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Recommended Steps for Accused Faculty/Staff:
- Take care of your well-being. The Faculty Staff Help Center is available to you at no cost.
- If relevant, address your behaviors.
- Review the Title IX Procedure and related Stanford policies.
- Follow university directives, if issued.
- Contact a support person.
It is important to understand that while an investigation is ongoing, the SHARE Title IX Office may issue a university directive requiring some action on your part such as to stay away from the Complainant. These directives are issued in order to maintain the status quo of the complainant's educational and/or working environment and to ensure the safety of the Stanford community.
- Retaliate against the complainant or witnesses.
Stanford policy prohibits retaliation. In some instances, a faculty or staff member has been found responsible for retaliating against a complainant for bringing a good faith complaint, even when the initial complaint was not found to be a violation of policy. It is difficult to be accused of a Title IX violation, but the best advice is not to vent your frustrations to other faculty, staff, or students as such actions could rise to the level of retaliation. Note you are responsible for retaliation that occurs through your actions; if your friends retaliate against the complainant on your behalf, you could be held responsible. We recommend that you vent to your support person.