Stanford’s sexual harassment policies continue to apply during remote learning. Any harassment or discrimination that occurs within a program or activity of the university, including all online instruction, is subject to university policies. Stanford will also respond to concerns in which harassment or discrimination happens outside of university matters where that conduct is so severe as to cause significant harm within the university community or to a community member. We are continuing to take in reports and to investigate matters while the campus is operating remotely. We are using remote technology to investigate cases and hold hearings. We continue to work to hold cases to existing university timelines.
Stanford’s 2020 Sexual Harassment/Assault Policies & Pilot 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. The following graphic provides a high-level summary of these procedures.
When the University is made aware of conduct experienced by a student prior to their matriculation to Stanford the SHARE Title IX Office will offer the student Supportive Measures even though no investigation is available through Administrative Guide 1.7.1. In instances where the University learns of alleged prohibited sexual conduct that occurs in violation of a prospective student's admission agreement the matter will be refered to the Office of Admissions for review.
Related Stanford Policies
Administrative Guide 1.7.1 - Stanford Sexual Harassment Policy