The following are frequently asked questions in regard to Title IX and related policies:
- What conduct is prohibited by Title IX?
- What are a University's obligations when it has notice of a Title IX related incident?
- Who is Stanford University's Title IX Coordinator?
- What are the reporting obligations of residential staff (RA, PHE, RCC, RF, CM, etc.) when they have notice and/or receive a report of a Title IX related incident?
- What if the Complainant requests confidentiality?
- Who can a student contact if he or she wants to discuss an incident of sexual harassment or sexual violence in a confidential manner?
- What safety measures and accommodations are available to a student when he or she reports a Title IX related incident?
- Who can a student contact to ask that one or more of these safety measures and/or accommodations are put in place?
- What is the purpose of the University's Student Title IX Process?
- Where can I learn more about the Student Title IX Process?
- Who can a student contact if he or she has been accused of Title IX prohibited conduct?
- How can a member of the Stanford community make a complaint to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education when a community member believes that Stanford has not followed Title IX?
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender (sex). Title IX prohibited conduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating or domestic) violence and stalking.
If the University knows or in the exercise of reasonable care should know about student-on-student sexual harassment including sexual violence that creates a hostile environment, Title IX requires the University to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred (subject to confidentiality considerations). If an investigation reveals that sexual harassment including sexual violence created a hostile environment, the University must then take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the sexual harassment or sexual violence, prevent its recurrence and, as appropriate, remedy its effects on the victim and University community.
Catherine Glaze - Title IX Coordinator
What are the reporting obligations of residential staff (e.g., RA, PHE, RCC, RF, CM) when they have notice and/or receive a report of a Title IX related incident?
All Stanford University employees, including student staff, must report all Title IX related concerns to their Residence Dean. The Residence Dean will then promptly notify the Title IX Coordinator of the incident and meet with the Impacted Party to assist with immediate safety measures and other necessary and appropriate interim measures (e.g., housing, academic) in consultation with the Title IX Coordinator.
If a Complainant requests to remain confidential, the University will give serious consideration to that request. Only in rare circumstances will the University proceed to a Title IX investigation against the wishes of the Complainant. Generally, the University will seek to honor the request of the Complainant not to proceed to a Title IX investigation and to remain confidential and will not proceed to a formal Title IX investigation without the consent of the Complainant. The Title IX Coordinator will consider a number of factors in deciding whether the request can be honored, including the age of the Complainant, whether there is evidence of a pattern of misconduct, the severity of the misconduct, and whether there is a safety risk to the Complainant or the Stanford community. Should the University, in weighing such factors, determine it must proceed, the University will explain its rationale to the Complainant and make sure that the Complainant is offered a support person throughout the process. The Complainant will not be required to participate in the process as a prerequisite to the University proceeding.
Who can a student contact if he or she wants to discuss a Title IX related concern in a confidential manner?
Confidential consultations about sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating and domestic) violence and stalking are available from persons who, by law, have special professional status (University mental health professionals and University clergy). A Stanford student may contact the following offices for confidential advice and help:
Stanford University Confidential Support Team (24/7)
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
Office for Religious Life
YWCA Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Crisis Line (off campus)
What safety measures and accommodations are available to a student when he or she reports a Title IX related incident?
Upon a report of a Title IX concern, the University will work with the Complainant to put interim measures in place to ensure a safe, hostile free environment for the student. Following an investigation and a determination that conduct prohibited by Title IX occurred, more permanent accommodations and safety measures may be implemented. Accommodations and safety measures (including interim measures) could include:
- Housing accommodations
- Counseling services
- Academic accommodations
- Escort services
- No contact or stayaway letters
- Limitation on extracurricular or athletic activities
- Removal from University community
- Other appropriate actions as necessary
Who can a student contact to ask that one or more of these safety measures and/or accommodations are put in place?
A Stanford student may contact a Residence Dean, a Graduate Life Dean, the Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Education and Response (SARA Office), and/or the Title IX office.
The purpose of a Title IX investigation pursuant to the University's Stanford Student Title IX Investigation and Hearing Process is to determine:
- Whether or not Prohibited Conduct has occurred;
- Whether there is an ongoing risk of harm from further Prohibited Conduct and, if so, what steps are necessary to prevent its recurrence;
- Whether accommodations for the Complainant need to be put in place to redress the effects of Prohibited Conduct;
- Whether accommodations or safety measures should be put in place to ensure the safety of the Stanford community;
- Whether the conduct warrants a Hearing by the Office of Community Standards for discipline; and
- Whether any changes to policies, practices or training should be considered and implemented.
A student who has been accused of Title IX prohibited conduct can contact a Residence Dean, a Graduate Life Dean, and/or the Title IX office. Confidential support also is available from CAPS, CST, and the Office for Religious Life.
How can a member of the Stanford community make a complaint to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education when a community member believes that Stanford has not followed Title IX?
For more information on your rights to submit a Title IX Discrimination Complaint, please review the information provided by OCR.