Stanford recognizes that individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct, sexual assault, relationship (dating and domestic) violence or stalking often want and need a confidential person to talk to who can help them process what has happened, understand the support and resources available to them, and consider their options. Under state and federal law, only certain individuals who have professional status (e.g., mental health professionals and clergy) are in legally protected roles that permit them to guarantee confidentially to those who consult them. A Stanford student may contact the following offices for confidential counseling and support:
Confidential Support Team (24/7)
The Confidential Support Team (CST) offers confidential support to Stanford students impacted by sexual assault and relationship violence, including domestic abuse, intimate partner abuse, stalking and sexual or gender-based harassment. CST services include information and help accessing resources, short-term emotional support and ongoing individual counseling. There is no charge for Stanford students. For more information about CST’s 24/7 hotline, hours and support services, please visit the CST web page.
YWCA Support Line for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (off campus)
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS is the University’s counseling center available to help undergraduate and graduate students who experience a wide variety of personal, academic, and relationship concerns. They offer free evaluation and brief counseling, including individual, couples, and group therapy. The CAPS staff can help you address whatever it is that may be of concern to you in a confidential setting.
Office for Religious Life (ORL)
ORL deans are available for confidential discussions regardless of your religion.