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Our vision is to create a community in which we all thrive in an equitable, safe, caring, and just environment that supports diversity and promotes inclusion.

COVID-19 Update:

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  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. 

Our Mission is to realize our vision by providng the following programs and services with integrity, professionalism, expertise, compassion, and respect.

Advocacy and Leadership:  Advocate for programs, policies, research, and surveys that enhance our vision. Lead change initiatives informed by research and data to better serve our vision.
Education: Develop and provide research-based education and programming for faculty, staff, students, and community members that supports an inclusive, accessible community free from violence, harassment, and discrimination.
Legal compliance: Oversee and implement the university’s efforts to comply with laws relating to civil rights, accessibility, harassment, and discrimination.
Support: Provide excellent, timely, and compassionate support for faculty, staff, and students navigating challenging issues at Stanford by

• connecting individuals to resources,
• explaining options and processes,
• keeping individuals apprised of the status of their matters, and
• assisting with appropriate accommodations.

Response:  Redress community concerns relating to violence, harassment, accessibility, and discrimination by

• Investigating matters with fair and impartial investigators using trauma-informed methods, and
• Remedying effects of unlawful discrimination and harassment and prevent its recurrence

Accountability: Record, maintain, and publish information to the campus community relating to incidents of discrimination, 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.