Massachusetts Institute of Technology has pledged to donate the same amount that the college received from Jeffrey Epstein because it acknowledged that it caused its victims 'shame and suffering'.
Epstein, 66, committed suicide earlier this month while in detention in Manhattan while awaiting a lawsuit against sex trafficking charges.
In a letter, President of the MIT, Rafael Reif, said the college has received $ 800,000 in donations from foundations managed by Epstein for more than two decades.
These donations went to the MIT Media Lab, a research center, or to professor Seth Lloyd, he claimed.
It comes when Ethan Zuckerman's head of the Lab's Center for Civic Media has resigned this week after it turned out that a director did not reveal that the organization had received any funding from Epstein.
& # 39; On behalf of the MIT government, I offer a profound and modest apology to the victims of Jeffrey Epstein, & # 39; Reif said in a letter on Thursday.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Rafael Reif has promised to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars it has received from Jeffrey Epstein to survivors of sexual abuse
Rafael Reif said MIT apologized for raising the reputation of the late Jeffrey Epstein, (photo), by taking donations from the disgraceful financier
& # 39; In retrospect, we acknowledge with shame and sadness that we have allowed MIT to contribute to the enhancement of its reputation, which in turn served to distract from his atrocious acts. No apology can undo that. & # 39;
& # 39; In response, we will commit an amount equal to the money that MIT has received from an Epstein foundation for a charity that benefits its victims or other victims of sexual abuse & # 39 ;, Reif wrote.
Reif said he asked Provost Marty Schmidt to convene a group to investigate the circumstances of the Epstein donations, investigate existing processes, and identify possible lessons for the future.
Both Lloyd, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, and Media Lab director Joi Ito have posted online apologies for accepting donations from foundations controlled by Epstein.
Lloyd said he had received a grant from the Epstein Foundation to support his research and said he had visited Epstein while serving a 13-month jail sentence in Florida.
Epstein was convicted in Florida after he was found guilty in 2008 of the charges of prostitution of a minor.
& # 39; I believed at the time that I was doing a good deed. Mr. Epstein expressed regret for his actions and assured me that he would not insult again, & said Lloyd in his apology, addressing the victims of Epstein.
Rafael Reif said the funds went to MIT Media Lab, (photo), or professor Seth Lloyd for a total of $ 800,000
Media Lab director Joi Ito, (photo), posted online apologies for accepting donations from foundations managed by Jeffrey Epstein, (right)
Lloyd said he & # 39; has dedicated financial resources to help you and other survivors of sexual abuse and human trafficking and will work diligently to make your voice heard & # 39 ;.
Ito said in an apology on the lab's website on August 15 that he would raise an amount equal to the donations the lab received from foundations controlled by Epstein and & # 39; those funds directed to non-profit targeting on supporting survivors of human trafficking & # 39 ;.
The assessment of MIT and the latest apologies came after two Media Lab researchers publicly resigned.
One of them, Ethan Zuckerman, said in a message on Medium on Tuesday that he would stop as director of the MIT Center for Civic Media.
He said that he had made the decision because he believed that handling the laboratory with Epstein compromised its values.
& # 39; I'm ashamed of my institution today and start working hard to figure out how to leave the lab while taking care of my students and staff, & # 39; Zuckerman wrote in a statement by The Boston Globe.
Ethan Zuckerman, a senior member of the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, resigns over the links of the research center to Jeffrey Epstein
MIT President President Rafael Reif said that all the money received from foundations controlled by Epstein had gone to the MIT Media Lab or to Professor Seth Lloyd, (photo)
& # 39; I no longer feel that I can continue to work on issues of social justice under the flag of the Media Lab. & # 39;
Zuckerman was one of the main organizers of Media Lab's annual Disobedience Award, a $ 250,000 prize that recognizes individuals and groups engaged in responsible, ethical disobedience focused on challenging standards, rules, or laws that support injustice of society & # 39 ;.
Last year the prize was awarded to activists behind the # MeToo campaign against sexual harassment and assault.
In a note to previous prize recipients, Zuckerman said he destroyed & # 39; was about his decision.
& # 39; I felt obliged to be one of the organizers of the prize to express my dismay at Joi & # 39; s disclosures and to explain some of the actions I take following those disclosures, & # 39; he wrote.
Zuckerman added that he believes Ito wants to make it up and said the couple has been in contact last week.
Although Epstein's relationship with the laboratory predates the appointment of Ito, Ito acknowledged in his function that the two were visiting each other and that he also accepted Epstein as financial support for his private investments.
Zuckerman's announcement was quickly followed by a new resignation on Wednesday.
J. Nathan Mathias, guest researcher at the Center for Civic Media, announced that he would also leave the lab at the end of the year.
He wrote further Medium: & # 39; The MIT Media Lab is a community of creative people who have helped me grow into the person I want to be in the world.
& # 39; I am in tears writing this. I hope, just like Ethan, that the Media Lab and the Lab community can turn this terrible situation into a chance to become a better place. & # 39;
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