to ensure that the policy statement contained in this document is the most current. The provisions of the manual are not conditions of employment and this Personnel Policy Manual is not an express or implied contract. MIT reserves the right to change or revoke any of its provisions, with or without notice, at any time.