Stanford is committed to providing a campus environment that is free of sexual harassment and all forms of sexual violence, intimidation or exploitation. In a society of differing generations, cultures, and backgrounds, what is acceptable behavior to one person may be unacceptable to another. Furthermore, it may be illegal.
When sexual harassment occurs, the University will act to stop the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and take appropriate action against those responsible.
Stanford has a range of programs to educate community members on issues of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, provide support in the wake of an incident, encourage reporting, and investigate allegations of misconduct.
Stanford's Sexual Harassment policy represents a visible sign of the University's commitment. However, full achievement of our goal requires understanding, good will and effort on the part of the entire University community. It is expected that students, faculty, staff, and other individuals covered by the policy will treat one another with respect.
Who is covered by the policy
The policy applies to all students, faculty and staff of the University. For more details, please review the updated Stanford University Administrative Guide 1.7.1.
Those who violate the policy are subject to discipline up to and including discharge, expulsion and/or other appropriate sanction or action.
Freedom of expression
Stanford is committed to the principles of free inquiry and free expression. Vigorous discussion and debate are fundamental to the University, and the sexual harassment policy is not intended to stifle teaching methods or freedom of expression.
However, sexual harassment is neither legally protected expression nor the proper exercise of academic freedom. It compromises the integrity of the University, its tradition of intellectual freedom, and the trust placed in its members.
Under no circumstances will Stanford allow reprisals against a person who in good faith reports or provides information about sexual harassment or behavior that might constitute sexual harassment.
Intentionally making a false report or providing false information is grounds for discipline.
Unwanted behavior that is not sexual in nature
Other forms of misconduct could be a violation of Stanford’s Code of Conduct. The SHARE Title IX Office can refer you to appropriate university offices to address these concerns. For help, you may consult with your HR Manager or one of the Stanford Ombudspersons. See our Resource Guide for options and details.
Consultation and Advice
You might want just to talk to someone — to get ideas about what to do about the situation or behavior that concerns you. It could be someone else's behavior, or your own. There are several ways that you can talk with people on campus. You can even do it anonymously.Read more
Read Stanford's non-discrimination statements that apply to:
University employees: Admin Guide 1.7.4
Students: Stanford Bulletin
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Concerns about sexual harassment, please contact the SHARE Title IX Office:
Questions about Education and Prevention, including Required Training, please contact the SHARE Education Team:
For Harassment Prevention compliance training questions, technical issues, and eligibility concerns, please submit a SHARE Education ServiceNow Request
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