In a significant ruling for MIT and all of higher education, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled in May that MIT, two of its professors, and a student support dean were not responsible for the 2009 suicide of a Sloan graduate student, Han Nguyen. In ruling for MIT, the SJC recognized a very limited legal duty of universities and their non-clinician employees to take measures to protect against student self-harm, but found that the duty was not triggered in this case.
On July 30, 2018, MIT, together with 15 other universities, filed an amicus brief with the federal district court in Boston in the lawsuit Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard.
Update on MIT Intellectual Property Policy 13.1.2 - Programs Exempt from MIT's "Significant Use" Policy
Recently, MIT changed Section 13.1.2 (“Significant Use of MIT-Administered Resources”) of the Intellectual Property Policy to acknowledge and support its entrepreneurial culture by permitting inventors and authors of intellectual property (IP) developed with MIT funds or facilities to own such IP, if the work was conducted under a MIT “Exempt Program.”
The European Commission has approved a new set of data protection regulations – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The regulations were officially adopted on April 27, 2016 and went into effect on May 25, 2018.
The recently-enacted and far-reaching Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is generally effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017. Individual taxpayers are thus already subject to these new rules, including a doubled “standard deduction,” somewhat reduced tax rates, and new limitations on expenses than can be deducted. The effective date for MIT is generally its fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018, although certain aspects of the legislation are already effective for MIT.
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