The revelation and confirmation of Marilee Jones’ falsified academic credentials and subsequent resignation last week was a difficult and sad event for the entire MIT community. I hope we will all take some time to reflect on what we can learn from this experience and reaffirm our core values.
MIT is a complex, great community and organization. As we go about our daily tasks to advance the mission of MIT, we do so with an unwavering commitment to our core values, which include honesty and integrity. At MIT, we embrace integrity as fundamental to our ability “to advance knowledge and educate students.” 1 However, we must also recognize that integrity fosters an environment of mutual trust that is essential to our community. It is through mutual trust that we are able to collaborate and innovate to make the MIT educational experience a continuously better one. It is also through mutual trust that we are able to establish a helping relationship with our students.