Splash Minors Policy

Non-MIT teachers: Remember to start a remote background check by Thursday, October 8, if you'd like to teach at Splash this year!

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 2020, 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 Splash-related questions you have about the background check process to us at splash@mit.edu, and please direct any questions about the minors policy itself to Andrea Finnin, Security Specialist at the MIT Office of Security, at andreaf@mit.edu. Any questions about background checks should be directed to either of these two contacts.

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, there exists an alternative arrangement. If you agree to observe (sit in) for a different teacher’s Splash class at a different time during Splash, 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 or 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 in the 12 months prior to Splash 2020, you already have a prior background check and are good to go!
  2. Remote background checks: You can get a background check remotely.

More details regarding background checks can be found below.

Prior background checks

If you have been background checked by MIT 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.)

Remote background checks

This year, all background checks should be obtained remotely. To start this 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. (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.)

Last modified on Oct. 03, 2020 at 02:47 p.m.