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Stanford offers a variety of resources and services to people who are concerned about sexual harassment.  One of the first things you may want to know is whether your conversation will be private. This will depend on your choice of confidant. Before disclosing specific information about your concern, be sure to ask the person if the conversation can be kept confidential.

Some resource officials at Stanford can offer confidentiality, as noted in the Resource Guide.

You can help maintain confidentiality during preliminary conversations if you do not identify yourself or the parties involved. You could also present the situation as a hypothetical.

If you call the SHARE Title IX Office to discuss possible sexual harassment, the information you provide will be received with sensitivity and handled with the utmost discretion, but strict confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

If you choose to talk to a friend, fellow student, or work colleague your conversation may not be held in confidence. In fact, Stanford supervisors and faculty have an obligation to notify the SHARE Title IX Office of concerns of harassing behavior that they either witness or are told about.

What if it's not sexual harassment?

You don’t have to tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form.  While the SHARE Title IX Office helps with concerns of harassment that is sexual or gender-based, Stanford has resources to help people who may be experiencing other forms of discrimination or harassment. Find contact information for Stanford's Ombuds, the Diversity and Access office, or your Human Resources Manager in our Resource Guide.

What not to do

Do not blame yourself. Sexual harassment is not something one brings on oneself.

Do not delay. Waiting to act in cases of sexual harassment only increases the probability that the harassing behavior will continue.

Don't wait to seek help. Being quiet about sexual harassment enables it to continue. Chances are very good that you are not the only one who has been harassed. Speaking up may prevent others from being harmed.