What you need to know

MIT collects legal sex as required for government reporting purposes and by our health insurance provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield. Legal sex is used only for legitimate educational interests and shared only with those systems or individuals authorized to receive it including, but not limited to, systems related to housing assignments and participation in athletics, and with academic departments.

Gender data allows students to self-identify in ways that legal sex does not and is a more inclusive and relevant demographic identifier for most purposes.

Some key points to remember:

  • We anticipate that MIT will begin collecting gender data and pronouns later this year. You will have access to these new fields in your Student Biographic Record when they are deployed.
  • If you see legal sex in an MIT system where you do not expect it, please email giimit@mit.edu.

What you need to do