Information about Reporting
Reporting a concern about a possible incident of sexual harassment or assault is the first step in getting the SHARE Title IX Office involved. We may receive multiple reports about a singular incident, and we encourage anyone who has witnessed a possible incident of sexual harassment or assault to report it to our office. You can file a report through our website by filling out our reporting form.
When our office receives a report of harassment or assault, we will contact the impacted individual(s) first to ensure their safety and to see if there are supportive measures that we an offer to help the impacted individual. As part of that initial outreach, we will also ask if the individual would want to proceed with a formal complaint.
These resources offer the option to file a complaint. In most cases, the decision to proceed with a complaint is up to the impacted individual. However, in rare circumstances (e.g., where your and/or University community safety is a concern), the University may be obligated to investigate, even if the impacted individual may not be ready. This would be discussed with the impacted individual in advance, and the University would ensure that the complainant has support throughout the process.
SHARE Title IX Office: Response team
The SHARE Title IX Office oversees education & response efforts across campus regarding Prohibited Sexual Conduct (see Admin Guide 1.7.1). The SHARE Title IX Office will reach out to those impacted to offer resources and the option to explore possible next steps. This office investigates complaints involving students and administers the formal disciplinary process. The SHARE Title IX Office provides supportive measures, informal interventions, and implements final administrative remedies for matters having gone through the Title IX Procedure, the SHARE Hearing Procedure, and the SHARE Investigation Procedure.
Title IX Coordinator and Director of SHARE Title IX at Stanford University
Stanford’s 2020 Sexual Harassment/Assault Policies and Procedures
In 2020, Stanford developed new sexual harassment and assault policies and pilot procedures to comply with federal regulations issued on May 6, 2020 by the Department of Education. Stanford Administrative Guide 1.7.1 defines what conduct is expected of all Stanford community members, including conduct that the federal government has defined as Title IX prohibited conduct, as well as conduct that the federal government did not address but Stanford chose to prohibit. Stanford also developed three procedures that describe the manner in which Stanford investigates and adjudicates alleged violations of Administrative Guide 1.7.1 – the Title IX Procedure (effective August 14, 2020), the SHARE Hearing Procedure, and the SHARE Investigation Procedure. The facts and circumstances of each complaint brought to the SHARE Title IX Office – including the nature of the conduct alleged, the location where it occurred, the date of occurrence, and who is involved – dictates which process applies.
Sexual assault, stalking, & relationship violence are crimes. SUDPS can initiate a criminal investigation that is separate from Stanford’s Title IX Procedure. A criminal investigation does not relieve the University of its obligation to respond under Title IX. Both a criminal and a University investigation may proceed simultaneously, and neither process is instigated by the initiation of the other process. The University will assist you in contacting SUDPS or the jurisdiction where an incident took place, at your request.
Emergency line: 911 (9-911 from a campus phone)
Business line: 650-723-9633
What if I don’t want to do anything now?
These resources are available for you throughout your time at Stanford. There’s no right or wrong way to access reporting options. This includes when you choose to do so.