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Stanford Bulletin 2012-13


The Stanford Bulletin is Stanford University's official catalog of courses, degrees, policies, and University and degree requirements.

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Stanford University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) , 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; (510) 748-9001. In addition, certain programs of the University have specialized accreditation. For information, contact the Office of the University Registrar .

Stanford University is committed to complying with the following requirements enumerated by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in its accreditation process:

"Core Commitment to Institutional Capacity

"The institution functions with clear purposes, high levels of institutional integrity, fiscal stability, and organizational structures to fulfill its purposes.

"Commitment to Educational Effectiveness

"The institution evidences clear and appropriate educational objectives and design at the institutional and program level. The institution employs processes of review, including the collection and use of data, which ensure delivery of programs and learner accomplishments at a level of performance appropriate for the degree or certificate awarded."

For more information, see the University's WASC Accreditation web site.

Also, see President Hennessy's statement (pdf) on Stanford's fulfilment of the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. 

Nondiscrimination Policy

Stanford University admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. Consistent with its obligations under the law, Stanford prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in the administration of the University's programs and activities; Stanford also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding this nondiscrimination policy including under Title IX: Rosa Gonzalez, Director of the Diversity and Access Office and Title IX Coordinator, Mariposa House, 585 Capistrano Way, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-8230; (650) 723-0755 (voice), (650) 723-1216 (TTY), (650) 723-1791 (fax), (email).

Governing Document

Every effort is made to ensure that the degree requirement and course information, applicable policies, and other materials contained in the Stanford Bulletin are accurate and current. The University reserves the right to make changes at any time without prior notice. The Bulletin in the form as it exists online at Stanford Bulletin web site and ExploreCourses web site is therefore the governing document, and contains the then currently applicable policies and information.

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