Splash Minors Policy

Non-MIT teachers will require a background check. Check back for more details. 

MIT Minors Policy

Since mid-2017, the MIT administration has outlined a minors policy which provides requirements for all programs at MIT involving minors (under age 18). The intent of this minors policy is to improve the safety and protection of minors that attend such programs, and for Splash 2021, the concrete requirements are as follows:

  1. Every classroom must have at least 2 adults present. All MIT students count as adults regardless of age.
  2. MIT background checks are required for all Splash teachers who are not current MIT students, staff, or faculty. This includes MIT alumni and all non-MIT personnel. Non-MIT background checks do not fulfill this requirement.

These requirements are important—teachers who do not satisfy this requirement cannot teach for Splash and future ESP programs.

Feel free to ask any questions you have about the background check process to us at splash@mit.edu.

Two adults per virtual classroom

Because of the first requirement, we recommend that classes be taught by small groups (2+) of people. If you want to teach alone, you can get a friend to register as a coteacher and simply be present in the room. ESP gives you the freedom to plan out your classes however you want—there's no requirement that the teachers registered for a class do equal amounts of work.

If you are unwilling or unable to teach with others, you can instead observe (sit in) for a different teacher’s Splash class at a different time during Splash, and we can try to have another teacher observe your class. However, we cannot guarantee we will be able to match all class sections up for observing each other.

Background checks

If you are teaching for Splash but you are not an MIT undergrad, grad student, staff member, or faculty member, you will need to receive a background check from MIT. There are several ways to satisfy a background check:

  1. Prior background checks: If you have been background checked by MIT using an in-person notary in the 12 months prior to Splash 2021, you already have a prior background check and are good to go!
  2. Getting a background check: More details about getting a background check can be found below.

Prior background checks

If you have been background checked by MIT using an in-person notary in the 12 months before Splash, you are good to go! In particular, this is true if you were background checked when teaching for another ESP program in the past year, like Spring HSSP, Summer HSSP, or Spark. (Rarely, you may be required to do a background check on a case by case basis. We will let you know if this is necessary.) If you were last background checked for Splash 2020 or got a completely remote background check, you will need to get a new background check for Splash 2021.   <!--##In-person background checks If you don't have a valid background check from MIT, but are on or can visit MIT campus, you should get a background-check from the MIT background check office. You should print out and bring this form. Also, you will need to bring either a passport or driver's license, and you will need to know your address history for the last 7 years. (Foreign students are required to bring a passport from their country of citizenship.)

Background checks can take up to 3 weeks to go through, so in order to teach for Splash, you are stongly encouraged to initiate this process by Sunday, October 17. Please register your classes before getting a background check.

There are several options for obtaining a background check in person:

  1. Walk-in service. To obtain a background check via walk-in service, visit the Atlas Service Center on MIT campus (E17-106, on the first floor of Building E17) during the walk-in hours listed on MIT's background check page. You should expect the process to take about 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. At a Splash teacher orientation. Splash is planning to offer background checks at selected evening teacher orientations in October/November. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to have the background check service available at all orientations. Please plan accordingly.
  3. By appointment. Finally, if you are not available during either Splash orientation with background checks or during walk-in hours, you may request an appointment for a different time with Andrea Finnin, andreaf@mit.edu. Please only use this option if it is completely necessary, as Andrea’s availability is limited.

This background check is valid for one year for any MIT program involving minors. After that period, you will need to do another background check for future programs. (We were previously informed that non-MIT-students must obtain a new background check for each ESP program, but the policy has been updated since then.)-->

Getting a background check

Most non-MIT affiliates will need to get a new background check this year, since remote background checks are no longer valid. To start the background check process, you should sign up to teach at least one class, and then wait until Andrea Finnin (email address andreaf@mit.edu) contacts you with information regarding a background check before continuing. Please register your classes before getting a background check.

Background checks can take up to 3 weeks to go through, so please make sure to start the process as soon as you recieve instructions from Andrea. We might have to cancel your classes if the background check process isn't started in time.

This background check is valid for one year for any MIT program involving minors. After that period, you will need to do another background check for future programs. 



Last modified on Oct. 12, 2021 at 12:48 a.m.