Pilot Sexual Harassment/Assault Procedures
Stanford has released two procedures for addressing sexual harassment/assault and relationship violence matters in violation of Administrative Guide 1.7.1, which do not meet the jurisdictional threshold of Title IX. The Sexual Harassment Assault Investigation and Hearing Procedure, or SHARE Hearing Procedure, applies to faculty and student respondents. The Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Relationship (Dating) Violence and Stalking Administrative Procedures for Student Complaints Against Staff and PostDoctoral Scholars, or SHARE Investigation Procedure, applies to matters in which a student complainant is bringing forward a concern against a staff member or PostDoctoral scholar. The Title IX Procedure applies to all respondents under circumstances in which the misconduct meets the jurisdictional threshold of the federal regulations implementing Title IX.
Pilot Title IX Procedure
On August 14, 2020, Stanford issued its Title IX Procedure to comply with federal regulations issued on May 6, 2020 by the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education. While complying with the federal regulations, the pilot procedure reflects the input of Stanford students, faculty, staff, and affiliates. The week of August 17 Stanford will post additional information about the Title IX Procedure, including an overview of comments received on a draft procedure issued on August 4, and the changes made in response to the feedback. Thank you to everyone who provided input on the development of this procedure and for continued engagement on sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention and response. For more information, see the FAQ document.
Black Lives Matter
Institutional Equity and Access is committed to engaging across campus to support anti-racism. We stand in solidarity with our Black communities. We will remain committed to the efforts of social justice beyond any given news cycle. As a unit we will hold ourselves accountable for examining our own efforts to contribute to a just and equitable campus community and we will lend our voices to making positive change on campus.
Stanford University is continually monitoring the status of COVID-19, also called novel coronavirus, with the health and well-being of our community firmly in mind. You will find the latest Stanford information about COVID-19 and related Stanford resources at healthalerts.stanford.edu. Also, it is important that we each take care of ourselves while we assist in individual and community efforts to prevent further spread of this virus. Please refer to BeWell’s Guide to self-care: Coping with coronavirus.
Due to the evolving circumstances and recommendations regarding COVID-19, the IE&A Offices will be available during normal business hours for remote/virtual meetings and, in limited situations, face-to-face consultations. Please visit the individual offices below or this link, Sexual Violence Resources COVID-19, for more information on how to contact them.
Institutional Equity & Access is a division at Stanford led by Senior Associate Vice Provost, Lauren Schoenthaler, and is comprised of five offices: Diversity & Access, Ombuds, the Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Education and Response (SARA), the Sexual Harassment Policy Office (SHPO), and Title IX. Our offices are committed to ensuring that Stanford community members thrive in a just and safe environment, free of violence and harassment. Collectively, our offices serve the entire campus community by engaging in four primary activities: prevention – educating our campus community on sexual violence and all forms of harassment; inclusion – supporting affinity staff groups and leading trainings on diversity, inclusion, and bias; support – providing disability accommodations and helping community members who have experienced harassment or violence; and response – problem solving, investigating, and redressing allegations of harassment and violence.
The Diversity and Access Office was created to advance Stanford’s commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action. The Office is responsible for University wide compliance of the nondiscrimination policies and equal access for individuals with disabilities. We provide technical assistance, training and resources to foster a respectful and inclusive Stanford community.
The Ombuds is a confidential, impartial dispute resolver who strives to see that faculty, postdocs, staff, students, and others are treated fairly and equitably. The Ombuds Office assists any members of the Stanford community who are experiencing conflicts, concerns, or other challenges in their professional or academic lives.
The Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response (SARA) promotes healthy, empowered, and consensual relationships at Stanford. We create innovative education, provide collaborative advocacy, and partner in the response to sexual/relationship violence and stalking on campus. We honor diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality in our programming and services.
The Sexual Harassment Policy Office provides consultation to faculty and staff on matters related to sexual harassment and coordinates fact-finding, resolution, and remediation of sexual harassment complaints. In educating the University community on issues related to sexual harassment and sexual violence, our goal is to ensure that Stanford is a safe and respectful environment to live, work, and study.
The Title IX Office collaborates with the Stanford community to stop, prevent, and remedy interpersonal violence and gender-based discrimination through education, culture change, accountability, and empowerment. We offer options and resources to all students affected by these issues and are committed to providing a fair, thorough, and prompt investigation and adjudication process.